Ultimate Journey: Astronaut talks about trip to the ISS

HOUSTON – U.S. air force colonel Jack Fischer trained at the Johnson space center in Houston and with the cosmonauts in Star City, Russia for his mission aboard the international space station. 

"I think it's going to be a perspective changer and I'm just unbelievably excited for that experience," Fisher said.

This will be his first time in space. He expects it will be a lot like the first time he flew aboard a jet. Launch should happen in about two weeks.

"You knew it was going to be awesome but you didn't know it was going to be that awesome.  And I think going uphill in a couple of weeks is going to be an amazing experience that I can't even comprehend at this point," Fisher said.

During his four to six months on orbit, he and the crew will conduct about 300 experiments.  Everything he will do about 250 miles up he has repeatedly practiced here.

"The training for this mission...especially the closer you get the more exciting it gets because it's the last time you learn...pick a topic...how you put on your space suit or how to fix a wall or whatever. And the next time you'll do it is in space. And that's just cool!" Fisher said.

What’s also cool is that Fisher is a chef. KPRC2 Reporter Ryan Korsgard said she held his cookie jar during an interview a few years ago.  He said the chocolate chip cookies were for good luck on launch day. He will have the same before his launch.

"I guess I'll have to find some of that down at Baikanor before our launch. So we can have a little luck," Fisher said.