Space station chief flips over Veterans Day

Shane Kimbrough may not be the highest-ranking U.S. veteran, but he’s definitely the highest, by virtue of his status as the International Space Station’s commander.

So it’s worth noting the reflections from the retired U.S. Army colonel in honor of Veterans Day, which is being celebrated on Friday:

“As I orbit the Earth at an altitude of 250 miles, I’m constantly in awe of the sight of our planet below,” he said in a video marking the occasion. “I’m equally awestruck by those brave Americans who served and who are currently serving around the world in the United States armed forces in the defense of our freedom.”

Kimbrough closed off the clip with a zero-G flip.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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