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"There are no black holes - in the sense of regimes from which light can't escape to infinity. There are however apparent horizons which persist for a period of time."
— Stephen Hawking, Information Preservation and Weather Forecasting for Black Holes, 22 January 2014. An article in Nature gives background on his "no black holes" claim.
"In space, race doesn't matter, nationality doesn't matter. In space, you see the world as a globe and you don't see the boundaries."
With billions of rocky worlds life would have to be extremely picky not to be able to evolve out there."
— Lisa Kaltenegger, Harvard lecturer and leader of a research group at the Max Planck Instttute for Astronomy, Time magazine, 13 January 2014.
It seems insane—so violent and loud. It's audacious that you would even think such a thing."
— Dan Winters, rocket photographer, regards launches. Wired magazine, January 2014.
"What they want is for their space suits to look cool."
— Amy Rose, NASA space-suit engineer, regards private space companies. Fortune magazine, January 13 2014.
"We will eventually build space science labs and hotels, prodding the capability for missions beyond the orbit of the Earth. Our space-hotel guests will be able to take breath-taking excursions, flying a couple of hundred feet above the Moon’s surface in small two-man spaceships. In time, we will launch missions to Mars and beyond."
— Richard Branson, Virgin Galatic, discussing his ‘second-generation’ plan in The Economist magazine, December 2013.
It's a famous line, seen often online and in print. It's almost always in quotation marks, and it's almost always attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. But that is wrong. How could Leonardo (1452 - 1519) taste flight? I've searched for years, but have never found definitive source information for this line. National Geographic Magazine researchers told me they talked to a leading da Vinci expert who said Leonardo never wrote it. The 2007 book Leonardo on Flight by Domenico Laurenza never mentions the line. A whole chapter of the 2008 book Leonardo's Legacy by science writer Stefan Klein is devoted to da Vinci's dream of mechanical flight, yet it also never mentions the line. Rather, it concludes "after thirty years of tireless work, Leonardo's dream of flying had reverted to what it was in the first days of his research—a flight of the imagination" (page 126).
But this "quote" holds a strong appeal
to our psyche; maybe because many of us have our eyes, minds and
hearts turned upward to space. So it's my title here on the
internet. A place where astronomers and astronauts, dreamers and
doers, share with us their best
thoughts on space.
And the title is also a reminder to me to be as accurate as I can in
recording original source information.
+ Captain James T. Kirk (of the
Starship Enterprise) never said
Beam me up, Scotty
in the TV series or in any of the movies.
Want to delve deeper into longer works? Want to read more than a few sentences? There is a fantastic book in print that has reprints of 100 seminal original papers from the history of astronomy all introduced, arranged and edited perfectly: Archives of the Universe, by Marcia Bartusia.
— Arthur C Clarke, The View from Serendip, page 238, 1977.
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