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Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-22-2010 12:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A recent New York Times article lamented the lack of memorable movie lines from films released over the past decade. That got to me thinking about quotable quotes from space shuttle astronauts.

Almost every space history enthusiast can run off a list of famous words spoken by Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts. Indeed, when cS readers were polled about their favorite space history quotes, most harkened back to the first 10 to 15 years of spaceflight, if not earlier.

With the shuttle program coming to an end, what utterances will be remembered? The aforementioned thread included a few suggestions:

"What a way to come to California" - Bob Crippen, after landing STS-1 at Edwards Air Force Base.

"Gee, I thought we'd be a lot higher at MECO!" - Steve Hawley, after STS-41D's pad abort.

"Golly, it's high up here!" - Michael Foale, making his first spacewalk on STS-63.

What other shuttle quotes do you remember and/or feel should be remembered?

(For the sake of this discussion, let's omit the final broadcast words from STS-51L and STS-107, as they will be remembered but for different reasons.)

Delta7
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posted 10-22-2010 01:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Mark, this is Scott. Six months in space is a long time. Thanks for taking my place!" Mark Kelly to his brother Scott, just arrived on board the ISS.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-22-2010 01:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That was certainly funny, but it is also more ISS-related than shuttle (even though Scott, err, Mark will be launching on the shuttle to visit Scott...).

The shuttle has been flying for 29 years. Certainly there must be a few more lines to accompany its rich history.

Here's one that comes to mind... though short of words, its contextually memorable:

"Let's do it." - Rick Hieb, followed just moments later by...

"Got it!" - Pierre Thuot, on the successful six-handed capture of Intelsat on STS-49, the first and only three-person spacewalk.

chappy
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posted 10-22-2010 03:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chappy   Click Here to Email chappy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember that Bruce McCandless have said something like "There may be a small step for Neil, but its a heck of leap for me" during the first ever untethered spacewalk. Also I can't remember who said that "Hubble and shuttle are shaking hands again."

Hart Sastrowardoyo
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posted 10-22-2010 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There have been a few conversations I've had with shuttle astronauts which have had memorable quotes. One of them was, "I was wearing underwear in that picture."

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posted 10-22-2010 04:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Put the Poppa Oscar Sierra back in the crew lock bag!"

-Col. Pam Melroy USAF, STS-120 CDR, to MS Scott Parazynski in regards to his malfunctioning camera during EVA-4.

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posted 10-22-2010 06:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I hope a memorable quote can still be said in the last 2-3 missions. I imagine the commander of the final mission will try to think of something suitable to say after the final wheel stop.

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posted 10-22-2010 06:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Capcom after the STS-41G landing, "Crip you fooled us again the beer is in California"

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posted 10-22-2010 07:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Jeff Hoffman on reaching orbit: "We're in space!"

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posted 10-22-2010 08:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MCroft04   Click Here to Email MCroft04     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"The dream is alive." John Young, STS-1 after landing

"The thing I'll remember most about the flight is that it was fun. In fact, I'm sure it was the most fun that I'll ever have in my life." Sally K. Ride,

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posted 10-22-2010 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You just reminded me of another Sally Ride one, "That was an E ticket ride!"

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posted 10-23-2010 04:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Max Q   Click Here to Email Max Q     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
E Ticket?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 10-23-2010 04:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Sally Ride's full quote was:
"Ever been to Disneyland? That was definitely an E ticket!"
See: E Ticket

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posted 10-23-2010 06:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I haven't found the exact text, but I remember Jim Wetherbee speaking some inspiring words as Discovery rendezvoused with Mir during STS-63.

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quote:
Originally posted by KSCartist:
I remember Jim Wetherbee speaking some inspirng words as Discovery rendezvoused with Mir during STS-63.
"It was like dancing in the cosmos."

From a post rendezvous on-orbit news conference.

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posted 10-23-2010 11:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for irish guy   Click Here to Email irish guy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"OK, we got it!" - Bob Crippen on capture of the Solar Max.

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I think Foale actually said: "Gosh, it's high isn't it!". Could be wrong, but that's what I read at the time of STS-63.

Another remark I like is by CAPCOM Charles 'Sam' Gemar: "That ole boy didn't wanna go", after deployment of Intelsat 6-F3 during STS-49.

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posted 10-23-2010 11:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for irish guy   Click Here to Email irish guy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Ah Roy... are we on the... that was a awful smooth... are we on the ground?"

Vance Brand on STS-5 to capcom Roy Bridges.

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posted 10-23-2010 12:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"The first part of that ride was a real barn burner!" - STS-3 CDR Jack Lousma... describing the ride on the solids.

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quote:
Originally posted by KSCartist:
I remember Jim Wetherbee speaking some inspirng words as Discovery rendezvoused with Mir during STS-63.
Tim, the quote was:

"As we are bringing our spaceships closer together, we are bringing our nations closer together."

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posted 10-23-2010 01:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilbasso   Click Here to Email ilbasso     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought it would have been something more like, "Open the pod bay door please, Valery"

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posted 10-24-2010 10:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skylon     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"No reason to die all tensed up." - Hoot Gibson on the STS-27 re-entry.

I also remember on STS-116, on re-entry day, where nobody seemed sure if Discovery was going to end up at KSC, EAFB or even White Sands (it ended up at KSC, due to a sudden window of good weather MCC seized on). Early that day MCC radioed up the weather forecasts, the run down of which sites they could end up at and CDR Mark Polansky responded with something along the lines of "Sounds like a normal landing day."

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posted 10-24-2010 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Didn't the STS-5 crew utter the phrase "Houston, we deliver!"? (Or was it just written on a sign they held up?)

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posted 10-25-2010 11:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anything from McCandless on his first MMU flight? Seems like a quote-worthy occasion.

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posted 10-25-2010 04:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chappy   Click Here to Email chappy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by kr4mula:
Anything from McCandless on his first MMU flight?
Look up into Oct. 22 which on my topic, which I've mentioned about Bruce saying on MMU flight...

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Dale Gardner describing his view of the first night time shuttle launch on Challenger STS-8 -

"I looked back at engine ignition and darn near blinded myself!"

chappy
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posted 10-27-2010 02:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chappy   Click Here to Email chappy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I remember during the STS-95 ascent, that John Glenn saying "Zero-G and I feel fine", am I right or wrong?

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posted 10-27-2010 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for NavySpaceFan   Click Here to Email NavySpaceFan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by chappy:
Am I right or wrong?
Wrong, it was after orbital insertion:
PS Glenn: Hello, Houston. This is PS 2 and they got me sprung out of the mid-deck for a little while. We are just going by Hawaii and that is absolutely gorgeous."

Capcom Bob Curbeam: "Roger that. Glad you are enjoying the show."

PS Glenn: "Enjoying the show is right. This is beautiful. The best part is ... a trite old statement: zero-g and I feel fine."

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I saw this one in "Sky Walking" by Tom Jones on page 150. He is talking about how on STS-68 and how he and Dan Bursch volunteered to wear blood pressure sensors during landing.

They were having a lot of trouble with getting it to work which was made clear by the loud cursing going on.

Steve Smith came up and said, "I never imagined that spaceflight would be like this: floating in the cockpit of the space shuttle Endeavour with two weightless, semi-naked guys."

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