Many years ago the great British explorer George Mallory, who was to die on Mount Everest, was asked why he wanted to climb it. He said, “Because it is there.” Well, space is there, and we’re going to climb it, and the moon and the planets are there, and new hopes for knowledge and peace are there. And, therefore, as we set sail we ask God’s blessing on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked. President Kennedy
Space isn’t remote at all. It’s only an hour’s drive away if your car could go straight upwards. Sir Fred Hoyle
Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before. Captain James T. Kirk,’s introduction at the beginning of every episode of the original Star Trek TV series
The impact of space activities is nothing less than the galvanizing of hope and imagination for human life continuum into a future of infinite possibility. Vanna Bonta
It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small. Neil Armstrong
As I stand out here in the wonders of the unknown at Hadley, I sort of realize there’s a fundamental truth to our nature, Man must explore . . . and this is exploration at its greatest. Dave Scott, Commander Apollo XV,
It [the rocket] will free man from his remaining chains, the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet. It will open to him the gates of heaven. Wernher von Braun, a leading German scientist for Hitler, who after WWII would become a leading figure n the United States’ space program.
What was most significant about the lunar voyage was not that man set foot on the Moon but that they set eye on the earth. Norman Cousins, journalist and author
I have a hunch the most important reason we’re going to space is not known now. Burt Rutan
As we got further and further away, it [the Earth] diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing this has to change a man. James B. Irwin, Apollo XV
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