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November 13th, 2009
04:59 PM ET

Meet 'Cady' Coleman, astronaut mom

Editor's note: This is the first in a yearlong CNN series, "Counting Down Cady," that follows NASA astronaut and mother Catherine "Cady" Coleman as she prepares for a November 2010 trip to the international space station. Watch the first "Counting Down Cady" TV segment Monday morning on CNN's "American Morning." Follow her story on the amFIX blog.

By Kim Segal and John Zarrella, CNN

Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts (CNN) - At her home in this woodsy town east of the Berkshires, Catherine "Cady" Coleman often steps outside with her husband and son to peer at the night sky.

But they're not just stargazing. They look up to catch a glimpse of the international space station as it passes 250 miles overhead.

"We watch it together," Coleman adds wistfully. " I like to think about that fact that [son] Jamey and [husband] Josh might do that when I'm up there."

That's right. A year from now, if everything goes according to plan, Coleman will blast off on a Russian Soyuz rocket for the station, where she will live for the next six months.

It's a tricky balancing act. One day Coleman is cooking dinner and picking up Jamey's toys; the next, she's a NASA astronaut in Houston, Texas, preparing to orbit the Earth at 17,000 miles per hour.

Taking on this mission to space, Coleman says, was a family decision.

"To decide to go and fly on the space station is basically a five-year commitment for me to stay down in Houston, and not live in the same place as these guys," she tells CNN.

Blog: Coleman talks about her life in her own words.

Read the full story »


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  1. Michael

    True, but I really doubt they had one in a classroom and DVRs aren't commonplace yet.

    December 29, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  2. Aadro Gnuy

    Hate to say this, but the kids may know something that the astronaut does not. You CAN rewind a live broadcast, assuming you have a DVR, sometimes generically called a "TiVo." 🙂 So, the kids may be used to rewinding a live broadcast, without knowing that their parents had a DVR. It's amazing how much consumer electronics has changed so that even an astronaut may find it hard to keep up with. 😉

    December 9, 2009 at 1:24 pm |