“We are totally prepared, both for if everything goes perfectly and if the spacecraft acts up a little bit.”
“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.”
“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.”
“There's going to be big cuts in the spacecraft program.”
“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.”
“Because we have such a long way to go, we put this small spacecraft on one of the largest rockets the U.S. has in its inventory.”
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