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[ Also see Columbus Exploration Magellan ]

The same creator who names the stars also knows the names of the seven souls we mourn today. The crew of the shuttle Columbia did not return safely to Earth, but we can pray they all are safely home.
      - George Walker Bush,
        on the 2003 destruction of the space shuttle Columbia

There's a lot of different things that we do during life that could personally harm us and I choose not to stop doing those things.
      - Laurel Clark

Very cold. Set out early, the wind still hard.
      - Capt. William Clark,
        in his journal of exploration of the Northwest Territory

That faculty of beholding at a hint the face of his desire and the shape of his dream, without which the earth would know no lover and no adventurer.
      - Joseph Conrad (Teodor Josef Konrad Korzeniowski),
        Lord Jim

There are times when you devote yourself to a higher cause than personal safety.
      - John Glenn

A man can be destroyed but not defeated.
      - Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

I felt the power of God as I'd never felt it before.
      - James Irwin,
        on his 1971 flight to the moon

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible.
      - Thomas Edward Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia")

There are people who make things happen, there are people who watch things happen, and there are people who wonder what happened. To be successful, you need to be a person who makes things happen.
      - James Lovell, in a speech

Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
  I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
    Where never lark, or even eagle flew--
      And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
        The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
          Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
      - John Gillespie Magee, Jr., High Flight

The century would seek to dominate nature as it had never been dominated, would attack the idea of war, poverty and natural catastrophe as never before. The century would create death, devastation and pollution as never before. Yet the century was now attached to the idea that man must take his conception of life out to the stars.
      - Norman Mailer, Of a Fire on the Moon

We will fly again. It's important to us as adventurers and explorers. . . . The nation needs a vision.
      - Bill Nelson,
        on the 2003 destruction of the space shuttle Columbia

While billions of us struggled this week for life and meaning upon the land's surface, a handful of lucky explorers were privileged to enjoy that lofty perspective.
      - Jeffrey Ronald,
        on the 2003 destruction of the space shuttle Columbia

Beware of the man whose god is in the skies.
      - George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman

May I be selected to succeed him in opening up Africa to the shining light of Christianity!
      - Henry Morton Stanley,
        on the death of David Livingstone in 1873

(Stanley:) Dr. Livingston, I presume?
  (Livingstone:) Yes
    (Stanley:) I thank God, Doctor, I have been permitted to see you.
      (Livingstone:) I feel thankful that I am here to welcome you.
      - Henry Morton Stanley and David Livingstone,
        conversation when Stanley found Livingstone near Lake Tanganyika, Africa, on Nov. 10, 1871

The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever.
      - Konstantin Tsiolkovsky

In military flight training] the idea here seemed to be that a man should have the ability to go up in a hurtling piece of machinery and put his hide on the line and then have the moxie, the reflexes, the experience, the coolness, to pull it back in the last yawning moment--and then go up again the next day, and the next day, and every next day, even if the series should prove infinite--and, ultimately, in its best expression, do so in a cause that means something to thousands, to a people, a nation, to humanity, to God.
      - Tom Wolfe (Thomas Kennerly Wolfe, Jr.),
        The Right Stuff

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