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" For quite some time, women at NASA only had scientific backgrounds. "
" The stars don't look bigger, but they do look brighter. "
" 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! "
" When the space shuttle's engines cut off, and you're finally in space, in orbit, weightless... I remember unstrapping from my seat, floating over to the window, and that's when I got my first view of Earth. Just a spectacular view, and a chance to see our planet as a planet. "
" 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! "
" I haven't written my memoirs or let the television movie be made about my life. "
" I did not come to NASA to make history. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I don't have any nicknames. "
" 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. "
" But when I wasn't working, I was usually at a window looking down at Earth. "
" The space shuttle is a better and safer rocket than it was before the Challenger accident. "
" 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. "
" We can see cities during the day and at night, and we can watch rivers dump sediment into the ocean, and see hurricanes form. "
" The fact that I was going to be the first American woman to go into space carried huge expectations along with it. "
" When you're getting ready to launch into space, you're sitting on a big explosion waiting to happen. "
" 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. "
" I've spent my whole life not talking to people, and I don't see why I should start now. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" All adventures, especially into new territory, are scary. "
" On a standard space shuttle crew, two of the astronauts have a test pilot background - the commander and the pilot. "
" I didn't really decide that I wanted to be an astronaut for sure until the end of college. "