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9 quotes from space which you should not miss

1

Sare Jahan se Accha ( Better than the entire world)

Rakesh Sharma - 1

Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian cosmonaut, employed the first line of the song in 1984 to describe to then prime minister Indira Gandhi how India appeared from outer space.

2

“I’m coming back in… and it’s the saddest moment of my life.”

Edward White - 2

Ed White expresses his sorrow at the conclusion of the first American spacewalk during the Gemini 4 mission on 3 June 1965.

 

3

”When I first looked back at the Earth, standing on the Moon, I cried.”

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Alan Shepard talking about his time on the lunar surface during the Apollo 14 mission in February 1971.

 

4

”I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”

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Neil Armstrong on looking back at the Earth from the Moon in July 1969.

 

5

“I feel fine. How about you?”

Yuri gagarin - 5

Yuri Gagarin shows how calm he was during the first manned space mission on 12 April 1961 in his response to ground control when asked how he was doing.

 

6

“There is perhaps no better a demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.”

Carl sagan 6

Carl Sagan in Time magazine, 9 January 1995, describing the Pale Blue Dot image of Earth (above), taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft 6 billion kilometres away in 1990.

 

7

”The scenery was very beautiful. But I did not see The Great Wall [of China].”

Yang Liwei, - 7

Yang Liwei, China’s first astronaut (taikonaut), speaking in October 2003 on his inability to see The Great Wall of China from space, which has often been said to be visible.

 

8

“From out there on the Moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’”

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Edgar Mitchel, Apollo 14 astronaut, speaking in People magazine on 8 April 1974.

 

9

“The probability of success is difficult to estimate; but if we never search the chance of success is zero.”

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Giuseppe Cocconi and Philip Morrison’s paper ‘Searching for Interstellar Communications’ .

 

Collected by Vikram M R

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