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Space Quotes - 2005

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Space Quote of the Month - June-December 2005:

Cosmologist Sir Fred Hoyle, courtesy of Cardiff University"Space isn't remote at all. It's only an hour's drive away if your car could go straight upwards."

Sir Fred Hoyle,
English astronomer & popularizer of science (1915 - 2001).


Space Quote of the Month - May-June:

NASA portrait of Astronaut M. Scott Carpenter"...it was a cherished experience. I feel I got the chance to see the inner workings of the grand order of things. In the overall scheme of things, it proves that men can do about anything they want to if they work hard enough at it, and I knew that I could do it... and that leads, of course, to a strong suspicion that everybody else can do it if they want to."

Scott Carpenter,
recalling his 1962 Mercury 7 space flight.


Space Quote of the Month - April-May:

Albert Einstein at CalTech, 1931. Photo courtesy of the California Institute of Technology."Concern for man himself and his fate must always be the chief interest of all technical endeavors...in order that the creations of our mind shall be a blessing and not a curse to mankind. Never forget this in the midst of your diagrams and equations."

Albert Einstein, (18791955),
from an address at the California Institute of Technology, 1931.


Space Quote of the Month - February-March:

Dr. Clyde W. Tombaugh, discoverer of Pluto, 1906-1997"...There it was. Instantly, I knew I had a planet beyond the orbit of Neptune because I knew the amount of shift was what fitted the situation and that was the most instantaneous thrill you can imagine. It just electrified me! That was the 18th of February, 1930, about four o'clock in the afternoon. I realized in a few seconds' flash that I'd made a great discovery, that I'd become famous, and I didn't know what would happen after that. It was a very intense thrill. You don't have that kind of a thrill very often."

Clyde Tombaugh, 1906-1997,
on his discovery of the planet Pluto in 1930.


Space Quote of the Month - January-February 2005:

NASA portrait of STS-107 Pilot William C. "Willie" McCool, 1961-2003"Commander McCool pursued his dream of space flight with vigor and passion and, by his life and accomplishments, is an inspiration for school children everywhere to dare to dream big things, to believe in themselves, and to reach for the stars."

Congressional Record transcript,
on renaming a school in honor of Columbia pilot Willie McCool.


Space Quote of the Month - December 2004-January 2005:

Astronaut Frank Borman, suiting up for the historic Apollo 8 flight. NASA image."The view of the earth from the moon fascinated me--a small disk, 240,000 miles away.....Raging nationalistic interests, famines, wars, pestilence don't show from that distance...."

Frank Borman,
Commander of the Apollo 8 mission (first manned lunar flight).




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