Atlantis Astronaut Wobbly During Ceremony
Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper found out the hard way... recovery
from space flight, even a relatively short one, is harder than it
Stefanyshyn-Piper collapsed twice during a welcome-home ceremony
at Ellington Field in Houston Friday. She was to be the second to
last speaker of the six astronauts from the crew, but according to
ABC News, appeared confused before her knees buckled while at the
Her fellow astronauts caught her before she fell, then helped
her sit down. Stefanyshyn-Piper, gamely determined to give her
speech, got up and continued to applause from the crowd.
She said, "Boy, if that's not a little embarrassing."
But, once again, her wobbly legs got the better of her and her
crewmates helped sit before a pair of NASA officials helped her
leave through a side door.
Stefanyshyn-Piper and her crew returned Thursday after a
dazzling display of professionalism during STS-115. The crew
completed three grueling space walks installing massive trusses
weighing 17 1/2 tons that support new solar panels for the ISS.
Stefanyshyn-Piper was involved in two of the space walks as a
mission specialist and 'cosmic electrician.' She is one of only six
other US and one Russian women that have orbited the earth outside
Anousheh Ansari is currently aboard the ISS conducting
physiological experiments designed by the European Space Agency to
help better understand the effects of space flight on the human
One thing we know for sure... it makes you tired!
Keep your chin up Heidemarie -- after a mission like that,
you've no reason to be embarrassed.