All posts in Space

Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone with less ability might have your job. 

Jim Lovell

We do not realize what we have on Earth until we leave it. 

Jim Lovell

The moon is essentially gray, no color; looks like plaster of Paris or sort of a grayish beach sand. 

Jim Lovell

People say, 'Did you violate Heaven?' Well, God is down here, too. If you believe in God, you believe in God here as well as 240,000 miles away.

Jim Lovell

I take the NASA physical every year. 

Jim Lovell

I could put my thumb up to a window and completely hide the Earth. I thought, 'Everything I've ever known is behind my thumb.' 

Jim Lovell

After six successful Apollo flights, including two lunar landings, people were getting bored.

Jim Lovell

I would suspect strongly that over a period of time, if we put our mind to going to Mars, it will be a consortium of several countries. 

Jim Lovell

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 Bluford

I've come to appreciate the planet we live on. It's a small ball in a large universe. It's a very fragile ball but also very beautiful. You don't recognize that until you see it from a little farther off.

Guion Bluford

The sad thing about a shuttle mission is when you hit the point in your checklist when it says 'bring vehicle home.

Guion Bluford

People came from all over to watch this launch because I was flying.

Guion Bluford

I wanted to set the standard, do the best job possible so that other people would be comfortable with African-Americans flying in space and African-Americans would be proud of being participants in the space program and… encourage others to do the same.

Guion Bluford

My desire was to make a contribution to the program.

Guion Bluford

It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.

Mae C. Jemison

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