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mensax
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posted 01-29-2003 05:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mensax   Click Here to Email mensax     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What are your favorite space quotes?

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posted 01-29-2003 07:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Gee, I thought we'd be a lot higher at MECO!" - Steve Hawley, STS-41D RSLS abort.

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posted 01-29-2003 10:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for sts205cdr   Click Here to Email sts205cdr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here at the Western VAB (my modeling bench), our motto is "Do good work."

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My favorite quote would have to be the first verses from Genesis during the Christmas Eve broadcast from Apollo 8.

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posted 01-30-2003 01:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rodina   Click Here to Email Rodina     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"There can be no thought of finishing for 'aiming for the stars.' Both figuratively and literally, it is a task to last the generations. But no matter how much progress one makes, there is always the the thrill of just beginning."

- Robert H. Goddard

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posted 01-30-2003 08:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for John K. Rochester   Click Here to Email John K. Rochester     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"The conquest of space is worth the risk of life," by the late Virgil I Grissom.

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posted 01-30-2003 08:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cliff Lentz   Click Here to Email Cliff Lentz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The one I always remember is from Apollo 8: "The Earth is a grand oasis in the great vastness of space."

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posted 01-30-2003 09:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WAWalsh   Click Here to Email WAWalsh     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The one I usually go with, however, is "The dreams of yesterday are the hopes of today and the reality of tomorrow." Robert Goddard

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Dave Scott at Hadley, his quote made in such an impassioned, excited voice, "Man must explore."

I think that was one of the shortest quotes made. It meant a lot to me. A short but such meaningful couple of words spoken by man who was obviously in awe of where he was... and from what he could see there!

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"It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract." - Alan Shepard

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posted 01-30-2003 12:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Sumowski   Click Here to Email Rob Sumowski     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When it comes to explaining the Apollo program in an interesting and creative manner, I have found Bill Anders to be one of the most well-spoken of the Apollo astronauts and have used many of his quotes. He's pretty eloquent.

Bill Anders on Apollo's significance:

"Here we came all this way to the moon, and yet the most significant thing we saw once we got there was our own home planet - the Earth."

On his feelings prior to the liftoff of Apollo 8:

"I thought we had one chance in three of having a successful mission, one chance in three of an unsuccessful mission yet surviving, and one chance in three of an unsuccessful mission and not surviving."

On re-entry:

"We had to come 240,000 miles to hit a reentry target about the size of a letter slot as seen from four miles away. We had to slide the letter into that slot. And the initial throw was good enough that that letter went right through the middle of it."

There are many other great quotes, but I'd like to continue hearing others' favorites. This is interesting.

Rick Mulheirn
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posted 01-30-2003 12:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rick Mulheirn   Click Here to Email Rick Mulheirn     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would have to agree with Andrew's sentiment. Dave Scott's quote "Man must explore ...and this is exploration at its greatest".

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One of my favourite quotes came from the classic film "The Right Stuff" (I don't know whether it was said for real): "Remember, no bucks, no Buck Rogers". Which, if you look at it, still hold true today.

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"Space, the final fronter!" and "To boldly go where no man has gone before," both by William Shatner speaking as Capt. Kirk.

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posted 01-30-2003 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jake   Click Here to Email Jake     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"I, am con-binced, dey will get me bach to earth... just how far into it... that's what I'm not con-binced about!" -- Jose Jimenez (the FIRST man in space!)

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"Magnificent Desolation!"

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"Wish we had time just to stand here and look" - Dave Scott to capcom Joe Allen, as he and Irwin worked beside Hadley Rille during EVA 1. A wish shared by all landing crews. I was watching then and I never forgot that.

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posted 01-30-2003 06:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for poolman18   Click Here to Email poolman18     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
President John F. Kennedy: "We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things..."

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"I wish I were back outside. It's hell in here!" - Al Worden, after Sim Bay EVA

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Along the lines of Gordon's peripheral cultural lines, and to keep light of it all: Ralph saying "One of these days, Alice, to the Moon!" ...and away I go.

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posted 01-30-2003 08:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Blackarrow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Neil Armstrong: "Houston, Tranquillity Base here...the Eagle has landed."

If that doesn't make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up, I don't know why you're reading this.

Pete Conrad: "I think I see my crater... I'm not sure... Hey, there it is! There it is! Son of a gun, right down the middle of the road!"

Anyone who heard that live certainly felt the hairs on the back of the neck stand up!

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posted 01-30-2003 09:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joe Davies   Click Here to Email Joe Davies     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot live in the cradle forever." Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, 1899

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The crew of Apollo 7 during a televised performance from the Apollo Room, high above everything...

"Deke Slayton, are you a Turtle?"

"I have recorded my answer", Deke responded after momentarily cutting off his microphone.

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I don't remember the exact words, but... "If you can't baffle them with brilliance, then dazzle them with b__ s__!" - Al Shepard

Also, the first words from Armstrong (as mentioned above) when Eagle landed on the moon: "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed." Wow!

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"Garasho..." - millionaire and world's first "space tourist" Dennis Tito when asked "How are you doing Dennis?"

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Slightly off topic, but I think it kind of fits here.

My favorite astronaut "gesture" was right after STS-1 landed at Edwards. When John Young came skipping down the stairs after landing, took a quick look back at the shuttle and shook his fist with excitement with a big smile on his face.

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My favorite quote is "Failure is not an option" by Mr. Kranz.

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"Failure is not an option" was never actually said by Kranz. It was a line in the movie Apollo 13, which caught on as being real, and which Mr. Kranz used as the title for his book.

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"Here we came all this way to the moon, and yet the most significant thing we saw once we got there was our own home planet, the Earth." - Bill Anders, Apollo 8

"On the way home I kept thinking to myself, 'Is that all there is?'" -Alan Bean, Apollo 12

"Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small step for Neil, but it sure was a long one for me." -Pete Conrad, Apollo 12, Commander of the second mission to land men on the Moon

"Houston, we've had a problem..." - Jim Lovell, Commander, Apollo 13

"As we leave the Moon and Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind. Godspeed the crew of Apollo 17... Okay Jack, let's get this mother out of here." - Gene Cernan, Commander, Apollo 17

"We always expected to lose someone, someday, but not on the ground. That was not a way to die... not for a test pilot." - Deke Slayton, Chief Astronaut, in documentary "Moon Shot", on the Apollo 1 fire on the launch pad, January 27, 1967

On the danger of making the untested moon shot on Apollo 8: "I thought we had one chance in three of having a successful mission, one chance in three of an unsuccessful mission yet surviving, and one chance in three of an unsuccessful mission and not surviving." - Bill Anders, Apollo 8

"I sat on top of that thing. Twice. The Saturn V was a living, breathing beast." - Gene Cernan, Apollo 10, Apollo 17

On the precision involved in returning to Earth without bouncing off of the atmosphere back into outer space, which would have killed the crew: "We had to come 240,000 miles to hit a reentry target about the size of a letter slot as seen from four miles away. We had to slide the letter into that slot. And the initial throw was good enough that that letter went right through the middle of it." - Bill Anders, Apollo 8

On the difficulty of joining two separate spacecraft in orbit: "I'll take a tennis ball and stand in my front yard. You take a tennis ball and stand in the backyard. We have to throw them over the house at the same time and have them hit each other without the benefit of sight. That's orbital rendezvous." - Joe Shea, Apollo Program Manager

"Here we were, being paraded around as the most famous men in America, and we hadn't done a damned thing but show up to a press conference." - Deke Slayton, Mercury Astronaut

On "bouncing" as he walked on the Lunar surface: "Gee Al, moving around like this, I kind of feel like I'm one of those giraffes!" - Pete Conrad, Apollo 12

The first golf shot on the Moon: "Houston, while you're looking that up, you might recognize what I have in my hand as the handle for the contingency sample return; it just so happens to have a genuine six iron on the bottom of it. In my left hand, I have a little white pellet that's familiar to millions of Americans. I'll drop it down. Unfortunately, the suit is so stiff, I can't do this with two hands, but I'm going to try a little sand trap shot here... There it goes for miles and miles and miles." - Alan Shepard, Apollo 14

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"To actually be 100,000 miles out, to look out four windows and find nothing but black infinity, to finally locate the blue-and-white golf ball in the fifth window, to know how fortunate we are to be able to return to it... there is but one Earth, tiny and fragile, and one must get 100,000 miles away to appreciate fully one's good fortune in living on it."

Michael Collins

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"NASA is not about the 'Adventure of Human Space Exploration'...We won't be doing it just to get out there in space - we'll be doing it because the things we learn out there will be making life better for a lot of people who won't be able to go."

- John Young

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"Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot live in a cradle forever."

Tsiolkovskiy

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Conan O'Brien asked Tom Hanks if NASA asked him, would he take a seat on the shuttle. Hanks replied, "If NASA wanted to do tests on me to see if pain still hurt at zero-G, I would go."

And of course, "Godspeed John Glenn".

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Not a quote from an astronaut, but from "The Right Stuff", it applies to all space travelers, past and future, "Oh hear us when we lift our prayer, for those in peril in the air."

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posted 04-16-2004 08:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for BobbyA   Click Here to Email BobbyA     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am wondering if anyone can help me here. I am a history teacher and I am looking for a good quote to use involving education, teaching, learning, or something otherwise motivational from an astronaut or someone involved in the space program.

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The first thing that came to mind, with a chuckle, was Gus Grissom's profound "Do good work".

But seriously - I really like the quote that DavidH uses to end all of his posts (sorry if I'm plagiarizing here, David): "America's challenge of today has forged man's destiny of tomorrow." - Commander Eugene Cernan, Apollo 17 Mission, 11 December 1972

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"There can be no thought of finishing for 'aiming for the stars.' Both figuratively and literally, it is a task to occupy the generations. And no matter how much progress one makes, there is always the thrill of just beginning."

- Robert Goddard

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posted 04-17-2004 12:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for randy   Click Here to Email randy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The only one I can come up with is from Christa McAuliffe: "I touch the future - I teach.'"

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"There shall be wings! If the accomplishment be not for me, 'tis for some other. The spirit cannot die; and man, who shall know all and shall have wings..."

- Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

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What always touches me most emotionally is the famous Tsiolkovsky saying (quoted slightly different in several books):

"Earth is the cradle of mankind - but you cannot stay in it all your lifetime!"

A nice piece of space poetry.


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