I don't go along with going to Moon first to build a launch pad to go to Mars. We should go to Mars from Earth orbit. We have already been to the Moon; we've already practiced.

— Wally Schirra

The most sentimental Wally Schirra quotes that are easy to memorize and remember

Kennedy had made a mess in Cuba at the Bay of Pigs.

He had to do something to look good. The Apollo program of going to the Moon was quite a goal.


You don't raise heroes, you raise sons.

And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes.


When a man looks across a street, sees a pretty girl, and waves at her, that's not a rendezvous, that's a passing acquaintance. When he walks across the street and nibbles on her ear, that's a rendezvous!


I left Earth three times and found no other place to go. Please take care of Spaceship Earth.


Levity is the lubricant of a crisis. We resort to jokes, pranks and good natured kidding to relieve tension, stress and boredom.


I've always thought space station is a great name.

It should be like a gas station where we go for service and supplies before heading further out


A little levity is appropriate in a dangerous trade.


Kids today don't want to get married.

Too many of their friends have been married and divorced already. They just don't believe in it


Apollo was a big, unwieldy vehicle. I had a problem with the flight controllers over that. It would try to fare its way like an airplane.


He who commands an Apollo flight will not command a second one


John Glenn craved the publicity. I think even John would admit that. When he went into politics, that became pretty obvious! He knew how to do public relations.


When a test pilot comes off a flight, there is typically another pilot who is going to take it up, and he believes in the debriefing. You don't keep something to yourself


About Wally Schirra

Quotes 26 sayings
Profession Aviator
Birthday March 12, 1923

When people have asked if I'd like to go in the Shuttle, I said you don't get to fly it, except for landing, which I'd love to do. I wouldn't go unless I could command it


I don't think the space station will ever do anything for exploration.

Putting people up there for a year or more is the only way you will get anywhere near the exploration concept


I played English football - soccer - instead of American football, because we couldn't afford the equipment.


I had always wanted to go to the Navy.

As a young kid, I was intrigued by a Naval Officer with the beautiful brown shoes and sharp gold wings.


Another real problem was over putting our helmets on for re-entry, because we all had severe head colds. They couldn't come up there and make us. Houston, you have a problem!


I remember seeing war hero Jimmy Doolittle fly a Gee Bee racer there.

He was my childhood hero. Many years later, I was lucky enough to go hunting with him.


Dad went to Canada to learn how to fly with the Royal Canadian Air Force.

He took me on my first airplane ride, where I could have a hand on the stick.


Some of the wives didn't keep up with the program. It started breaking apart during the Apollo days.


I was told having a website would help me.

I have yet to figure out why my life story needs to be on the web.


We spent a lot of time in simulators. We were going to do it right.


I know enough about the moon to know how unpleasant and inhospitable it is.

. . . I know enough about Mars to know that you can't live there, you can't settle it. Mars and the moon are two ugly islands. So then, you say, what's the point of going to them? The point is to be able to say I've been there, I've set foot on them, and I can go further to look for beautiful islands.


As a child I went to a circus. They had a man shot out of a cannon into a net. I became intrigued with what was going on.


Each test pilot I know considers him, or herself, now that there are women, to be the very best. It's very demeaning to step down the ladder once in a while