You're always under the microscope, and you don't know which mission you're going to get. It's a surprise.
A lot of people, I think, would love to see the earth from above, wear a spacesuit. Certainly, when I was a kid, I wanted to wear a spacesuit.
Most people here don't have a wide emotional range. It's just the type of people astronauts are, they're required to be level.
Some people will always be volunteers to explore, and it is, in my mind, a privilege.
I'm 45, and I'm still at school, essentially. Even after being assigned to the mission, I had to write a number of exams, with people commenting on my performance.
Definitely you don't become famous by doing something bad; that's a professional death sentence.
Nobody is going anywhere in 10 years.
You're less apprehensive when you know what to expect. Also, the first flight is very important in this performance-driven culture I work in; it establishes your reputation. If you don't do well, it's probably your last flight.
The opportunities to become an astronaut in Canada were far and few.
My husband and I don't worry about each other the way we might if we didn't have similar jobs. I sometimes get an email where he tells me he's heading off on a mission to do terrain avoidance 50 feet above the ground at 500 knots. And I just say, "Okay, have a good flight."
I am definitely a little more nervous for my colleagues when I'm working at mission control than I am myself, on the shuttle.
You're always under the microscope, you don't know which mission you're going to get. It's a surprise.
Definitely you don't become famous by doing something bad; that's a professional death sentence. You remember that whatever you do, someone will be watching, and you study all the time. It sounds terrible, but you get used to it. I'm 45, and I'm still at school, essentially.
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