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Alex Young
We call them safe solar-viewing glasses. They've at least existed for most of the 21st century. You need them to safely observe an un-eclipsed or partially eclipsed sun directly.feedback
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Jul 20 2017
“We're absolutely very ready to go to Mars, all of us would be very happy to go.” said Peggy Whitson speaking about NASA. It’s one of the 518 quotes about NASA you can find on this page. 279 people have said something about this topic. Among them: Elon Musk, Earl Maize and Robert Lightfoot. Browse the quotes by date and by name to find those that are relevant to you.
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James Hansen

Some consequences [of climate change] are already becoming inevitable, but as yet it could be moderate if we begin to reduce emissions rapidly. So that's the objective – to try to get the global community to understand the importance of beginning those emissions reductions soon, and keeping the task that we're leaving for young people one that they can manage.feedback

Cristian Proistosescu

But that would be the wrong way to think about it. The more important point is that we cannot rule out the very real probability that there are slow feedbacks – and risk is probability times cost. … Once you start thinking in terms of risks I would concur with Dr. Hansen that the current trajectory presents some unacceptable risks.feedback

Andy Pitman

In my view, to limit warming to 2C requires both deep and rapid cuts and a climate sensitivity on the lower end of the current range. I see no evidence that the climate sensitivity is on the lower end of the current range, unfortunately. It would be a good idea to cut greenhouse gas emissions rather faster than we are.feedback

Andy Pitman

I do not think the recent anomalies change anything from a science perspective. The Earth is warming at about the long-term rates that were expected and predicted [by models].feedback

Andy Pitman

It would be a good idea to cut greenhouse gas emissions rather faster than we are.feedback

Dana Rohrabacher

I love science. I ask for permission for one minute for this question. You have indicated that Mars was totally different thousands of years ago. Is it possible that there was a civilization on Mars thousands of years ago? Billions, well. Yes.feedback

Bill Gerstenmaier - Nasa

I can't put a date on humans on Mars, and the reason really is…at the budget level we described, this roughly two per cent increase, we don't have the surface systems available for Mars. And that entry, descent, and landing is a huge challenge for us for Mars. If we find out there's water on the Moon, and we want to do more extensive operations on the Moon to go explore that, we have the ability with Deep Space Gateway to support an extensive Moon surface program. If we want to stay focused more toward Mars we can keep that.feedback

Tim Hughes - SpaceX

The principles applied in past programs for low Earth orbit capability can and should be applied to deep space exploration.feedback

Claudio Rosmino

Space missions like the Apollo missions are certainly an inspiration for future generations. During the era of the Apollo missions there was a big drive in science and technology, if you look the number of PhD students that graduated during that period in the US, but also here in Europe.feedback

Claudio Rosmino

We should go and explore the moon, to see if we can exploit the resources that are also available there, and to see if we can use it like a stepping stone to go further, eventually to realize our dream of having a man or a woman walking on Mars.feedback

Claudio Rosmino

My first memory from the Apollo mission is when the landing was actually occuring on the Moon. I was about 8 years' old at that time. I know that my parents got me out of bed in the middle of night to go and watch the landing, which was, of course, a very special event for me. Space missions like the Apollo missions are certainly an inspiration for future generations. During the era of the Apollo missions there was a big drive in science and technology, if you look the number of PhD students that graduated during that period in the US, but also here in Europe.feedback

Anna Hogg

At this point it would be premature to say that this was caused by global warming.feedback

Amy A. Simon

If you just look at reflected light from an extrasolar planet, you're not going to be able to tell what it's made of. Looking at as many possible different cases in our own solar system could enable us to then apply that knowledge to extrasolar planets.feedback

Jared Espley - Nasa

All of these instruments are working together to understand that and in particular we want to built up a network of observations to understand what is going on inside. Every time we come by with a close approach then we get a little bit more insight as to what is going on, but it will take many close approaches to built up this map of the interior.feedback

Jared Espley - Nasa

The main impression I have is the beauty of them. These are works of natural art.feedback

Jared Espley - Nasa

The other instruments are mostly focused on trying to understand what is happening underneath the clouds. That is actually really neat here because that will particularly allow us look and see what is underneath the great red spot.feedback

Jared Espley - Nasa

There's a lot of mysteries that are still about the storm – exactly what causes the red colour, exactly what is the energy that is powering the storm.feedback

Jay Lindell

You had this dense industry cluster started by defense spending that has continually grown and is fueled right now by major NASA programs.feedback

John Logsdon

The right thing to say is, nobody knows. The budget the Trump administration approved for NASA is basically a holding budget.feedback

David Hanson - Hanson Robotics

If you're going to space on an exploration mission and you can only bring one robot with you, would you bring a steel robot with a hard shell or would you bring a human-like robot? I think the answer is obvious.feedback

Rick Nybakken - Nasa

The success of science collection at Jupiter is a testament to the dedication, creativity and technical abilities of the Nasa-Juno team. Each new orbit brings us closer to the heart of Jupiter's radiation belt, but so far the spacecraft has weathered the storm of electrons surrounding Jupiter better than we could have ever imagined.feedback

Serkan Golge - Nasa

If I had not been arrested upon a flagrant slander on July 23, 2016, I at the moment would be continuing research in my office at Nasa as one of the few Turks among the thousands of scientists and engineers who are working in the manned trip to Mars project.feedback

Mahir Zeynalov

Beating up protesters in Washington, his position on the Qatar crisis, reluctance to work with Syrian Kurds in the fight against ISIS only pushed for his isolation in the world. Turkey is not an international pariah yet, but it sure is on its way to be.feedback

Serkan Golge - Nasa

I just want to scream and shout so loud about what is happening to him. He has such an intelligent mind that is wasting away in that cell.feedback

Serkan Golge - Nasa

If we were guilty we would have run back to America straight away, but we didn't. We couldn't ever have imagined something like this could happen. It all still feels like a sick joke.feedback

Omar de Frias

I grew up seeing my dad work 12- to 14-hour days and telling me that the result of your work is only as good as your efforts.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Here from this bridge to space, our nation will return to the moon, and we will put American boots on the face of Mars.feedback

Mike Pence

I'm really sorry that I missed the successful commercial launch that took place last night–I was praying for rain at the Kennedy Space Center so we might see that rocket go up today. I'm particularly excited to see the increased collaboration with our burgeoning commercial space industry so much in evidence here at the Kennedy Space Center.feedback

Barack Obama

We will get back to winning in the 21st century and beyond.feedback

Dave Richwine - Nasa

It should sound like a thump, so it could be that people don't even notice the sonic boom … and that's really the data that we are talking about for regulatory change.feedback

Dave Richwine - Nasa

Managing a project like this is all about moving from one milestone to the next. Our strong partnership with Lockheed Martin helped get us to this point. We're now one step closer to building an actual X-plane.feedback

Robert David Steele

Pedophilia does not stop with sodomizing children. It goes straight into terrorizing them to adrenalize their blood and then murdering them. It also includes murdering them so that they can have their bone marrow harvested as well as body parts.feedback

Robert David Steele

This may strike your listeners as way out, but we actually believe that there is a colony on Mars that is populated by children who were kidnapped and sent into space on a 20-year ride. So that once they get to Mars, they have no alternative but to be slaves on the Mars colony.feedback

Guy Webster - Nasa

There are no humans on Mars. There are active rovers on Mars. There was a rumour going around last week that there weren't. There are. But there are no humans. There's only one stupid rumour on the Internet? Now that's news.feedback

Aaron Parness - Nasa

There are many missions that would benefit from this [technology], like rendezvous and docking and orbital debris mitigation. We could also eventually develop a climbing robot assistant that could crawl around on the spacecraft, doing repairs, filming and checking for defects.feedback

Mark Cutkosky

What we've developed is a gripper that uses gecko-inspired adhesives. It's an outgrowth of work we started about 10 years ago on climbing robots that used adhesives inspired by how geckos stick to walls.feedback

David Davis

Half of my task is running a set of projects that make the NASA moon shot look quite simple. My job is to bring back control of migration to Westminster. It is not to slam the door on immigration. We will bring immigration down but in a way and at a pace that does not cause labor shortages or, worse, undermine the nation's need for new talent.feedback

Raymond Francis - Nasa

If you drive the rover into a new place, often that happens in the middle of the day, and then you've got several hours of daylight after that when you could make scientific measurements. But no one on Earth has seen the images, no one on Earth knows where the rover is yet. We can make measurements right after the drives and send them to Earth, so when the team comes in the next day, sometimes they already have geochemical measurements of the place the rover's in.feedback

Raymond Francis - Nasa

When I give talks about this, I say we have a rule that says, don't shoot the rover.feedback

Raymond Francis - Nasa

Micromanaging the speed of a car to the closest kilometer an hour is something that a computer does really well, but choosing where to drive, that's something you leave to the human.feedback

Raymond Francis - Nasa

In a factory, you can program a robot to move in a very exact way over to a place where it picks up a part and then moves again in a very exact way and places it onto a new car that's being built. You can be assured that it will work every time. But when you're in a space exploration context, literally every time AEGIS runs it's in a place no one has ever seen before. You don't always know what you're going to find.feedback

Raymond Francis - Nasa

I think there's some people who imagine that the reason we're doing this is so that we can give scientists a view of Mars, and so we shouldn't be letting computers make these decisions, that the wisdom of the human being is what matters here.feedback

Robert Lightfoot - Nasa

We need both, rovers and people. The rovers go there and they scout, they are our scouts. They tell us what we need to know when we take humans. And we think that taking humans is what we want to do from an exploration perspective, pushing human's presence into deep space is kind of written into our DNA.feedback

Robert Lightfoot - Nasa

We're pushing to get humans in the vicinity of Mars in the 2030s, that would be our goal going forward. We've got a lot of work to do on the technologies and the systems that we need to build. We'll do that with our partners – that's one of the things we're here to talk to them about, if they bring their skills and capabilities to bear in that journey. We'll spend some time around the Moon, checking out systems that we need to take to go to Mars, while we're still close to home, to make sure those systems are working well.feedback

Jan Worner

I can say that in the ESA environment this is not a request. In the ESA environment. We have also Switzerland and Norway as non EU members, so we know how to deal with it.feedback

Jan Worner

They are asking us frequently for risky missions. For instance to go to other planets, like ExoMars, or to go to a comet, these are missions which people very much like. They also say the inspiration you give makes us also able to dream about something in the future, and then space has suddenly more than just a financial issue, it has a societal issue, a societal benefit.feedback

Thomas Pesquet

The hard part is the return, really. When I was back on Earth, with the gravity, I couldn't do anything for a couple of hours. So obviously when you get to Mars you want to be able to respond to any emergencies, so you'll need to work out quite a bit during the trip. Psychologically you have to be prepared too, because you'll completely lose the view of the Earth. On the Space Station we still fly around the Earth, so you're not too far away from home. On a Mars mission it's going to be a completely different deal, so people need to be prepared for it also in their minds.feedback

Bob Smith

A sonic boom is effectively just a big pressure change. So if you can effectively smooth that pressure change out it becomes a weaker wave so it becomes a rumble instead of a bang.feedback

Bob Smith

So a pilot gets an understanding if they are getting into a region where the impingement of a sonic boom on a populated area was getting more critical or less critical. It gives them a visualisation of what of that sonic boom footprint effectively is.feedback

Chris Mason

I think our species has a duty to keep: which is to preserve life and prevent extinction not only of ourselves, but of other critters as well.feedback

Kris Lehnhardt

It could be that 38 percent on the ground is enough to maintain our bone, muscle, heart, and [balance] system, but we don't know because we've never been able to study it.feedback

Chris Mason

The technology works today. It's just a question of optimization. I worry the most about hubris. We really think we know what we're doing. But of course, we can be wrong.feedback

Eric Christian

The main two goals are to understand why the corona is hotter than the surface, and why the solar wind gets accelerated up to a million miles an hour. It will revolutionize our understanding of the sun. It's the first time we get to go where the action is.feedback

C. Alex Young - Nasa

Everyone who has an opportunity to see totality is going to get a glimpse at a part of the sun that in roughly a year from now we will actually touch.feedback

Mario Perez - Nasa

Are we alone? Maybe Kepler today has told us indirectly, although we need confirmation, that we are probably not alone.feedback

Benjamin Fulton

It's like finding what we thought was a single species of animal is really two different things. It is interesting that we don't have what appears to be the most common type of planet in the galaxy.feedback

Susan Thompson

This carefully-measured catalog is the foundation for directly answering one of astronomy's most compelling questions – how many planets like our Earth are in the galaxy? But at least we now have all of those pieces. Scientists will spend the next year talking about how to get to the most accurate number and the best way to go about it.feedback

Benjamin Fulton

This is a major new division in the family tree of exoplanets, somewhat analogous to the discovery that mammals and lizards are separate branches on the tree of life. A very small amount of light hydrogen and helium gases goes a long way to inflate the size of planets. Adding a tiny amount of hydrogen to one of these rocky planets, say about 2% by mass, would cause the planet to jump the gap and move into the group of larger planets.feedback

Natalie Batalha - Nasa

The search for planets is the search for life. These results will form the basis for future searches for life.feedback

Susan Thompson

It feels a bit like the end of an era, but actually I see it as a new beginning. It's amazing the things that Kepler has found. It has shown us these terrestrial worlds, and we still have all this work to do to really understand how common Earths are in the galaxy. I'm really excited to see what people are going to do with this catalog because this is the first time we have a population that is really well-characterized and we can now do these statistical studies and really start to understand the Earth analogs out there.feedback

Susan Thompson

With this catalog, we're able to extend [our analysis of planets' demographics] out to the longest periods, those periods that are most similar to our Earth. As a result, this survey catalog will be the foundation for directly answering one of astronomy's most compelling questions: How many planets like our Earth are actually in the galaxy?feedback

Benjamin Fulton

It doesn't take much gas to puff up a planet. This has significance in the search for life.feedback

Ahmet Cemal Saydam

This has nothing to do with pollution. This is a blessing for the Black Sea.feedback

Jessica Watkins

It's something that I don't take lightly, and something that I know is an important responsibility. I'm excited about that opportunity, to be that kind of representative, to be able to be somebody that people can look to and see doing cool things, like going to space, and hopefully they will be able to see that that's something that they can do, too.feedback

Jessica Watkins

I imagine that I must have had a conversation about my parents at some point about, who is Judy Resnick, what did she do? And I think that must have been when I was inspired by her story and led to this passion.feedback

Jessica Watkins

I am not as well-versed in social media as some of my peers. That makes me feel less like a millennial at times. But I think an ideal of the millennial generation that I do kind of ascribe to is the idea of exploration and being passionate about that.feedback

Jessica Watkins

That was a really cool moment, and I kind of knew from then that it would be really awesome to work on a Mars rover.feedback

Jessica Watkins

What she provided for me was exposure. Being able to see somebody who looks like you in a position or in a role that is something that you aspire to do, I think is really important.feedback

Jessica Watkins

When we go out into the field and are investigating rocks, we can hike around, look at the landscape, take in our surroundings, the topography.feedback

Jessica Watkins

As long as there's a ride back, sign me up. I have too many loved ones and too much work to do back here to go for a one-way trip.feedback

Robert Lightfoot - Nasa

We look forward to the energy and talent of these astronauts fueling our exciting future of discovery. Between expanding the crew on board the space station to conduct more research than ever before and making preparations to send humans farther into space than we've ever been, we are going to keep them busy.feedback

Taber MacCallum - World View Enterprises

People kept calling. Could you fly this payload? NASA gave us a contract to fly payloads. And then other folks called and said, Could you fly a radar? Or could you do this?' All these ideas started coming in, and we were just like, in the beginning, kind of flat-footed about this.feedback

Ahmet Cemal Saydam

Across the Black Sea there is an explosion of Emiliania huxleyi. This is a blessing for the Black Sea.feedback

C. Alex Young - Nasa

It is actually something even astronomers struggle to see.feedback

Jonny Kim

I think for the future, maybe, it's a little unclear. We're just happy to be here.feedback

Ellen Stofan

We are under siege by fake information that's being put forward by people who have a profit motive. Fake news is so harmful because once people take on a concept it's very hard to dislodge it. The harder part is this active disinformation campaign. I'm always wondering if these people honestly believe the nonsense they put forward. When they say 'It could be volcanoes' or 'the climate always changes'… to obfuscate and to confuse people, it frankly makes me angry. All of us have a responsibility. There's this attitude of 'I read it on the internet therefore it must be true.feedback

Ellen Stofan

It wasn't anything to do with it, but I'm glad I'm not there now. I don't see a mass transfer of humanity to Mars, ever. Job one is to keep this planet habitable. I'd hate us to lose focus on that.feedback

Ellen Stofan

It would be great if when we found life it was easy and we image a droplet of liquid and something goes swimming across it, no one's going to disagree with that.feedback

Ellen Stofan

We won't go all the way to Venus, but the consequences of putting more and more CO2 into the atmosphere are really dire. There are models that suggest if we burn off all our fossil fuels, the Earth would become uninhabitable for humans.feedback

Robert Lightfoot - Nasa

It makes me personally feel very inadequate when you read about what these folks have done.feedback

Robb Kulin - SpaceX

Hopefully one day I'll get to fly on a vehicle that has components I've actually designed.feedback

Mike Pence

You are the best of us. You carry on your shoulders the hopes and dreams of the American people. Under President Donald Trump, America will lead in space once again and the world will marvel. NASA will have the resources and support you need to continue to make history to push the boundary of human knowledge and advance American leadership to the boundless frontier of space.feedback

Margaret Weitekamp

Part of the drama of those feature films really builds around a smart, competent person trying to make a hard, life-or-death decision fast, and it makes for an entertaining movie. But in some ways, it's a bit of a recruitment film.feedback

Margaret Weitekamp

For any of our jobs, the most exciting, most telegenic parts of our jobs may not be what we spend most of our time doing. There's a lot of email, a lot of meetings, a lot of planning.feedback

Margaret Weitekamp

On social media, on YouTube, in the news–you can see people doing things in the spaceflight field that really look like science fiction, and I think the interest in being able to be a part of that has been increasingly high.feedback

Stephanie Schierholz - Nasa

We made a concerted outreach effort that incorporated social media like never before.feedback

Margaret Weitekamp

The experience of seeing a shuttle launch or land was a big cultural and social experience. I think that the ability to share experiences over social media has made some of that otherworldly work more immediate and more relevant for people.feedback

Jack Fischer - Nasa

I want to show you your new office. It's a little bit cramped – the desk is kind of small – but the view, oh the view! Your job is to take the wonder and amazement that we get to see every day, and share it with the world and ignite their passion to explore it, too. It just doesn't get better than that. So, congratulations again, class of 2017. Welcome to the club.feedback

Jack Fischer - Nasa

That's right, it's flying its second mission. We have a new generation of vehicles now led by commercial partners like SpaceX.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

It's starting to feel kind of normal to reuse rockets. Good. That's how it is for cars & airplanes and how it should be for rockets.feedback

Kirk Shireman - ISS

This whole notion of reuse is something that's very, very important to the entire space industry.feedback

Hans Koenigsmann - SpaceX

Once this capsule landed, we refurbished it, inspected it, made sure everything is qualified for the next flight.feedback

Leland Melvin

We're breaking bread at 17,500 mph, floating food into each other's mouths, and then I look out the window and I see I'm over Lynchburg, Virginia. And my family's probably breaking bread down there, eating.feedback

Jennifer Labin

You could have the best design in the world, you could spend $75,000 and have all the bells and whistles, but it could fall flat on its face if people don't have the [mentoring] skills to be successful.feedback

Chia Soo

Preserving bone mass is a critical component of long-term space exploration. Then we will be able to study these rodents further.feedback

Nicola Fox

We will brush closely by it. You can learn so much from looking out the window. You can see the sun is shining, you can see the birds are singing. But until you actually go out, you have no idea quite how hot it is out there or how windy it is, or what the conditions are like. I think we have really come as far as we can with looking at things and now it is time to go up and pay it a visit.feedback

Eugene Parker

I'm certainly greatly honored to be associated with such a heroic scientific space mission.feedback

Hans Koenigsmann - SpaceX

The structure itself is the same as what flew the first time. The majority of this Dragon has been in space before.feedback

Nicola Fox

Solar probe is going to be the hottest, fastest mission. I like to call it the coolest hottest mission under the sun. We are going to be moving at blistering tempera tures and going up into the corona. We are also going to be providing critical information that will allow us to better forecast how our Earth's environment responds to the sun. We'll be doing critical advances that will enable us to better predict space weather.feedback

Thomas Zurbuchen

We want to go down there, take the challenge of going into the worst environment in the solar system and … really prove what the processes are that, in fact, make and accelerate the solar wind.feedback

Jeff Kuhn

The sun doesn't have a sharp edge, but we'll be getting into a part of the sun where 'real action' takes place.feedback

Thomas Zurbuchen

NASA has never named a spacecraft after a researcher during their lifetime. Well, ladies and gentlemen, we're about to make history. It is my great honor, a few days before your 90th birthday, Gene, to announce we're renaming the Solar Probe Plus spacecraft to be known from now on as the Parker Solar Probe.feedback

Eugene Parker

It's ready to do battle with the solar elements as it divulges the secrets of the expanding solar corona.feedback

Eric Isaacs

It was a fundamental insight that forever changed the way in which we understand the sun, the heliosphere and in general interplanetary space.feedback

Nicola Fox

Until you actually go there and touch the sun, you really can't answer these questions. Why is the corona hotter than the surface of the sun? That defies the laws of nature. It's like water flowing uphill. It shouldn't happen.feedback

Ramesh Narayan

Our work implies that some, and perhaps all, black holes have event horizons and that material really does disappear from the observable universe when pulled into these exotic objects, as we've expected for decades. General Relativity has passed another critical test.feedback

Scott Bolton

What we're finding is anything but that is the truth. It's very different, very complex. That's the Jupiter we've all known and grown to love. And when you look from the pole, it looks totally different. ... I don't think anybody would have guessed this is Jupiter. Are they going to stay the same way for years and years like the Great Red Spot? ... Of course, only time will tell.feedback

Scott Bolton

We knew, going in, that Jupiter would throw us some curves. But now that we are here we are finding that Jupiter can throw the heat, as well as knuckleballs and sliders. There is so much going on here that we didn't expect that we have had to take a step back and begin to rethink of this as a whole new Jupiter. We're questioning whether this is a dynamic system, and are we seeing just one stage, and over the next year, we're going to watch it disappear, or is this a stable configuration and these storms are circulating around one another?feedback

Igor Pasternak

Sergey is pretty innovative and forward looking. Trucks are only as good as your roads, trains can only go where you have rails, and planes need airports. Airships can deliver from point A to point Z without stopping anywhere in between.feedback

Alex Hall

If you want to travel in style like the airships of old then you need something large. Personally, I'd love to have airships going back and forth across the Atlantic. I couldn't think of any better way of doing that journey.feedback

Alex Hall

We had a lot of interactions with Sergey over the years. He is definitely somebody that has a passion for this type of transportation.feedback

Rodrigo Luger

The resonant structure is no coincidence and points to an interesting dynamical history in which the planets likely migrated inward in lock-step. This makes the system a great laboratory for planet formation and migration theories.feedback

Scott Bolton

Jupiter is surprising us in almost every way. We're seeing hints that it is pretty exotic.feedback

Scott Bolton

What we've learned so far is Earth-shattering. Or should I say, Jupiter-shattering. Discoveries about its core, composition, magnetosphere, and poles are as stunning as the photographs the mission is generating. What Juno's results are showing us is that our ideas of giant planets maybe are a little bit oversimplified. They're more complex than we thought; the motions that are going on inside are more complicated. It's possible that they formed differently than [suggested by] our simple ideas.feedback

John E.P. Connerney - Nasa

You never really see the whole thing in all its glory at the same time. We find the spatial variations in the magnetic field that are intriguing. We see the field is stronger in magnitude than we expected in some places, much weaker than we expected in other places.feedback

Fran Bagenal

We were all jumping up and down with excitement when the images came down. You've got to be patient, but the rewards are fantastic.feedback

Fran Bagenal

We're having to put together this 3D puzzle. And surprise, surprise, it isn't like Earth.feedback

Fran Bagenal

The weather is dramatic. What we thought we knew about Jupiter, we underestimated. It's more variable, there are more features, there is much more detail the closer you look.feedback

David Parker

The software behaved the way it was supposed to. It should have been anticipated that the (spacecraft) rotation could reach the maximum. The software could have been more robust had it been more cleverly designed.feedback

Casey Dreier

It could have been a lot worse. At the same time, we have to be honest and say that this budget is not great for NASA's stated goals of exploring Mars or of developing its next major human spaceflight projects, as there is not enough money to support either in a reasonable timeframe.feedback

Jack Fischer - Nasa

What's more awesome than being on @Space_Station? Getting a call from mission control 4 another spacewalk! Dancing w/ the cosmos tomorrow!feedback

Dan Huot

We're currently looking at when we'll be able to return the hardware, with the upcoming SpaceX CRS-11 mission being the earliest candidate.feedback

Thomas Zurbuchen

It's incredibly exciting that we're learning more about this planetary system elsewhere, especially about planet h, which we barely had information on until now. This finding is a great example of how the scientific community is unleashing the power of complementary data from our different missions to make such fascinating discoveries.feedback

Lynn Rothschild - Nasa

It was one those papers where damn, I wish I thought of writing it. When people talk about looking for an Earth-like planet, they say it's got to have oxygen and I go, Are you crazy? If you were looking at Earth billions of years ago you wouldn't have seen it.feedback

Tim Lenton

It was pleasant surprise that we found another kindred spirit.feedback

Alexander Marshak - Nasa

These glints are from ice crystals. What amazed us most of all was that from one million miles away we can find the shape and the size of ice crystals, which are the size of maybe 100 microns or 50 microns. Mystery flies around us, and we need the proper tools to resolve these mysteries.feedback

Alexander Marshak - Nasa

He saw many, many sun glints, and he mentioned it only over the oceans.feedback

Michael Wade

The battery power-to-weight ratio today is simply not sufficient to power a flying object large enough to transport humans for more than a few minutes at a time.feedback

Bryce Space

I think SpaceX arguably is positioning itself to be the partner of choice for any federally funded or internationally-backed Mars mission.feedback

Marco Caceres - Teal Group

The name of the game these days is public-private partnerships, because it's clear now that unless Congress dramatically increases NASA's annual budget of just under $19 billion a year, NASA cannot come close to doing the things that it would like to do or that Congress would like it to do. So you need to find a way to partner with companies that have the technology, the ambition, and the vision, and the only company like that out there frankly is SpaceX.feedback

Marco Caceres - Teal Group

People can smirk. But it's hard to argue with one success after another. Theoretically SpaceX could be launching dozens of times per year and at prices maybe one-fourth their competitors. There doesn't seem to be anything they're not willing to tackle when it comes to space. They're not just going to sit back and get a bunch of contracts. That's too boring for Elon Musk.feedback

Marco Caceres - Teal Group

If you can recover those engines and they're fine, you can save an awful lot of money. By the time you get to maybe 10 of these kinds of missions, it becomes routine. You start to realize some cost savings, which allows you to start noticeably dropping the price of your missions. And if you can get the price down to 30 or 35 million [dollars] per mission, nobody else can come close to that.feedback

Bill Gerstenmaier - Nasa

We're really building a system. It is much, much more than one flight.feedback

Robert Lightfoot - Nasa

We're in this for the long haul, and we want to make sure we're focusing on that. I've been saying for a while this is an 'and' proposition; it is not an 'or' proposition. If you look at what we're trying to do, it's going to take both. It's going to take really all of us, frankly, to get this done.feedback

Chris Colose - Goddard Institute for Space Studies

If climate science is still very polarized, I have little doubt people will be talking about 'how global warming ended in 2017'. It will be just as silly then, and hopefully all the hiatus talk this time around will serve as a compelling reason to ignore them.feedback

Zeke Hausfather

It's 2014, 2015, and 2016 that killed the hiatus, and not any adjustment to the data. And the same thing is true if you look at the raw data without any fixes. In fact, if you look at 1998 to 2016–which is more of a fair comparison, because you start and end with an El Niño–you see that the warming continues at the same trend. That's why, as climate scientists, we tend to focus on 30-year trends.feedback

Chris Colose - Goddard Institute for Space Studies

I may be pessimistic, but I think bad-faith actors will seize upon anything they can find to cast doubt on climate science reliability. Because of the big El Niño event in 2016, I suspect that temperatures five to 10 years from now will be statistically comparable to 2016, even though 2016 to 2025 will be a warmer decade than the previous one.feedback

Kim Cobb

There's no reason why our world should walk at the model mean. It's very important for the public to understand there are two sides to the model mean. We've found ourselves on the cooler side of that, but we might find ourselves on the warmer side of that as well. And that would be very challenging.feedback

Robert Lightfoot Jr. - Nasa

It really reaffirmed the baseline plan we have in place is the best way to go.feedback

Bill Gerstenmaier - Nasa

That really set us back in a big way. It's probably not repairable. We will push as hard as we can.feedback

Bill Gerstenmaier - Nasa

What I was surprised by was that I thought there would be a whole lot of really negative work that would actually maybe make this not very attractive to us. But when Robert and I look at this overall, it does add some more risk to us, because it's the first crew on the vehicle. The culmination of changes in all three of those areas said that overall, probably the best plan we have is actually the plan we're on right now. When we looked at the overall integrated activity, even though it was feasible, it just didn't seem warranted in this environment.feedback

Laura Grego - Union of Concerned Scientists

Maneuverability depends on mass–if you have to haul around wings and landing gear with you on all your zips and zags in space, you will run out of fuel more quickly than if you were designed to be lightweight and agile and never come back to the ground. This is especially true if you are trying to get close to objects that are not already in nearby orbits, that takes a lot of fuel, which needs to be launched along with the plane.feedback

Wayne Monteith - Air Force

Today marks an incredibly exciting day for the 45th Space Wing as we continue to break barriers. Our team has been preparing for this event for several years, and I am extremely proud to see our hard work and dedication culminate in today's safe and successful landing of the X-37B.feedback

Tim Farron

I had a Carl Sagan photograph above my bed, who was of course the great, I guess the human voice of Nasa. I had pictures of strange sort of leftwing politicians. I remember I had a Mrs Thatcher picture. I had a John F Kennedy picture. I had a [Liberal leader] Jo Grimond picture.feedback

Cathy Anello

I believe Carol is the best person to have control of these and have possession of them to decide where they should best go.feedback

Carol Mersch

Having your civil liberties restored after a protracted legal battle that never should have begun in the first place is hardly a victory. It's like being happy that someone stopped finally beating you.feedback

Cathy Anello

She will get (the Bibles) to places where they can be observed and honored.feedback

Earl Maize

The region between the rings and Saturn is 'the big empty,' apparently. Cassini will stay the course, while the scientists work on the mystery of why the dust level is much lower than expected.feedback

Thomas Schildknecht

There are many different ways we could remove or remediate objects. But we need action. We need to go forward – now.feedback

Bill Nye

You could have very low-cost missions, universities sending spacecraft to the moon or asteroids powered only by the sun. What's not to love?feedback

Philip Lubin

It could be used for deflection of asteroids as well as evaporation of asteroids, among other uses.feedback

Casey Dreier

This is a wonderful budget for NASA. This is higher than either the Senate or the House proposed individually.feedback

Nicky Jenner

It’s costly, but by exploring the red planet we could solve some of the great mysteries about space and ourselves. When US president Donald Trump called astronauts aboard the International Space Station last week to congratulate Peggy Whitson, who now holds the record for the most time spent in space by a Nasa astronaut, he also asked when he could expect to see humans land on Mars (answer: the 2030s). “Well, we want to do it in my first term or at worst in my second term,” he joked, “so we’ll have to speed that up a bit.”.feedback

Peggy Whitson

We're absolutely very ready to go to Mars, all of us would be very happy to go.feedback

Phillip Larson - SpaceX

With Nasa's current budget it would be challenging to go to Mars without a massive increase.feedback

Peggy Whitson

Unfortunately space flight takes a lot of time and money. But it is so worthwhile doing.feedback

Steve Kenner - Apple

The company is investing heavily in the study of machine learning and automation, and is excited about the potential of automated systems in many areas, including transportation.feedback

Miguel Román - Nasa

It doesn't matter whether there is a moon, it doesn't matter whether there is airglow [from pollution or auroras]; we can turn it off, and see only the light from cities.feedback

Miguel Román - Nasa

You have to have a science team that is constantly developing the theory, and understanding the behavior of that instrument. There's a lot of work, and jobs, to ensure that we are not just taking pretty pictures that might end up as your iPhone background.feedback

John Barentine

To be honest, I don't know what we'll see. … Will we see just a steady glow all the time from cities? Or will we literally see cities blinking? The maps tell us so much about skyglow, but we have also learned an awful lot about humanity just by studying the patterns of where that light appears at night.feedback

Miguel Román - Nasa

When you have an instrument like this, you end up with like a Swiss Army knife. You can do a lot of things, but you're not particularly good at doing any of them.feedback

Miguel Román - Nasa

With the moon, you'd just say, Sorry, the moon is too hard to take out, and it's too bright, so I can't show whether that place is a city or it's just moonshine.' That's when you have decided 50 percent of your data is trash. We said, No. We don't have 300 engineers building this satellite and launching it into space to trash it.feedback

Miguel Román - Nasa

We know, pretty much, who is buying LED lamps, how many cars we're driving, and so forth. These are individual-scale factors. But there is a trove of information that is left to be explored on the energy-use patterns that are the result of wider, group-based activities. What is the energy required to live within a certain cultural context?feedback

Neil Carter

The way we develop policies is at large-scale levels–counties, parks, states. We don't want to focus necessarily on an individual animal, or even a part of the population, but the whole population. You might be asking questions about effects on bird species that occupy the entire Southeast, for instance. That's where a satellite is useful. We're excited about coming from the top down.feedback

John Logsdon

It seems to me to indicate that somebody in the Trump inner circle thinks space is a good issue for him. If the president's lips move and he says positive things about the space program, that's good for the space program. I'm not sure Ronald Reagan knew a lot about the space program, but he said the right words.feedback

Mehrdad Mahdjoubi - Nasa

You don't have any choice when you're up in space or when you're going to Mars. You have to recycle; you have to use your resources in the best possible way. What we're doing is that we're using three litres of water and we're looping it in real time and purifying the water. So we essentially use less than a tenth of that water. It's essentially delivering a better experience while being a much greener experience. The price of water is not as high as it is in the more developed countries. So it's a natural step to go from developed markets and eventually reach the emerging markets.feedback

Mehrdad Mahdjoubi - Nasa

Given the fact the actual shower bill is around 40 percent of the household water consumption, it is a significant piece of your daily water consumption.feedback

Elizabeth Turtle

Heavier-than-air flight is substantially easier [on Titan]. That means we can take a really capable lander and move it by a few tens of kilometers in a single flight, and hundreds of kilometers over the time of the mission.feedback

Elizabeth Turtle

If we're taking the instrumentation to measure the details of the chemistry, we can also look for biosignatures, because it's the same measurements.feedback

Elizabeth Turtle

The atmosphere is what is giving us this ability to travel on Titan . The kind of prebiotic chemistry that we're looking at, these are things we can't do in the lab – the timescales are too long to do these experiments in the lab – but Titan has been doing them for ages. The results are just sitting on the surface. If we can get to these different places on the surface of Titan, we can pick up the results of the experiments. They're just waiting for us. We can start to look at how the organic chemistry progressed.feedback

Elizabeth Turtle

Titan is the ideal destination to do prebiotic chemistry. It has incredibly rich organic material all over the surface.feedback

Earl Maize

When we do something like this, where the spacecraft has gone through a region that is unknown or slightly more challenging, then the silence is a little bit more apprehensive.feedback

Joan Stupik

We're all crossing our fingers saying, Oh, geez, I hope we hear from it' – and we will.feedback

Jim Green - Nasa

We're in a waiting period right now. We won't know for a number of hours until Cassini gets in a position where it can radio back home, and so that's one of those things that keeps us on pins and needles.feedback

Angela Olinto

EUSO-SPB is now searching for the most energetic cosmic particles ever observed. The origin of these particles is a great mystery that our pioneering mission will help to solve. Do they come from massive black holes at the centre of galaxies? Tiny, fast- spinning pulsars? Or somewhere else?feedback

Peggy Whitson

Well, I think as your bill directed, it will be approximately in the 2030s. ...Unfortunately, spaceflight takes a lot of time and money, so getting there will require some international cooperation to get it to be a planet-wide approach in order to make it successful, just because it is a very expensive endeavor.feedback

Robert Lightfoot - Nasa

This is an inspirational record Peggy is setting today, and she would be the first to tell you this is a record that's absolutely made to be broken as we advance our knowledge and existence as both Americans and humans. The cutting-edge research and technology demonstrations on the International Space Station will help us go farther into our solar system and stay there longer, as we explore the mysteries of deep space first-hand. Congratulations to Peggy, and thank you for inspiring not only women, but all Americans to pursue STEM careers and become leaders.feedback

Peggy Whitson

It is one of those rides that you hope never ends. I am so grateful for all those who helped me on each of my missions! Well, it's actually a huge honor to break a record like this. It's an honor for me, basically to be representing all the folks at NASA who make space flight possible and who make me setting this record feasible. But I don't really think it became a goal until I graduated from high school, when the first female astronauts were selected.feedback

Peggy Whitson

But water is such a precious resource up here that we also are cleaning up our urine and making it drinkable. And it's really not as bad as it sounds.feedback

Earl Maize

But the best is still yet to come – perhaps. But we are certainly going to provide more excitement.feedback

Linda Spilker

Imagine the pictures we're going to get back of Saturn's rings.feedback

Earl Maize

If Cassini runs out of fuel it would be uncontrolled and the possibility that it could crash-land on the moons of Titan and/or Enceladus are unacceptably high. We could put it into a very long orbit far from Saturn, but the science return from that would be nowhere near as good as what we're about to do.feedback

Julia Roberts

He goes against all the rules – and there have been plenty of movies about these rules [that say] you peak too early [and] it's all downhill.feedback

Julia Roberts

He, like, floated and told us all about this space mission that he is on. And I told him, You are officially the coolest guy I went to high school with.' . I think I'm a slow rise. I'm like a slow Thanksgiving dinner roll.feedback

Jim Fuller

Some of the big unanswered questions are the way in which the rings formed, the age of the rings, and their mass. If Cassini can measure the total mass of the rings, this will help us understand how the rings formed and how long they've been around.feedback

Curt Niebur - Nasa

There is definitely an element of risk. We are traveling through a completely unexplored area at extremely high speeds on a path threading the smallest eye of the smallest of needles.feedback

Jim Green - Nasa

What a spectacular end to a spectacular mission. I feel a little sad in many ways that Cassini's discoveries will end. But I'm also quite optimistic that we're going to discover some new and really exciting science as we probe the region we've never probed before.feedback

Jan Woerner - European Space Agency

There were many mistakes in that movie; I will not go through that. But the effect, as such, is a very serious one.feedback

Frank Culbertson

It is clearly a chance one more time to show John Glenn's name emblazoned in space. And I hope that putting his name on the space station is an inspiration to the next generation to aspire to do similar things, push the boundaries.feedback

Davide Farnocchia

We know the time that the object is going to be closest within seconds, and the distance is known within hundreds of kilometers (miles).feedback

Vern Thorp - United Launch Alliance

It's great, I mean, to be able to get in there and experience that 360-degree view.feedback

Darrell Miklos

We are going to change history. Imagine if this stuff had never come to life? No one in those particular countries would've investigated these anomalies that Gordon found from space. It's amazing this story. It needs to be told. People need to benefit from it.feedback

Darrell Miklos

I've been waiting for this moment all my life. I'm going to do it until I can't do it anymore. I started watching my father in the industry and the excitement of it all. When I got a taste for what exploration and discovery was like, it never left my mind.feedback

Darrell Miklos

It will be both educational, inspirational and I get to highlight an American hero and the people that surrounded him in this industry of treasure hunting which has a stigma attached to it. I hope to clean up the stigma attached to treasure hunters in general and do it right. I want people to know that we are not there to take away treasure and people's history from them. We are there to share it in all aspects.feedback

Darrell Miklos

We share with each host country and they can use the proceeds for their museums or they can take the proceeds from what they sold off and build roads, infrastructures, and hospitals and spread education. Otherwise it would just be there buried under the sand and no one would be able to tell the stories.feedback

Darrell Miklos

I'm not there to find lots of treasure and to take it home and sell it off. I am there to share it with the host country. This is good for them. In most areas we are working with they are in a bad economic position and this could do nothing but help them. We share the proceeds of what we find with those host countries.feedback

Darrell Miklos

After having been close with Gordon and understanding that not only was he exploring space but also he was exploring the world in which we live and his passion for it, it just put more fire in me. Ever since then I was hooked. It was an addiction for me in a good way and I've been waiting for the right project to come around.feedback

Bob Cabana

We're really, really going to miss hearing your golden voice on console during launch, George.feedback

Stef Lhermitte

[It's] amazing to see the rift from nearby after studying it from space for several days. From these images alone, it is difficult to already say anything about what exactly caused the crack on this unusual spot.feedback

Amy Mainzer - Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The odds of an impact for asteroids are very low on 'human timescales' (a hundred years are so). However, because the consequences could potentially be severe, it's not something we should completely ignore.feedback

Vern Thorp - United Launch Alliance

It's an honour to launch the spacecraft which has been named in memory of John Glenn.feedback

George Diller - Nasa

I'm sure when I'm retired and up in the mountains somewhere, there's a launch going, it will be hard not to tune it in some way.feedback

Jeffrey Seewald - Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

We still have a long way to go in our understanding. Future missions to explore oceans beyond Earth will answer many of these questions.feedback

Randy Herman

You got tanks, you got water bottles. I don't think the drought's over. It's going to take a long time.feedback

Edward J. Markey

Last week an ice sheet covering 100 square miles broke off Greenland. This giant ice island is more than four times the size of Manhattan. It is the largest piece of Arctic ice to break free in nearly half a century.feedback

Mary Voytek

Most of us would be excited with any life, and certainly when we're talking about the sources of energy, this is to feed the base of a food web. So we're going to start with bacteria and if we get lucky, maybe there's something that's larger. [The] fact that that we can measure such high concentrations of hydrogen and carbon dioxide mean that there might not be life there at all, and if there is life, it's not very active. ... We have this buildup of food that's not being used. And part of that could be that we think Enceladus might be fairly young. My money for the moment is still on Europa.feedback

Jim Green - Nasa

We're just on the precipice of moving this whole activity forward. I think in our lifetime we'll be able to answer the question, Are we alone?feedback

Ariel Anbar

It makes the Enceladus ocean seem a heck of a lot more habitable than we were thinking yesterday. And wouldn't we like to know, is there life living there?feedback

Peter Girguis

For a microbiologist thinking about energy for microbes, hydrogen is like the gold coin of energy currency. If you had to have one thing, one chemical compound, coming out of a vent that would lead you to think there's energy to support microbial life, hydrogen is at the top of that list.feedback

Linda Spilker

This finding is the result of 12 years of Cassini investigations, and it really represents a capstone finding of the mission because we now know that Enceladus has almost all of the ingredients that you would need to support life as we know it on Earth.feedback

Elena Favilli

Films and books teach children that boys are stronger and better. But parents are realising that daughters need adventures too. According to a study published recently in the American periodical Science, by the time they are six years old, girls already think that they are less capable than boys. At school it is girls who on average achieve more highly, and yet from the very first year of primary school they assume that boys are better than them.feedback

Richard Alley

The greater depth of the trough indicated by the new data will favor faster retreat, but it is such a narrow trough that some stabilization from the sides is likely to continue, so that there is still no worry of the whole ice sheet suddenly falling in the ocean.feedback

Shane Kimbrough

We've had a great time up here, it's been an amazing experience for almost six months now for Andrey and Sergey and I, and we've gotten to enjoy Peggy and Thomas and Oleg for about four-and-a-half-months of that. We've really enjoyed having them around. It's really neat to be part of something this big, something bigger than ourselves, for one, but even bigger than a nation. We get the ability up here to interact with things that actually benefit all of humanity. So it's really humbling for one, but very neat and special to be part of something like that.feedback

Michael Young

It's as if these people have perpetual jet lag, moving eastward every day. In the morning, they're not ready for the next day to arrive.feedback

Geoff Chester

Jupiter is at his best and brightest, as well as at his closest distance to us. As bright as he is, he's still an awfully long way from us, over distant, at his closest approach.feedback

Doug Gillan

Once it takes on autonomy and social agency and consciousness, whatever you want to call it–then we start to think of it more like another person.feedback

Doug Gillan

That's how we're built. We have these social processes, and sometimes they get applied to non-social things. The Man in Black–all he's doing is mistreating machines. And if he were mistreating his coffeemaker, we'd think that he's kind of a jerk, but we wouldn't think he was evil.feedback

Amy A. Simon

We could do a two-for-one there and help out Juno at the same time.feedback

Amy A. Simon

We can map out the full planet. On a first glance, the Great Red Spot is still strikingly colored. It stands out quite well. That's telling us something about the deeper atmosphere. We're going to be analyzing this over the next few months.feedback

Linda Spilker

We're flying in a region that has never been explored before. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if some of the discoveries we make with Cassini during the grand finale are the best of the mission.feedback

Shane Goldmacher - Politico

Another is through Kennedy's other son, Gregory, and Trump's Silicon Valley adviser Peter Thiel. They went to Stanford Law School together and served as president of the Federalist Society in back-to-back years. More recently, Kennedy's firm, Disruptive Technology Advisers, has worked with Thiel's company Palantir Technologies. In fact, during the early months of the Trump administration, Gregory Kennedy has worked at NASA as a senior financial adviser as part of the so-called 'beachhead' team.feedback

Linda Spilker

We'll actually be peeling back the atmosphere. Flying this close to the rings of a planet, that's a once in a lifetime experience for a scientist.feedback

Betsy Middleton

We'll be inviting people who were involved way back, 20 years ago in planning the mission. We'll have few talks, but it will be a party. It depends on what you like, nature or urban. There's one of downtown Baltimore, the harbor, we used that one on the cover of a publication. There are islands that are just gorgeous. You'll just ha