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'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 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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"Science was something that really caught my attention. It was something I really could sink my teeth into"
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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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"It's a great view from here. I'm having the time of my life"
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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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"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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"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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"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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"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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"Our shuttle crew is four people, because we're going to transfer a crew up to station, so all the jobs are divided between four people rather than five or six people. So it's been busy"
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"It's very important to know that we packed it right because it is a safety issue for coming home"
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"It's really kind of a challenge to keep coordinated with the two station crews that we'll be interacting with. And of course one of them launched quite some time before our mission"
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"It's really a good feeling to know that we put this up there, that it's working, that all these people's plans that worked so hard came together and things fit and we've got a real space station"
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"It is a very busy mission: every day has some major goals that we have to get through, but my experience before has been that at least in the evening, you kind of take a deep breath and look around where you are and have some downtime"
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"It definitely helps to have been through the arm training flow before and to have used the arm on orbit, and it also gives me the confidence to know that our training facilities are really good, that when you get up there, you feel like you've been there"
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"In the Astronaut Office we're never totally out of training, we always keep our hand in it. But after five years, things have changed and so it's been good to get back into the flow and relearn a lot of things"
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"I'll be the person using the shuttle robotic arm"
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