The Navy’s paid for you to go through school and then they need doctors to go out and take care of people who are in various different parts of the world. I decided to pay back my time first as an undersea medical officer. I was stationed in Scotland.
I’ve always enjoyed traveling and having experience with different cultures and different people. But it’s also a wonderful thing to be able to benefit and enable research not only in our country but around the world.
I have a computer screen near my seat where I monitor the overall health of the vehicle and pick up any problems that might be occurring early on or once we see any kind of a malfunction or anything unusual that’s happening we can look at the data and figure out what that is.
I feel blessed to be here representing our country and carrying out th research of scientists around the world… I hope you could feel the positive energy that beamed to the whole planet as we glided over.
Certainly my parents were a huge influence. They always expected the most out of all of us. And expected us to do our very best. I’m thankful to them for allowing me to do what I wanted to do.
As a physician I understand how important it is to collect data on people so we can understand what’s happening with them. I will be in the position to help enable that knowledge.
It’s such a long mission and we get to spend so much time in space… we’re doing such exciting research. And I don’t want to overemphasize the life science research but as a physician the life science research that we’re doing is extremely exciting.
Life science research can be done on multiple platforms. Since we have a very small number of people flying into space the more people you have the better.
Science for hundreds of years has spanned the differences between cultures and between countries.
We’re looking at Earth science observing our planet. Also space science looking at the ozone in the atmosphere around our Earth. Also looking at life science. And on a human level using ourselves as test subjects.