Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Happy Earth Day!

This week I am learning the ropes in Flight Control Room - 1 (FCR-1 for short). I sit alongside ADCO specialists, watch them do their job, ask lots of questions, and help wherever possible! This session of training is called "cold on-the-job-training" because I am just observing what the ADCO specialist is doing. In a few weeks I will be working overnight to complete my "hot on-the-job-training" where I will do all the functions of my job as ADCO and a certified ADCO will be watching me to make sure I'm doing everything right. When all of that is done, including a sign off from the Flight Director, I will be able to literally "fly the ISS solo"!!!!

The fun part about working during the day is being on NASA TV (they don't normally record shows during the overnight hours when I will be working). Check out yours truly in the bottom left corner!!!


Every time I mention NASA TV it makes me think of my childhood neighbors. I used to babysit their daughter when I was in high school, which was the best gig ever because they had something I didn't - the NASA channel. When they came home to find me watching the NASA channel of all channels I never lived it down. Kelly does a perfect impression of the NASA channel's slow pace, "Annndddd theeeeennnn the astrooooonauuutssss willll beeee....." I wonder if he ever thought I would actually be ON that channel that I loved so much ;-)

The great part of sitting in the front row is being able to see some amazing video as ISS passes over Earth. Today I watched the Earth circle underneath while the Flight Controller in charge of the robotic arm moved it around the station. It was an incredible mashup of nature and machine - a perfect little Earth Day celebration! Happy Earth Day everyone!!