To infinity and beyond!
The concept of space is insane! The fact that there’s so much we haven’t even discovered yet in outer space blows is enough to blow anyone’s mind.
To us, Earth is everything we know, but in reality, we’re just specks of nothingness compared to the universe. Brave men and women have traveled beyond our planet Earth to explore what’s beyond our atmosphere. Those brave people are astronauts and they have said some pretty amazing things about space.
I never thought about how dangerous an astronaut’s job is until a recent visit to Kennedy Space Center in Central Florida. There, I watched videos of astronauts, saw space shuttles and learned about the heroes who died on their attempted journeys to they great beyond. It opened my eyes to how cool the subject is and I was definitely fascinated by it.
Maybe one day we’ll get to travel on rocket ships and walk on foreign planets. With SpaceX working on sending tourists to outer space, that day might come sooner than we think. For now, though, let’s leave the space travel to the experts, the astronauts and the space engineers that make space exploration possible.
All we know about space is what NASA has told us. Since we can’t go out into the universe ourselves yet, we rely on the words of astronauts and space engineers.
Here are 50 inspirational quotes about space and the universe from experts.
1. Looking back on the Apollo 14 mission in 1971.
”When I first looked back at the Earth, standing on the Moon, I cried.” — Alan Shepard
2. When you realize Earth is tiny compared to the universe.
“There is perhaps no better a demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.” — Carl Sagan
3. When China’s first astronaut couldn’t see The Great Wall of China from space.
”The scenery was very beautiful. But I did not see The Great Wall.” — Yang Liwei
4. When asked if he was nervous about making the first space shuttle flight in 1981.
“Anyone who sits on top of the largest hydrogen-oxygen fueled system in the world, knowing they’re going to light the bottom, and doesn’t get a little worried, does not fully understand the situation.” — John Young
5. When looking at the Earth while standing on the moon in 1969 makes you feel tiny.
“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.” — Neil Armstrong
6. When settling on Mars could happen in our lifetime.
“It’s a fixer-upper of a planet but we could make it work.” — Elon Musk
7. When you realize no other planet has been walked on yet.
“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.” — Buzz Aldrin
8. When something goes wrong in space.
“Okay, Houston, we’ve had a problem here.” — John Swigert
9. The moment you realize your dreams came true.
“At this point, I thought ‘We made it,’ by which I meant ‘We survived.’ I also was acutely aware that my childhood dream of flying into space had just come true.” — Ron Garan
10. Traveling to space means risking your life.
“In the van, we can see the rocket in the distance, lit up and shining, an obelisk. In reality, of course, it’s a 4.5-megaton bomb loaded with explosive fuel, which is why everyone else is driving away from it.” — Chris Hadfield
11. When you get to see your whole world from far away.
“I find it curious that I never heard any astronaut say that he wanted to go to the Moon so he would be able to look back and see the Earth. We all wanted to see what the Moon looked like close up. Yet, for most of us, the most memorable sight was not of the Moon but of our beautiful blue and white home, moving majestically around the sun, all alone and infinite black space.” — Alan Bean
12. When we landed on the moon for the first time in 1969.
“That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” — Neil Armstrong
13. When you see Earth from space.
“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.” — Alexei Leonov
14. When you experience what it’s like without gravity.
“Weightlessness was wonderful, and I was surprised at how natural it felt.” — Ron Garan
15. When you look down at Earth.
“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 most beautiful marble you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart.” — James Irwin
16. Our home planet is beautiful.
“Suddenly, from behind the rim of the moon, in long, slow-motion moments of immense majesty, there emerges a sparkling blue and white jewel, a light, delicate sky-blue sphere laced with slowly swirling veils of white, rising gradually like a small pearl in a thick sea of black mystery. It takes more than a moment to fully realize this is Earth… home.” — Edgar Mitchell
17. When you’re surrounded by stars.
“The stars don’t look bigger, but they do look brighter.” — Sally Ride
18. When all astronauts share a passion for discovery.
“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.” —Ellen Ochoa
19. Dreams come true when you least expect them to.
“Although as a boy I had dreamed about going into space, I had completely forgotten about that until one day I received a call from an astronaut, who suggested that I should join the program.” — David M. Brown
20. When it’s hard to stay in one spot in space.
“It’s easy to sleep floating around — it’s very comfortable. But you have to be careful that you don’t float into somebody or something!” —Sally Ride
21. When President Kennedy predicted the moon landing would happen in the 1960s.
“I believe that this Nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.” — John F. Kennedy
22. When your goals don’t discriminate.
“I felt an awesome responsibility, and I took the responsibility very seriously, of being a role model and opening another door to black Americans, but the important thing is not that I am black, but that I did a good job as a scientist and an astronaut. There will be black astronauts flying in later missions … and they, too, will be people who excel, not simply who are black … who can ably represent their people, their communities, their country.” — Guion S. Bluford Jr.
23. When the lack of gravity in space is fun.
“I think that the two things that almost any astronaut would describe [as most fun about being in space] are the weightlessness and the view of Earth. Weightlessness is just a lot of fun! ” — Sally Ride
24. When astronauts love their jobs.
“The great thing about being an astronaut is you kind of get to do a little bit of everything. I mean, we’re going to ride a rocket uphill.” — David M. Brown
25. When you make history.
“I must admit, maybe I am a piece of history after all.” — Alan Shepard
26. Space is so different than Earth.
“Some astronauts describe the routine flushing of urine into space, where the freezing temperatures turn the droplets into a cloud of bright, drifting crystals, as being among the most amazing sights they saw on an entire voyage.” — Gene Cernan
27. Going into space is no easy task.
“Astronauts are very professional and when they’re preparing for launch, they prepare for it as the most serious endeavor of our lives.” —Ellen Ochoa
28. When weird things occur in space.
“Our astronauts, when they go orbiting around the earth, they actually come back slightly younger than a twin that they would have on the planet Earth who was stationary. This is called the twin paradox.” — Michio Kaku
29. Discovering new things is a passion.
“To become an astronaut is not a question of being the best at something or things coming easy to you, but it’s being a person that can work with others and not give up. And, for me, that was part of it too.” — Michael J Massimino
30. We have to take care of the Earth.
“Any astronaut can tell you you’ve got to do everything you can to learn about your life support system and then do everything you can to take care of it.” — Sylvia Earle
31. Being an astronaut is dangerous.
“It’s very dangerous to put astronauts on a moon base where there’s radiation, solar flares and micro meteorites. It’d be much better to put robots on the moon and have them mentally connected to astronauts on the Earth.” —Michio Kaku
32. The life of an astronaut is not easy.
“As an astronaut, you have a very defined set of tasks to do. Those tasks may require you to work 60, 70 or 80 hours a week.” — Mae Jemison
33. When there’s a whole universe to explore.
“Earth is a small town with many neighborhoods in a very big universe.” — Ron Garan
34. Space is important.
“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.” — Christa McAuliffe
35. Astronauts are just like us.
“Astronauts are like these mythic legends, but really, they are just regular people, people who wear chinos.” — Mary Roach
36. When going to outer space opens your eyes.
“Every single astronaut who has come back from space comes back determined to do more to protect it.” — Richard Branson
37. One of the most dangerous parts of a mission is the launch.
“As an astronaut, especially during launch, half of the risk of a six-month flight is in the first nine minutes.” — Chris Hadfield
38. You need to be crazy and brave to be an astronaut.
“Astronauts are inherently insane. And really noble.” — Andy Weir
39. It’s important to stay focused through all the excitement.
“As an astronaut, when you’re getting ready to go out of that hatch, you know that’s the pinnacle of both your career and your life. The view completely blows you away. The real challenge is getting past the excitement and getting focused and down to work.” — Thomas Marshburn
40. Space is unpredicatable.
“I don’t think the human race will survive the next thousand years, unless we spread into space. There are too many accidents that can befall life on a single planet. But I’m an optimist. We will reach out to the stars.” — Stephen Hawking
41. When you see many wonders in space.
“I don’t know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.” — John Glenn
42. Space travel is a huge risk.
“Let’s face it, space is a risky business. I always considered every launch a barely controlled explosion.” — Aaron Cohen
43. Space travel is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
“If offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat. Just get on.” — Christa McAuliffe
44. It’s not all work.
“The thing I’ll remember most about the flight is that it was fun. In fact, I’m sure it was the most fun that I’ll ever have in my life.” — Sally Ride
45. The risks are worth it.
“Of course risk is part of spaceflight. We accept some of that to achieve greater goals in exploration and find out more about ourselves and the universe.” — Lisa Nowak
46. When your mission begins.
“Let’s light this fire one more time, Mike, and witness this great nation at its best.” — Christopher Ferguson
47. When the universe is a lot to take in.
“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” — Stephen Hawking
48. When the machinery is complicated.
In the astronaut business — the shuttle is a very complicated vehicle; it’s the most complicated flying machine ever built. And in the astronaut business, we have a saying, which is, ‘There is no problem so bad that you can’t make it worse.'” — Chris Hadfield
49. Progress doesn’t care if you’re male or female.
“From day one, I have been told I am no different from the male astronauts. As a pilot, I flew in the sky. Now that I am an astronaut, I will fly in space.” — Liu Yang
50. Space, in general, is fascinating.
“I thought the attractions of being an astronaut were actually, not so much the Moon, but flying in a completely new medium.” — Neil Armstrong
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Lauren Margolis is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.