Space Travel

Arnold, James R.

Space is the empty place next to the full place where we live. I believe we will be true to our nature and go there.

American Scientist The Frontier in Space. Will one be true to our nature and accept the challenge of the next frontier? (p. 304) Volume 68, Number 3, May-June 1980

Blagonravov, Anatoly A.

The exploration of the cosmos—the moon and the planets—is a noble aim. Our generation has the right to be proud of the fact that it has opened the space era of mankind.

Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists In Mose L. Harvey The Lunar Landing and the US-Soviet Equation (p. 29) Volume XXV, Number 7, September 1969

Burroughs, William is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.

The Adding Machine Civilian Defense (p. 82)

Dyson, Freeman J.

When we are a million species spreading through the galaxy, the question "Can man play God and still stay sane?" will lose some of its terrors. We shall be playing God, but only as local deities and not as lords of the universe. There is safety in numbers. Some of us will become insane, and rule over empires as crazy as Doctor Moreau's island. Some of us will shit on the morning star. There will be conflicts and tragedies. But in the long run, the sane will adapt and survive better than the insane. Nature's pruning of the unfit will limit the spread of insanity among species in the galaxy, as it does among individuals on earth. Sanity is, in its essence, nothing more than the ability to live in harmony with nature's laws.

Disturbing the Universe Chapter 21 (pp. 236-7)

Yet if we go into space, let us do so humbly, in the spirit of cosmic piety. We know very little. We are face to face with the great unknown and have no right to assume that we are alone in the Solar System.

Exploring the Planets Chapter XV (p. 160)

Space flights are merely an escape, a fleeing away from oneself, because it is easier to go to Mars or to the moon than it is to penetrate one's own being.

In Miguel Serrano C.G. Jung and Hermann Hesse The Farewell (p. 102)

Lowell, Percival

From time immemorial travel and discovery have called with strange insistence to him who, wandering on the world, felt adventure in his veins. The leaving familiar sights and faces to push forth into the unknown has with magnetic force drawn the bold to great endeavor and fired the thought of those who stayed at home.

Mars and Its Canals Chapter I (p. 3)


...he passed far beyond the flaming walls of the world and traversed throughout in mind and spirit the immeasurable universe. . .

The Nature of the Universe Book 1,62 (p. 2)

Murray, Bruce

I think space exploration is as important as music, as art, as literature. It's one of the things that we can do very well because of the way we're constructed as a society. It is one of the most important long-term endeavors of this generation, one upon which our grandchildren and great-grandchildren will look back and say, "That was good." In Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Bruce Murray, Carl Sagan and Walter Sullivan

Mars and the Mind of Man We Want Mars to be Like the Earth (p. 25)

Thoreau, Henry David

Perchance, coming generations will not abide the dissolution of the globe, but, availing themselves of future inventions in aerial locomotion, and the navigation of space, the entire race may migrate from the earth, to settle some vacant and more western planet...It took but little art, a simple application of natural laws, a canoe, a paddle, and a sail of matting, to people the isles of the Pacific, and a little more will people the shining isles of space. Do we not see in the firmament the lights carried along the shore by night, as Columbus did? Let us not despair or mutiny.

The Writings of Henry David Thoreau Volume 4

Paradise (To Be) Regained (p. 292)

Tsiolkovsky, Konstantin Eduardovich

Man will not stay on earth forever, but in the pursuit of light and space will first emerge timidly from the bounds of the atmosphere and then advance until he has conquered the whole of circumsolar space.

Inscription on Tombstone In John Noble Wilford We Reach the Moon Chapter 4 (p. 60)


Living on Earth may be expensive, but it includes an annual free trip around the Sun.

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Verne, Jules

...I repeat that the distance between the earth and her satellite is a mere trifle, and undeserving of serious consideration. I am convinced that before twenty years are over one-half of our earth will have paid a visit to the moon.

From Earth to the Moon Chapter XIX (p. 99)

von Braun, Wernher

[Space travel] 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.


The Jupiter People (p. 18) February 10,1958

All this world is heavy with the promise of greater things, and a day will come, one day in the unending succession of days, when beings, beings who are now latent in our thoughts and hidden in our loins, shall stand upon this earth as one stands upon a footstool and laugh and reach out their hands amidst the stars.


The Discovery of the Future Volume 65, 1902 (pp. 326-31)

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