Famous quotes by Astronauts


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"I've had a chance to fly a lot of different airplanes, but it was nothing like the shuttle ride"
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"I tell students that the opportunities I had were a result of having a good educational background. Education is what allows you to stand out"
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"What everyone in the astronaut corps shares in common is not gender or ethnic background, but motivation, perseverance, and desire - the desire to participate in a voyage of discovery"
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"Science was something that really caught my attention. It was something I really could sink my teeth into"
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"I went to the University of Washington as a physics and astronomy major. My other interest, of course, was aviation. I always wanted to be a pilot. And if you're going to fly airplanes, the best place to be is the Air Force"
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"Fortunately, I got called down to NASA for an interview. And one thing led to the next, and one day I got that call. I've been here about seven years now and am really enjoying it"
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"If you want something that's going to provide you with a lot of challenges and a variety of different things to do, then you really can't beat a place like the Air Force. I don't mean this to sound like a recruiting pitch. But it's been a lot of fun"
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"It's a great view from here. I'm having the time of my life"
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"There are just hundreds of people that have inspired and influenced me in a number of different ways. First of all, you can't forget your parents and all they've done to help you to get here"
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"It looks like the future's really bright"
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"Like most kids growing up, I had a very wide interest. I was interested in everything. I tried to take advantage of everything, from the sciences to music to writing to literature"
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"When you launch in a rocket, you're not really flying that rocket. You're just sort of hanging on"
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"As you look back at your life, there are just a million different things that have happened, just in the right way, to allow you to make your dreams come true. And you know, someone has all that under control"
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"I've been lucky enough to fly to space twice"
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"It is spectacular. From about five minutes in, when we knew for sure that we were going to have the weather to go, the smile on my face just got bigger and bigger, and I was just beaming through the whole launch. I mean, it is just an amazing ride"
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"I did grow up with a really big interest in math and science; I liked it"
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"I'll be the person using the shuttle robotic arm"
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"It is a challenge to have your launch date slip continuously"
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"I wanted to further my education, so I went on to get a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and came back and served about ten years in the Canadian Navy as what we call a combat systems engineer"
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"This has been a great experience for me. The first couple of days you don't always feel too well. You adjust to the fluid shifting, how to fly through space without hitting things or anybody else. But then you get in a groove"
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"We're taking up some science experiments, some crystal growth things, we have a refrigerator that carries up some samples, new samples that go into the station, we bring the old ones home; we have a lot of clothing, we have a lot of food-U.S. and Russian food"
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"I grew up watching a lot of the coverage of the early U.S. space program, all the way back starting with Mercury and then through Gemini and Apollo and of course going to the moon as the main part of the Apollo program"
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"We're on the same radius from the Earth, and then we start to swing around to where we're ahead of them on the velocity vector, so we come in relative to the station from this forward velocity position and dock on to the forward end of the Lab"
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"We still have a lot of international partner modules that need to get up there to make it truly the international structure that it will be, and that's highly important; we need to get to where the crew size is bigger"
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"We launch when we're kind of in the same orbit that they are in terms of being matched up in inclination in space, and we're just in a little different altitude"
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"We didn't use the shuttle robot arm before, so this has been a training flow to get ready for that"
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"UF is Utilization Flight. That got put in the manifest quite some time ago"
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"There's a lot of interest from the medical community on how things develop in microgravity, and the hope, later, that is expected to apply to what the changes are in humans as well"
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"The training comes to us with the benefit of what has gone before"
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