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Astronaut

August 5, 2013
English: Mission: STS-41-B Film Type: 70mm Tit...

English: Mission: STS-41-B Film Type: 70mm Title: Views of the extravehicular activity during STS 41-B Astronaut Bruce McCandless II, mission specialist, participates in a extra-vehicular activity (EVA), a few meters away from the cabin of the shuttle Challenger. He is using a nitrogen-propelled hand-controlled manned maneuvering unit (MMU). He is performing this EVA without being tethered to the shuttle. The picture shows a cloud view of the earth in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Buzz Aldrin walks on the moon, July 20, 1969

Buzz Aldrin walks on the moon, July 20, 1969 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When you wre 10, what did you want to be when you grew up? What are you now? Are the two connected?

I never wanted to be a ballerina, my balance was always too poor and I was prone to twisted ankles. Firemen were nice, but I never wanted that job either. Movie stars were so far beyond my lifestyle that I never even considered becoming one. No my desire was beyond the Earth, literally. When I was ten I dreamed of being an astronaut. I had recently witnessed one of the Apollo Moon Missions on TV. I was enthralled! I wanted to be an astronaut so badly! I started to study everything I could get about NASA, space, the stars, and science. I even started reading science fiction. Unfortunately, within a few years it became clear that I could never pass the physical requirements. I found new dreams and went on to other things. My current life has nothing to do with being an astronaut. The time was not wasted. Some of the things I explored then are still important to me. I enjoy science and astronomy and I love to read science fiction books. Emily

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In response to Daily Prompt: Ballerina Fireman Astronaut Movie Star
http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/05/daily-prompt-dreams/

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One Comment
  1. I wanted to be an astronaut too! It’s such a shame that opportunities for this haven’t increased exponentially since the moon landing, as predicted. Where are our moon colonies and bustling space ports and space elevators?!

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