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 Robert Crippen - “You're going very fast when you're on orbit, going around the world once every hour and a half.”
 Robert Crippen - “We were only on orbit a little over two days, so we had no adverse effects from being weightless.”
 Robert Crippen - “We were on the dark side of the Earth when we started to see outside the window this soft pink glow, which is a lot of little angry ions out there going very fast. We were hitting them very fast.”
 Robert Crippen - “We were flying on a winged vehicle that would do reentry different than we had ever done before. So all of those were firsts. Test pilots truly love firsts.”
 Robert Crippen - “The space shuttle has been a fantastic vehicle. It is unlike any other thing that we've ever built. Its capabilities have carried several hundred people into space.”
 Robert Crippen - “Looking down at the Earth, you started to pick up a sense of speed much more than I had noticed on orbit.”
 Robert Crippen - “It was only after we got the first maneuver off that I began to enjoy the outside view. We actually could see the external tank out in front of us.”
 Robert Crippen - “I was selected to be an astronaut on a military program called the Manned Orbiting Laboratory back in '67. That program got cancelled in '69 and NASA ended up taking half of us.”
 Robert Crippen - “For landing, we came in over Edwards about 40,000 feet. We set up for a big circling pattern coming in to land down on the lake bed.”
 Robert Crippen - “When you work really hard for something for a long time it's almost impossible to believe that it's coming true.”
 Robert Crippen - “If you want to go into space first time on a new vehicle that's never been flown, you want to go with a pro.”
 Robert Crippen - “I thought it was going to take a lot more countdowns on the pad. We actually did scrub once, but I figured we'd scrub several times since it's a pretty complicated vehicle.”
 Fran Crippen - “It's kind of weird. I'm excited in one sense, but in another, it's kind of sad, because it's my last home dual meet. This week I've just been thinking a lot about the past meets we've had and all the good times I've had.”
 Fran Crippen - “I'm just not trying to think about it as my last meet as a Virginia swimmer. After it's all over, I'll think of that. All the hard work we've done, I'm just going to go and have fun and swim fast.”
 Fran Crippen - “Personally, as the leader, I think that if you can get your team one good swim, more good swims are going to follow. It's not to say that we couldn't have turned it around, but I think I got the ball moving in the wrong direction.”
 Robert Crippen - “Having the opportunity to fly the first flight of something like a space shuttle was the ultimate test flight.”
 Robert Crippen - “The nature of the shuttle was, we couldn't put a crew escape system in it.”
 Robert Crippen - “Selection of crews is always been somewhat of a mystery.”
 Robert Crippen - “I would truly love to see us go back to the Moon and on to Mars certainly the shuttle is not the right vehicle to make that happen.”
 Robert Crippen - “The real pleasure was having the chance to enjoy being weightless, and the other was to spend some time looking out at this beautiful Earth that we're all lucky to inhabit.”
 Robert Crippen - “You don't break frontiers going into space by all of a sudden a big door opens and you walk through. You've got to take steps. Scott took the steps required for us to be able to fly into space.”
 Fran Crippen - “I think I could be top-eight in all my events, which would be fantastic. I'm on a relay that can be top-eight. I think we can contend.”
 Robert Crippen - “He was not a guy to throw a white scarf around his neck and hop into a plane. He was an engineer and a test pilot, capable of evaluating things from a technical standpoint.”
 Robert Crippen - “My heart rate went up to 130-plus. Not John. He was nice, calm and collected.”
 Robert Crippen - “Living inside the shuttle was a little like camping out. We ended up sleeping in our seats. You had to pay attention to housekeeping, not get things too dirty.”

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