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On release day, a lot of what you do is photographed or videotaped, even consuming breakfast. We dined quick, following our commander’s lead, and smiled graciously for the cameras. as the video was once being aired live to tell the tale NASA television, we additionally supplied compulsory waves. i discovered it attention-grabbing that for either one of my launches, a gorgeous cake was once ready with our challenge patch proudly adorning the pinnacle. And either instances now not a unmarried member of both group ate a section of that cake! The kitchen aid employees took orders for lunch—our final meal, when you will. I listened closely because the veterans selected simply—basic sandwiches with little to no condiments—to shield their stomachs from the aptitude nausea of 0 gravity. Visions of my medium-rare steak and loaded baked potato departed speedy, changed via the blandness of a turkey sandwich on wheat, with lettuce and highly spiced mustard. clinical exams breakfast. those are more often than not a formality. The flight surgeons appeared us over, patted us at the again, and wanted us stable good fortune. If somebody used to be ill at this element, after spending the final seven days remoted from friends and family, it could actually throw a major monkey wrench into the undertaking making plans approach. thankfully, we have been all given a fresh invoice of wellbeing and fitness. The commander, pilot, and undertaking professional 2 (shuttle flight engineer) busied themselves with briefings during the morning. Discussions approximately climate ruled, the meteorological specialists checking present stipulations and forecasts for the launchpad and emergency touchdown websites world wide. I didn’t have a lot to do. i used to be like a sack of potatoes, mere shipment to be introduced via the provider to the customer someplace in orbit. I made definite all my touchdown outfits have been packed accurately. a number of baggage have been required. One used to be for Edwards Air strength Base in California in case undesirable climate in Florida driven us there. one other used to be for a traditional go back to the Cape. a 3rd bag used to be essential to hide an emergency touchdown website, in all likelihood outdoor the us. It appeared unusual for me to be deliberating touchdown, simply because mine wouldn’t come for no less than 5 months! The timeline known as for me to fit up presently after our quiet lunch. With release time scheduled for overdue afternoon on June eight, 2007, it felt like our velocity was once effortless, virtually leisurely. Returning to my room, i realized that i used to be commencing to believe anxious approximately what used to be coming. puzzling over the place i'd be drowsing on the finish of the day, I had the predicted emotions of pleasure and anticipation jumbled together with a boatload of hysteria. each one folks were given a goal time to start to fit up. That intended one final journey to the restroom, via the wearing of your diaper. often called the magazine, or greatest absorbency garment, our launch-day diaper is a pull-up, no longer the “taped” model I used on my young children after they have been babies. for a similar goal, many astronauts (especially men) strategically position female hygiene pads in the magazine to assist hinder “free circulation” through the two-plus hours of idle time in your again within the prelaunch countdown.