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Space Quotes - 2002

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Space Quote of the Month - Dec 2002 - Jan 2003:
Apollo 17 patch. NASA image."It's the week before Christmas and all through the LEM,
Not a commander was stirring, not even Cernan.
The samples were stowed in their places with care,
In hopes that with you, they soon will be there.
And Gene in his hammock and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a short lunar nap.
Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt were the last men to walk on the Moon, thirty years ago.  NASA photo.But up on the comm loop there rose such a clatter,
I sprang from my hammock, to see what was the matter.
The Sun on the breast of the surface below,
Gave the luster of objects, as if in snow.
And what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature Rover and eight tiny reindeer. Ron Evans (1933-1990), Apollo 17 Command Module Pilot. He was the last astronaut to do a deep-space EVA. NASA photo.
And a little old driver so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment, it must be St. Nick.
I heard him exclaim as over the hills he did speed,
'Merry Christmas to all and to you all Godspeed.'"

Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, Apollo 17 Lunar Module Pilot,
from the surface of the Moon, 14 December 1972.

Space Quote of the Month (Nov - Dec 2002):

"We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of preeminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war."

President John F. Kennedy,
addressing Rice University, Houston, 1962.

Space Quote of the Month (Oct - Nov 2002):

"What'd I tell you, Buzz? Four days vacation with pay, seeing the world."

Gemini 12 Commander Jim Lovell,
speaking to crewmate Buzz Aldrin, while Buzz was spacewalking, November 1966.

Space Quote of the Month (Aug - Sep 2002):

"As long as you have a mind to, and the determination, you can do just about anything."

Jerry Ross, 54-year-old astronaut,
on his record-breaking 7th space flight, April 2002.

Space Quote of the Month (Jul - Aug 2002):

"I think a future flight should include a poet, a priest and a philosopher we might get a much better idea of what we saw."

Michael Collins, Apollo 11 Command Module Pilot,
on the first lunar landing, 1969.

Space Quote of the Month (Jun - Jul 2002):

"Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity."

Wernher von Braun, pioneering rocket engineer (1912-1977),
in the New York Times, 1960.

Space Quote of the Month (May - Jun 2002):

"Every generation has the obligation to free men's minds for a look at new worlds, to look out from a higher plateau than the last generation. Your vision is not limited by what your eye can see, but by what your mind can imagine... Make your life count and the world will be a better place because you tried."

Astronaut Ellison Onizuka (1946-1986),
Graduation address to Konawaena High School (Hawaii), 1980.

Space Quote of the Month (Apr - May 2002):

"I'm proud to be an American, I'll tell you. What a program and what a place and what an experience."

Charlie DukeApollo 16 Lunar Module Pilot,
saluting the U.S. flag on the surface of the moon - 21 April 1972.

Space Quote of the Month (Mar - Apr 2002):

"You're in charge, but don't touch the controls."

Shannon Lucid, world record holder for female space endurance,
recounting what her Russian crewmates on the Mir Space Station would tell her whenever they performed a spacewalk without her.

Space Quote of the Month (Feb - Mar 2002):

"Zero Gs and I feel fine."

- Mercury 6 Astronaut John Glenn,
first American to orbit the Earth, 20 Feb 1962.

Space Quote of the Month (Jan - Feb 2002):

"...History will record... that
America's challenge of today
has forged
man's destiny of tomorrow."

- Apollo 17 Commander Gene Cernan,
last man to walk on the Moon, 14 December 1972.

Space Quote of the Month (Dec 2001 - Jan 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.

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