“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.”

“Looking back, we were really just a couple of average Americans who were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.”

“The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away, it diminished in size. Finally, it shrank to the size of a marble.”

“The North Pole is where you go if you want cold and isolation, and if you’re lucky, you get isolation.”

“I believe that the exploration of space is an investment in the future that will pay dividends for generations to come.”

“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.”

“Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed.”

“Tangy and satisfying, but not overbearing… It was the most memorable meal of my life.”

“Man must explore. And this is exploration at its greatest.”

“I think humans will reach Mars, and I would like to see it happen in my lifetime.”

“Even though NASA tries to simulate what it’s like in space, I found space to be much more challenging than I expected.”

“There is no force or matter that can hinder human exploration of space.”

“Science literacy is a vaccine against the charlatans of the world that would exploit your ignorance.”

“We should be continuing to explore and pushing the boundaries of what we’re capable of.”

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“I really believe that if the political leaders of the world could see their planet from a distance of 100,000 miles, their outlook could be fundamentally changed.”

“Exploration is wired into our brains. If we’re not out there, then we’re missing out.”

“You want to be extra rigorous about making the best possible thing you can. Find everything that’s wrong with it and fix it.”

“I would like to be remembered as a spaceman, yes.”

“The more I traveled, the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.”

“In space, you realize that the only thing more important than surviving is doing so with your sense of humor intact.”

“We all have a responsibility to protect and preserve our planet for future generations.”

“I’m a little more spontaneous than my friend Buzz. I like to say things off the cuff, and he likes to think about things before he says them.”

“I may have been the first man on the moon, but Neil Armstrong was the first man to explore its mysteries.”

“The urge to explore has propelled evolution since the first water creatures reconnoitered the land. The restless exploratory energy in a few of us may be the supreme asset of the human race.”

“Apollo was a test of human potential. An achievement in and of itself. We proved that we could do the impossible.”

“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.”

“Science fiction writers have sparked my imagination throughout my life, and their work has inspired my dreams of space exploration.”

“I’m not afraid to fail. I’ve failed many times in my life. But fear of failure won’t hold me back from trying.”