“Columbia, NTD (NASA Test Director), close and lock your visors, initiate O2 flow, and have a good flight.”
With these words on June 8, 1994, we were being sent off on what was my first mission into space aboard Space Shuttle mission STS-65. Moments later, Columbia’s rockets roared to life and the adventure began with a mixture of fire, sound, and raw power. Less than nine minutes later, we were in Low Earth Orbit. What a ride! What a view of the Earth! What an emotional moment, to be realizing my boyhood dream of flying into space!