scientific investigator of the International Space Station.
Tourist doesn't do justice to all the work I've put in, or the work that the people at the Gagarin center (outside Moscow) put in preparing us.
We did antigravity training in weightless chambers, tested for space suit leaks. We spent nearly six hours a day at a time inside the shuttle, training.
I've always slightly objected to the word 'tourist,' ... I think the word 'tourist' doesn't do justice to all the work I've put in.
To me, yes, it's worth the money.
I feel welcome, ... With a crew like this, how could you go wrong
As soon as that rocket launched, I was more relaxed than I've been in two years, ... The only think I was nervous about was, maybe I wasn't going to go.
I will feel most relaxed and most happy when the rocket is taking off. This has been two years of very hard work. In 20 hours, I will feel very, very good.
Who wouldn't want to go to the moon I'm really interested, but one flight at a time.
Who wouldn't want to go to the moon
I would hope that my flight would help, if just to make space flight more routine.
This is a dream come true. Just to look out and see the Earth from about 230 miles up is just great.
I'm having a great time. I mean, this is a dream come true.
I do not consider myself a space tourist. Learning how to live and work in space and my upcoming mission are truly a dream come true for me. But I am first and foremost a scientist, and I am going to carry out real science.
One hundred years ago, airline flight was reserved for only a few brave souls. Everyone flies (on planes) nowadays. The same will be true of space flight.