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"Space is hard - but worth it. We will persevere and move forward together."
— Richard Branson, tweet following the Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two crash. 31 October 2014.
"That to me is a bunch of crap trying to shoot guys up into damned space. What they’re going to do is they’re going to wipe out half a dozen people one of these days, and that will be the end of it."
— Chuck Yeager, thoughts on Burt Rutan's private spacecraft, CNN interview 5 June 2012.
"Can I ask a question, too: aren’t you interested in the hair styles of my colleagues? My flight is my job. I feel a huge responsibility towards the people who taught and trained us and I want to tell them: we won’t let you down!"
— Yelena Serova, Russian Cosmonaut, replying to questions about her hair style and parenting her daughter right before leaving for the ISS. She launched in a Soyuz TMA-14M on 25 september 2014.
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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