I have yearned to be an astronaut since I was in 8th grade. My teacher had a poster on Neal Armstrong on the moon hanging at the front of the class room, I decided then and there that I would join him, and sail among the stars. My dream of space continues even now, with every move I make I try to bring myself a little closer to the stars. I even attended space camp for the chance to see what it would be like. To be given an opportunity like this to see the stars in their glory would be a dream come true. With the retirement of the Orbiter Fleet, my chances to fulfill this dream are dwindling. If the US doesn't start up a new campaign for manned space flight, this may be my only hope to dance among the stars.