"Being in space is really cool." That's not me talking -- the closest I've come to life in zero-G was using the family station wagon for simulated moon missions back in the day. No, that simple assessment comes straight from the mouth of NASA astronaut Sunita L. Williams.
After the presentation, we were allowed to ask Dr. Patrick questions. Mine was simple: "Since you're so involved with creating new spacecraft, what about the future of human spaceflight most excites you?"
The son of migrant-farm workers, I was able to rise from the fields of California and touch the sky on the Space Shuttle Discovery as an Astronaut, a lifelong goal I was able to achieve thanks to the promise of the American Dream.