James Van Allen once told me that the pursuit of knowledge was a sufficient answer for questions about applicability of space exploration. It’s all about understanding who we are, where we come from, and where we’re going. We’re all the stuff of stars, and now we’re actually examining that ‘stuff’.
— Bill Kurth, Voyager plasma wave co-investigator, during reddit IAMA after NASA announced that the Voyager spacecraft has left the solar system. (via ifuckinglovespace)
"Okay, Houston. Standing here in Hadley, in the midst of miracles unknown, I am aware that there is a fundamental truth of our nature. Man must explore, and it is - research in the greatest sense."
— Commander David Scott, Apollo 15 (via ifuckinglovespace)
(Source: hq.nasa.gov, via ifuckinglovespace)