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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  1. Sutler

    P-I-G-S I-N SPAAAAAaaaaaaace!

    December 22, 2010 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sidewinder

    Pigs in Space was the sheet.

    December 22, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. NFL FAN

    As a child in the '60s, whenever there was a spaceflight, I'd hook my kite to my fishing pole and send it skyward, dreaming of one day being an astronaut. So I say "Good for you" Cady Coleman. Hopefully her dream is one of many more to come true for the generations ahead.

    December 22, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    @Sutler: Oh, really. So how is it in space?

    December 22, 2010 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      Ah, [Cesar], my old friend, do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? It is very cold in space.

      December 22, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      I'm trying to figure out the facial expression of the astronaut next to her.
      Is it "I have to go to poop" or "Your singing leaves much to be desired" or "Can I go to the next module and close the airlock?"

      December 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Juan Torres

    how do we know that they are up in space. they could be at area 51 where the moon landings were stagged. google moon landing hoax.

    December 22, 2010 at 9:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      I think you may need to google "Tin foil hat."

      December 22, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Mdr05

      Google moon landing hoax hoax (and watch out behind you, the aliens are EVERYWHERE)! Be sure to wear your foil hat.

      December 22, 2010 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Freddy Phelps

      Hey crazy, google myth busters where they prove that all the evidence of a hoax is incorrect and that the sapce landing was 100% real and everything that was seen in pics, the flag and shadows etc... all real and happened.

      December 22, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Buck

      How do you know Juan? How about you get off of your lazy butt and learn a little something about human spaceflight so you don't ask such idiotic questions.

      December 22, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      Did you know we left things on the moon that can be seen with a telescope? Also we left some mirrors that you can shine a laser at for accurate measure of distance. The fact that we were on the moon is demonstrable.

      December 22, 2010 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Spudlabs

      Yes, Yes and George Bush flew all 4 planes on 9/11, parachuted out of the last plane at the WTC and set the charges at 7 WTC. Someone skipped their thorazine

      December 22, 2010 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • TeddyN

      lol Juan, you must be enjoying computer time on the mental ward.

      December 22, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Juan, how do you know that Area 51 really exists??? I think the moon mission is real and Area 51 is the hoax (that conspiracy theory is so 70's). Area 51 is staged from a secret airlock compartment on the international space station. You might want to step up your game and might consider a strap for your tin foil hat.

      December 22, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • hecep

      "Juan Torres" Uh, huh. Right. The name and comment smacks of repub-neocon troll trying to drum up some ethno-cultural hate.

      December 22, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • hiball

      Google Juan Torres is an idiot

      December 22, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • RamRod

      Nothing to learn Buck, the "Moon landings" were faked. Rent or buy a DVD called "A Strange Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon".

      1) If we went to the Moon 40yrs ago, why has no other country?
      2) Why do we still have problems with low Earth orbit? If we supposedly went 250,000 miles away 40yrs ago, why is 180 miles so difficult now?
      3) If we had reliable radio communication with men supposedly 250,000 miles away 40yrs ago, why can't we get cell phones that never drop calls now?
      4) Why will none of the astronauts who claim that they have set foot on the Moon not swear to it with their hand on a Bible?

      The answer to all these questions is becaus eit never happened.

      December 22, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • RamRod

      Dana, have you done either of those things?

      I too bought into the lie that we left objects up there. I asked how can we see them? I was told the are on the opposite side of the Moon.

      Secondly, a laser's beam would be very wide at a distance 250,000 miles away. IOWs there is no way that a laser can be used to determine that distance.

      December 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ted Ward

    This is really cool! With all the problems in the world it's great to see smart people working as a team to do science and make happy history Best of all, on a clear evening we can all look up and see the brightest star in the sky is a golden point of light moving across the firmament and it's the International Space Station! Inside are americans, russians, and others working together as a team! How we would have prayed for this during the dark days of the Cold War and MAD. Merry Christmas world!

    December 22, 2010 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Nighthhaaawk

      One thing that all people should realize space you can't see borders! It is all one world! ..and the sooner we get the inhabitants of planet earth out of their ignorance ..the sooner we can all work together to fix this big rock without killing each other! working together in space as an international group is a step in the right direction!

      December 22, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jerry

    Kudos to Cady! What an incredible experience (maybe she'll inspire the CNN proofreaders to strive for higher goals).

    December 22, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sutler

    Technically you are a bit incorrect. The spacestation is only in view for 1-3 minutes when it crosses the night sky. And in order to see it you need to know the approach and departure degrees and the max elevation angle helps too. Or you can just try to wing it and hope you spot it (no, thats an airplane).

    December 22, 2010 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted Ward

      I said, "..on a clear evening we CAN look up..." If you want the details, just go to and click on the relevant buttons and you get the exact times and directions and elevations. We CAN also see the ISS in the predawn morning sky as well.

      December 22, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Rich is the best place to find ISS sightings – I've found it better than NASA's site. And on good pass – 70 degrees pls, 3.5 magnitude plus, it can be visible for a good 5-7 minutes

      December 22, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. Josh

    They are NOT in " zero gravity". If there was no gravity in orbit, the space-station would just fly off into space.

    The are in "free fall". The same thing as if you were in an elevator, and the cables all broke.

    December 22, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
    • GuerillaGorilla

      In a sense you are correct. There is not a known place where there is no visible effect from gravity. However they are not in "free-fall" as you describe it. The "free-fall" they are in is carefully calculated so they "fall" at the same rate they are moving around the globe thus keeping a stable orbit. They are in an extremely low gravity situation (something to the effect of .003 G's) that makes it seem as if they are in a zero gravity area. It isn't the "falling" (because in reality they aren't falling, but keeping a stable distance from earth) that creates the zero-G effect, it is the extremely low gravity due to distance from the gravitational well of Earth. Before making statements like the one you did I'd suggest a little more research.

      December 22, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. matt

    "We've has"...nice work cnn.

    December 22, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • joe

      It's the Ebonics version of CNN

      December 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Details!

    "here in the United Sates." ???? Wow, I thought the iReports were pathetic. By the way, Coleman's dream didn't just "come true" – this, like the accomplishment of all of the astronauts, is a life-long pursuit. It's not just a wish that is magically granted.

    December 22, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Nighthhaaawk

      ..again ..this is what can happen if you WORK FOR WHAT YOU WANT!! ..don't WAIT for the opportunity!! PERSUE IT! the end..even if you don't acheive everything you will be amazed at how much you DID accomplish with your life!!

      December 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Taxpayer

    I love how astronuts talk about their dreams coming true...all at the expense of the taxpayer! I think we can find more useful ways to spend our tax money than waste it on fulfilling the careers of a few egos in space. I'm all for exploring space but leave it to the robots. They have no dreams or egos to fill. Robotic exploration of space is true science at it's best and you get the most for your tax dollars! Astronuts have had their free ride but now its time to put them back in their capsule and bury it!

    December 22, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Sutler

      Does the name HAL ring a bell to you?

      December 22, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • T.H.

      Then you should be supportive of Pres. Obama's directive to emphasize just that in future exploration of space. But up until now has it not been unfeasible to leave it primarily to robots?

      December 22, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted Ward

      One really good thing about the International Space Station is that it's one of the few very expensive government projects where we can actually see the tangible results of the expenditure. Just look up! And it actually works!

      December 22, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Nighthhaaawk

      I have and always will fund human explorartion in space. If you think your tax money isn't going to be spent once the government has it are dead wrong! ...and since it's GOING TO BE SPENT..why not on something worhtwhile like exploration that expands our knowledge and leads to things like the internet that we use everyday? ..and if a few qualified people who want to risk their lives are a part of it ..good for them!!! THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT ANYWAY!

      December 22, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • GuerillaGorilla

      I love how ignorant people complain about how their tax money is spent on everything but them, then demand they be allowed to drive, on roads payed for by tax money, in a car, whose safely is rated and guaranteed by tax money, to the store to buy their groceries, that are safe to eat because of inspectors payed by tax money. They then take those realtively safe grocries home, cook them, and eat them while cruising the internet (a government invention payed for by tax money) and complaining that the taxes they pay don't benefit them. Then they call their friend halfway across the world to complain and talk to them in near-real-time (thanks to satelites and a program that was paid for by tax money) until they work themselves up so much they have to take a anti-anxiety pill (the research for which was generated through grants funded by tax money) so they don't have a heart attack. After they calm down and get off the phone they sleep in relative safety thanks to the police and military forces that are all paid for by tax money.

      So tell me again, where are the majority of your tax dollars going?

      December 22, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amused

      Hey Taxpayer, I guess we should save that NASA money for more useful things like sending over 4,000 troops to their death for a pointless war to "help" muslims that hate us and don't actually want our help at all. Or how about a few more billion dollars to help the poor Wall Street Fat Cats who blew our retirement accounts on their Sub-Prime ponzi schemes. You obviously don't understand that the NASA budget is the single smallest line item on the Federal budget, but is the only line item that consistantly gives back far more value in commercial technology than it costs. Do you know that if you add up the ENTIRE COST of NASA since its inception and all of the projects and programs to date, it is still far less money than the IRAQ or Afganistan wars cost us EACH YEAR?!!! If you think about it!, NASA is probably the best value in the entire Federal budget! And you think it is all a waste, huh?

      December 22, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeffrey Root

      Bwahaha. Robots can do it better? A human can do more in one day on the surface of mars than that of all of the probes that have landed there since the 70's. Yes, that's a fact!

      December 22, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • dwighthuth

      Tax money is not meant be spent on the tax payer. The tax money collected is meant to fund programs like NASA that ordinary citizens would not be able to fund theirself. Useless programs like NASA create pride in ones nation, something to be thankful for and hopeful for. Or we could just sit around and think of new ways to kill each other so those who think "If I can't have it all then I would rather kill everyone so they cannot have what I do not want." can sit around on their thrones of golden lore, just like an idle mind from the past that lived in cave did.

      December 22, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Taxpayer

      I think everyone that replied missed the point. I'm all for using tax dollars for NASA and the exploration of space. We are not there yet when it comes to robotic exploration, but if that is the direction we wish to take, don't you think that robotic technology will advance as well? Hmmm Or we can continue on the current path of funding astronuts with expensive environmental system to support them in space, expensive rockets, expensive space toilets, and expensive training!

      December 22, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Natalie

      I think you fail to remember that a lot of our Astronauts are also members of our military, military pilots, so as you may think they are getting a "free ride" on the tax payer dime, a lot of them have served this country for their entire life for a chance to be accepted into NASA. Pretty ignorant statement you made!

      December 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. B

    Does anyone see the problem with the second sentence? Apparently CNN editors did not. CNN, you need better editors!

    December 22, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
    • crystal

      We've has looked at the second sentence and we've has decided that it is are is only in your are is does not compute. thank

      December 22, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ranger

    Very cool. I love the hat. If you are into space flown memorabilia, there is a big auction in January at RR Auction in NH. You can see the preview of it at Some amazing Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo era stuff - including things flown to the moon. Like a Playboy Playmate - bunnies in space!

    December 22, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  15. Ben W.

    I love how the most innocent article can make someone go on a nonsensical rant.

    December 22, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
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