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"It was obvious to me that we could never colonize Mars without reusability, any more than America would have been colonized if they had to burn the ships after every trip."
— Elon Musk, SpaceX. Quoted in Fortune magazine, 9 December 2013.
"I realized that a methane-oxygen rocket engine could achieve a specific impulse greater than 380."
— Elon Musk, SpaceX, 2 a.m. eureka! moment. It's the physics/chemistry key to travel to Mars & return. Quoted in Fortune magazine, 9 December 2013.
"Reality meets talent show with no ending and the whole world watching."
— Paul Römer, explaining how Mars One is to be paid for by TV show rights. 10 September 2013.
"Found a more interesting job."
— reason given by Sergei Krikalev for cosmonaut Yury Lonchakov deciding not to return to the ISS in 2015. Reported by RiaNovosti news, 5 September 2013.
"I wondered how I was ever going to get my work done because I just wanted to stay glued to the window."
"My parents are going to be excited. They know this has been a lifelong goal. My brothers, as they always do, will give me a hard time."
— Tyler Hague, new NASA astronaut, 17 June 2013.
"It’s a fixer-upper of a planet but we could make it work."
— Elon Musk, SpaceX, regards Mars. Speaking at the D11 conference, 29 May 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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