I really don't want to say goodbye to any of you people.
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.
Reach for it. Push yourself as far as you can.
I touch the future. I teach.
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.
If anything, the overriding emotion is gonna just be excitement.
Every shuttle mission's been successful.
I cannot join the space program and restart my life as an astronaut, but this opportunity to connect my abilities as an educator with my interests in history and space is a unique opportunity to fulfill my early fantasies.
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.
Space is going to be commonplace.
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.
My sympathies have always been for working-class people.
When I'm 60, maybe, I'll look at my pile of papers and wonder, What really happened that year?
I can remember in early elementary school when the Russians launched the first satellite. There was still so much unknown about space. People thought Mars was probably populated.
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.
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.
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.
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.
NASA was going to pick a public school teacher to go into space, observe and make a journal about the space flight, and I am a teacher who always dreamed of going up into space.