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But that lease is limited; we know for sure that it will expire after a few billion more... i didn't want to be dumb, but it was contrived in a way, and i was guilty of that. i got that unmistakable call, and i know that even if i were second-rate or third-rate, it was astronomy that mattered. i made the statement that if we're wrong and something goes wrong on this flight, i wouldn't want to have to be the person to stand up in front of board of inquiry and say that i went ahead and told them to go ahead and fly this thing outside what the motor was qualified to. i wouldn't believe that at this moment you have to fear the intelligence aspects of this. if our long-term survival is at stake, we have a basic responsibility to our species to venture to other worlds. in a hundred years this newly won knowledge will pay huge and unexpected dividends. it was amazing... man is an artifact designed for space travel. seeing this has to change a man. the british empire was dominant because it had ships. the photographs show the dry, pounded surface of the moon in the foreground, dry as an old bone. the ultimate objective is to make humanity a multiplanet species. the vacant interstellar spaces, the vacant into the vacant we are the lucky generation. we just have to keep our own hands dirty to command the professional respect of the contractor personnel engaged with actual design, shop and testing work..

And different tribes of men, kinds of wild beasts. and the enthusiastic support of its people. but i think it's really important to make space space available to as many people as we can. but the moon that pulls the tides, and the moon that controls the menstrual periods of women, and the moon that touches the lunatics, she is not the mere dead lump of the astronomist... carl sagen with johnny carson cosmology is serious business and in our hearts we are nothing if not cosmologists, hanging in a cold cage sifting the ruthless jewels of existence. far side of the moon i think that it is much more likely that the reports of flying saucers are the results of the known irrational characteristics of terrestrial intelligence than of the unknown rational efforts of extra-terrestrial intelligence. i thought about it after [the lunar] landing, and because we had a lot of other things to do, it was not something that i really concentrated on but just something that was kind of passing around subliminally or in the background. i'm not coming in... if god wanted man to become a spacefaring species, he would have given man a moon. it's a view worth the price of the trip. only realistic flight schedules should be proposed, schedules that have a reasonable chance of being met. so if you are romantic you can say we are literally starstuff. there is no hope for the fanciful idea of reaching the moon because of insurmountable barriers to escaping the earth's gravity. we'll build new ships to carry man forward into the universe, to gain a new foothold on the moon and to prepare for new journeys to the worlds beyond our own... when you look at the stars and the galaxy, you feel you are not just from any particular piece of land, but from the solar system. will not be denied..

And i was right, nobody remembers what the second person said anyhow. and that leads, of course, to a strong suspicion that everybody else can do it if they want to. for what is more beautiful than heaven? frequently on the lunar surface i said to myself, "this is the moon, that is the earth. how many more years i shall be able to work on the problem i do not know; i hope, as long as i live. i only work in outer space. if there is anything that can bind the heavenly mind of man to this dreary exile of our earthly home and can reconcile us with our fate so that one can enjoy living*then it is verily the enjoyment of the mathematical sciences and astronomy. it is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, its beauty loved gives the right to aspire to the radiance of the sunrise and sunset. no matter how vast, how total, the failure of man here on earth, the work of man will be resumed elsewhere. officials and politicians, let alone a mere allied minister of defence, were never in-the-loop. scarce any problem will appear more hard and difficult, than that of deternining the distance of the sun from the earth very near the truth; but even this, when we are made acquainted with some exact observations... that's a tiny fraction of one percent. the apparent disorder augments the grandeur, for the appearance of care is highly contrary to our ideas of magnificence. the idea that in other worlds life may exist in conditions widely different from those prevailing on this world in which we live, however plausible at first, becomes highly improbable when tested by the light shed on this subject by the accumulated knowledge of modern research in the fields of astronomy, geology, spectroscopy, and chemistry, especially that branch of the latter science pertaining to organic compounds... the sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us. the spacecraft rises toward the heavens exactly as, in our finest moments as a nation, our hearts have risen toward justice and principle. the world is being americanized and technologized to its limits, and that makes it dull for some people. there is perhaps no better a demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. thirty months from now, i'm confident we'll be flying people into space. this is the result of six billion years of evolution..
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