It was a busy and eventful week on the International Space Station this week.
After nearly two weeks docked to the ISS, the first Commercial Resupply Service mission (CRS-1) was unberthed and returned to Earth. For the first time since the retirement of the US Space Shuttle fleet, the United States and its international partners have the capability to send and return equipment, supplies, experiments and other materials to and from the space station.
Flying its third Dragon spacecraft into orbit, Space X's team sent 986 pounds of new supplies and equipment to the ISS, and returned nearly a ton of experiments, broken equipment and other materials to the Earth.
Mike Salsgiver, 59, is a space enthusiast and active in local government and political circles. He has been married for 32 years to the former Brenda Hogan. They have 4 children, two grandchildren, and one huge dog named Sam. The Salsgivers live in Portland, OR.