“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.”
“There are no leaks in the hangars and the doors are sandbagged. The Pluto spacecraft is doing fine.”
“Of the 13,000 objects, over 40 percent came from breakups of both spacecraft and rocket bodies.”
“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.”
“When you get below a certain level you have concerns about overheating the spacecraft or potentially breaking pieces of it off.”
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