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.
Your vision is not limited by what your eye can see, but by what your mind can imagine.
The quiet that envelops space makes the beauty even more powerful, and I only hope that the quiet can one day spread to my country.
We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.
The world looks marvelous from up here, so peaceful, so wonderful and so fragile. Everybody, all of us down there, not only in Israel, have to keep it clean and good.
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.
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.
Well, for me it really wasn't a case of deciding to be an astronaut.
This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
Space is for everybody. It's not just for a few people in science or math, or for a select group of astronauts. That's our new frontier out there, and it's everybody's business to know about space.
I was born too late for steam trains and a lazy eye meant I'd never be an astronaut.
I wanted to be a secret agent and an astronaut, preferably at the same time.
I cannot join the space program and restart my life as an astronaut, but this opportunity to connect my abilities as an educator with my interests in history and space is a unique opportunity to fulfill my early fantasies.
There is no one area of chemical engineering that specifically helped me in my career as an astronaut, it was more the general education in engineering. Also, it was a very difficult and rigorous course. So, it made me strong and resourceful.
I never made a career decision based solely on my desire to be an astronaut. I attended the Naval Academy because I wanted to be a Navy pilot. I majored in math because math had always come pretty easily to me and I liked it.
Different astronauts sleep in different ways.
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.
I don't know any astronauts. There are a lot of people who say they want to be comedians.
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.
It so happened that my goals kind of matched my career progression toward becoming an astronaut.
Then there was the challenge to keep doing better and better, to fly the best test flight that anybody had ever flown. That led to my being recognized as one of the more experienced test pilots, and that led to the astronaut business.
I worked for some very good people who have helped me along the way and actually enabled me to have the opportunity to be selected to join the Astronaut Corps.
I think that witnessing ecological problems visible from space is one of the new and essential roles of astronauts
There weren't any astronauts until I was about 10. Yuri Gagarin went into space right around my 10th birthday.
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