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The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appears to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions. Robert Wilson Lynd
Man is the animal that intends to shoot himself out into interplanetary space, after having given up on the problem of an efficient way to get himself five miles to work and back each day. Bill Vaughan
Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole. William S. Burroughs
That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Neil Armstrong
Don't tell me that man doesn't belong out there. Man belongs wherever he wants to go — and he'll do plenty well when he gets there. Wernher von Braun
The Space Program is an investment of the nation’s future…. Humans will not be confined to this planet forever. Michael Griffin
There is no elimination of all risks. Michael Griffin
Man must rise above the Earth -- to the top of the atmosphere and beyond -- for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives Socrates
If space is not profitable for business, there will be very few people in space. Richard Branson
Everything's Booming But the Guns Anonymous
Apollo was designed not to conquer enemies but to conquer ignorance. Neil Armstrong
We must become a space-faring nation. Jim Backus
We are not particularly interested in the prestige of space, but in the scientific aspects of it. Ernst David Bergmann
The President wants to go to the moon. We hardly have enough money left in the treasury to go to Baltimore. David Brinkley
This is the first convention of the space age, where a candidate can promise the moon and mean it. David Brinkley
Unless you have manned [space] travel, you don't stir the imagination of people. Pat Buchanan
For the new century, back to the moon, back to the future and this time back to stay. And then a journey into tomorrow, a journey to another planet, a manned mission to Mars. George W. Bush
Five – four – three – two – one Fritz Lang
You can't fire anybody in Government; everyone blames the system. Look what is happening in NASA. Now we have to truck out these 200-plus audits out of the closet because we had a disaster [the Challenger], and we still can't find someone to fire. Joseph DioGuardi
National image ... prestige among other nations ... It was the main purpose of the civil space program. Burt Edelson
The man in the street does not know a star in the sky. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It's a kind of Russian roulette. Richard P. Feynman
Space and exploration are also related to inspiration. Daniel Goldin
We are going to Mars. My life will not be complete until an astronaut sets foot on the red dust of Mars. Daniel Goldin
I don't see any god up here. Yuri Gagarin
There's no such thing as a free launch. Richard A. Gephardt
No national sovereignty rules in outer space. Those who venture there go as envoys of the entire human race. Lyndon B. Johnson
Out in space there is the ultimate position—from which total control of the earth may be exercised …. Our national goal and the goal of all free men must be to win and hold that position. Lyndon B. Johnson
America is now a space-faring nation ... a frontier good for millions of years. The only time remotely comparable was when Columbus discovered the New World. James S. McDonnel
We have a moral obligation to straighten out the world before we mess up space. Stewart B. McKinney
We cannot be indifferent to space, because the grand, slow march of intelligence has brought us, in our generation, to a point from which we can explore and understand and utilize it. To turn back now would be to deny our history, our capabilities. James A. Michener
The first colored man to enter outer space will, in the eyes of the world, be the first man to have done so. I see no reason why our efforts in outer space should reflect with such fidelity the discrimination that exists on this minor planet. Edward R. Murrow
Our whole approach to space has been very male. We wont up to the moon ...walked on it. And we never went back. We never called. We never wrote. It's the typical one night stand. Beth Lapides
We are not building the space station for science any more than we went to the moon for science, but we got a hell of a lot of good science out of it. William B. Lenoir
You yourself said to Khrushchev?, "You may be ahead of us in rocket thrust, but we're ahead of you in color television. I think that color television is not as important as rocket thrust. John F. Kennedy
Fate has ordained that the men who went to the moon to explore in peace will stay on the moon to rest in peace. William Safire
We have found ourselves rich in goods, but ragged in spirit; reaching with magnificent precision for the moon, but falling into raucous discord on earth. Richard Nixon
Are we going to let a space strike kill millions of people before we get serious about this? Russell Schweickart
We can put a satellite in orbit in 60 days. Wernher von Braun
Several weeks before the Russians launched Sputnik, our team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory asked permission to place a rocket in orbit around the Earth. We could to it with two days of preparation. We had been doing experiments with 2 stage rockets to test materials and designs for nose-cones returning from space. We launched rockets straight up. At the maximum height we turned it around and fired the second stage to drive it straight back to Earth so it could achieve the speed of an object returning from space. We were developing more and more powerful second stage rockets. We had just calculated that our newest second stage had more than enough thrust to, after the ascent, turn the rocket at right angles to the perpendicular, and fire the rocket into orbit around the earth. We could do this easily. The military were initially very enthusiastic. America could be the first nation that put a satellite in orbit. However, the authorities in Washington, not only refused us permission to try, but postponed a number of our regular launches and forbade us from talking to anyone about our capability or request for our experiment.. When Sputnik was launched into orbit a few weeks later, we were really puzzled. No one ever explained why Washington had refused us permission, but we came up with a theory: The issue of the legality under international law of one country having its satellite in orbit over another country’s airspace was not at all settled. If we did satellite reconnaissance in the future over the Soviet Union, the Russians could claim that was an act of war. And we had extensive plans to create such satellites and launch them when we solved all the technical problems in the future. We believe that the authorities knew that the Russians were about to launch Sputnik. By allowing them to be the first to launch, it would be they—not us—who would be setting the precedent of sending satellites over other nation’s airspace and claiming this was not aggression or an act of war as they thought they were way ahead of us. In addition, after WWII, President Eisenhower was having difficulty getting Congress to spend money on rocketry and satellites as well as science and technology including science and mathematics education which was then terrible in America. So allowing the Russians to “beat us” the administration had the issue that they needed, and they allowed the Russians to set the legal precedents that they would have opposed if we were ahead of them and orbited a satellite first. Either President Eisenhower and his team were brilliantly shrewd or they were pretty dumb because we easily could have put our rockets in orbit then. Conway W. Snyder
We have the young people, we have the talent, we have the imagination, we have the technology. But I don't believe we have the leadership and the willingness to accept risk, to achieve great goals. I believe we need a long-term national commitment to explore the universe. And I believe this is an essential investment in the future of our nation — and our beautiful, but environmentally challenged planet… Eugene F. Kranz
Everyone knows it takes a woman nine months to have a baby. But you Americans think if you get nine women pregnant, you can have a baby in a month. Theodore von Karman
Lunokhod Russia
The economic function of space industrialization is to generate jobs on Earth, not in space. Krafft Arnold Ehricke
The blue distance, the mysterious Heavens, the example of birds and insects flying everywhere —are always beckoning Humanity to rise into the air. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
All the Universe is full of the life of perfect creatures Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
Man will not always stay on Earth; the pursuit of light and space will lead him to penetrate the bounds of the atmosphere, timidly at first, but in the end to conquer the whole of solar space. Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
The Exploration of Cosmic Space by Means of Reaction Devices Konstantin Tsiolkovsky
The spirit of sect and bigotry has planted its hoof amid the stars. You have only to discuss the problem, whether the stars are inhabited or not, in order to discover it. Henry David Thoreau
There is very little difference between men and women in space. Helen Sharman
Mankind is led into the darkness beyond our world by the inspiration of discovery and the longing to understand. Our journey into space will go on. George W. Bush
Not only shall we be able to cruise in space, … Henry Adams
The more we know about life out there the easier it will be to improve life down here. Andy Rooney
That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. Neil Armstrong
We're going to the moon because it's in the nature of the human being to face challenges.... we're required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream. Neil Armstrong
Lunik Russia
Humanity is not forever chained to this planet. Neil Armstrong
There are many in the field of cosmology, who believe as I do, that finding ways to travel great distances will be essential to keeping human kind alive in an aging universe. Stephen Hawking
Our rockets can find Halley's comet, and fly to Venus with amazing accuracy, but side by side with these scientific and technical triumphs is an obvious lack of efficiency in using scientific achievements for economic needs, and many Soviet household appliances are of poor quality. Mikhail Gorbachev
It appears that there are enormous differences of opinion as to the probability of a failure with loss of vehicle and of human life. The estimates range from roughly 1 in 100 to 1 in 100,000. The higher figures come from the working engineers, and the very low figures from management. What are the causes and consequences of this lack of agreement? Since 1 part in 100,000 would imply that one could put a Shuttle up each day for 300 years expecting to lose only one, we could properly ask "What is the cause of management's fantastic faith in the machinery? .. It would appear that, for whatever purpose, be it for internal or external consumption, the management of NASA exaggerates the reliability of its product, to the point of fantasy. Richard P. Feynman
I already smell some rats. Richard P. Feynman
The American people prefer military rockets to public schools and flights to the moon to urban renewal. J. William Fulbright
The rule made by the government, not permitting traveling and limiting the number of people who could go home for Christmas, has made it a rather sad Christmas for many people who save their time off and their money to spend this particular holiday at home. I am sure that there are many homes that are sad also because the war has made this rule a necessity. Eleanor Roosevelt
The earth is the only home that any of us have—so far, anyway. Isaac Asimov
When we explore other planets, we learn a lot about our own. Bill Nye
This is the only global scale catastrophe that we know how to prevent, and for the cost of building a highway overpass. Edward T. Lu
You don’t realize until years later, actually, how doing the wrong thing at the right time could have changed history. Jack Garman