Having spent a quiet holiday weekend in orbit aboard the International Space Station (ISS), the Expedition One crew members maintained a Naval New Year's tradition as they prepared to begin their tenth week in space.
With crewmates Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev at his side, Commander Bill Shepherd, a U.S. Navy Captain, provided a poem he wrote on board, capturing his thoughts and reflections, as he and his shipmates ushered in 2001.
It is Naval tradition for the person on duty at the helm of a ship to provide an entry into the ship's log at the turn of the New Year. Shepherd wrote the following:
"In longstanding naval tradition, the first entry in a ship's log for the New Year is always recorded in prose. We would like to share with all, the entry being made in the log tonight as 'Alpha' salutes the New Year"-
SHIP'S LOG 0000 01 JAN 2001
sail onboard space station "Alpha"
first New Year is upon us
midnights to this night in orbit
move with a speed and time
post" our ship's bridge aboard
panels set as sails to the Sun
this ship's deck sits no helm now
star trackers mark Altair and Vega
commend to crews that will follow
The International Space Station continues to orbit the Earth in excellent shape at an altitude of 230 statute miles as it enters its fourth calendar year of existence.
The Johnson Space Center newsroom is closed and will reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2001 at 8 a.m. Central time.
The next Expedition One status report will be issued on Wednesday, Jan. 3, or sooner, if developments warrant.
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