When you're getting ready to launch into space, you're sitting on a big explosion waiting to happen.
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There are lots of opportunities out there for women to work in these fields, ... Girls just need support, encouragement and mentoring to follow through with the sciences.
My parents didn't have a scientific bone in their body, and their daughter was pursuing a career in astrophysics. They didn't even know what astrophysics meant, but they supported me,
I don't have any nicknames.
No, I think most astronauts recognize that the space shuttle program is very high-risk, and are prepared for accidents.
My background is in physics, so I was the mission specialist, who is sort of like the flight engineer on an airplane.
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