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Greetings, Earthlings

Ed Lu wears an aloha shirt while on the International Space Station. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Ed Lu, the astronaut who was an IfA postdoctoral fellow from 1992 to 1995, returned to Earth on October 27 after six months on the International Space Station. Lu, who calls Hawaii home, was surprised when NASA employees at the various field centers helped him celebrate his birthday by wearing tropical attire on the job. While in space, he wrote a series of letters titled "Greetings, Earthlings: Ed's Musing from Space." You can read them on the NASA Web site.

The summit of Mauna Kea as seen from the International Space Station. Photo by Ed Lu, courtesy of NASA.