Station skipper writes poem to usher in the new year
Posted: December 31, 2000
The international space station's Exedition One commander, Bill Shepherd, has written a poem capturing his thoughts and reflections, as he and Russian shipmates, Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev, usher in 2001.
Shepherd, a U.S. Navy Captain, followed the Naval New Year's 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
A first New Year is upon us
15 midnights to this night in orbit
We move with a speed and time
"Central post" our ship's bridge aboard
Our panels set as sails to the Sun
On this ship's deck sits no helm now
Though star trackers mark Altair and Vega
We commend to crews that will follow
The international space station crew addresses the people of planet Earth in a New Year's message.
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