Popular Wernher von Braun Quotes

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


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.


Can a physicist visualize an electron? The electron is materially inconceivable and yet, it is so perfectly known through its effects that we use it to illuminate our cities, guide our airlines through the night skies and take the most accurate measurements. What strange rationale makes some physicists accept the inconceivable electrons as real while refusing to accept the reality of a Designer on the ground that they cannot conceive Him?


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


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


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.


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


In this age of space flight, when we use the modern tools of science to advance into new regions of human activity, the Bible… remains in every way an up-to-date book. Our knowledge and use of the laws of nature that enable us to fly to the Moon also enable us to destroy our home planet with the atom bomb. Science itself does not address the question whether we should use the power at our disposal for good or for evil. The guidelines of what we ought to do are furnished in the moral law of God.


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.


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


Conquering the universe one has to solve two problems: gravity and red tape. We could have mastered gravity.


Our sun is one of a 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 thing in that enormous immensity.


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.


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.


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 first men who set out for Mars had better make sure they leave everything at home in apple-pie order. They won’t get back to earth for more than two and a half years. The difficulties of a trip to mars are formidable. . . . What curious information will these first explorers carry back from Mars? Nobody knows-and its extremely doubtful that anyone now living will ever know. All that can be said with certainty today is this: the trip will be made, and will be made . . . someday.

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