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As commander I was responsible for the overall success of the mission, and so I had to know at least a little bit about everything.
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But a lot of that kind of work is done pre-flight, coordinating efforts with the flight directors and the ground teams, and figuring out how you're going to operate together.
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But it's also a lot of hard work, and it's a long time to be away from your family and friends. So I had a lot of different feelings.
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Coming down under a parachute is quite different as well. You hit the ground pretty hard, but all the systems work very well to keep it from hurting, so it doesn't even hurt when you hit. It was a great experience to be able to do both.
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I had done everything I could do as an astronaut, and we have a long line of inexperienced astronauts waiting for their first missions, and so my role really should be to step aside and help them prepare for their missions, rather than to try to get another mission.
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I hope that China will continue with space exploration. It would be logical to have international co-operation. I hope that it will come about and that I can be involved in it.
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I loved flying as much as I thought I would and continue to fly aircraft.
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I observe the earth and it is so beautiful. Even the places where there is great conflict and misery appear beautiful. This dichotomy has taught me to appreciate life and not to be upset by small things. I think this perspective has helped me find more inner peace and focus in my life.
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I spent a lot of my time working in the American module, and he would stay in the Russian segment working on his things, and we'd meet up at meal times. So it actually worked out very well.
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I think it's good to have competition. Now we have a third country that can launch astronauts, so it's good for all of us. It makes us a little bit more competitive and wanting to be the leader.
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I think space exploration is important for all countries that are able to do it.
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I think there are a lot of similarities between other types of exploration and the kinds of things we are doing.
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I would say keep supporting space flight, keep telling the public and the politicians why it's important to advance science and explore the galaxy. I encourage the Japanese to keep doing what they're doing.
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I'm Chinese-American, of course, and so it's very interesting to see China actually launch their own astronauts, becoming the third nation, following the United States and Russia, to do so.
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My parents always tried to teach us the best of both, the Chinese ethic of hard work and education and the American ethic of innovation of aspiration.
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Of course it's exciting to be in space, exciting to look down at the Earth and perform the science experiments and maintenance work.
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Of course, you'll have to meet the physical and psychological demands. A space walk takes a lot of energy.
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One day, people will be able to buy tickets to visit space.
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One of my challenges was to try to photograph the Great Wall of China. And I did actually take some photos, but it was hard to discern the wall with the naked eye.
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Our task was doing maintenance and repairs to keep the station in a good state for the return of the shuttle flights and resumption of major ISS construction.
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So I felt very well prepared for that role from my previous three shuttle flights, and fortunately everything went very well.
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Some of the other things that are very similar - if you are out in the middle of nowhere - and you've got your team and your equipment, you've got to be able to deal with any contingency that comes up - any kind of repairs that need to be made so that you can get back to where you need to go.
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Something like the space shuttle is a national treasure. It is something that is symbolic of the nation - of the country. And the folks that fly upon it - we're specially selected of course - and we have to go through a lot of training and we're a part of that whole collective symbol of the U.S.
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The love of flying did not inspire me to become an astronaut, rather, the two are related. They are part of the same dream.
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The most interesting thing was looking out the window and taking photographs of different places on Earth.
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There is no one area of chemical engineering that specifically helped me in my career as an astronaut, it was more the general education in engineering. Also, it was a very difficult and rigorous course. So, it made me strong and resourceful.
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There were different challenges along the way. Certainly the food shortage was unpleasant.
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Tinkering is something we need to know how to do in order to keep something like the space station running. I am a tinkerer by nature.
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Well, it's still a bit uncertain, but I will do the consulting, and I'll see how I can contribute. But I'm sure whatever I do will involve the space program. That's where my passion is.
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Yes, quite different, a very reliable spacecraft, very interesting spacecraft, but as you say quite different. It's very small inside. You're cramped up with your knees at your chest. But the systems are very simple and reliable, and also the launch was very smooth on the solid rocket booster.
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