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You know, piloting really isn't my hobby. And, it's probably not something I'd do in my spare time if I could do whatever I wanted to do. But, I'll tell you: if you've got to make a living, it's a great way to make a living!

Because when we're in space, my job is primarily getting us there and getting us back.

So, I decided that whatever I was, wanted to do with my life, it would have to do, it would have to have something to do with the exploration and doing new things.

And, one thing I definitely enjoyed personally, from a selfish point of view, was exploration and going to places that I had never been to before and learning, you know, meeting the people and getting to know, new sights and sounds, etc.

And, I was really impressed with how beautiful our country was and how friendly the people were.

And then, when I thought about joining the Air Force, flying seemed like a natural extension of the motorcycling experience. You're going faster, higher. You're operating a machine that's a lot more powerful than you are.

And, obviously as a, as one who likes to travel around myself a lot, I think the Earth is a beautiful place. And, I'm looking forward to some new perspectives.

And, I wouldn't consider myself to be a natural pilot; I've had to work at it.

And, so I set my goals on astronaut because, as a military aviator, it was, I considered that to be about the peak of a flying career.

Being in space, I'm really looking forward to working with this team of folks that I'm with.

I consider myself to be very fortunate in my career, my timing has worked out.

I'm looking forward to coming back, back to Earth, the landing, the views.

Now you're coming back to Earth, and things are getting more and more dynamic.

Rendezvous day is the third day of our mission, and that's a big day for us.

So, we have to get up and get pumped up for each day.

That's what Hubble can do for us. It can tell us whether the universe is expanding forever or if one day it's going to come back together.

There's been a tremendous amount of work that's been done that you can't see in Columbia.

Those folks out in the space suits are going to be getting beat up.

Well, for me it really wasn't a case of deciding to be an astronaut.

You know, Scooter's going to do the first separation burn; I'm going to do the second separation burn.