My college buddy is a Navy SEAL and astronaut. He traveled to the ISS in 2009, aboard the Endeavour, and then he went back to the space station, last March, where he remained until September. Even though I had nothing to do with his success – I only sat next to him in english class at prep school – I, like the rest of my classmates, take great pride in his accomplishments. After visiting him, in 2009, for a personal tour of Houston, he became my inspiration for learning to fly a few months later.
Last summer, NASA released a light hearted video of Chris shaving his head and growing a goatee in a move of solidarity to welcome Italian Astronaut Luca Parmitano.