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Soldiers Journal: Maj. Anne McClain – Soldier Astronaut


[Man] Three, two, one. [Anne McClain] I was blessed to have parents,
that never put any qualifiers on what I could do. If I said, “I want to be an astronaut,” and
I did when I was three years old. I looked at my mom and I said, “I want to
be an astronaut.” She never told me that I couldn’t. Pick up this octopus, which is actually–
And if I ever got any inkling from anybody, that I couldn’t do it, my mom would say, “Well,
do they work for NASA? Well, then I guess their opinion doesn’t matter,
does it?” I came in out of West Point. And I flew Kiowa Warrior helicopters. And it was the path that I wanted to take,
even if I had not become an astronaut. I wanted to serve my country in the army. I believed that I thrived in the army. Because I was judged 100 percent on my merit. And what I contributed to the units that I
was a part of. And that’s what I really tell young women
that want to be evaluated on a leveled playing field is to join the army. See kind-of in your mind, it’s a 3D bath if
it’s a– One of the most challenging and cool things, we do here at NASA is that we don’t
do the same thing any two days. And so, we could be in the water in a space
suit on Monday, and in Russian language class on Tuesday. And then we’re sitting in mission control,
talking to the space station on Wednesday. And I enjoy that. – [Man] I had a two tethered failure. I am off. I am flowing my hand– – You know, I look
at my bio, and one of the things that makes me proudest is that I made my ten year old
self proud. The big thing is to be true to yourself. And to be passionate. And we tell this to candidates that come and
they want to be astronauts and they always ask us and they say, “Should I go to this
university? Should I major in this or that? Should I get this job?” And we say, “You have to do what your passionate
about. Because, otherwise, you’re never gonna have
enough energy to do all the hard work that it takes, if you don’t actually enjoy doing
it.” And, to this day, if I had not been selected
as an astronaut in 2013, I would be thrilled to still be serving my country, in uniform,
and, you know, the army’s probably going to have to kick me out, at some point, because
I’m not going anywhere.

Tony wyaad

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5 COMMENTS

  1. ALi Al masheni Posted on December 3, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Did she studied in Bristol university?

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  2. SandipLife Posted on December 4, 2018 at 1:51 am

    Really Inspiration 👌💞
    Love from a corner of the Earth🌏 (INDIA ) ☺
    You make human being proud ❤

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  3. Joel Hughes Posted on December 8, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    "Army's going to have to kick me out at some point". HOOAH, ma'am!!!

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  4. Genri Ford Posted on February 3, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Асисяй !!

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  5. Amanda Simmons Posted on June 7, 2019 at 1:39 pm

    You are my Hero. I wanted to be an Astronaut too but when I was little and through out my life I was abused by horrible people. I never made it to be an astronaut but I still love NASA and my dream even at 39 years old, was to meet an astronaut and I got to meet Mary L. She came to my town a few years back for the eclipse. I was totally shook! I have now decided that my new dream is to get to go to NASA and meet you. I hope and pray someday in my life I will get too. God bless yall and I love and pray for every one of you and NASA. As I watched this my 8 year old self cried. I Belive that everything happens for a reason. Today I am a mom to a beautiful young lady. I wouldn't change a thing if it meant not having her, but I still dream of being an Astronaut. Thank you for keeping dreams alive and being an excellent influence to young ones coming up. Neil Armstrong was my Hero. God bless ♥

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