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Thomas Paine – To conceive that space can have no end

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Thomas PaineIt is difficult beyond description to conceive that space can have no end; but it is more difficult to conceive an end. It is difficult beyond the power of man to conceive an eternal duration of what we call time; but it is more impossible to conceive a time when there shall be no time.

Thomas Paine   (1737-1809)
The Age of Reason

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Douglas Adams – How big is space?

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Douglas AdamsSpace. . .is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.

Douglas Adams   (1952-2001)
The Hitchhiker’s guide to the Galaxy

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Ronald Reagan – The pain of exploration and discovery

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And I want to say something to the school children of America who were watching the live coverage of the shuttle’s take-off. I know it’s hard to understand, but sometimes painful things like this happen. It’s all part of the process of exploration and discovery. It’s all part of taking a chance and expanding man’s horizons. The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them.

Ronald Reagan   (1911-2004)

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Bertrand Russell – The Milky Way is a tiny fragment

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Bertrand RussellIn the visible world, the Milky Way is a tiny fragment; within this fragment, the solar system is an infinitesimal speck, and of this speck our planet is a microscopic dot.

On this dot, tiny lumps of impure carbon and water, of complicated structure, with somewhat unusual physical and chemical properties, crawl about for a few years, until they are dissolved again into the elements of which they are compounded.

Bertrand Russell   (1872-1970)

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Elon Musk – Humanity as a space-faring civilization

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Elon MuskThere’s a fundamental difference, if you look into the future, between a humanity that is a space-faring civilization, that’s out there exploring the stars, compared with one where we are forever confined to Earth until some eventual extinction event.

Elon Musk   (1971 -)

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Steven Weinberg – In the beginning, an explosion. . .

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In the beginning there was an explosion. Not an explosion like those familiar on earth, starting from a definite center and spreading out to engulf more and more of the circurmambient air, but an explosion which occurred simultaneously everywhere, filling all space from the beginning, with every particle of matter rushing apart from every other particle.

Steven Weinberg   (1933-)
The First Three Minutes

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John F. Kennedy – The exploration of space

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John F. KennedyIf this capsule history of our progress teaches us anything, it is that man, in his quest for knowledge and progress, is determined and cannot be deterred. The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time, and no nation which expects to be the leader of other nations can expect to stay behind in the race for space.

John F. Kennedy   (1917-1963)

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Carl Sagan – If we are to understand the Earth

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Carl SaganApart from an understanding of the solar system as a whole, it is becoming clear that information about any planet or satellite illuminates our knowledge of the others. In particular, if we are to understand the Earth, we must have a comprehensive knowledge of the other planets.

Carl Sagan   (1934-1996)

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Democritus – The first principles of the universe

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The first principles of the universe are atoms and empty space. The atoms are unlimited in size and number, and they are borne along in the whole universe in a vortex, and thereby generate all composite things — fire, water, air, earth. For even these are conglomerations of given atoms.

Democritus  

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