Test Pilot; NASA Astronaut: STS-120 & ISS-25;
Space Station Commander; Aspiring Poet; Inspired by quiet moments, kindness and the power of the spoken word.
1743 days ago
“To be able to rise from the earth…to be able, from a station in outer space, to see the relationship of the planet Earth to other planets…to be able to contemplate the billions of factors in precise and beautiful combination that make human existence possible…to be able to dwell on an encounter of the human brain and spirit with the universe—all this enlarges the human horizon…”
On days like these I remember and reflect back on my childhood and my own dreams of flight. I would watch the birds and wonder about their course…their destination. Would they look down from their perch and wonder about a life of walking and running…rather than flying? I often thought that they probably felt sorry for us...burdened with the chains of gravity.
I am so grateful for my current ‘office cubicle’…I really don’t miss those chains… :-)