The Story Of NASA Astronaut Leroy Chiao
and His Pepsi Rolex GMT Master In Space
[Part 2 of 2]
The photo below is of the official Expedition 10 Mission poster for the International Space Station. Commander Leroy Chiao is pictured on the left with his Russian Science officer Salizhan Sharipov.
Doctor Chiao is pictured below in the Oval Office with President Bush.
In the photo below Dr. Chiao is playing with huge drops of water that are floating in the zero gravity environment.
In the podcast, Dr. Chiao promised he would share some of his favorite photos he took from the International Space Station, and he delivered on that promise!!! The images are breathtaking!!!
Tip: You must click on these images to see the amazing detail!!!
This first image seen below is taken above Egypt.
The crazy-beautiful image below is taken over the tip of Florida
The image below is the International Space Station with Earth below it
That is New York pictured below
The photo below was taken over the Salamat Basin in Chad
The Moon and Earth's atmosphere
The Himalayan Mountains are pictured below
The Northernmost parts of Cape Cod National Seashore pictured below
The Algerian Desert pictured below
The Great Wall of China and Inner Mongolia pictured below
The large City of Beijing (Peking) below
Dr. Leroy Chai was the First Raborn Distinguished Chair of the Max Faget Mechanical Engineering Professor at Louisiana State University and his faculty photo is pictured below.
Dr. Chaio is pictured below on Devon Island with Sapphire Lake pictured behind him.
Dr. Leroy Chaio is pictured below with CNN's Miles O'brien at the launching of the Space Shuttle Endevour on August 11, 2007.
Dr. Leroy Chaio bought his Rolex two decades ago, before he was an Astronaut. He wore his trused Rolex GMT on 3 NASA Space Shuttle missions and as the Commander of Space Station. Dr. Chaio is one of the most experienced and decorated astronauts in the history of space exploration.
Dr. Chaio left NASA because he had achieved everything he could at NASA, so what does a space pioneer do for an encore? He Joined the Excalibur Almaz Space Company as the Chief of Spacecraft Operations which is working on a program for civilian space tourism and exploration.
Doctor Chiao is pictured above in a fascinating article about him that appeared recently in USA Today's Weedend Magazine which you can read by clicking here.
As crazy as it may sound, I believe long-term Rolex ownership propels and inspires people to achieve all kinds of great things. There is something about the Rolex GMT, Submariner, and Daytona Sports models as well as all the other Rolex models that make the wearer feel like they can achieve anything. In my mind, Leroy Chiao is the living epitome of a Rolex high achiever and pioneer.
Rolex thought the same thing and after Dr. Chiao retired from NASA they engraved the back of Leroy Chaio's GMT Master II with all four of his NASA Mission numbers.
The photo above and below is of the back of Dr. Chaio's trusted Rolex that accompanied him on three Space Shuttle Missions and to the International Space Station. I wonder what fascinating future missions he will wear his beloved Rolex GMT on!?!