Japanese woman astronaut, medical doctor
Chiaki Mukai (向井 千秋, born May 6, 1952, Tatebayashi, Gunma, Japan) is a Japanese doctor and JAXA astronaut.She was the first Japanese woman in space, and was the first Japanese citizen to have two spaceflights.
- Many people are losing themselves.They don't have something to believe in...We should believe in ourselves and be more self-confident.
- Before men and women,we are human beings.That is common sense.If you want to do something,go for it.
- My dream when I was a child was to be a medical doctor so that I could help people suffering from diseases.
- In each of our lives,nobody knows what will be happen--nor be able to predict the circumstances or events of what may or may not occur in our futures.In any case,I make a conscious effort to never forget how very fortunate I truly am.
- On a personal note, I am grateful to have had opportunities to journey into space. It took nearly ten years to see my dreams come true. It was indeed worth the effort and the wait. During these years, I met so many wonderful people who inspired me. This experience will forever remain my lifetime treasure. No longer in space and now an "earthling" once again, I feel that my good fortune yet continues. I welcome the opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to many people who have encouraged me to believe that "If you can dream it, you can do it." And I strongly believe that "Education enables us to envision and to pursue our dreams."
- Source:Space and I, Chiaki Mukai