A. That was a completely different world. It was a world based on secrecy, which frustrated me to no end. Frankly, I thought I'd never see the spacecraft or the rocket that takes it into orbit. Just meeting the person who goes into space was such a privilege. A lot has changed since then. Fortunately, Mr. Popovich is still alive and healthy. I met him when I came back from space the first time; he was at the celebration of my crewmates and myself, and he was very friendly and acknowledged our meeting. I'm sure he had only a vague recollection of it, but I had his signature and the postcard he sent me. Back then, cosmonauts were like movie stars or rock stars. When you look at the equipment that they use, you know that they were real heroes. Right now, of course, it is completely different. They have been in flight so many times, and it has improved so much, that it is really incredibly reliable.