Today was the second flight day for our team. Mike and Alice were the flyers. After going through the same
stream of briefings and several last minute fixes, the flight team boarded the plane and got ready for
take-off. Alice, like me, was chosen to sit in the cockpit for take-off,but she got the boomer seat instead
of the jump seat.
Going into the parabolas, Mike and Alice found that lying down was far better than sitting up, making life
much happier and motion sickness a non-issue for most of the flight. OSIRIS itself also performed a bit better.
We had communications problems again, but got some good video of the vehicle rotating and translating
on preset directions. They were able to get tons of pictures and videos. Mike got to do a spinner at the end,
but then he felt sick and lay down through lunar and martian g.
Immediately after they landed, we offloaded all our equipment and Dave met us at the hangar to go out for
lunch at this excellent grill place. Returning to the hangar, we broke our equipment down and packed it up to
go. We then proceeded to the Space Center Houston gift shop and spent far more money than we should have.
The official photographs taken by the NASA photographers are posted on the
We were in Chamber Group B. I'd like to think that my highly wasted appearance during the hypoxia bit is
misrepresented. Our TRR (test readiness review) pictures start on page 5. The flight pictures posted for
Matt and myself are on pages 5, 6, 9, 13, 14, and 16. The best one is on page 14. Alice and Mike have
flight pictures on almost every page of their flight day's posting. If you flip through the other shots,
notice that all the spinner pictures have our cool Terps banner in the background. Go Terps!
The adventures shall continue tomorrow.