Space Quotes, Quotes about Cosmonautics and Astronauts

International Day of Human Space Flight is celebrated on 12 of April.

 Space Quotes, Cosmonautics Day, Astronauts Quotes and Sayings 


“When I orbited the Earth in a spaceship, I saw for the first time how beautiful our planet is. Mankind, let us preserve and increase this beauty, and not destroy it!” » Yuri Gagarin


“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.” » Wernher von Braun, Rocket Engineer


“Do not look at stars as bright spots only. Try to take in the vastness of the universe.” » Maria Mitchell


“I am just learning to notice the different colors of the stars, and already begin to have a new enjoyment.” » Maria Mitchell, Astronomer


“Anyone who sits on top of the largest hydrogen-oxygen fueled system in the world; knowing they’re going to light the bottom—and doesn’t get a little worried—does not fully understand the situation.” » John Young, Astronaut


“When you’re finally up at the moon looking back on earth, all those differences and nationalistic traits are pretty well going to blend, and you’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.” » Frank Borman, Apollo 8


“A sense of the unknown has always lured mankind and the greatest of the unknowns of today is outer space. The terrors, the joys and the sense of accomplishment are epitomized in the space program.” » William Shatner


“Astronomy compels the soul to look upward, and leads us from this world to another.” » Plato, Philosopher


“I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I’m an optimist. We will reach out to the stars.” » Stephen Hawking, Astrophysicist


“Astronomers, like burglars and jazz musicians, operate best at night.” » Miles Kington


“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.” » Wernher von Braun, Rocket Engineer


“As we got further and further away, it [the Earth] diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing this has to change a man.” » James B. Irwin


“This is a day we have managed to avoid for a quarter of a century. We’ve talked about it before and speculated about it, and it finally has occurred. We hoped we could push this day back forever.” » Astronaut John Glenn


“Astronomy taught us our insignificance in Nature.” » Ralph Waldo Emerson


“If you could see the earth illuminated when you were in a place as dark as night, it would look to you more splendid than the moon.” » Galileo Galilei


“Let’s face it, space is a risky business. I always considered every launch a barely controlled explosion.” » Aaron Cohen, NASA


“Oddly enough the overriding sensation I got looking at the earth was, my god that little thing is so fragile out there.” » Mike Collins, Apollo 11 astronaut


“Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.” » William Burroughs


“The purpose of life is the investigation of the Sun, the Moon, and the heavens.” » Anaxagoras, Philosopher


” The Moon was a sobering sight, but it didn’t have the impact on me, at least, as the view of the Earth did.” » Frank Borma


“I think the one overwhelming emotion that we had was when we saw the earth rising in the distance over the lunar landscape . . . . It makes us realize that we all do exist on one small globe. For from 230,000 miles away it really is a small planet.” » Frank Borman, Apollo 8


“God has no intention of setting a limit to the efforts of man to conquer space.” » Pope Pius XII


“If offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.” » Christa McAuliffe


“Mortal as I am, I know that I am born for a day, but when I follow the serried multitude of the stars in their circular course, my feet no longer touch the earth; I ascend to Zeus himself to feast me on ambrosia, the food of the gods.” » Ptolemy, Astronomer


“Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.” » Socrates, Philosopher


“To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.” » Stephen Hawking,  Astrophysicist


“Once a photograph of the Earth, taken from the outside, is available, a new idea as powerful as any in history will be let loose.” » attributed to Sir Fred Hoyle


“What beauty. I saw clouds and their light shadows on the distant dear earth…. The water looked like darkish, slightly gleaming spots…. When I watched the horizon, I saw the abrupt, contrasting transition from the earth’s light-colored surface to the absolutely black sky. I enjoyed the rich color spectrum of the earth. It is surrounded by a light blue aureole that gradually darkens, becoming turquiose, dark blue, violet, and finally coal black.” » Yuri Gagarin


“I cannot join the space program and restart my life as an astronaut, but this opportunity to connect my abilities as an educator with my interests in history and space is a unique opportunity to fulfill my early fantasies. I watched the space program being born, and I would like to participate.” » Christa McAuliffe, Teacher Astronaut


“We learned a lot about the Moon, but what we really learned was about the Earth. The fact that just from the distance of the Moon you can put your thumb up and you can hide the Earth behind your thumb. Everything that you’ve ever known, your loved ones, your business, the problems of the Earth itself—all behind your thumb. And how insignificant we really all are, but then how fortunate we are to have this body and to be able to enjoy loving here amongst the beauty of the Earth itself.” » Jim Lovell, Apollo 8 & 13 astronaut


“Astronomy is useful because it raises us above ourselves; it is useful because it is grand;. It shows us how small is man’s body, how great his mind, since his intelligence can embrace the whole of this dazzling immensity, where his body is only an obscure point, and enjoy its silent harmony.” » Henri Poincaré,


“Space travel is life-enhancing, and anything that’s life-enhancing is worth doing. It makes you want to live forever.” » Ray Bradbury


“Space isn’t remote at all. It’s only an hour’s drive away, if your car could go straight upwards.” » Sir Fred Hoyle, Astronomer


“Some say that we should stop exploring space, that the cost in human lives is too great. But Columbia’s crew would not have wanted that. We are a curious species, always wanting to know what is over the next hill, around the next corner, on the next island. And we have been that way for thousands of years.” » Stuart Atkinson


“I don’t know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.” » John Glenn, Astronaut


“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.” » Roger B Chaffee


“It’s tiny out there…it’s inconsequential. It’s ironic that we had come to study the Moon and it was really discovering the Earth.” » Bill Anders


“It truly is an oasis—and we don’t take very good care of it. I think the elevation of that awareness is a real contribution to saving the Earth.” » Dave Scott


“Our two greatest problems are gravity and paperwork. We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.” » Wernher von Braun, Rocket Engineer


“Space is for everybody. It’s not just for a few people in science or math, or for a select group of astronauts. That’s our new frontier out there, and it’s everybody’s business to know about space.” » Christa McAuliffe, Teacher  Astronaut


“This planet is not terra firma. It is a delicate flower and it must be cared for. It’s lonely. It’s small. It’s isolated, and there is no resupply. And we are mistreating it. Clearly, the highest loyalty we should have is not to our own country or our own religion or our hometown or even to ourselves. It should be to, number two, the family of man, and number one, the planet at large. This is our home, and this is all we’ve got.” » Scott Carpenter, Mecury 7 astronaut


“Life, forever dying to be born afresh, forever young and eager, will presently stand upon this Earth as upon a footstool, and stretch out its realm amidst the stars.” » H. G. Wells


“A Chinese tale tells of some men sent to harm a young girl who, upon seeing her beauty, become her protectors rather than her violators. That’s how I felt seeing the Earth for the first time. I could not help but love and cherish her.” »  Taylor Wang


“All of a sudden, space isn’t friendly. All of a sudden, it’s a place where people can die. . . . Many more people are going to die. But we can’t explore space if the requirement is that there be no casualties; we can’t do anything if the requirement is that there be no casualties.” » Isaac Asimov


“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.” » Wernher von Braun, Rocket Engineer


“The thing I’ll remember most about the flight is that it was fun. In fact, I’m sure it was the most fun that I’ll ever have in my life.” » Sally K. Ride


“Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure Science.” » Edwin Hubble, Astronomer


“It suddenly struck me that that tiny pea, pretty and blue, was the Earth. I put up my thumb and shut one eye, and my thumb blotted out the planet Earth. I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.” » Neil Armstrong.


“Never in all their history have men been able truly to conceive of the world as one: a single sphere, a globe, having the qualities of a globe, a round earth in which all the directions eventually meet, in which there is no center because every point, or none, is center — an equal earth which all men occupy as equals. The airman’s earth, if free men make it, will be truly round: a globe in practice, not in theory.” » Archibald MacLeish


“The strongest affection and utmost zeal should, I think, promote the studies concerned with the most beautiful objects. This is the discipline that deals with the universe’s divine revolutions, the stars’ motions, sizes, distances, risings and settings . . . for what is more beautiful than heaven?” » Nicolaus Copernicus


“Every generation has the obligation to free men’s minds for a look at new worlds . . . to look out from a higher plateau than the last generation.” » Ellison S. Onizuka


“I remember growing up thinking that astronauts and their job was the coolest thing you could possibly do… But I absolutely couldn’t identify with the people who were astronauts. I thought they were movie stars.” » David M. Brown, Astronaut


To be the first to enter the cosmos, to engage, single-handed, in an unprecedented duel with nature—could one dream of anything more?” » Yuri Gagarin, Russian Cosmonaut


“I’m sure the universe is full of intelligent life. It’s just been too intelligent to come here.” » Arthur C. Clarke


“Let’s light this fire one more time, Mike, and witness this great nation at its best.” » Christopher Ferguson


“As we begin to comprehend that the earth itself is a kind of manned spaceship hurtling through the infinity of space—it will seem increasingly absurd that we have not better organized the life of the human family.” » Hubert H. humphrey


“Through you, we feel as giants, once again.” » President Ronald Reagan


“The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us—there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, or falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.” » Carl Sagan


“To see the earth as it truly is, small and blue and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves a riders on the earth together, brothers on that bright loveliness in the eternal cold—brothers who know now they are truly brothers.” » Archibald MacLeish


“The view of the Earth from the Moon fascinated me—a small disk, 240,000 miles away. It was hard to think that that little thing held so many problems, so many frustrations. Raging nationalistic interests, famines, wars, pestilence don’t show from that distance.” » Frank Borman


“If somebody’d said before the flight, “Are you going to get carried away looking at the earth from the moon?” I would have say, “No, no way.” But yet when I first looked back at the earth, standing on the moon, I cried.” » Alan Shepard


“If it’s a new planet, sign me up. I’m tired of driving around the block, boldly going where hundreds have gone before in orbit around earth—give me a place to go and I’ll go.” » Neil deGrasse Tyson


“Of course risk is part of spaceflight. We accept some of that to achieve greater goals in exploration and find out more about ourselves and the universe.” » Lisa Nowak, Space Shuttle Astronaut


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