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Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-13-2008 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson entered the European Space Agency's Columbus science laboratory on Tuesday, February 12, she did so wearing a pair of a red, white and blue socks:

The flag-inspired footwear was a gift from fellow astronaut Shannon Lucid as was made known by a couple of call downs by Whitson to Mission Control where Lucid serves as capcom.

Whiston: "Hey, I just wanted to thank you for the socks. I heard you sent them, thanks for thinking of me. I love red white and blue."

Lucid: "Well you're very welcome... they look very good on you!"

Whitson's socks were reminiscent of another lab opening that occurred seven years ago this week.

Tom Jones, STS-98 mission specialist (pictured above), explained the "star-spangled socks" in an e-mail to collectSPACE:

"Our crew fashion guru, Marsha Ivins, procured our star-spangled socks. She packed them in our clothing drawers in the middeck and we broke them out for the opening of Destiny. She even brought three pairs for the Expedition 1 crew.

"I still have mine, although I seldom have the occasion to wear them socially."

Robert Pearlman
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posted 02-17-2008 01:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A nice shot of STS-122 commander Steve Frick, ISS Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson and her star-spangled socks...

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