And a few from NASA.
“Anyone who sits on top of the largest hydrogen-oxygen fueled system in the world, knowing they’re going to light the bottom, and doesn’t get a little worried, does not fully understand the situation.” John Young, after being asked if he was nervous about making the first Space Shuttle flight in 1981.
Mars has been flown by, orbited, smacked into, radar examined, and rocketed onto, as well as bounced upon, rolled over, shoveled, drilled into, baked and even blasted. Still to come: Mars being stepped on.” Buzz Aldrin, in his new book Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration (2013). Mankind's greatest gift. The need to know, go, see and explore what's over the next hill. Me I caught the bug early. Soon as I was old enough I started driving tractor trailers coast to coast. Over a million miles under my belt and I still have that itch. Heck if they let me I would go to space. Second star on the right straight on till morning.
“We have your satellite. If you want it back send 20 billion in Martian money. No funny business or you will never see it again.” A joke reportedly written on a wall in a hall at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, California, after losing contact with the Mars Polar Lander in December 1999.
“ Half of the harm that is done in this world is due to people who want to feel important...they do not mean to do harm...they are absorbed in their endless struggle to think well of themselves. ”
— T.S. Eliot