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Wernher von Braun Quotes

Birth Date: 1912-03-23 (Saturday, March 23rd, 1912)
Date of Death: 1977-06-16 (Thursday, June 16th, 1977)

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US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs an executive order transferring Wernher von Braun and other German scientists from the United States Army to NASA.Wednesday, October 21st, 1959

Quotes

    • Don't tell me that man doesn't belong out there. Man belongs wherever he wants to go - and he'll do plenty well when he gets there.
    • Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation. Everything science has taught me, and continues to teach me, strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death.
    • For me, the idea of a creation is not conceivable without invoking the necessity of design. One cannot be exposed to the law and order of the universe without concluding that there must be design and purpose behind it all.
    • My experiences with science led me to God. They challenge science to prove the existence of God. But must we really light a candle to see the sun?
    • It is in scientific honesty that I endorse the presentation of alternative theories for the origin of the universe, life and man in the science classroom. It would be an error to overlook the possibility that the universe was planned rather than happening by chance.
    • Basic research is when I'm doing what I don't know I'm doing.
    • Crash programs fail because they are based on theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby in a month.
    • Development of the space station is as inevitable as the rising of the sun; man has already poked his nose into space and he is not likely to pull it back...
    • Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell and advertise.
    • For my confirmation, I didn't get a watch and my first pair of long pants, like most Lutheran boys. I got a telescope. My mother thought it would make the best gift.
    • I always shoot for the sky, but sometimes I hit London.
    • I believe in an immortal soul. Science has proved that nothing disintegrates into nothingness. Life and soul, therefore, cannot disintegrate into nothingness, and so are immortal.
    • I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution.
    • It 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.
    • Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft... and the only one that can be mass-produced with unskilled labor.
    • One test result is worth one thousand expert opinions.
    • Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity.
    • Science does not have a moral dimension. It is like a knife. If you give it to a surgeon or a murderer, each will use it differently.
    • The mastery of space is man's greatest adventure and his most inspiring undertaking. It should spur us to maximum effort. The nation which mastered all of man's earthly environment- land, sea and air- owes to its destiny the mastery of the limitless environment of space.
    • 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.
    • The universe is hostile only when you do not know its laws. To those who know and obey, the universe is friendly.
    • There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program- your tax-dollar will go further.
    • Our two greatest problems are gravity and paper work. We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.
    • With every new answer unfolded, science has consistently discovered at least three new questions.
    • It takes sixty-five thousand errors before you are qualified to make a rocket.
    • An outlook through this peephole [that manned space flight had opened] at the vast mysteries of the universe should only confirm our belief in the certainty of its Creator. I find it as difficult to understand a scientist who does not acknowledge the presence of a superior rationality behind the existence of the universe as it is to comprehend a theologian who would deny the advances of science.
    • 'Once the rockets are up who cares where they come down that's not my department,' says Wernher von Braun.
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