Perspective Shuttle Program quotations
Instead of planning the retirement of the Space Shuttle program, America should be preparing the shuttles for their next step in space: evolving, not shutting them down and laying off thousands of people.
The thing I'll remember most about the flight is that it was fun.
In fact, I'm sure it was the most fun that I'll ever have in my life.
We're going to go to the moon. We're going to go on to Mars. We're going to set up a base on the moon. OK, but no money to pay for it, nothing in the budget for it. And so the decision made at that time was to cancel the whole shuttle program to save money, which I think was very, very short sighted.
The vast majority of the shuttle program was a success.
We learned so much about how a reusable spacecraft interacts with its environment, how it ages-and what to design next time.
When I was a kid, I was a bit of a space geek.
I loved the space program and all things NASA. I would read books about our solar system; I had pictures of the Space Shuttle on my bedroom wall. And yes, I even went to Space Camp.
No, I think most astronauts recognize that the space shuttle program is very high-risk, and are prepared for accidents.
In the space shuttle program, where we had males and females, I can tell you that nobody was doing that [sex] because there's absolutely no privacy. The only privacy would have been in the air lock, but everybody would know what you were doing. You're not out there doing a spacewalk. There's no reason to be in there.
Having three operational vehicles in the fleet affords the shuttle program great schedule flexibility as we move toward flying safely and completing the international space station.