NASA’s Frequent Flier
After logging nearly 1,400 hours in orbit, Jerry Ross reflects on spaceflight past and future.
- By Diane Tedeschi
- AirSpaceMag.com, April 08, 2013
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Why did you decide to write a book?
There are at least five reasons. First off, throughout my entire astronaut career, when I went out to do public speaking, I always tried to concentrate on going to schools. I think it’s part of my Christian beliefs that I wanted to talk to young people and to tell them that they were very special. They were each made by God with a very special set of talents, likes, and dislikes. It was up to them to figure out what those qualities were and how they should apply them to their adult life and career.
Secondly, I just wanted to explain to people what it was like to ride on rockets and what it was like step out into the vacuum of space and do spacewalks.
Third, I wanted to give them a behind-the-scenes, more-human feel for the space business. I tried to put in some hopefully humorous side stories about various crews and events that happened.
Next would be that I wanted to give people a better understanding of how my faith carried me through my life and career and how it supported me along the way where I frankly got a little bit frustrated or things didn’t happen the way I wanted them.
And last I wanted to write down in my own words what grandpa did so my three young granddaughters will be able to understand what I did throughout my career.
What is your favorite junk food?
Malted-milk balls. In fact, I’ve had them packaged and launched for me in our fresh-food locker on every one of my flights.