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.
The stars don't look bigger, but they do look brighter.
Studying whether there's life on Mars or studying how the universe began, there's something magical about pushing back the frontiers of knowledge. That's something that is almost part of being human, and I'm certain that will continue.
But even in elementary school and junior high, I was very interested in space and in the space program.
Rocket science is tough, and rockets have a way of failing.
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.
But when I wasn't working, I was usually at a window looking down at Earth.
All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary.
I did not come to NASA to make history.
I think it's important for little girls growing up, and young women, to have one in every walk of life. So from that point of view, I'm proud to be a role model!
When you're getting ready to launch into space, you're sitting on a big explosion waiting to happen.
The view of Earth is spectacular.
I've spent my whole life not talking to people, and I don't see why I should start now.
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.
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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