“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.”
“It's the fastest spacecraft ever launched. It will get to the Moon in nine hours?it will get to Jupiter in one year and nine months.”
“The spacecraft is just really looking solid.”
“The spacecraft has been programmed to continue even in the event of an emergency. We don't want Cassini to call home if a problem arises, we want it to keep going.”
“There's going to be big cuts in the spacecraft program.”
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