Outer space interview with NC State grad Christina Koch

Outer space interview with NC State grad Christina Koch


Raleigh News & Observer, the International
Space Station has you loud and clear.>>When did you know that you
wanted to be an astronaut, and what’s your kind of earliest memory of
wanting to be that when you grew up?>>I can’t remember the exact moment when
it happened, and that’s only because I don’t really remember a time when
I didn’t want to be an astronaut. My family took a road trip down to
Florida from North Carolina, and we visited the Kennedy Space Center. And I think that’s when a lot of my dreams
came into focus because I then found a place and a way to channel
that interest that I had found.>>Was there anything in
particular about your education that kind of kept you
working towards that goal?>>Most kids probably dream
of becoming an astronaut, I was just the one that
never grew out of it. I think the most important thing
was that no one discouraged me. No one told me that I had a crazy dream,
no one told me I couldn’t do it. And so that dream just kept
right on growing and growing. I think having amazing
educational opportunities such as the North Carolina School of Science and
Math, which allows you to focus in technical areas that in my
case were an interest of mine. That really helps because it was a goal
that I could pursue in the short-term, while in the back of my mind thinking
about the long-term goal of becoming an astronaut.>>You are in the process of making
history up in space, and I was hoping that you could kind of describe
what your first spacewalk was like, particularly in the context of this being
the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11.>>To be able to do something like
a spacewalk is not only an incredibly meaningful personal goal, but it’s also
wonderful because professionally I’m able to contribute to this program,
to keep the space station running. The actual experience of going out
the door is almost indescribable to see the earth below you in those few moments, when we could take a break from our six
and a half hours of working on the space station to appreciate the environment
around us were very special. I think that the perspective that you gain
on a spacewalk is a little bit different than what we see just looking out
the window from here on the station, and it’s because you’re actually immersed
in the environment around you. And when you look down on the earth, you’re one less step removed than when
you’re inside looking through a window. And that leads you to think,
like you mentioned, of how much more amazing it would be
to walk on another celestial body, and to have your view of the earth
encompass the entire earth. To have the view such as the amazing
photograph known as Earthrise, and to recognize that all of humanity
clings to our planet together as one. And just sort of thinking about all
of those on such a large scale, and having the privilege to do that while
you’re contributing to this program. It was an amazing honor. [BLANK_AUDIO]

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