Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing.

β€” Wernher Von Braun

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Science and religion are not antagonists.

On the contrary, they are sisters. While science tries to learn more about the creation, religion tries to better understand the Creator. While through science man tries to harness the forces of nature around him, through religion he tries to harness the force of nature within him.


The rocket worked perfectly, except for landing on the wrong planet.


It takes sixty-five thousand errors before you are qualified to make a rocket.


The best computer is a man, and it’s the only one that can be mass-produced by unskilled labor.


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?


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.


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.


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. Nothing disappears without a trace.


Conquering the universe one has to solve two problems: gravity and red tape.

We could have mastered gravity.


All one can really leave one's children is what's inside their heads.

Education, in other words, and not earthly possessions, is the ultimate legacy, the only thing that cannot be taken away.


To simply dismiss the concept of God as being unscientific is to violate the very objectivity of science itself.


It will free man from the remaining chains, the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet.


About Wernher Von Braun

Quotes 54 sayings
Nationality German
Profession Scientist
Birthday October 16

My friends they were dancing here in the streets of Huntsville when our first satellite orbited the Earth. They were dancing again when the first Americans landed on the Moon. I'd like to ask you, don't hang up your dancing slippers.


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.


There is beauty in space, and it is orderly.

There is no weather, and there is regularity. It is predictable. Just look at our little Explorer; you can set your clock by it-literally; it is more accurate than your clock. Everything in space obeys the laws of physics. If you know these laws, and obey them, space will treat you kindly.


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.


Man is not made for space. But with the help of biologists and medical doctors, he can be prepared and accommodated.


There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program - your tax-dollar will go further.


There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program -- your tax-dollar will go further.


We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.


With our present knowledge, we can respond to the challenge of stellar space flight solely with intellectual concepts and purely hypothetical analysis. Hardware solutions are still entirely beyond our reach and far, far away.


The logistic requirements for a large, elaborate mission to Mars are no greater that those for a minor military operation extending over a limited theatre of war.


Crash programs fail because they are based on theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby in a month.


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 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.


If we were to start today on an organized and well-supported space program I believe a practical passenger rocket can be built and tested within ten years.


The same forces of nature which enable us to fly to the stars, enable us also to destroy our star.


I only hope that we shall not wait to adopt the program until after our astronomers have reported a new and unsuspected asteroid moving across their fields of vision with menacing speed. At that point it will be too late!


I believe that the time has arrived for medical investigation of the problems of manned rocket flight, for it will not be the engineering problems but rather the limits of the human frame that will make the final decision as to whether manned space flight will eventually become a reality.


In order for us to use the very best judgment possible in spending the taxpayer's money intelligently, we just have to do a certain amount of this research and development work ourselves. 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.


Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.


What we will have attained when Neil Armstrong steps down upon the moon is a completely new step in the evolution of man.


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.


I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution.


I'm convinced that before the year 2000 is over, the first child will have been born on the moon.


Man belongs wherever he wants to go - and he'll do plenty well when he gets there.


Everybody knows what the moon is, everybody knows what this decade is, and everybody can tell a live astronaut who returned from the moon from one who didn't


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 beings in that enormous immensity.


There are flying grandfathers. But I intend to be an orbiting grandfather.


If we continue at this leisurly pace, we will have to pass Russian customs when we land on the moon.


Although I know of no reference to Christ ever commenting on scientific work, I do know that He said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." Thus I am certain that, were He among us today, Christ would encourage scientific research as modern man's most noble striving to comprehend and admire His Father's handiwork. The universe as revealed through scientific inquiry is the living witness that God has indeed been at work.


Get me a broom. I'll sweep my own office.


A good engineer gets stale very fast if he doesn't keep his hands dirty.


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.


Looking back, nothing seems so simple than a utopian vision realised.


One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions.


By the year 2000 we will undoubtedly have a sizable operation on the Moon, we will have achieved a manned Mars landing and it's entirely possible we will have flown with men to the outer planets.


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 . . . . There can be no thought of finishing, for aiming at the stars-both literally and figuratively-is the work of generations, and no matter how much progress one makes, there is always the thrill of just beginning.


It was very successful, but it fell on the wrong planet.