In her Oral History, U.S. Mir astronaut Shannon Lucid discusses whey she became an astronaut.
She says, "It's something I'd wanted to do ever since I was a little girl. See, that was a long time before there ever was such a thing as a space program ... I was just real interested in the American West. I was interested in exploring. ... [However,] when I was a child, I thought by the time I grew up that the world would be explored, so what would be left for me to do when I grew up? Then I read about Robert Goddard and the rockets that he'd been doing out in New Mexico. I started reading a little bit of science fiction, and it just sort of clicked. Well, you can go explore the universe and that wouldn't get used up before you grew up."
Lucid in Scientific American
Thomas on Explorers
Profile: Shannon Lucid
Shannon Lucid Oral History (PDF)
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