To be the first to enter the cosmos, to engage, single-handed, in an unprecedented duel with nature—could one dream of anything more?
Across the sea of space, the stars are other suns.
Spaceflights cannot be stopped. This is not the work of any one man or even a group of men. It is a historical process which mankind is carrying out in accordance with the natural laws of human development.
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.
You know, being a test pilot isn’t always the healthiest business in the world.
To go places and do things that have never been done before – that’s what living is all about.
The regret on our side is, they used to say years ago, we are reading about you in science class. Now they say, we are reading about you in history class.