The large TV networks are not reporting the latest “feel good” program from the guy who brought you the health care (you did not want) and who is suing one of our own states for a policy (he does not want), while ignoring many municipalities who are also rewriting Federal law with their sanctuary cities. (Selective enforcement along ideological lines).
The below were all quotes from proponents, experts and folks involved in the race to space and I have added some comments in (brackets) to show how they might have reacted today to Obama scraping all flights of exploration by NASA and redirecting NASA to “speak to the Moslem populations of the world” on a feel good campaign (with our tax dollars).
Have a laugh (“at our expense”).
Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise…. to boldly go where no man has gone before (and should not be going now with our tax dollars).
— Captain James T. Kirk,‘Star Trek.’
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail (however meandering and pandering).
– Ralph Waldo Emerson, poet
….this opportunity to connect my abilities as an educator with my interests (in the Moslem world?)
— Christa McAuliffe, teacher,
We risk great peril if we kill off this spirit of adventure, for we cannot predict how and in what seemingly unrelated fields it will manifest itself. (and boy, this is what you would call a strange manifestation)
– James A. Michener, author
To go places and do things that have never been done before – (however ridiculous).
— Michael Collins, flew on Gemini 10 and Apollo 11.
You’ve got to hand it to these guys (the Mercury Seven); they put their backsides on the line… (and now we are thinking with our backsides!)
– Dee O’Hara, nurse to the Mercury astronauts
To be the first to enter the cosmos, to engage, single-handed, in an unprecedented duel with nature—could one dream of anything more? (Yes, unfortunately, Obama just did)
– Yuri Gagarin
The path of a cosmonaut is not an easy, triumphant march to glory. (You said WHAT? My next flight is to Saudi Arabia???)
– Yuri Gagarin, the first man into space
God has no intention of setting a limit to the efforts of man to conquer space. (Praise be Allah)
— Pope Pius XII
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. (OK, but this time the magic is nuts)
– Arthur C. Clarke, author, cited in Into that Silent Sea
But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? (Why not Somalia I ask?)
– President John F. Kennedy,
There can be no thought of finishing for ‘aiming for the stars.’ Both figuratively and literally, it is a task to last the generations. But no matter how much progress one makes, there is always (the ability for us to slide backwards with stupid ideas).
– Robert H. Goddard, launched first liquid-filled rocket in 1926.
The dreams of yesterday are the hopes of today and the reality of tomorrow (Until the “redistribution of dreams”).
– Robert H. Goddard
The conquest of space is worth the risk of life. (The conquest of our stupidity is another thing.)
– Virgil I. Grissom, died with astronauts Chaffee and White
As I stand out here in the wonders of the unknown at Hadley, I sort of realize there’s a fundamental truth to our nature, Man must explore . . . and this is exploration at its greatest.(So why is our next mission to the Middle East?)
— Dave Scott, Commander Apollo 15
Earth is the cradle of humanity, but one cannot live in the cradle forever. (You want me to live in a tent on the sand where?)
– Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, Russian scientist
Failure is not an option. (Unless you are Obama)
– Gene Kranz, Apollo 13 mission.
There can be no thought of finishing for ‘aiming for the stars.’ Both figuratively and literally, it is a task to occupy the generations. And no matter how much progress one makes, there is always the thrill of just beginning. (So let’s start all over in the Middle East and forget the stars)
– Robert H. Goddard
It [the rocket] will free man from his remaining chains, the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet. It will open to him the gates of heaven (Allah be praised).
— Wernher von Braun
When I orbited the Earth in a spaceship, I saw for the first time how beautiful our planet is. (OK, forget Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan etc.)
– Yuri Gagarin,
It’s human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it’s an imperative. (So let’s cease exploring and make our Moslem brothers feel good about themselves, OK?)
— Michael Collins, astronaut
Many say exploration is part of our destiny, but it’s actually our duty to future generations and their quest to ensure the survival of the human species. (Who said failure wasn’t an option for demagogues?)
— Buzz Aldrin, astronaut
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe (or our government’s policies).
— Albert Einstein
All Human Exploration’s bottom line is about preserving our species over the long haul (so let’s not waste it on the ground in Lebanon).
– Astronaut John Young
This is the goal: To make available for life every place where life is possible. To make inhabitable all worlds as yet uninhabitable, and all life purposeful.(Sounds like he is talking about Israel and not her surrounding “neighbors”?)
– Hermann Oberth, physicist
The greatest gain from space travel consists in the extension of our knowledge. In a hundred years this newly won knowledge will pay huge and unexpected dividends. (Hopefully to the Fundamentalists and Jihadist still living in caves)
— Wernher von Braun
Space is the stature of God.(Allah be praised)
— Joseph Joubert, French essayist
The world itself looks cleaner and so much more beautiful. Maybe we can make it that way—the way God intended it to be—by giving everybody that new perspective from out in space.(are you saying we ship the Guantanamo prisoners there?)
— Roger B Chaffee, astronaut
Those who study the stars have God for a teacher. (Allah be merciful)
— Tycho Brahe, astronomer
What was most significant about the lunar voyage was not that man set foot on the Moon (but that most of us, although not all of us, got out of the caves and tents).
— Norman Cousins, journalist
I have a hunch the most important reason we’re going to space is not known now. (But now I understand that it is to make Moslems feel good about themselves? Huh?)
— Burt Rutan, American aerospace engineer
It is humanities destiny to explore the universe. When we start thinking and working on that cosmic level, we will transcend our parochial differences and tribal natures and become global creatures, solar system creatures. Then we will figure out where we fit in. (Or at least most of us, but not all of the “tribes”.)
— Story Musgrave, astronaut
The inspirational value of the space program is probably of far greater importance to education than any input of dollars….A whole generation is growing up which has been attracted to the hard disciplines of science and engineering by the romance of space.(Except for the Middle East of course, but we can fix that now with the “NEW NASA”!)
– Arthur C. Clarke, author
We want to explore. We’re curious people. Look back over history, people have put their lives at stake to go out and explore … We believe in what we’re doing. Now it’s time to go. (Sorry, all missions, other than feel good ones, have been scrubbed)
— Eileen Collins, astronaut