I touch the future. I teach.
I really don't want to say goodbye to any of you people.
Reach for it. Push yourself as far as you can.
Reach for the stars.
It's not the Olympics. It's Concord, New Hampshire, and a homecoming should reflect the community I'm part of.
I will have a one-hour program called the Mission Watch, where I will describe details of the mission and give additional information about the lessons from space.
If anything, the overriding emotion is gonna just be excitement.
Space is going to be commonplace.
I told them how excited I would be to go into space and how thrilled I was when Alan Shepard made his historic flight, and when John Kennedy announced on the news that the men had landed safely on the moon, and how jealous I was of those men.
Every shuttle mission's been successful.
My job in space will be to observe and write a journal. I am also going to be teaching a class for students on earth about life in space and on the space shuttle and conducting experiments.
I was a little concerned with how the crew was going to view me because I didn't know whether this program had been kinda forced down their throats. But they were wonderful.
I will go around the space shuttle and give a guided tour of the major areas and describe what is done in each area. This will be called The Ultimate Field Trip.
If I can get some student interested in science, if I can show members of the general public what's going on up there in the space program, then my job's been done.
The president felt that it was important to send an ordinary citizen to experience the excitement of space travel as a representative for all Americans.
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