Wernher von Braun Quotes

Who the Heck is Wernher von Braun?

Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun was a German and later American aerospace engineer and space architect. He was the leading figure in the development of rocket technology in Nazi Germany and a pioneer of rocket and space technology in the United States.While in his twenties and early thirties, von Braun worked in Nazi Germany's rocket development program. He helped design and develop the V-2 rocket at Peenemünde during World War II.

Born March 23, 1912
Died June 16, 1977

Best 38 Quotes by Wernher von Braun

“A good engineer gets stale very fast if he doesn't keep his hands dirty.”

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“All one can really leave one's children is what's inside their heads. Education, in other words, and not earthly possessions, is the ultimate legacy, the only thing that cannot be taken away.”

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“Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing.”

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“By the year 2000 we will undoubtedly have a sizable operation on the Moon, we will have achieved a manned Mars landing and it's entirely possible we will have flown with men to the outer planets.”

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“Conquering the universe one has to solve two problems: gravity and red tape. We could have mastered gravity.”

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“Crash programs fail because they are based on theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby in a month.”

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“Don't tell me that man doesn't belong out there. Man belongs wherever he wants to go - and he'll do plenty well when he gets there.”

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“Everybody knows what the moon is, everybody knows what this decade is, and everybody can tell a live astronaut who returned from the moon from one who didn't.”

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“For me, the idea of a creation is not conceivable without invoking the necessity of design. One cannot be exposed to the law and order of the universe without concluding that there must be design and purpose behind it all.”

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“For my confirmation, I didn't get a watch and my first pair of long pants, like most Lutheran boys. I got a telescope. My mother thought it would make the best gift.”

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“Get me a broom. I'll sweep my own office.”

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“I believe in an immortal soul. Science has proved that nothing disintegrates into nothingness. Life and soul, therefore, cannot disintegrate into nothingness, and so are immortal.”

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“I have learned to use the word 'impossible' with the greatest caution.”

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“I'm convinced that before the year 2000 is over, the first child will have been born on the moon.”

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“If we continue at this leisurly pace, we will have to pass Russian customs when we land on the moon.”

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“It takes sixty-five thousand errors before you are qualified to make a rocket.”

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“Looking back, nothing seems so simple than a utopian vision realised.”

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“Man is not made for space. But with the help of biologists and medical doctors, he can be prepared and accommodated.”

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“My experiences with science led me to God. They challenge science to prove the existence of God. But must we really light a candle to see the sun?”

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“My friends they were dancing here in the streets of Huntsville when our first satellite orbited the Earth. They were dancing again when the first Americans landed on the Moon. I'd like to ask you, don't hang up your dancing slippers.”

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“Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation. Everything science has taught me — and continues to teach me —strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death. Nothing disappears without a trace.”

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“One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions.”

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“Our sun is one of a 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living thing in that enormous immensity.”

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“Science and religion are not antagonists. On the contrary, they are sisters. While science tries to learn more about the creation, religion tries to better understand the Creator. While through science man tries to harness the forces of nature around him, through religion he tries to harness the force of nature within him.”

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“Science does not have a moral dimension. It is like a knife. If you give it to a surgeon or a murderer, each will use it differently.”

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“The best computer is a man, and it’s the only one that can be mass-produced by unskilled labor.”

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“The first men who set out for Mars had better make sure they leave everything at home in apple-pie order. They won't get back to earth for more than two and a half years. The difficulties of a trip to mars are formidable. What curious information will these first explorers carry back from Mars? Nobody knows-and its extremely doubtful that anyone now living will ever know. All that can be said with certainty today is this: the trip will be made, and will be made someday.”

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“The greatest gain from space travel consists in the extension of our knowledge. In a hundred years this newly won knowledge will pay huge and unexpected dividends.”

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“The logistic requirements for a large, elaborate mission to Mars are no greater that those for a minor military operation extending over a limited theatre of war.”

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“The rocket worked perfectly, except for landing on the wrong planet.”

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“The same forces of nature which enable us to fly to the stars, enable us also to destroy our star.”

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“There are flying grandfathers. But I intend to be an orbiting grandfather.”

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“There is beauty in space, and it is orderly. There is no weather, and there is regularity. It is predictable. Just look at our little Explorer; you can set your clock by it —literally; it is more accurate than your clock. Everything in space obeys the laws of physics. If you know these laws, and obey them, space will treat you kindly.”

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“There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program - your tax-dollar will go further.”

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“To simply dismiss the concept of God as being unscientific is to violate the very objectivity of science itself.”

Wernher von Braun

“We should remember that science exists only because there are people, and its concepts exist only in the minds of men. Behind these concepts lies the reality which is being revealed to us, but only by the grace of God.”

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"On Bureaucracy" Quotes

“We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.”

Wernher von Braun
On Bureaucracy

"The Mars Project" Quotes

“In 1492 Columbus knew less about the far Atlantic than we do about the heavens, yet he chose not to sail with a flotilla of less than three ships. So it is with interplanetary exploration: it must be done on the grand scale.”

Wernher von Braun
The Mars Project