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Born: 1951-05-26
Profession: Astronaut
Nation: American
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I have a lot of common sense. I know what needs to be done and how to approach it. I have an ability to work with people on large enterprises.

Tags: Done, Sense, Work

I haven't written my memoirs or let the television movie be made about my life.

Tags: Life, Movie, Television

I slept just floating in the middle of the flight deck, the upper deck of the space shuttle.

Tags: Flight, Middle, Space

I think eventually private enterprise will be able to send people into orbit, but I suspect initially it's going to have to be with NASA's help.

Tags: Able, Help, Private

I was always very interested in science, and I knew that for me, science was a better long-term career than tennis.

Tags: Career, Knew, Science

It takes a couple of years just to get the background and knowledge that you need before you can go into detailed training for your mission.

Tags: Knowledge, Takes, Training

It takes a few years to prepare for a space mission.

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It's no secret that I've been reluctant to use my name for things.

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It's well known that many girls have a tendency to dumb down when they're in middle school.

Tags: Dumb, Known, School

NASA has to approve whatever we wear, so there are clothes to choose from, like space shorts - we wear those a lot - and NASA T-shirts.

Tags: Choose, Space, Whatever

No, I think most astronauts recognize that the space shuttle program is very high-risk, and are prepared for accidents.

Tags: Accidents, Prepared, Space

On a standard space shuttle crew, two of the astronauts have a test pilot background - the commander and the pilot.

Tags: Background, Space, Test

On both of my flights, everything went very well.

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One thing I probably share with everyone else in the astronaut office is composure.

Tags: Else, Everyone, Office

So I saw many planets, and they looked just a little bit brighter than they do from Earth.

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So most astronauts are astronauts for a couple of years before they are assigned to a flight.

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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.

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The astronauts who came in with me in my astronaut class - my class had 29 men and 6 women - those men were all very used to working with women.

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The experience of being in space didn't change my perspective of myself or of the planet or of life. I had no spiritual experience.

Tags: Change, Experience, Life

The fact that I was going to be the first American woman to go into space carried huge expectations along with it.

Tags: American, Fact, Woman

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.

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The space shuttle is a better and safer rocket than it was before the Challenger accident.

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The view of Earth is spectacular.

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The women's movement had already paved the way, I think, for my coming.

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Then during the mission itself, I used the space shuttle's robot arm to release a satellite into orbit.

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There are aspects of being the first woman in space that I'm not going to enjoy.

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We can see cities during the day and at night, and we can watch rivers dump sediment into the ocean, and see hurricanes form.

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Well, we spend an awful lot of our time working and doing experiments. It's very busy up on the shuttle.

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When you're getting ready to launch into space, you're sitting on a big explosion waiting to happen.

Tags: Big, Happen, Waiting

You know, I go around the country a lot.

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I've discovered that half the people would love to go into space and there's no need to explain it to them. The other half can't understand and I couldn't explain it to them. If someone doesn't know why, I can't explain it.

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My parents must have done a great job. Anytime I wanted to pursue something that they weren't familiar with, that was not part of their lifestyle, they let me go ahead and do it.

Tags: Great, Job, Parents

Once you are assigned to a flight, the whole crew is assigned at the same time, and then that crew trains together for a whole year to prepare for that flight.

Tags: Time, Together, Whole

Science is fun. Science is curiosity. We all have natural curiosity. Science is a process of investigating. It's posing questions and coming up with a method. It's delving in.

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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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The pressure suit helps if something goes wrong during launch or re-entry - astronauts have a way to parachute off the shuttle. The suits protect you from loss of pressure in case of emergency.

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All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.

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The stars don't look bigger, but they do look brighter.

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For whatever reason, I didn't succumb to the stereotype that science wasn't for girls. I got encouragement from my parents. I never ran into a teacher or a counselor who told me that science was for boys. A lot of my friends did.

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I didn't really decide that I wanted to be an astronaut for sure until the end of college.

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I felt very honored, and I knew that people would be watching very closely, and I felt it was very, very important that I do a good job.

Tags: Good, Job, Knew

It's easy to sleep floating around - it's very comfortable. But you have to be careful that you don't float into somebody or something!

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But when I wasn't working, I was usually at a window looking down at Earth.

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I do a lot of running and hiking, and I also collect stamps - space stamps and Olympics stamps.

Tags: Olympics, Running, Space

I've spent my whole life not talking to people, and I don't see why I should start now.

Tags: Life, Start, Why

My background is in physics, so I was the mission specialist, who is sort of like the flight engineer on an airplane.

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Rocket science is tough, and rockets have a way of failing.

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After the Challenger accident, NASA put in a lot of time to improve the safety of the space shuttle to fix the things that had gone wrong.

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But even in elementary school and junior high, I was very interested in space and in the space program.

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I liked math - that was my favorite subject - and I was very interested in astronomy and in physical science.

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So I decided on science when I was in college.

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The most anxious time was during launch, just because that is so dramatic.

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Yes, I did feel a special responsibility to be the first American woman in space.

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Because I was a tennis player, Billie Jean King was a hero of mine.

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Different astronauts sleep in different ways.

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Even though NASA tries to simulate launch, and we practice in simulators, it's not the same - it's not even close to the same.

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For a long time, society put obstacles in the way of women who wanted to enter the sciences.

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For quite some time, women at NASA only had scientific backgrounds.

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I did not come to NASA to make history.

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I don't have any nicknames.

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I had both male and female heroes.

Tags: Both, Female, Heroes