The Story Of NASA Astronaut Leroy Chiao
and His Pepsi Rolex GMT Master In Space
[Part 1 of 2]
This is the story of NASA Astronaut, Doctor Leroy Chiao PH.D, who is one of the most decorated and experienced Astronauts in history. I very, very highly recommend you listen to the podcast interview I did with Dr. Chiao. Dr Chiao is an incredible human being and absolute gentleman. (Running Time 1:19:31)
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Rolex In Space
Dr. Leroy Chiao is one of the most experienced and accomplished NASA Astronauts alive today. He flew on three Space Shuttles as the Science Officer, and was the Commander of The International Space Station on-board Expedition 10.
Leroy Chiao was on-board Space Shuttle STS-65 Columbia (July8-July 23, 1994) which was launched from and landed back at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, which set a new flight duration record.
Leroy also flew on-board Space Shuttle STS-72 Endeavor (January 11-January 20, 1996) which flew a nine day mission to retrieve the Space Flyer Unit launched from Japan ten months earlier. Chiao executed two spacewalks designed to experiment procedures for the assembly of the International Space Station.
Next Leroy Chiao, flew on Space Shuttle STS-92 Discovery (October 11-October 24, 2000) which launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida and landed at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
Leroy Chiao was the Commander of Expedition 10 on the International Space Station (ISS) which launched October 9, 2004 and returned April 24, 2005.
Rolex On The Space Shuttle
Dr. Chiao is pictured above in his official NASA photo.
Dr. Chiao was on-board the Space Shuttle pictured below.
The photo below is of the Space Shuttle landing with Dr. Chiao on-board.
Dr. Chiao is pictured standing up on the far left of the photo below with his fellow members on board the Space Shuttle.
Dr. Chiao is pictured below preparing to take off on a Space Shuttle Mission.
Dr. Chiao is picture below in a training class.
Dr. Chiao is pictured below during wilderness training at NASA.
Rolex on The International Space Station
Dr. Chiao was the Commader of the International Space Station on-board Expedition 10 and is pictured below with his Russian crewmember as they arrive to begin preparations to launch.
Dr. Leroy Chiao is pictured training for launch below.
Dr. Chiao is pictured on the far right posing for an official crew photo for Expedition 10.
Commander Chiao is pictured below as he prepares for take-off on the Russian Soyuz Rocket to go the International Space Station.
Of course, Commander Chiao is sporting his Rolex GMT Master II with the Pepsi bezel and the Jubilee Bracelet in Stainless Steel. You can see it peeking out of launch suit in the photo below.
Dr. Leroy Chiao was the Commander of Expedition 10 and is pictured below welcoming new members on board the International Space Station.
In the photo below the crewmembers of the International Space Station of Expedition 10 pose to have their picture taken in the Destiny laboratory.
From the left (front row) are astronaut Leroy Chiao, Expedition 10 commander and NASA Space Station science officer; and cosmonaut Salizhan Sharipov, Expedition 10 flight engineer representing Russia's Federal Space Agency. From the left (back row) are European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Roberto Vittori of Italy; cosmonaut Dirgei Krikalev, Expedition 11 commander representing Russia's Federal Space Agency; and astronaut John Phillips, Expedition 11 NASA Space Station science officer and flight engineer.
The photo below is of Dr. Chaio floating in the zero-gravity environment as he works on preparing some diagnostics.
The photo below is of Commander Chiao during EVA (Extra Vehicle Activity) on a Spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Those are solar panels between him and Earth.
Commander Chiao is working out on the International Space Station as pictured below.
Another close-up shot wrist shot of Commander Chiao's GMT Pepsi in Stainless Steel with the Jubilee Bracelet. A very cool watch indeed!!! Dr. Chiao has owned and depended on his GMT for almost 20 years now. He wore his beautiful and trusted GMT on 3 Space Shuttle missions and on the International Space Station.
Commander Chiao is pictured below floating around in the zero-gravity environment of the International Space Station.
Another cool wrist shot of Commander Chiao's Rolex GMT Pepsi as he is conducting scientific research on board the International Space Station.
Commander Chiao took the photo of himself in his fellow Astronauts mirrored face mask with clouds from earth behind him. What a cool shot!!!
Dr. Chiao is holding up the Fairview Falcons Flag in Space.