I think humans will reach Mars, and I would like to see it happen in my lifetime.— Buzz Aldrin
The most spectacular Buzz Aldrin quotes that will add value to your life
Instead of planning the retirement of the Space Shuttle program, America should be preparing the shuttles for their next step in space: evolving, not shutting them down and laying off thousands of people.
If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger.
Whenever I gaze up at the moon, I feel like I'm on a time machine.
I am back to that precious pinpoint of time, standing on the foreboding - yet beautiful - Sea of Tranquility. I could see our shining blue planet Earth poised in the darkness of space.
Exploration is wired into our brains. If we can see the horizon, we want to know what's beyond.
I still say, 'Shoot for the moon; you might get there.'
Knowledge of the past and an optimistic view of the present give you great opportunities.
History will remember the inhabitants of this century as the people who went from Kitty Hawk to the moon in 66 years, only to languish for the next 30 in low Earth orbit. At the core of the risk-free society is a self-indulgent failure of nerve.
Many say exploration is part of our destiny, but it's actually our duty to future generations and their quest to ensure the survival of the human species.
When we set out to land people on the surface of Mars, I think we should as a nation, as a world, commit ourselves to supporting a growing settlement and colonization there. To visit a few times and then withdraw would be an unforgivable waste of resources.
We can continue to try and clean up the gutters all over the world and spend all of our resources looking at just the dirty spots and trying to make them clean. Or we can lift our eyes up and look into the skies and move forward in an evolutionary way.
When I am getting ready to cross a street, I look both ways before crossing.
My bones, my muscles, are not what they used to be, so I am careful when I go up and down stairs, because I've heard stories of older people falling and having very disabling injuries. I have enough things that begin to go a little bit wrong as I get a little bit older.
Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon.
I am the first man to piss his pants on the moon.
Bravery comes along as a gradual accumulation of discipline.
There may be aliens in our Milky Way galaxy, and there are billions of other galaxies. The probability is almost certain that there is life somewhere in space.
Mars has been flown by, orbited, smacked into, radar examined, and rocketed onto, as well as bounced upon, rolled over, shoveled, drilled into, baked and even blasted. Still to come: Mars being stepped on.
I inherited depression from my mother's side of the family.
The final frontier may be human relationships, one person to another.
We need the next generation to be motivated and to push technological boundaries, to seek out new innovations.
Mars is there, waiting to be reached.
My expertise is the space program and what it should be in the future based on my experience of looking at the transitions that we've made between pre-Sputnik days and getting to the moon.
There's a need for accepting responsibility - for a person's life and making choices that are not just ones for immediate short-term comfort. You need to make an investment, and the investment is in health and education.
Kids, help your parents if they don't know how to use a smartphone.
There's no doubt that there will be many trials and tribulations along the way in taming space for the benefit of all, unmasking its truths and using the boundless resources available to us. Taking a chance allows us to seek new horizons -- and we all benefit from being horizon hunters.
Everyone should take their hats off to Neil Armstrong.
He is a humble guy who doesn't wave his own flag.
Space tourism is a logical outgrowth of the adventure tourist market.
It was designed to have an impact on the stalemate over Mutually Assured Destruction with the Soviet Union. Us reaching the moon convinced Gorbachev and other leaders that the Soviet Union couldn't compete with the U.S., so they revised their agenda. But people have short memories.
I expected the unexpected and went [on the Moon] with an open mind.
I think the visual scene was described by my words on first landing - "magnificent desolation." Magnificent for the achievement of being there, and desolate for the eons of lifelessness.
My sister called me "Buzzard" when I was a baby - she couldn't say "Brother" so I've been Buzz my whole life.
History gets reinterpreted as time goes on.
Many times, the participants are lost in the retelling of the story.
For every winner, there's a loser. And that person didn't really need to lose. They just didn't understand the game plan.
My first biography written in '73 was not 'Journey To The Moon.
' It was 'Return To Earth.' Because for me, that was the more difficult task - disappointment.
I poured the wine into the chalice our church had given me.
In the one-sixth gravity of the moon the wine curled slowly and gracefully up the side of the cup. It was interesting to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the first food eaten there, were communion elements.
The first footfalls on Mars will mark a historic milestone, an enterprise that requires human tenacity matched with technology to anchor ourselves on another world.
I was given permission to serve myself Communion, with wine and a wafer, on the surface on the Moon. But I was advised not to say anything about it at the time. Someone had strongly objected to the Apollo 8 crew reading from the Bible. We didn't want to get into any further trouble with the religious critics.
There's no doubt who was a leader in space after the Apollo Program.
Nobody came close to us. And our education system, in science, technology, engineering and math, was at the top of the world. It's no longer there. We're descending rather rapidly.
As we reflect back upon the tragic loss of Challenger and her brave crew of heroes who were aboard that fateful day, I am reminded that they truly represented the best of us, as they climbed aloft on a plume of propellant gasses, reaching for the stars, to inspire us who were Earthbound.
To appropriately respond to an emergency requires a very clear mind, to cooly analyze what the observations are and how to fix it.
My favourite thing to do on this planet is to scuba dive.
We have the ability, at such high fidelity, to simulate the physical world through computers. But when the spiritual world or human behavior comes into play, we don't have a very good model for that at all.
The feeling of reduced gravity and the limitations of the space suit resulted in a slow-motion movement. Perhaps not too far from a trampoline, but without the springiness and instability.
The life expectancy of people going to Mars may be decreased by the higher level of radiation that they receive.
I think the people who experienced the Apollo missions came away from that experience wondering to themselves, 'When can we get a chance to experience spaceflight?' I've heard that many, many times: that people got into a new career field hoping that they would be able to experience spaceflight.
Retain the vision for space exploration.
If we turn our backs on the vision again, we're going to have to live in a secondary position in human space flight for the rest of the century.
Does it make sense for the U.S. to expend hundreds of billions of dollars to mount a new Apollo-style program to return to the moon? Or have we blazed that trail? Shouldn't we help other nations achieve this goal with their own resources but with our help?
My Sunday mornings are spent in a recovery meeting in Pacific Palisades.
Unfortunately, pioneers will always pave the way with sacrifices.
American greatness was elevated significantly after Sputnik.
Long-term, I see robotics prevailing on the moon.
. . . The most important decision we'll have to make about space travel is whether to commit to a permanent human presence on Mars. Without it, we'll never be a true space-faring people.
From the distance of the moon, Earth was four times the size of a full moon seen from Earth. It was a brilliant jewel in the black velvet sky.