Expedition 42 Commander Barry “Butch” Wilmore celebrated his 52nd birthday aboard the International Space Station today, and Mission Control gathered around a microphone to sing “Happy Birthday” to him.
Wilmore, who has been on the station since Sept. 25, was born Dec. 29, 1962, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
> Listen to Mission Control singing “Happy Birthday”
Wilmore and his crew, which includes NASA’s Terry Virts, Russian cosmonauts Elena Serova, Alexander Samoukutyaev and Anton Shkaplerov, and European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti, are resuming work on microgravity experiments and operational maintenance aboard the station after enjoying some time off for the holidays.
Wilmore donned a body-mounted high-tech force feedback computer joystick as part of the Haptics-1 experiment he’s scheduled to perform Tuesday. The test will look at how people in weightlessness experience touch-based feedback. Someday, astronauts may use such interfaces to guide planet or asteroid-exploring robots from orbiting human spacecraft.
> Read more about the Haptics-1 experiment
His crew mates took readings on each other for eye health research, looking into why some astronauts are coming home from long-duration missions with diminished vision.
On Tuesday, Wilmore and Cristoforetti will be interviewed by the CBS Radio Network and BBC Radio at 9:55 a.m. EST on NASA Television.
12 thoughts on “Station Commander Celebrates Birthday in Orbit”
Happy Birthday to Butch Wilmore the International space station commander.
Happy year 2015
HAPPY BIRTHDAY IN ORBIT
Happy birthday! Eat cake.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY COMM. WILMORE !!! MY NAME IS JEFF CONLEY AND I’M FROM SAN ANTONIO,TEXAS..
AND HELLO TO YOUR FELLOW CREW MEMBERS AS WELL !!
I RECENTLY WENT ON LINE AND GOOGLED ‘SPACE’.. THEN I SAW NASA.COM LISTED..AND I CLICKED IT , I WAS READING ABOUT ISS , SROLLED DOWN TO WHERE THERE WAS A LIVE FEED FROM ISS.. AND , WOW, WHAT A BEAUTIFUL SITE !!! SEEING ”MOTHER EARTH” FROM THE HUBBLE SCOPE IS AMAZING !! WHAT YA’LL ARE DOING IS AMAZING !! EVERYDAY I LOG IN AND SEE WHAT’S NEW !! NICE PICTURE OF THE SUN, BY THE WAY !!! COMMANDER, YOU AND YOUR FELLOW CREW MEMBERS BE SAFE, HAVE A HAPPY NEW YEAR AND HAVE A SAFE JOURNEY BACK HOME !!! GOD BLESS EACH AND EVERYONE OF YOU !!! BYE FOR NOW, JEFF..
Comandante Feliz Cumpleaños que lo pase bonito saludos de Cristian Perez mis hermanos y mis padres desde Venezuela.
HI Butch”Barry”. We just want to wish you a Happy 52nd Birthday from here on earth. It has been a while since we last talked to you. I am so excited for you as you are there at the ISS. Continue to have the best time and enjoy every moment of it. Remember us from your home state of Tennessee and city of Mt. Juliet. We wish you the very best. Have a great New Year!! Martha
For a birthday gift I suggest buying a map of the world. Your skills in geography aren’t that good. I’m sure this will be censored aswell.
HI Barry! We wish you a Happy BIrthday and we know that you are having the time of your life there on the ISS. Enjoy every moment. From your Friends in MJ.Tennessee.
It is 2015!
Happy Birthday Commander Wilmore !
Happy Belated Birthday Commander WIlmore. I was honored to meet you in 2010 in Mount Airy, NC. Your passion for space travel radiated clearly from you and my pride in you and all who have traveled/explored is just as strong. Our family have enjoyed watching your adventures! We Look forward to seeing more of your pictures. Many people are living there dreams thru you!! God bless to you and everyone of the crew!