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Space Quotes - 2001

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Space Quote of the Month - December 2001 - January 2002:

"We're all aware that for over 200 years and certainly over the last two months, freedom rings loud and clear across this country - but right here and right now,
it's time to let freedom roar!"

Dom Gorie, commander of Space Shuttle Endeavour,
just before engine ignition for mission STS-108,
5 Dec 2001.


November - December 2001:

"I hope the example of cooperation and trust that this spacecraft and all the people in the program demonstrate daily will someday inspire the rest of the world to work the same way. They must! ... Life goes on, even in space. We're here to stay."

Frank Culbertson, International Space Station commander,
reflecting on the events of September 11th, 2001.


October - November 2001:

"...we must pick ourselves up again and press on despite the pain. Our nation is indeed fortunate that we can still draw on an immense reservoir of courage, character and fortitude - that we are still blessed with heroes..."

- President Ronald Reagan, after the Challenger disaster, 1986.


August - September 2001:

"We are all . . . children of this universe. Not just Earth, or Mars, or this system, but the whole grand fireworks. And if we are interested in Mars at all, it is only because we wonder over our past and worry terribly about our possible future."

Ray Bradbury, "Mars and the Mind of Man", 1973.


July - August 2001:

"Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."

- Neil Armstrong, addressing Mission Control seconds after the Lunar Module "Eagle" touched down on the surface of the Moon, 20 July 1969.


June - July 2001:

"The surface of the Earth is the shore of the cosmic ocean. From it we have learned most of what we know. Recently, we have waded a little out to sea, enough to dampen our toes, or at most, wet our ankles. The water seems inviting. The ocean calls. Some part of our being knows this is from where we came. We long to return."

Carl Sagan, in "Cosmos".


May - June 2001:

Now it is time ... for this nation to take a clearly leading role in space achievement, which in many ways may hold the key to our future on Earth...
We go into space because whatever mankind must undertake, free men must fully share...

I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.
No single space project... will be more exciting, or more impressive to mankind, or more important in the long-range exploration of space, and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish..."

- President John F. Kennedy,
addressing a special joint session of Congress,
25 May 1961.


April - May 2001:

"It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and reality of tomorrow."

- Robert Goddard, father of American rocketry.


March - April 2001:

"Circling the Earth in the orbital spaceship, I marveled at the beauty of our planet. 'People of the world! Let us safeguard and enhance this beauty - not destroy it!'"

Yuri Gagarin, first human in space,
recalling his 1961 flight.


February - March 2001:

"As we explore the reaches of space, let us go to the new worlds together -- not as new worlds to be conquered, but as a new adventure to be shared."

- Richard Nixon inaugural speech,
20 Jan 1969


January - February 2001:

"If we die, we want people to accept it. We're in a risky business, and we hope that if anything happens to us it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life."

- Gus Grissom, 1926-1967


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