“We did a bottoms-up look at every possible shape, from a spacecraft with wings, to lifting bodies, to gum drops like Russia's Soyuz. The physics drove us back to the (Apollo) capsule.”
“Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft, and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor”
Werner von Braun
“Ask ten engineers for the best orbit for a particular spacecraft and you'll get ten different ideas.”
“The five solid rocket boosters are burning just fine, sending the New Horizons spacecraft on its way to the very edge of our solar system.”
“The engine would be in orbit, producing a beam of photons. The spacecraft would not have to carry that mass along.”
“It's now our job to be good stewards of the spacecraft. and to learn to fly it in the real environment that it was built for.”
“The U.S. has a spacecraft on its way to Pluto, on to the Kuiper belt and on to the stars.”
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