Peggy Whitson recalls ignoring the advice of respected scientist Dr. Van Allen in lieu of pursuing her dream.
- My advisor in college, she wanted me to go to medical school and she said well I'll introduce you to James Van Ellen up at University of Iowa if you go look at the medical school, and so I agreed to go with her because I was interested in meeting Dr. Van Ellen, the first individual who discovered radiation belts around the Earth, and so I was real excited about meeting him because he had something to do with space, but he told me you don't really want to be an astronaut because this is going to be just a phase we're going through. It's all going to be robotic and there's not really going to be astronauts in the future, so I wouldn't really put my eggs in that basket. I ignored it, but it was still great to see space hardware and be in his lab and see what was going on.
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