My First Mission
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson on her expectations and hopes of space being exceeded.
- My first mission was six months long. I was one of the first crew members who was selected to fly a long duration mission without having flown a short duration mission. I was so excited, because I'm like, "I don't have to leave in 10 days; I get to live here." The excitement is there and what really surprised me was that even after all this years of anticipation of what I expected it to be in space, everything I expected or hoped it would be was superseded within three days. Everything. It was like this is so much better than I could have ever imagined. So it was just a phenomenal experience. Every bit of it was more than I could have ever dreamed or hoped for.