Commander Melroy of STS-120 excited about docking with ISS

Discovery shuttle STS-120 Commander Pam Melroy is excited about linking up with the International Space Station.

“The rendezvous is a very exciting time for us, for a lot of different reasons,” Melroy, the second woman to command a space shuttle, said in a NASA interview. “First of all, for the pilot and commander, we’re test pilots. So any opportunity to fly the vehicle is what really gets us excited, and we focus a lot on it during training. But I also find, on a personal level, it’s very exciting because when you approach the space station, it’s an extraordinary sight. Everybody can go to Florida, if they want to, and watch a space shuttle launch. But only astronauts get to see the space station. And it actually inspires that same sense of awe and wonder as you approach. So it’s a very exciting moment, to see it there. You just can’t believe how huge it is, and it’s absolutely gorgeous!”

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~ by tellinghistory on October 25, 2007.

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