We are egomaniacal narcissists. I bet Columbus was… and Magellan. And they had to be to do what they did. I say here’s to selfish pricks. ‘Cause we move the ball forward for mankind.
In ten years, I’ll be running NASA.[Wernher von Braun: What is your goal? Where do you see yourself in ten years?]
You wanna be an engineer, you’re not gonna have time for anything else, because you’re gonna have to work ten times harder than the boys. You don’t just have to be on time, you have to be early. Put everything else aside.[to Aleida]
You did just strap your ass on top of a quarter million tons of high explosive for government pay. It’s not smart, but it’s something.[Molly Cobb: Buncha people cheering for s***. I haven’t done anything yet.]
Well, sir, I don’t wear pants.[Gene Kranz: I’ve had guys on FIDO, solid guys, damn near piss their pants during a rocky re-entry.]
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Good men die in test planes all the time. But we don’t change the whole culture of flight test ’cause good men die. We still get up there and push the envelope every single day, and maybe, maybe today’s the day you don’t come back. We all know that. It’s always there. But we get up there anyway, and we keep taking the risks.