@NASA vs. Neil
Wed Mar 2 02:27:36 2011
Mission Control woke up the crews at 5:24 am EST to begin Flight Day 7. “Speed of Sound” by Coldplay was played for shuttle Pilot Eric Boe.
Cats demanding breakfast with loud meows, scratching at door began 05:45 PST. Song in head is inexplicably Billy Ocean’s “Caribbean Queen”.
Wed Mar 2 03:29:20 2011
Spacewalk begins at 10:18a ET – preps underway now on NASA TV & http://www.nasa.gov/ntv
Rent past due. Post office closes at 17:30 PST, so early breakfast is a must. An unexpected Staples run for envelopes will make timing tight.
Wed Mar 2 04:34:53 2011
@antoinehl Spacewalkers breathe pure oxygen before they go outside to help purge nitrogen from their blood – prevents the bends.
@antoinehl Unclear why a daily visit to an expensive coffee shop brimming with L.A. douchebags is required — research is ongoing.
Wed Mar 2 05:40:18 2011
Crew members inside the station’s Quest airlock are troubleshooting a minor leak in Steve Bowen’s spacesuit. Bowen is in no danger.
Unscheduled stop at an intersection deciding whether to participate in the trending topic #teamsheen. Other motorists will get over it.
Wed Mar 2 06:02:47 2011
Astronauts are only 15 minutes behind schedule and the spacewalk still could begin on time at 10:18 am EST
“Caribbean Queen” earworm still persists. Attempting mindhack by freestyle rapping under breath, introducing other Billy Ocean singles.
Wed Mar 2 09:17:32 2011
Riding atop the station’s robotic arm, Steve Bowen retrieved a lightweight adapter plate assembly from outside the Columbus module.
Finally seated at desk at 13:17 PST, a comprehensive review of Facebook updates has begun. Commenting begins, is debated, curtailed.
Wed Mar 2 10:29:25 2011
Alvin Drew removed insulation from the avionics assembly on the ELC-4 and moved a sunshade away from the lens of a video camera near ELC-4.
Friend has called. 20 min chat re: True Grit, microphones, recent divorces. Phone call w/ parents considered, postponed. Scan boingboing.net
Wed Mar 2 13:48:28 2011
Spacewalkers are wrapping up today’s spacewalk — they’re back inside the hatch.
Severe onset of “4 o’clock shame” syndrome. Work furiously engaged in. Bolt into kitchen for snack break, run back. Cats confused.
Wed Mar 2 14:11:30 2011
This was the 155th spacewalk supporting station assembly & maintenance, totaling 973 hours, 53 minutes, equal to 40 full days of spacewalks.
GF returns from job. Dinner, beers. Larry Sanders SE1 discovered on Netflix. Awake again 03:41 PST, read @robdelaney tweets til 04:12 PST, sleep.