Matthew A. Nelson, Esq.
STS-144, and Camyrn's plane-crazy grandpa


Adventures with Matt
Matt Nelson is a communications engineer at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. When he turned 44, he decided that he wanted to be an astronaut.

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Airplanes Part 1
Airplanes Part 2
Airplanes Part 3
Airplanes Part 4
Flying in Central America
Emergency Landing
Floatplane Trip to Arctic
Nursing home
Flying the AN-2 TX to AZ, Mar'06

Flying The Antonov An-2 In Alaska, 2003
I wasn’t born in Alaska, and I certainly do not have the navigation skills of a salmon returning to the same stream where she had been hatched. Airplanes, mountains, glaciers, caribou, moose, grizzly bears, bald eagles, salmon, whales, not too many people, Denali. Primordial stirrings, ties, or whatever. I have to answer my own call of the wild. I have to return to Alaska as often as possible.



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Antarctic Winter-Over
Bhutan
Casper Teachers
Flight to the Angels
Idaho, Wyoming and Montana
Mexican Hitchhiker
Mexico City
Moscow and St Petersburg
VW Trip
West Texas, Steinways and Explorers

Antarctic Reflections
On October 4, 1986, the 29th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik 1, I was asked if I would volunteer my time in exchange for travel expenses to repair the SPSDL. This was a “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity.




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Does Anyone Care
Granddaughters, the Stinson
and Space Launches

Japan 1992
Kazakh Eagle Hunting
The Gift

25 Years Later
Luna-9
Norman Vaughan
Rocket Man
Space Ship One

Launch of Soyuz TM-15 and Tour of Soviet/Russian Space Facilities
Apparently, we were not expected, because the director acted surprised to see us. After a discussion that included a bribe by Dennis Pivnyvk (our interpreter and also, the son of a very high ranking Russian space official) the director agreed to show us around. Young Russian soldiers eyed us with curiosity. Just in case we weren’t allowed entry, I snapped a photo of a gigantic aircraft that was a combination of airplane and helicopter.




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