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December 21st, 2009
09:26 AM ET

Counting Down Cady: Cady-in-training

Editor's Note: Cady Coleman, Ph.D. is a NASA astronaut – a veteran of two space missions, who has logged over 500 hours in space. She is assigned to the Expedition 26 crew and is scheduled to fly to the International Space Station aboard the Russian Soyuz 25 in late 2010. This is part three of our year-long American Morning original series, "Counting Down Cady."

By Kim Segal and John Zarrella, CNN

Houston, Texas (CNN) - It takes two people to help dress Cady Coleman for work.

The spacesuit she must wear for training at the Johnson Space Center here weighs more than twice the body weight of the petite astronaut.

"Some people think you might have a custom spacesuit, and you don't," she says. "They're in a generic size."

Pads are added and adjustments are made to ensure a custom, comfortable fit for each astronaut. The suit Coleman is training in is similar to the one she will wear if she must do a spacewalk next year while aboard the international space station.

In November, 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.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Jeff Hubbard

    Hi Cady,
    I have sometimes wondered what happened to the folks from Pine Ridge. Little did I think that one of them had become an astronaut. Blessings as you prepare for your upcoming mission.

    January 25, 2010 at 9:14 pm |
  2. Michael

    6 months on ISS! Thanks for being our astronaut 🙂

    December 29, 2009 at 11:27 am |