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 touch the future. I teach.
Sometimes when things get kind of frantic, it helps to call [my husband] because I think he's got a real good sense of where everything's gonna be in a few years. He'll say, 'Christa, just hang in there. People are going to try to do a good job for you.
I touch the future. I teach. I really appreciate that sentiment. That's going with me.
Reach for it. Push yourself as far as you can.
I don't think any teacher is as ready as I am
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 really don't want to say goodbye to any of you people.
My sympathies have always been for working-class people.
We sat around one night and thought that people are going to look back and say, I can't imagine there was a lot of excitement about HER going up!
I have the LIFE magazine of the men walking on the moon.
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.
If anything happened, I think my husband would have to deal with that as the time came.
I have a vision of the world as a global village, a world without boundaries. Imagine a history teacher making history!
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.