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Born: 1923-03-12
Profession: Astronaut
Nation: American
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When a man looks across a street, sees a pretty girl, and waves at her, that's not a rendezvous, that's a passing acquaintance. When he walks across the street and nibbles on her ear, that's a rendezvous!

Tags: Girl, Her, Pretty

Each test pilot I know considers him, or herself, now that there are women, to be the very best. It's very demeaning to step down the ladder once in a while.

Tags: Best, Him, Women

At the end of our NASA careers, no one had a place for us in the military.

Tags: End, Military, Place

He who commands an Apollo flight will not command a second one.

Tags: Command, Flight, Second

I played English football - soccer - instead of American football, because we couldn't afford the equipment.

Tags: American, English, Football

I was told having a website would help me. I have yet to figure out why my life story needs to be on the web.

Tags: Help, Life, Why

I've always thought space station is a great name. It should be like a gas station where we go for service and supplies before heading further out.

Tags: Great, Service, Thought

Kennedy had made a mess in Cuba at the Bay of Pigs. He had to do something to look good. The Apollo program of going to the Moon was quite a goal,.

Tags: Goal, Good, Moon

Kids today don't want to get married. Too many of their friends have been married and divorced already. They just don't believe in it.

Tags: Friends, Kids, Today

NASA should start thinking about this planet.

Tags: Planet, Start, Thinking

Some of the wives didn't keep up with the program. It started breaking apart during the Apollo days.

Tags: Days, Keep, Started

We spent a lot of time in simulators. We were going to do it right.

Tags: Spent, Time

Another real problem was over putting our helmets on for re-entry, because we all had severe head colds. They couldn't come up there and make us. Houston, you have a problem!

Tags: Another, Problem, Real

Dad went to Canada to learn how to fly with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He took me on my first airplane ride, where I could have a hand on the stick.

Tags: Dad, Hand, Learn

I don't go along with going to Moon first to build a launch pad to go to Mars. We should go to Mars from Earth orbit. We have already been to the Moon; we've already practiced.

Tags: Along, Earth, Moon

I don't think the space station will ever do anything for exploration. Putting people up there for a year or more is the only way you will get anywhere near the exploration concept.

Tags: Anywhere, Space, Year

I remember seeing war hero Jimmy Doolittle fly a Gee Bee racer there. He was my childhood hero. Many years later, I was lucky enough to go hunting with him.

Tags: Hero, Him, War

I saw the booster, not Sputnik, flying by, and I said, maybe this is the way we should be going, not just sitting back waiting for something to happen.

Tags: Happen, Said, Waiting

John Glenn craved the publicity. I think even John would admit that. When he went into politics, that became pretty obvious! He knew how to do public relations.

Tags: Politics, Pretty, Public

When a test pilot comes off a flight, there is typically another pilot who is going to take it up, and he believes in the debriefing. You don't keep something to yourself.

Tags: Another, Keep, Yourself

When people have asked if I'd like to go in the Shuttle, I said you don't get to fly it, except for landing, which I'd love to do. I wouldn't go unless I could command it.

Tags: Love, Said, Unless