Astronaut live from space: 'Real people do have their dreams come true'
December 22nd, 2010
08:43 AM ET

Astronaut live from space: 'Real people do have their dreams come true'

CNN’s American Morning has been following astronaut Cady Coleman's journey to space for over a year now. We’ve spent time with her at her home in Massachusetts, and watched her as she trained for the mission in zero gravity across the globe in bases in Russia, Japan, and here in the United Sates.

Wednesday on American Morning, Coleman spoke with us live from space with fellow astronaut Paolo Nespoli aboard the International Space Station.

"I’d just like to say that this was my dream. And it's not everybody's, but it certainly was mine. And you never think that an ordinary person could get to come and live on the International Space Station and call it their home and have a lot of really interesting work to do that I think will make a difference for all people," she said. "And in the way that happens is just to do your best. And if you get to a day where you haven't done your best, you're going to have to wake up the next day and try harder to do your best and try your hardest. And real people do have their dreams come true when they work for them."

Coleman talks with John Roberts, Carol Costello, and John Zarrella about her incredible adventure.

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    December 22, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • kaisersouse

      Pssst...."Proofread" is one word.

      December 22, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dwighthuth

    The astronaughts who live their dream of being in space are the reason why humanity still reaches for new heights. If we didn't have astronaughts to look upto and inspire us to continue to dream and conceptualize new ideas about space exploration then humanity would be dragging around iron pipes like caveman and beating each other to death. Humanity still does taht anyway but at least through all of the darkness of the deep waters that humanity lives in they are our lights to let us know that their is air to breathe...we just have to follow their light to the surface.

    December 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jack

    What??!! Women in space??!!! Next they'll want to vote. Or have their own sports teams. No No No, this cannot happen. Women are second class citizens at best.

    December 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Squiss

      you're a little late buddy....women have been going to space for a while now.....

      December 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Zach

    If she's an "ordinary person" howd she get into space? I thought you needed to know physics or how to work on the space station, etc.? Thanks for any help...

    December 22, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Angela

      She wasn't born an astronaut! Im sure she has spent her entire life studying. learning and working towards her dream! Ordinary people know physics! Im an ordinary person, I am not from a big wealthy family yet, I have shot missiles of off ships, flown planes and helicopters, am almost complete with a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering, have visited all but 3 continents, yet I go to work every morning just like everyone else. Its what you put your mind to, and then put your effort into, that produces results like achieving your dream, anyone can do it!

      December 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Any loss of human space exploration

      The only thing you need is knowledge and any human can acquire it a little effort is all is required.

      December 22, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill Lee

      Cady was an "ordinary person" prior to the undergrad at MIT, the PhD at UMass Amherst, an Air Force career and etting most of the endurance records for astronauts. You can google her bio. Very smart lady and like all astronauts has sacrificed a "normal" life in ways most of us would not. Good for her!

      December 23, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. thetruth

    Mythbusters only proved how easily it can be hoaxed. After watching tge episode how they proved it was not a hoax. I was shocked to see how easily they did it and then claimed it true, not a hoax. Ridiculous. Wake up people.

    December 22, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Any loss of human space exploration

    I think it is great. She did what she did because she wanted to. Proof that if all you want is whine. That is all you will ever get out of life.

    December 22, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ted Ward

    Cady Coleman's Santa hat is cool. Paolo Nespoli's zero-g christmas tree rocks!

    December 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Frank Mondana

    To all moon hoax folks. Regarding the "shadows from too many angles"-
    Get a telescope. Any will work fine but the bigger the better. When the Moon is about 1/2 to 3/4 full, point the scope (after checking it out to see if there is anything wrong with it) at the surface. It's really pronounced around any large hills and craters.
    You will see lots of shadows at all kinds of angles. This is due to topography. Unless you think the government has set up really big lights around the Moon so it "looks right" and matches the "fake" footage.

    December 22, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ryan S.

    Where is the United Sates?

    December 22, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
  10. vincent

    morning pple all over the world,have a nice day pple

    March 10, 2011 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
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