As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind - every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.— John Glenn
Whopping Astronaut quotations
Don't get bogged down by the notion of limits. There aren't any.
To fly in space is to see the reality of Earth, alone.
The experience changed my life and my attitude toward life itself. I am one of the lucky ones.
Some of the senior people, the very senior astronauts, shook my hand and said, 'K.C., you did a great job. Don't let anyone tell you different.'
I am the astronaut of boxing. Joe Louis and Dempsey were just jet pilots. I'm in a world of my own.
Divas do it, golfers do it, pilots do it, violists do it, sprinters do it, soldiers do it, surgeons do it, astronauts do it...only business people think it isn't necessary to train.
On the return trip home, gazing through 240,000 miles of space toward the stars and the planet from which I had come, I suddenly experienced the universe as intelligent, loving, harmonious.
I know other astronauts share my feelings.
... And we know the government is sitting on hard evidence of UFOs.
I was born too late for steam trains and a lazy eye meant I'd never be an astronaut.
We came all this way to explore the Moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the Earth.
If you believe that I'm a cop killer, you believe David Bowie is an astronaut.
Ben Affleck (who plays A.J. Frost) and I got to actually go into the neutral buoyancy tank in actual $10 million spacesuits the astronauts wear in outer space, and that was pretty interesting
There is no one area of chemical engineering that specifically helped me in my career as an astronaut, it was more the general education in engineering. Also, it was a very difficult and rigorous course. So, it made me strong and resourceful.
At no time, when the astronauts were in space were they alone, there was a constant surveillance by UFOs.
Your vision is not limited by what your eye can see, but by what your mind can imagine.
Something I'll always remember - when I was a kid, I shook hands with Orville Wright. Forty years later, I shook hands with Neil Armstrong. The guy that invented the airplane and the guy that walked on the moon. In a lifetime, that's kinda wild when you think about it.
I watch a lot of astronaut movies....Mostly Star Wars. And even Han and Chewie use a checklist.
To become an astronaut, someone has to have a dream of his own to do something that he or she has always wanted to do, then commit himself to making that dream come true.
I'm fully aware that if I were to change professions tomorrow, become an astronaut and be the first man to land on Mars, the headlines in the newspapers would read: `Mr. Darcy Lands on Mars.
Where is everybody? Humans could theoretically colonize the galaxy in a million years or so, and if they could, astronauts from older civilizations could do the same. So why haven't they come to Earth?
I've been asked about UFOs and I've said publicly I thought they were somebody else, some other civilization.
I have been privileged to be briefed and to know that we have been visited [by aliens]. I do not have first hand experience in this regard, but I have been on investigating teams and I have been briefed by insiders who do know.
I don't expect my flight to produce a generation of astronauts and cosmonauts back home, but I hope it will encourage people to pursue their dreams.
The world looks marvelous from up here, so peaceful, so wonderful and so fragile. Everybody, all of us down there, not only in Israel, have to keep it clean and good.
The quiet that envelops space makes the beauty even more powerful, and I only hope that the quiet can one day spread to my country.
It's like trying to describe what you feel when you're standing on the rim of the Grand Canyon or remembering your first love or the birth of your child. You have to be there to really know what it's like.
Some people said, “we don't want to risk astronauts lives anymore, we need to stop doing this”. The astronauts don't feel that wayWe fly for our country, we fly for humanity, we fly for exploration, we fly for a variety of reasons, and we don't stop flying because we have accidents.
The Earth was small, light blue, and so touchingly alone, our home that must be defended like a holy relic. The Earth was absolutely round. I believe I never knew what the word round meant until I saw Earth from space.
When I was a kid, people wanted to be an astronaut.
Today, kids want to be famous, and that's totally the wrong approach. You have to have authenticity in what you're doing. You have to really care about the core message of what you're saying, and then everything else will fall into place.
Everywhere I go I meet girls and boys who want to be astronauts and explore space, or they love the ocean and want to be oceanographers, or they love animals and want to be zoologists, or they love designing things and want to be engineers. I want to see those same stars in their eyes in 10 years and know they are on their way!
What everyone in the astronaut corps shares in common is not gender or ethnic background, but motivation, perseverance, and desire - the desire to participate in a voyage of discovery.
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.
You don't believe that the Earth is round only if you're an astronaut.
You don't believe Napoleon existed only if you're a historian. You believe these things because they're facts, proved by evidence.
A NASA astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut can't be creative.
He has to follow a predetermined detailed checklist written by an engineer and if he gets a little creative he'll never fly again.
I believe I never knew what the word round meant until I saw Earth from space.