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)
"It’s a big deal — It’s definitely a good candidate for life. … Maybe there’s no land life, but perhaps very clever dolphins."
— Astrophysicist Mario Lavio on the recently announced “super-Earth” exoplanet KOI-172.02.
"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)
"“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, “Look at that, you son of a bitch.”"
— Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 astronaut (via ifuckinglovespace)