I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own.
It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn't feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.
Well, for me it really wasn't a case of deciding to be an astronaut.
As a boy, because I was born and raised in Ohio, about 60 miles north of Dayton, the legends of the Wrights have been in my memories as long as I can remember.
Different astronauts sleep in different ways.
This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.
Here men from the planet Earth first set foot upon the Moon. July 1969 AD. We came in peace for all mankind.
And, so I set my goals on astronaut because, as a military aviator, it was, I considered that to be about the peak of a flying career.
Then, much later, my next dream was to become an astronaut, and I was fortunate to realize that dream, also.
During my 8 years as chairman, I had the privilege to peer into the future to see dynamic citizen astronauts returning to and from the heavens which we can expect in the future.
I was born too late for steam trains and a lazy eye meant I'd never be an astronaut.
My neighborhood was rough, but I live a great life now. I don't fight that much now. I don't look for it anyway, but if someone hits your mother, whether you're a star, an accountant, or an astronaut or anything... I mean it's your mother, so I lost my mind.
It took me a long time to get selected as an astronaut. In fact, I applied for 20 years before I was selected.
When many astronauts go to space, they see the insignificant size of the earth and vastness of space, and they become very religious, because they have seen the Signs of Allah.
And just when we were at the end of our design process there was the news that the Italian government and the U.S. government had signed an agreement to fly the first Italian astronaut on that flight.
I wanted to make sure that the man who found the genie would not take terrible advantage of her, so he needed to be a person of integrity and honor - which is why I made the male lead an astronaut. The rest, as they say, is history.
Some astronauts sleep in sort of beds - compartments that you can open up and crawl into and then close up, almost like a little bedroom.
The food isn't too bad. It's very different from the food that the astronauts ate in the very early days of the space program.
It so happened that my goals kind of matched my career progression toward becoming an astronaut.
Before we had airplanes and astronauts, we really thought that there was an actual place beyond the clouds, somewhere over the rainbow. There was an actual place, and we could go above the clouds and find it.there.
I had done everything I could do as an astronaut, and we have a long line of inexperienced astronauts waiting for their first missions, and so my role really should be to step aside and help them prepare for their missions, rather than to try to get another mission.
So most astronauts are astronauts for a couple of years before they are assigned to a flight.
There weren't any astronauts until I was about 10. Yuri Gagarin went into space right around my 10th birthday.
So most astronauts getting ready to lift off are excited and very anxious and worried about that explosion - because if something goes wrong in the first seconds of launch, there's not very much you can do.
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