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Hi guys. Thank you so much for all of the hits and comments. Some I found so funny. I didn't think that a quick video of my first experience in microgravity would be such a hit. It was actually on the Space Agency website for a long time, but I guess when they used it on that Late Night talk show everybody got a chance to see it. Number one on ViralWTF! I'm curious to see how many shares we get in total. In answer to many of your questions—no I didn't vomit before or after that video was taken. I almost did, but I didn't. And a lot of you said that judging by the look on my face, maybe I pooped my pants. I didn't. Just so you know. I don't know why I made that face, actually. I think maybe I was just excited to be flying around and bouncing off walls. Haha.

In other news, I've had a lot of time to get used to being in a space station. The crew are all still very nice. Wescott has been letting me watch him use the robotic arm to rearrange one of the deflated blow-up modules. He said he's not allowed to let me touch the controls, but he gave me one of the old unhooked joysticks and he told me to play along and do what he did. He said I did a real good job! He is very nice. He said that when we go back to Earth and are done adapting to the gravity, he will come to my middle school and we can have a big assembly and ask him all kinds of questions.

Speaking of poop. A lot of you have been asking about the toilets. Well, I won't get into major details, but I'll just say the toilets are more like vacuums you put up your butt. Gross! Haha. But I'm serious. You line your butt up just right, and then you sit on them and get the shivers from how cold it is on your anus, and then you press the button and then you let loose. The vacuum does the rest. It sounds like when you take the hose of a vacuum cleaner and stick it under the couch and suck up a bunch of tangerines you didn't know were there. I'm sorry to be so nasty but I'm just telling it like it is. The machine actually stores your poop in little vacuum-sealed baggies. The baggies get put into capsules that are then ejected into space and allowed to burn up in the atmosphere. So don't worry. There will be no poop meteors anytime soon. Haha.

Do I miss my parents and my brother? A little bit. I get to talk to them every day on the Internet. My mom says she can't sleep at night because she can't stop imagining that Proserpina is going to fly too low and then fall into the atmosphere and blow up. I told her that that's not how it works. We'd have to slow ourselves down quite a bit before we could ever fall out of orbit (that's what Astronaut Rehearsal tells me). And we have the Kestrel escape vehicle in case there are any accidents and we needed to abandon the station. I tell her to relax and not worry so much about it.

Also, I am becoming really good friends with Robonaut. He's the robotic astronaut built by Challenger Systems. When I talk with him it's not like talking to a computer. It's more like talking to a computer nerd who's very friendly and cool. Robonaut is the first quasi-sentient machine, though he wasn't intended to be as smart as he ended up being. He developed faster than he was supposed to, Wescott said. We had him secretly send text messages to college professors on Earth, and they were unable to tell that they were texting with a machine. This was a big deal. As you know, Challenger Systems has since been told not to build any more Robonauts, because now there are too many ethnical concerns. So for the time being, he's the only true artificial intelligence in the developed solar system. And he's my friend. Him and Wescott are my favorites. They are always patient when I want to ask them something about science.

Anyway. That's all for now. I covered everything I wanted to cover. Pooping. Robotic arming. Family. Robonaut. As always, let me know if you have any questions. Please give this post a Like if you liked it.  

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