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[During a NASA briefing]
Rendezvous: two spacecraft meeting up in orbit. Want to have fun? Come over to my house. You stand in the back yard, I'll stand in the front, you throw a tennis ball over my roof and I'll try to hit it with a rock as it comes sailing over. That's what we're going to have to do.
[during the Apollo 1 hearings]
Now, before we all go home, is there any statement you personally would like to make?
I think I'm safe in speaking for all the astronauts when I say that we're confident in our management, we're confident in our training, in our engineering, and in ourselves. The real question is, are you confident in us?
What do you think we should do, Colonel?
I think you should stop this witch hunt and let us go to the Moon.
President John F. Kennedy:
I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this time period will be more impressive to Mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space. And none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.
[Reading telegrams to the Apollo 8 crew during their mission]
And we've got a telegram here from a Mrs. Valerie Pringle. I'm sure it's not a name that any of you recognize, it's just something that one of the Public Affairs people picked up 'cause he liked it. Mrs. Pringle writes, very simply, "You saved 1968."
Astronaut David Scott:
Ever since I was five years old, all I ever wanted to be was a pilot. And flying to the moon seemed to be the ultimate adventure. Nothing seemed more important. Do you understand?
Dr. Lee Silver, Geologist:
I think so.
Astronaut David Scott:
But finding this little fella - understanding what it represents, what it could tell us - will probably be the most satisfying thing I'll ever do.
Dr. Lee Silver, Geologist:
Well, I suspect there more to come from Dave Scott. But, in the meantime, "Brought back original crust from the Moon" should weigh pretty impressively on your resume, you know?
[at the senate inquiry following the Apollo 1 fire] Colonel, what caused the fire? I'm not talking about wires and oxygen. It seems that some people think that NASA pressured North American to meet unrealistic and arbitrary deadlines and that in turn North American allowed safety to be compromised.
I won't deny there's been pressure to meet deadlines, but safety has never been intentionally compromised.
Then what caused the fire?
A failure of imagination. We've always known there was the possibility of fire in a spacecraft. But the fear was that it would happen in space, when you're 180 miles from terra firma and the nearest fire station. That was the worry. No one ever imagined it could happen on the ground. If anyone had thought of it, the test would've been classified as hazardous. But it wasn't. We just didn't think of it. Now who's fault is that? Well, it's North American's fault. It's NASA's fault. It's the fault of every person who ever worked on Apollo. It's my fault. I didn't think the test was hazardous. No one did. I wish to God we had.
[Gemini 8 has just made an emergency landing in rough seas]
Na-Ha Rescue 1, Gemini 8... Na-Ha Rescue 1, Gemini 8... [silence on radio] They ain't out there.
Three to five foot waves, sure. They didn't say anything about these swells. The fumes from the heat shield really helped... ugh...
[grabs bag and vomits]
[recovering] Do you even think they know we're here, Neil?
Not to worry Dave. If nothing else, we'll just float along to China. -Oh god, give me that bag! [retches]
Gentlemen, It's getting late. And we still have the decision to make - Marius Hills or Hadley Rille. Help us out here, Dave. You're the commander and you haven't said a word all day.
Well, Lets See. Chet! No offense, be we feel we can land at either site. Dr. Pemberton. I'm one who respects hedging bets, but from what I've learned out in the field; Hadley Apennine, with it's complex variety of features, both impact and volcanic, is the best choice for putting together a picture of how the moon came to be. Maybe a little riskier...
Not a little...
...but, also... also the Apennines have something else... Grandeur. And I believe there's something to be said for... exploring beautiful places... It's good for the spirit.
Then it's Hadley, Gentlemen!
What we learned about the moon you see is not nearly as important as our going there. Apollo 8, witnesses to the first earthrise in the conciousness of man. Apollo 17, Gene Cernan takes that remarkable photo of Jack Schmitt standing on the moon with the Earth over his shoulder. See that's why we went to the moon. To take those pictures. We didn't go there to conquer it or claim it or simply beat the Russians to it. Sure, we wanted to find out what the moon was made of to satisfy questions of science that have plagued us since the dawn of man. But more than anything else we went to the moon to see if we could make the journey, because if we can do that, if we can voyage from the Earth to the moon then there's hope for all us because we can do anything.
[On Intrepid's return from the lunar surface]
[opening CM hatch] Howdy fellas!
Jesus! Did you have to bring back half the moon with you? [eyeing their dusty moon suits] Uh-uh! You ain't gonna mess up my nice clean spacecraft. You strip down, and wipe yourselves off before you come in here. [pause] I mean it. Go!
[to Al] He's right. You're filthy!
[Strapped into their couches ready to jettison the LEM. Pete and Al are nude after stripping off their dusty moon suits]
You know... if uh, we were to lose the hatch when we blow the LEM... and one day, someone were to find us floatin' around up here like this, uh... They might be pretty confused!
[they all break into laughter]
Well at least we'll go out of this world the same way we came in, huh?
[still in his suit] Well... *you* two!
You didn't come into the world in that suit?
[still laughing] Oh... Oh man... I *hope* not!
[to the television audience] Charles "Pete" Conrad, Jr. Only the third human being to set foot on the moon. Who can forget Neil Armstrong's immortal words? Let's watch and listen to the words Conrad has chosen to mark this moment in history...
Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but it's a long one for me.
STC? Apollo 7. Either our rate needles are way outta whack, or we're getting some substantial winds up here
Uh roger, Apollo 7. It's not your rate needles. You've got wind.
Okay then... I'm recommending a hold in the count... these winds appear to be way out of the mission rule parameters. [long pause] You copy that Skip? We're not happy about the wind situation here!
Uh roger that, Wally. Do you mean a... possible scrub situation here?
I hope not! I just don't like the situation.
Wally, Deke here. We have been assured by Meteorological, that we have an acceptable launch condition. But if you want to hold, we'll hold. It's up to you.
[very long pause. Skip moves to contact Wally, but Deke waves him off]
Uh... Deke? If you say... we're in the ballpark... then, I guess we're a go.
[relieved] Roger that, Wally!
[to Wally] Go fever, huh?
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