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25 Famous Peggy Whitson Quotes (NASA Astronaut)

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Top 10 Most Famous Peggy Whitson Quotes – the Former NASA Chief Astronaut

“I think the biggest advice that I could give people is to actually try and live beyond your dreams by pushing yourself, challenging yourself to do things a little bit outside of your comfort zone.”

Peggy Whitson
I know the first female astronauts selected were definitely an inspiration to me, and so maybe I will be a role model.
I know the first female astronauts selected were definitely an inspiration to me, and so maybe I will be a role model.
I honestly do think that it is critical that we are continuously breaking records, because that represents us moving forward in exploration.
I honestly do think that it is critical that we are continuously breaking records, because that represents us moving forward in exploration.
To be able to float and move around and, pretty much effortlessly, do whatever you want with your body in space is pretty amazing.
To be able to float and move around and, pretty much effortlessly, do whatever you want with your body in space is pretty amazing.
I would certainly encourage young people to pursue their dreams. It isn't always an easy path, but it's worth going after.
I would certainly encourage young people to pursue their dreams. It isn’t always an easy path, but it’s worth going after. 
I figure if a farmer's daughter from Iowa can become an astronaut, you can be just about anything you want to be.
I figure if a farmer’s daughter from Iowa can become an astronaut, you can be just about anything you want to be.
You will be successful as long as you make your life decisions based on your own value system and not others...
You will be successful as long as you make your life decisions based on your own value system and not others…
So ignore the naysayers, ignore the people who say you can't become an astronaut. Instead use it as motivation.
So ignore the naysayers, ignore the people who say you can’t become an astronaut. Instead use it as motivation.
Seeing the Earth for the first time in orbit, you will be surprised that you never noticed the quality and texture of colors.
Seeing the Earth for the first time in orbit, you will be surprised that you never noticed the quality and texture of colors.

“We want people to continue learning new things about what space does to the human body. It’s important for us to understand that and make sure when we get ready to fly to Mars that we are ready for what we’re going to be exposed to.”

Peggy Whitson

15 Inspirational Peggy Whitson Quotes About Life And Space Travel

I have been blessed with some really special crewmates. Being able to be a really integral member of the team, no matter what role I was in, was truly special.
I have been blessed with some really special crewmates. Being able to be a really integral member of the team, no matter what role I was in, was truly special.
I am not sure what the future holds for me personally, but I envision myself continuing to work on spaceflight programs.
I am not sure what the future holds for me personally, but I envision myself continuing to work on spaceflight programs.
My desire to contribute to the spaceflight team as we move forward in our exploration of space has only increased over the years.
My desire to contribute to the spaceflight team as we move forward in our exploration of space has only increased over the years.
I would love to set foot on another planet - lunar or Mars or somewhere.
I would love to set foot on another planet – lunar or Mars or somewhere.

“Zero gravity is such an alien environment – completely different from everything we’ve grown up with every single day of our lives. And it’s incomprehensible how much better it was than I anticipated it would be.”

Peggy Whitson
I was inspired by the men who walked on the moon. It really was my inspiration, I think, you know, as a kid of 9 years old - I know I'm dating myself, but - I thought, 'What a cool job!'
I was inspired by the men who walked on the moon. It really was my inspiration, I think, you know, as a kid of 9 years old – I know I’m dating myself, but – I thought, ‘What a cool job!’
I knew I wanted to be a part of NASA in any case, and so I chose my goals in education to be consistent with working at NASA even as, you know, a scientist.
I knew I wanted to be a part of NASA in any case, and so I chose my goals in education to be consistent with working at NASA even as, you know, a scientist.
I came from Iowa, south central Iowa. It was a very rural area. I saw a lot more hogs growing up than I saw people.
I came from Iowa, south central Iowa. It was a very rural area. I saw a lot more hogs growing up than I saw people.
My undergraduate, I double-majored in biology and chemistry. Biology was kind of my love.
My undergraduate, I double-majored in biology and chemistry. Biology was kind of my love.
We are absolutely ready to go to Mars. It's going to be a fantastic journey getting there and very exciting times.
We are absolutely ready to go to Mars. It’s going to be a fantastic journey getting there and very exciting times.
Everything every day here on Earth is based on gravity, and you don't realize it until you don't have it anymore.
Everything every day here on Earth is based on gravity, and you don’t realize it until you don’t have it anymore.
I think the International Space Station is providing a key bridge from us living on Earth to going somewhere into deep space.
I think the International Space Station is providing a key bridge from us living on Earth to going somewhere into deep space.
I think, just philosophically, we're made to explore.
I think, just philosophically, we’re made to explore.
You will find that living in space can actually become a home, in spite of tools floating away. Alien to all you know, you will adapt and you will love it.
You will find that living in space can actually become a home, in spite of tools floating away. Alien to all you know, you will adapt and you will love it.
Unfortunately, spaceflight takes a lot of time and money.
Unfortunately, spaceflight takes a lot of time and money.

Peggy Whitson Short Biography

Born 9 February 1960, in Mount Ayr, Iowa, United States, Peggy Annette Whitson was the first female commander of the International Space Station, she also holds the U.S. record for the greatest number of days in space.

Whitson graduated from Iowa Wesleyan College in 1981, with a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry. She later acquired a doctorate in biochemistry in 1985.

She became a research associate for NASA in 1986 and would become the supervisor of the Biochemistry Research Group at KRUG International.

In 1989, Peggy Whitson began her career at NASA as a Research Biochemist and in 1991 she became a member of the U.S. – USSR Joint Working Group.

After completing 2 years of training and working various technical positions at NASA, Whitson was launched into space on June 5, 2002, where she conducted several experiments in microgravity. Whitson received the honor of being the first NASA Science Officer during the 6-month stay in space.

Peggy Whitson once again made the voyage to space on October 10, 2007, as commander of the Expedition 16 mission.

In 2017 she held the record for the greatest number of hours in space by any NASA astronaut, her total number of days being 665 days.

She was inducted into the Iowa Aviation Hall of Fame in 2011 and received the NASA Space Flight Medal in 2002 and 2008.

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