Space: The Final Frontier

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Space Centers

"We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win."
                    -- President John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1962
Saturn V in Fog

Saturn V Self-Portrait
Rocket Garden
Shuttle Mock-Up

Discovery on Launch Pad
Endeavour on Launch Pad
Space Station Processing Facility

Liberty Bell 7 Capsule

"So it is not surprising that some would have us stay where we are a little longer to rest, to wait. But this city of Houston, this state of Texas, this country of the United States was not built by those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them. This country was conquered by those who moved forward -- and so will space ... If this capsule history of our progress teaches us anything, it is that man, in his quest for knowledge and progress, is determined and cannot be deterred. The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and it is one of the great adventures of all time ..."
                    -- President John F. Kennedy, September 12, 1962
Gus Grissom's Liberty Bell 7

Deep Space One Launch

"Rest enough for the individual man--too much, and too soon, and we call it Death. But for Man no rest and no ending. He must go on, conquest beyond conquest. First this little planet with its winds and ways, and then all the laws of mind and matter that restrain him. Then the planets about him, and at last out across immensity to the stars. And when he has conquered all the deeps of space and all the mysteries of time, still he will be beginning."
                    -- H. G. Wells, Things To Come
Deep Space One Launch

Deep Space Network

Ships that pass in the night and speak each other in passing;
Only a signal shown and a distant voice in the darkness;
So on the ocean of life we pass and speak one another,
Only a look and a voice; then darkness again and a silence.

          -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Pioneer Dish
Mars Dish

Space Shuttle Discovery Landing

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.

          -- T.S. Eliot

Discovery Landing

Space Memorabilia

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.

          -- "High Flight" by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.

Columbia Paperweight
Columbia Certificate with Medallion
Alan Shepard Autograph

Shuttle First Day Cover
HST First Day Cover
Parkes Cover

Astronaut Memorials

"I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in a magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days trying to prolong them. I shall use my time."
                    -- Jack London
Space Mirror
Jarvis Memorial
Challenger and Columbia Memorial

This page is dedicated to the final crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia, and all others who have risked their lives to further the exploration of space.

Revised: November 21, 2009
Copyright © 2003-2008 Joe Orman (except quoted material)
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