Write a story(year 8) about a day in the life of an astronaut working on the international Space station including some technical details about the International Space Station ,the training, launch pad,launching,satellite, working up in a satellite etc.
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(It is best to write such a story from the perspective of the astronaut himself, say as if he is recording his daily logs for his family or his managers at Earth).
Year 9, Day 1 log
This is Dave "Scotty" Buzzman starting his 9th year in the International Space Station. I can't believe it has already been 8 years since I started my long term assignment here at ISS. I started the day by getting up a little early to see the sunrise to start the new year and treated myself to a chocolate fudge along with coffee. The first order of business was to study the growth of three plants to examine the effect of gravity on plant growth. They are still somewhat miniature compared to what we would expect on Earth, however, this being space, it is really great to see flowers on them, hopefully there will be some fruits by the end of next year. The bulk of my day was spent trying to repair the damaged section of our solar panels. Yesterday, some space debris flew past us and even after maneuvering the ISS, I could not prevent small debris from hitting our panels. Since then, I am getting less than optimal power in the laboratory section. So I went on a spacewalk for a duration of 75 minutes, during the shaded time (when the ISS is not directly getting solar radiation). It seems the time we spent in training for spacewalking and repair paid off today. The debris was stuck in the panels and also entangled some wiring and was really difficult to remove, but I finally managed to. So, after removing the debris and replacing 18 square centimeter of the panel, I got back to the ISS. After a brief rest, I checked the power production and it was back to optimal. After spending 2 hours in the laboratory studying the behavior of 3 white rats we brought (can't believe they are that old, again space effect), I had some lunch and a brief rest. Then it was time for my regular video-briefing session with Houston. I can tell you life at ISS never gets boring, there is always something new to look forward to. Of course, I miss being on earth, especially the food, friends and family; it is exciting spending time in space.
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