Friday, April 15, 2011

Quips & Quotes III


"I fully expected that, by the end of the century, we would have achieved substantially more than we actually did." ~ Astronaut Neil Armstrong

"In the universe, space travel may be the normal birth pangs of an otherwise dying race. A test. Some races pass, some fail." ~ Author Robert Heinlein

"As soon as somebody demonstrates the art of flying, settlers from our species of man will not be lacking [on the moon and Jupiter]... Given ships or sails adapted to the breezes of heaven, there will be those who will not shrink from even that vast expanse." ~ Astronomer Johannes Kepler, 1610

Alan Bean Paintings
"But I'm the only one who can paint the moon, because I'm the only one who knows whether that's right or not." ~ Astronaut Alan Bean

"A new space race has begun, and most Americans are not even aware of it. [It] involves the whole human species in a contest against time. To save the Earth we must look beyond it, to interplanetary space. To prevent the collapse of civilization and the end of the world as we know it, we must understand that our planet does not exist in isolation." ~Author Ben Bova

"The world itself looks cleaner and so much more beautiful. Maybe we can make it that way - the way God intended it to be - by giving everyone, eventually, that new perspective from out in space." ~ Astronaut Roger B. Chaffee

KSC Employee Shuttle
"We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding." ~ President John F. Kennedy

"The rocket, far from being one of the destroyers of civilization, may provide the safety-value that is needed to preserve it." ~ Author Arthur C. Clarke, 1951

"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, 500 B.C.

"I could have gone on flying through space forever." ~ Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin