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A civilization that only looks inward will stagnate. We have to keep looking outward; we have to keep finding new avenues for human endeavor and human expression. John L. Phillips#Avenues 67
John L. Phillips#Avenues 67
We would like to carry out 100 percent, or maybe more, of our scientific program; I would like to devote some of my spare time toward extra scientific work. John L. Phillips#Carry 63
John L. Phillips#Carry 63
Small samples in the centrifuge will spin at varying rates to create synthetic gravity, like the gravity of Mars or the gravity of the moon, and measure how the specimens respond within the centrifuge. John L. Phillips#Create 54
John L. Phillips#Create 54
Even with only two people on board, where maintenance is a large piece of our working day, we still have time to do scientific research. We have to be ready to support those Shuttle visits in a lot of different ways. John L. Phillips#Board 50
John L. Phillips#Board 50
The Space Shuttle will stop directly below the Space Station and Sergei and I will be looking out two different windows looking straight down at the Space Shuttle. John L. Phillips#Below 49
John L. Phillips#Below 49
It so happened that my goals kind of matched my career progression toward becoming an astronaut. John L. Phillips#Astronaut 46
John L. Phillips#Astronaut 46
Since the Columbia accident, the Russian space agency, or the Russian space program, has been literally carrying the load bringing us all the supplies we need on the Progress vehicle, smaller amounts on the Soyuz vehicles. John L. Phillips#Accident 42
John L. Phillips#Accident 42
It took me a long time to get selected as an astronaut. In fact, I applied for 20 years before I was selected. John L. Phillips#Applied 42
John L. Phillips#Applied 42
I never made a career decision based solely on my desire to be an astronaut. I attended the Naval Academy because I wanted to be a Navy pilot. I majored in math because math had always come pretty easily to me and I liked it. John L. Phillips#Academy 36
John L. Phillips#Academy 36
We're going to be focusing our science on things that will take us farther and longer into space. For many of those experiments, the crew members are human guinea pigs, which is fine; that's part of my job. I don't mind being a human guinea pig. John L. Phillips#Science 35
John L. Phillips#Science 35
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