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The human environment and the natural environment deteriorate together; we cannot adequately combat environmental degradation unless we attend to causes related to human and social degradation. In fact, the deterioration of the environment and of society affects the most vulnerable people on the planet.feedback
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Oct 26 2017
NASA has been commented on by 277 key people in the news. You can find all of them on this page with their statements. People who have been most quoted about NASA are: Linda Spilker, Glen Nagle, Bill Gerstenmaier and Sylvia Acevedo. For instance, the most recent quote from Linda Spilker is: “That's Cassini. She's very hard-working, very diligent. And curious. Extremely curious. In that way, she's an extension of what we are.”.
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Ryan Foley

It's really a triumph of science. We as a civilization have essentially been confined to the Earth, and almost all the information we've ever received from the universe has been through light. Yet we were able to predict ... things as extreme as two neutron stars colliding when even the idea of neutron stars is incredible.feedback

Ryan Foley

Charlie is the first person, as far as we know, the first human to have ever seen optical photons from a gravitational wave event. There's a lot of amazing science that's going to happen next.feedback

Andy Howell

I wanted to document what it felt like to find something completely new about the universe, that humans have never known.feedback

Marcelle Soares-Santos

It is the classic challenge of finding a needle in a haystack, with the added complication that the needle is fading away and the haystack is moving.feedback

Julie McEnery - Nasa

It's transformational. The era of gravitational wave astrophysics had dawned, but now it's come of age. . . . We're able to combine dramatically different ways of viewing the universe, and I think our level of understanding is going to leap forward as a result. Einstein predicts that gravity and photons move at the same speed ... and [the signals] arrived within 2 seconds of each other, dramatically confirming that Einstein's prediction is right. While I'm not surprised that Einstein is right, it's always nice to see him pass another test.feedback

Stephano Valenti

We were calling colleagues to talk, saying, I cannot tell you why, but can you observe this object? Everyone was working together, sharing everything they had as soon the information was coming online. . . . I think this one was the most exciting week of my career.feedback

Junjie Liu - Nasa

These three tropical regions released 2.5 gigatons (a billion tons) more carbon into the atmosphere than they did in 2011.feedback

Bill Gerstenmaier - Nasa

Our goal for human spaceflight is essentially to expand the human presence deeper into the solar system.feedback

Bill Gerstenmaier - Nasa

We let the companies design, build and own their systems. They can then market them; they can find creative uses. But NASA is there to make sure the basic safety, mission and success requirements are set in the right way.feedback

Bill Gerstenmaier - Nasa

It's more important that [certain things] be owned by the government, and then they are available to the wider industry and not held by one company. Things like going to cislunar space [should really be] driven by NASA's needs, and then when we get down to … a service or a capability, then those can be done by the companies. NASA can also help by providing substantial early demand and maybe being an anchor customer. But at some point, we need to get out of that mode and see if there's a market that can be generated.feedback

Bill Gerstenmaier - Nasa

We need to do that same thing in the life support area. [We could] set those standards … and anyone that builds hardware, and they build to those standards … they can be part of our system.feedback

Scott Denning

If future climate is more like this recent El Niño, the trouble is the Earth may actually lose some of the carbon removal services we get from these tropical forests, and then CO2 will increase even faster in the atmosphere.feedback

Vishnu Reddy

This campaign is a team effort that involves more than a dozen observatories, universities and labs around the globe so we can collectively learn the strengths and limitations of our near-Earth object observation capabilities. This effort will exercise the entire system, to include the initial and follow-up observations, precise orbit determination, and international communications.feedback

Raila Odinga

After deliberating on our position in respect of the upcoming election, considering the interests of the people of Kenya, the region and the world at large, we believe that all will be best served by the party vacating its presidential candidature in the election scheduled for 26 Oct. 2017.feedback

Uhuru Kenyatta

If you do not want elections, step aside so that the country can move forward.feedback

Charles Miller

We're going to build a propellant economy in space. We'll put a fuel station there, and that will drive a virtuous economic cycle in which everybody competes to be the lowest-cost provider of propellant.feedback

Jan Woerner - European Space Agency

We have a list of all the actors who are interested in the moon. We are connecting them so they can benefit from each other. We are enablers, facilitators, brokers.feedback

Charles Miller

We could put the first human steps back on the moon five to seven years from the word 'go.feedback

Chris Carberry

If we got to the surface of the moon, we need to do it in a way that really is a stepping-stone to getting to Mars, not just an excuse to build a base there.feedback

John Logsdon

Most of the people who are Mars-centered worry that we'll get stuck on the moon, all the resources available will be focused on lunar exploration, and the idea of getting to Mars will slip indefinitely into the future.feedback

John Logsdon

It's a 180-degree shift from no moon to moon first.feedback

Paul Spudis

I see the vice president's remarks not so much as a pivot in policy as a belated recognition of simple reality. They don't have have an architecture, they don't have the spacecraft, they don't have the technology, and most assuredly, they don't have the money to bludgeon any difficulties into submission.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

It's 2017, we should have a lunar base by now. What the hell has been going on?feedback

Flavia Tata Nardini

Private companies are becoming more prevalent in space research, technology, and travel, because the sector is becoming more accessible. As technology develops, so to do the new applications and devices we can create at a fraction of the cost of previous investments. This has opened the door to start-ups and space enthusiasts who want to explore the sector without government backing.feedback

Bill Nye

If we found evidence of life, everyone would feel differently. It would change the world.feedback

Bill Nye

NASA is the best brand the United States has. People have mixed feelings about the United States, putting it carefully. But, however they feel about the U.S. they respect NASA.feedback

Philip Larsen

It was just very interesting to do this type of process without a NASA administrator or a science adviser in the White House. Until they produce a plan, which it looks like they're moving toward, this is mostly theater and produces a little bit of confusion, I think. I still remain optimistic.feedback

Miguel Román - Nasa

It is critical that we get this processing done quickly, so that we can provide the cleanest and most useful imagery. Moving forward, we will continue to test this new technology.feedback

Steve Robinson

The sense of dedication to sending humans safely into orbit comes from the magnitude of the challenge, the shared risks, and the conviction that it is more about the human race than about individual nationalities and the attendant politics.feedback

Jason Dworkin

You can solve the engineering and you can solve the science, but solving the people is hard. Your need the right people. You need to feed them the right information. You need to give them the right environment, and leave them alone enough to do their brilliant work. People have different cultures and different ways of getting along.feedback

Jason Dworkin

Having lunch together is more important than it sounds. There's something intimate and primal about sharing a meal that allows you to push through disagreements. Being able to have common jokes. These very human things help us in times of crisis.feedback

Dante Lauretta

It's like we're going off on this expedition and we just did the survey of our backpacks. Whaddaya got? So you start looking at those tools and you're thinking what jam could this one get me out of if I got stuck somewhere. … I've learned a lot about what's in store for us and the work in front of us.feedback

Dante Lauretta

We're going to get a lot of science out of this. We're going to write a few papers. That's a nice surprise. We looked at what we got and the data quality is phenomenal.feedback

Robert M. Lightfoot Jr. - Nasa

While the Deep Space Gateway is still in concept formulation, NASA is pleased to see growing international interest in moving into cislunar space as the next step for advancing human space exploration.feedback

Peter Iosifidis

Now you're getting down to that level where, as far as approval from the general public, it would probably be something that's acceptable. Manufacturers will not take the lead in developing an aircraft that they can't fly. That's where NASA said we've got to go change the rule, and this is the path to making that happen.feedback

David Morrison

Everything I've said would be worse with a massive object like a brown dwarf. That would've been tracked by astronomers for a decade or more, and it would already have really affected planetary objects.feedback

Leanne Caret - The Boeing Company

We are continuing to look at other ways to increase our top line through mergers and acquisitions and we have a continued pipeline we're assessing. We'll stay away from that. We've seen very strong support for NASA and the program, and we continue to put our best and brightest on it. If you recall back a few years ago, when you would get on a train without a conductor, people would get a bit nervous. Now, it's just part of our natural routine.feedback

Christopher Graney

From the standpoint of astronomy, there's nothing unique or unusual about the sun, moon and planets - or the constellation Virgo - on September 23, 2017, despite claims on the Internet of a unique and significant celestial event, supposedly "mirroring" the Bible's Book of Revelation. In the past 1,000 years, this same event has happened at least four times already, in 1827, 1483, 1293, and 1056.feedback

Margot Lee Shetterly

Today all of these things seem inevitable. But without her past full of diverging roads and choices that made all the difference we would not be standing on the brink of this future. We are living in a present that they willed into existence with their pencils, their slide rules, their mechanical calculating machines and, of course, their brilliant minds.feedback

Barack Obama

If you think your job is pressure-packed, hers meant that forgetting to carry the one might send somebody floating off into the solar system.feedback

Mark Serreze

You had open water extending almost 80 degrees north – way the heck out there.feedback

Mark Serreze

If you see the ice leaving early in the season, you expose these dark open ocean areas, which are going to absorb more heat.feedback

Mark Serreze

What happened is that weather patterns got in the way. This is part of the natural variability in the system.feedback

Mike Moreau

We are much closer to the object than Rosetta was. It means a lot of the errors in your estimation of the trajectory and navigation are less forgiving.feedback

Mike Moreau

It's the smallest object that has ever been orbited by a spacecraft. And that's exciting.feedback

Ziyad Al-Aly

In our analyses, the risk of chronic kidney disease and its progression was most pronounced at the highest levels of fine particulate matter concentration. This suggests further study is needed for a broader assessment of the global burden of kidney disease attributable to air pollution.feedback

Nick Pope - Deloitte

The people promoting this prediction seem to be doing so because of religious belief, tenuously linking the recent eclipse with Biblical passages, including one from the Book of Revelations. I suspect the reasons include self-publicity and the desire to promote their particular brand of evangelical Christianity. All this isn't to say that there aren't some existential threats out there, but if people want to worry about something, they should probably worry about North Korean missiles, or about Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, not about Nibiru.feedback

Nick Pope - Deloitte

Nibiru doesn't exist. The world won't end on September 23. Shame on the people promoting this hoax in the name of evangelical Christianity. I'm certain Nibiru doesn't exist because if there really was a rogue planet heading for Earth, due to hit on Saturday, it would be visible to the naked naked eye by now. Furthermore, astronomers would have been aware of its presence for years, both through direct observation and through gravitational effects on other planets in the solar system.feedback

David Morrison

Its gravity would've messed up the orbits of the inner planets, the Earth, Venus, Mars, probably would've stripped the moon away completely. Instead, in the intersolar system, we see planets with stable orbits. We see the moon going around the Earth.feedback

Ziyad Al-Aly

Data on the relationship between air pollution and kidney disease in humans has been scarce. However, once we analyzed the data, the link between air pollution and the development of kidney disease was clear. The beauty of using both EPA and NASA data is that the agencies used two distinct techniques for collecting data, yet the results were similar. This constellation of findings suggests that chronic exposure to air pollution is a significant risk factor for the development and progression of kidney disease.feedback

Ziyad Al-Aly

Air pollution is a previously unrecognized factor for kidney disease and kidney disease progression.feedback

Mike Moreau

We're essentially stealing a bit of the Earth's momentum as we go by. It would be a very small number.feedback

Leanne Caret - The Boeing Company

That includes looking organically on where we are going to invest. We'll stay away from that.feedback

Leanne Caret - The Boeing Company

We are continuing to look at other ways to increase our top line through mergers and acquisitions and we have a continued pipeline we're assessing.feedback

Samuel Paylor

It's really gratifying to know that the knowledge gained here from our mission and the other missions that HI-SEAS has done will contribute to the future exploration of Mars and the future exploration of Space in general.feedback

Lee Cronin

Everybody looks for 'biosignatures,' but they're meaningless because we don't have any other examples of biology.feedback

Jonathan Lunine

If you think of the spectrum like a set of venetian blinds, there are only a few slats removed. That's not a very good way to get at the composition.feedback

Jonathan Lunine

It's difficult to imagine that we could definitively find life on an exoplanet. But the outer solar system is accessible to us.feedback

Laura Lark

There are certainly technical challenges to be overcome. There are certainly human factors to be figured out. That's part of what HI-SEAS is for. But I think that overcoming those challenges is just a matter of effort. We are absolutely capable of it.feedback

Linda Spilker

That's Cassini. She's very hard-working, very diligent. And curious. Extremely curious. In that way, she's an extension of what we are.feedback

Linda Spilker

They've been with, in a certain sense, with the Cassini mission their whole lives, the launch, Saturn orbital insertion, and now the end of Cassini.feedback

Troy Shinbrot

However you do the experiment, there's going to be an inevitable big gap between how large an experiment can be – a meter, two meters – and tens of kilometers, which occur in earthquakes.feedback

Troy Shinbrot

It's a little bit difficult to ferret out what is a real one and what is not.feedback

Friedemann Freund - Nasa

The faster we stretch the rocks, the more of these positive-charge carriers are released.feedback

Friedemann Freund - Nasa

These phenomena are well documented because of so many security cameras running day and night now.feedback

Kim Binsted

This is our fifth mission, and we have learned a lot over those five missions. We've learned, for one thing, that conflict, even in the best of teams, is going to arise. So what's really important is to have a crew that, both as individuals and a group, is really resilient, is able to look at that conflict and come back from it. So the previous three missions, the four, eight and 12 month missions, those were primarily looking at crew cohesion and performance. On this mission and going forward we are looking at crew selection and composition.feedback

Doug Gillan

It was the people who built it who decided that this was going to happen. It wasn't Cassini, . Cassini doesn't have any sentience.feedback

Preston Dyches - Nasa

It's crushing me, all the stories calling Cassini's end of mission dying, suicide, death, brutal, killing ... No matter how brave and noble and responsible this ending is, people still want to make it a tragedy. Sure, anthropomorphize Cassini, but if it *were* a person, you'd not speak about its impending demise with such zeal.feedback

Peter Bedini

A nuclear quadcopter to look for life on Saturn's moon, Titan. Seems kind of straightforward. Or arbitrary.feedback

Elizabeth Turtle

In terms of what we're looking for on Saturn, it really hit exactly the sweet spot.feedback

Elizabeth Turtle

Ten years ago, they were kind of rare things that only enthusiasts experimented with. Now everyone can have a drone.feedback

Jonathan Lunine

Cassini gave us a big pointer to where we need to go to look for life. If we are interested in trying to find life beyond the Earth, that's the place we need to go, and we know how to do it.feedback

Linda Spilker

Until we go back, that's a very distant world now. The details of the rings, and those small moons snuggled in so close – those are all gone until we go back.feedback

W. Bruce Banerdt

It's a mission to map out the deep interior of Mars all the way down to the very center of the planet. It's like using a microscope instead of looking at it from across the room.feedback

Giuseppe Sarri

We want to go to Jupiter and explore its moons for two basic reasons, First to understand our solar system how it was built how it works, and second to see and understand the probability of having life outside our planet.feedback

Linda Spilker

I would want to know if the ocean of Enceladus is indeed inhabited rather than just habitable.feedback

Linda Spilker

The question is, what happened to the larger particles, how were they ground up into dust?feedback

Earl Maize

[The Cassini mission and its team] have left the world informed but still wondering. I couldn't ask for more.feedback

Jeffrey Cuzzi

Titan is of interest from the standpoint of exobiology, the formation of life. Now Enceladus also is because of its liquid ocean. The spacecraft was not sterilized. So we have to actually dispose of the spacecraft with prejudice.feedback

Linda Spilker

We've had an incredible 13-year journey around Saturn, returning data like a giant firehose, just flooding us with data. Almost like we've taken a magnifying glass to the planet and the rings.feedback

Morgan Cable

Deep down, I think I always hoped that life exists out there somewhere, and I really hope that we find it in our lifetime. It's just a matter of continuing to look, being persistent. Following the clues that missions like Cassini leave for us.feedback

Linda Spilker

Titan has given Cassini that last push - a goodbye kiss. Its fate is sealed. A toast to a great spacecraft, a great mission.feedback

Morgan Cable

As a scientist, I always try to be empirical. But you get attached to the things you work on.feedback

Linda Spilker

It's a mix of sadness of Cassini ending, saying goodbye to this Cassini family we talk about. We've been together, for lots of us, for multiple decades.feedback

Hillary Clinton

I don't know what it's like for other women, but growing up, I didn't think that much about my gender except when it was front and center. Like in 8th grade, when I wrote to NASA to say that I dreamt of becoming an astronaut, and someone there wrote back: Sorry, little girl, we don't accept women into the space program. Later in life, I started to see myself differently when I took on roles that felt deeply and powerful womanly: wife, daughter to aging parents, girlfriend, and most of all, mother and grandmother.feedback

Jonathan Lunine

All of these missions are connected, and they build on each other.feedback

Torrence Johnson

You had the analysis from the orbits, what the probabilities were, and what the scientific benefits of the things were. We thought, well, let's just go out in a blaze of glory.feedback

Linda Spilker

It's like in the death of a loved one–you look back and you think about all the good memories, the times you've shared together, went on vacation together, grandchildren. I think of it more like planning perhaps a wake.feedback

Linda Spilker

The legacy for which Cassini will be remembered will be Enceladus.feedback

Mar Vaqearo

The key is to calculate this change in velocity. So you use math. You have matrices. And you have partials. Those are changes in your trajectories with respect to each parameter. So you use your matrices, your vectors, position and velocity and your partials to come up with this delta V that you see here.feedback

Duane Roth

We need to be able to point instruments to objects. Nothing is static. Everything is moving. The timing is critical. We don't know exactly where Titan is at any given moment, or where Saturn is, or where Cassini is. When you want to propagate that out to some future time, all our errors grow.feedback

Linda Spilker

You form a family. Your kids grow up together.feedback

Brian Wilcox

The primary objective … is to gradually defang Yellowstone as a threat to humanity. Keeping these volcanoes from devastating the human food supply and causing the deaths of 99 percent of all of humanity, that seems like a worthwhile thing to debate.feedback

Jim Bridenstine

People often say, Why are you so involved in space issues? My constituents get killed in tornadoes. I care about space.feedback

Bill Nelson

[T]he head of NASA ought to be a space professional, not a politician.feedback

Brian Wilcox

Most people think of a supervolcano as this amazingly massive thing that is so huge compared to puny human engineering capabilities. It's not so much that the amount of heat represented is so vast beyond human experience. It's that it's stored for a very, very long period of time and then released all at once.feedback

Brian Wilcox

Even though it's unlikely to happen in anybody's given lifetime, it will eventually happen. One of these things is going to blow, and it's going to be devastating.feedback

Phillip Larson - SpaceX

Sometimes the biggest challenges aren't the rocket science, but the political side of getting pragmatic engineering approaches to space exploration. I'm bullish on this pick. The top line flags - politician and climate - are not as serious when you look under the hood. He wants NASA to have a strong Earth science mission. And he wants to push the agency forward, including commercial. In current environment, this is a win for the space community.feedback

Kelvin Droegemeier

He absolutely believes the planet is warming, that [carbon dioxide] is a greenhouse gas, and that it contributes to warming.feedback

Suzanne Dodd - Nasa

One day we'll be looking for the signal and we won't hear it anymore.feedback

Suzanne Dodd - Nasa

I've had people ask me, you mean the mission is still going on? They assumed that it had stopped after it passed Neptune.feedback

Jeff Berner

That we're able to get a signal and extract data from it, to me, is just an amazing thing. It just got to show how well the spacecraft was built and how good the equipment that we have in the DSN is.feedback

Suzanne Dodd - Nasa

These scientists have had their instruments on for 40 years. Nobody wants to be the first one turned off.feedback

Randy Bresnik - Nasa

We're in your debt for the supreme dedication that you simply guys should the human mission of exploration.feedback

Peggy Whitson

I love working up here. It's one of the most gratifying jobs I've ever had. But the thing I've been thinking about the most, kind of been fantasising about a little bit, are foods that I want to make, vegetables that I want to sauté, things that I've missed up here.feedback

Marco Rubio

I just think it could be devastating for the space program. Obviously, being from Florida, I'm very sensitive to anything that slows up NASA and its mission.feedback

Jim Bridenstine

Mr. Speaker, global temperatures stopped rising 10 years ago, Global temperature changes, when they exist, correlate with Sun output and ocean cycles.feedback

Paul Chodas - Nasa

It's the closest that an asteroid this large has ever come to the Earth. So it's remarkable from that point of view. On the other hand, it's passing by at a safe distance, roughly 18 times the distance between the Earth and the moon. Space is littered with this stuff. And our job is to search for the ones that could be hazardous.feedback

Paul Chodas - Nasa

Florence isn't a hazard, but we are on the lookout for other ones that could pose a hazard to the Earth.feedback

Paul Chodas - Nasa

We know its orbit really well and we've projected into the future and we know that it can't approach much closer than this for at least a millennia. So it's safe to say that we are safe from a collision.feedback

Sarah Kendrew - European Space Agency

I thought I knew about rain (I lived in Britain for a long time!), but nothing could have prepared me for what we are seeing here at the moment. Every time I think we're through the worst of the storm and it can't possibly rain any more, another wave hits us with relentless rain, and often violent thunder and lightning.feedback

Sarah Kendrew - European Space Agency

It's been challenging at times to concentrate on work whilst our phones are sounding emergency flood and tornado alerts several times an hour, and knowing that people just miles from our desks, maybe even family or friends, are in danger and possibly losing their homes.feedback

Royce Renfrew

This event will become yet another item of lore in the long history of flight operations for young flight controllers to learn from.feedback

Bill Jeffs - Nasa

All backup facility systems required to maintain the telescope have been checked and readied for use if necessary.feedback

David Pescovitz

It was absolutely sublime. The quality was like nothing we'd ever heard.feedback

David Pescovitz

It came to the point where I was calling Papua New Guinea at 2 o'clock in the morning, and working with amazing ethnomusicologists around the world to try to track down as much information as possible, to find out about who these people were, what the music was, who collected it and when.feedback

David Pescovitz

When you're seven years old and you hear that there's a group of people who are creating a phonograph record that's actually a message to extraterrestrials and attaching it to two space probes and launching it into the solar system and beyond–it sparks the imagination. That stuck with me.feedback

Bonnie Patten

Marketing products as having the ability to treat diseases and disorders not only violates established law but is a terribly deceptive marketing ploy that is being used by Goop to exploit women for its own financial gain. Goop needs to stop its misleading profits-over-people marketing immediately.feedback

Zoe Cormier

Don’t wait for astronauts to show us how to recycle bodily waste into useful products. Here’s how you can extract value from your own liquid assets now. Scientists in South Carolina have this week described how astronauts of the future could recycle their own urine, breath and other forms of waste into useful products, such as fuel, nutrients, clean drinking water, and even polymer plastics.feedback

Elon Musk - Tesla Motors

First picture of SpaceX spacesuit. More in days to follow. Worth noting that this actually works (not a mockup). Already tested to double vacuum pressure. Was incredibly hard to balance esthetics [sic] and function. Easy to do either separately.feedback

Andy Stein

This is just too perfect. Congratulations. You have won the entire internet.feedback

Ryan Detrick - LPL Financial

Are the stars aligned for a major equity correction due to the eclipse? Fortunately, when a total solar eclipse has been seen in the U.S. since 1900, equity prices are up 17.2 percent a year later. So it appears our biggest worry isn't what stocks might do, but whether those glasses we bought online are officially approved by NASA.feedback

Ryan Detrick - LPL Financial

Using data from NASA back to 1900 shows that it has been 26 years since the last total eclipse was visible in one of the 50 U.S. states, which more than doubled the previous longest streak of 11 years. Also, if you miss this one, you'll have to wait another six years for the next one.feedback

Julien Barbier

We have some students who have found jobs at NASA and Google. These are proof points of the result–of what you can achieve by going through this type of education.feedback

Angela Speck

It's no different than any other day. On a normal day your pets don't try to look at the sun and therefore don't damage their eyes, so on this day they're not going to do it either.feedback

Jen Winter

There is a lot of doubt in the water. Our product is quality – we sell to NASA, our filters are in space – but everyone is terrified and questioning absolutely everything. This will have an enormous financial impact, not just on us but our entire industry.feedback

Alex Young

While NASA isn't trying to be the eclipse safety glasses 'police,' it's our duty to inform the public about safe ways to view what should be a spectacular sky show for the entire continental United States. It's important that individuals take the responsibility to check they have the proper solar eclipse viewing glasses. With the eclipse a month away today, it's prudent to practice ahead of time.feedback

Garry Hunt

It's marvellous to think this archive is still here and still being used. Being involved so long ago – we started the mission 50 years ago – and this is still of interest … it's exciting. This was a starting point and this information will be used time and time again. Voyager was the first real mission that involved the pubic, kept the public informed, the involvement with the media was phenomenal and I'm very proud that happened. I'm pleased that other missions continue to do so.feedback

Carl Murray

I think about Voyager all the time because they were the pathfinders essentially. They taught us how to send multi-instrument spacecraft to the outer solar system.feedback

Garry Hunt

Yes, we saw the pictures on everything from chopstick boxes to posters on the underground.feedback

Carl Murray

In those days planetary exploration was something that Nasa did and the UK didn't really get involved in. But the fact that Garry was involved meant that other people could get involved. This has blossomed now if we think of missions like Rosetta and Cassini and the forthcoming Juice mission, all with massive UK involvement. It made us think that the UK does planets, Europe does planets – it's not just Nasa.feedback

Carl Murray

When I worked at Cornell, I realised that a lot of the images on the record were taken around upstate New York [near the university]: the local supermarket and all these places I knew. So I had this fantasy that sometime in the future when the aliens pick up the Voyager spacecraft, learn how to read the disc and come back looking for all these locations and one day the aliens will land in upstate New York.feedback

Garry Hunt

It is like holiday snaps but showing them to friends and saying well that's really interesting, I think I'll make my next holiday around that.feedback

Scott Mair - AT&T

We used NASA information to identify the places where the full eclipse would be the longest, and then used that information to look at cities that were planning events.feedback

Peter Iosifidis

When you look at traditional supersonic airplanes, they weren't designed for a low sonic boom. They were designed for speed, and some might argue, efficiency.feedback

Ronald Dantowitz

Enjoying totality by eye is more rewarding. There is much to see: stars during the daytime, the million-degree solar corona, and seeing the sun blacked out during the daytime.feedback

Jim Greene - Nasa

It's really quite an outstanding astrobiology and planetary protection experiment.feedback

Gavin Schmidt

People don't realize, but there's an enormous amount of data that has never been put into digital archives.feedback

Gavin Schmidt

I know people think the global temperature is just some number we go measure somewhere. It's not. The more information we have, the bigger the data set we have, the more confidence we can have in our findings.feedback

Ernie Wright - Nasa

There's a whole swath that's within a tenth of a second of the longest duration.feedback

Ernie Wright - Nasa

When it hits the edge of the Earth, it has to swoop around the whole curve, so it moves quite a bit faster.feedback

Joe McFarland

We can't possibly accommodate the thousands of people who'd like to stand here.feedback

Andrew Rush - Made in Space

This is an important milestone, because it means that we can now adaptively and on demand manufacture things in space. We have significantly de-risked that technology.feedback

Steve Jurczyk

We do believe that in-space robotic manufacturing and assembly is going to revolutionize the way we design and deploy and operate systems in space.feedback

Steve Jurczyk

That mission is just not doable right now, given the current launch vehicles and trying to fold things up and fit them in a launch vehicle shroud, in a single launch. It would take multiple launches of partially assembled systems, which would be expensive.feedback

Samuel Mukoma

NASA is not going to pay for our bills, I don't think it's a good move to tell people not to go to work actually ... we have been out of business for us for one week. I think they should tell people, to go back to work and wait for their next move.feedback

Robert Walker

We see Nasa in an exploration role, in deep space research. Earth-centric science is better placed at other agencies where it is their prime mission. My guess is that it would be difficult to stop all ongoing Nasa programs but future programs should definitely be placed with other agencies. I believe that climate research is necessary but it has been heavily politicized, which has undermined a lot of the work that researchers have been doing. Mr Trump's decisions will be based upon solid science, not politicized science.feedback

Glen Nagle

I'm going to be here for 24 hours and I won't be sleeping. We're going to be responsible for capturing Cassini's last breath of data. It'll be a bittersweet moment. Nasa can't do it without us because the other stations are completely facing in the wrong direction. Saturn will be in our skies, our field of view. It's literally the way the planets have aligned.feedback

Glen Nagle

When Nasa saw that, they flipped the switch to Australia and 600 million people around the world watched Neil come down the ladder, put his left foot on the surface of the moon and say, One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. I was an eight-year-old kid sitting in front of the television, glued to the screen, watching humans walk on the moon in glorious black and white. I had no idea that 40 years later I'd be working at the place where I can look out of my window at the dish that brought me those pictures.feedback

Scott Edginton

We have to dispose of the spacecraft safely. So our navigators came up with this series of grand finale orbits, flying through the gap between the planet and the rings, and eventually ending in Saturn's atmosphere. When the scientists saw that plan they were like, Wow, this is unexplored territory, we're going to learn so many new things.' So starting April this year we entered into the grand finale orbits. It's hard to believe we're almost done.feedback

Glen Nagle

Right now Voyager 1 is roughly 20.7bn km away and moving further away by about 1.4million km every day. That's about four and a quarter times further away than Pluto. So it's way out there. It takes over 30 hours to get a signal there and back.feedback

Glen Nagle

You could throw a football field into it. Spacecraft receive and transmit data as digital ones and zeros. It's the same way that your phone receives a radio signal before your phone's software turns it back into a picture, it's just those ones and zeros. We don't know whether the stream we're receiving is a beautiful picture or some instrument data or some engineering data or whatever it is.feedback

Matthew Purdie

I like being part of history and science. I like the fact that I've been here for landings and launchings and things like that. Years ago they used to go around to each of the stations and ask for a 'Go? No go?', so you'd have to say, DSS45 is a go!' That was so cool, I loved doing that. They don't do that any more.feedback

Glen Nagle

Nasa can't do it without us because the other stations are completely facing in the wrong direction. Saturn will be in our skies, our field of view. It's literally the way the planets have aligned.feedback

Glen Nagle

They're literally too close for us. We just talk to the missions that have headed out across the solar system. Nasa's original intention was to use their dish in California to transmit the pictures to the world and show America winning the space race. When Neil came out of the spacecraft the first thing he needed to do was switch on a camera which was mounted upside down so that he could later pick it up with his big, gloved hand. Nasa were going to flip the picture but the video technician called in sick that day and his backup forgot.feedback

Glen Nagle

The dish out the front is the one from Honeysuckle Creek that received and relayed to the whole world the first pictures of Neil Armstrong walking on the moon in 1969.feedback

Greg Boyd

I love the science. When I first started I was into everything. We used to have these things called twixes, well before we had emails. They were advisories about what was happening and I'd be reading all this groovy stuff that's going on.feedback

Glen Nagle

I was an eight-year-old kid sitting in front of the television, glued to the screen, watching humans walk on the moon in glorious black and white. I had no idea that 40 years later I'd be working at the place where I can look out of my window at the dish that brought me those pictures.feedback

Glen Nagle

Cassini's going to end its life as a shooting star in the atmosphere of a giant ringed world. There's no more poetic way for a spacecraft to finish what has been a magnificent mission.feedback

Glen Nagle

At the present time we, Earth, have about 30 missions in the solar system, so about 40 individual spacecraft. We communicate with them using radio waves – the invisible part of the electromagnetic spectrum.feedback

Matthew Purdie

We refer to ourselves as coiled springs. We're sort of employed to handle things when they go wrong. Most of the time we're looking for green on our screens. If everything's green we're good; if it goes orange or red we're in trouble.feedback

Felix Oduor

This is just a warm-up. Tomorrow we will go to State House and they can kill us there.feedback

Sylvia Acevedo

When you're first selling and you're selling to family and friends, everyone says yes. I still hadn't met my goals so I realized I was going to have to talk to people I didn't know and introduce myself and introduce them to Girl Scouts.feedback

Sylvia Acevedo

They all loved me. I did that on my own dime but I wasn't going to take no because I knew I had the skill set.feedback

Sylvia Acevedo

When selling Girl Scout cookies, I would add up the numbers until I would get to that total and it made me feel really good at adding numbers. The Girl Scouts cookies program is more than just selling boxes of cookies. It really teaches you so much about setting goals objectives and how to have good business sense. Those are the kind of skills that stay with you your whole life.feedback

Sylvia Acevedo

When I got into Girl Scouts I really loved it. We were planning all the activities we were going to do. I thought, Sell cookies? If you are a kid who's living in poverty and living paycheck to paycheck, you don't know how to create opportunities. You set your goals, you set your determination, you got your drive and you just go and make it happen. It resonated with me because of what my troop leader had taught me: You can create your own opportunities, you can set your goals, you can break down what you need to accomplish ... and then just achieve them.feedback

Sylvia Acevedo

I just grabbed the presentation and I said, If you want this data and this information, it comes with me' and so they ended up having to hire me.feedback

James Orengo

These characters look like they are from heaven but they also have a past. Going to court is not an alternative, we have been there before. Every time an election has been stolen, the Kenyan people have stood up to make sure changes are made to make Kenya a better place. No force on earth can go against a people united. Therefore nobody should think this is the end of the matter and nobody should make us feel guilty that we have got constitutional alternatives in interrogating the decision that has been made by this commission that is a great tragedy.feedback

James Orengo

Every time an election has been stolen … Kenyans have stood up.feedback

Emma Gordon - Verisk Maplecroft

NASA's outright declaration that Odinga is the rightful winner raises the risk of further violence in opposition areas should the IEBC confirm Kenyatta's victory.feedback

Bill Cooke

When you go out tomorrow night, the meteors you will see will be the material that left that comet around the time of the Civil War or before.feedback

Bill Cooke

Observers this year could probably expect to see one about every couple of minutes.feedback

Bill Cooke

The Leonids have produced the ones that led people to think the world was going to end. Imagine going outside in 1833 and seeing tens of meteors per second.feedback

Florence Tan - Nasa

It's not just, Oh, I'm ready to send a command, just send an email to somebody.feedback

Florence Tan - Nasa

When I watch WALL-E, I definitely feel the same feeling that everybody feels, so I understand. When WALL-E was all alone ... I watched that movie and I shed a tear.feedback

Florence Tan - Nasa

In a nutshell, there is no scientific gain from the rover playing music or singing 'Happy Birthday' on Mars.feedback

Scott Berry

Pregnant women should smoke and drink liquor during the eclipse. This will prevent radioactive waves from making your ankles swell and being grouchy most of the time. Meanwhile, your other children will be on the school bus wondering why it got dark so early. An afternoon snack of potted meat will encourage them to ignore the end of the world as we know it.feedback

Scott Berry

It's the last day on Earth. You might as well go out with a bang, right? If you're going to die anyway, I mean, s‑‑‑, smoke and have a glass of wine. It'll be okay.feedback

Scott Berry

We have built an eclipse-proof bunker here, and when the dust settles and the zombies rise up, I will still be here.feedback

Scott Berry

I like to use the page for my little missives. I appreciate sarcasm as a form of communication, so I try to incorporate sarcasm at appropriate times.feedback

Scott Berry

Have you ever had a RaisinO? I mean, have you ever seen that sad cereal? Man, I'm telling you – in our grocery store here, it's about seven years old. Nobody has bought a bag of RaisinOs – nobody's going to eat CheeriBran or RaisinOs.feedback

Ralph Chou

Unfortunately, I think it is probably true that during every solar eclipse, there's bound to be somebody who does get hurt.feedback

Jack Davis

I may be 9 but I think I would be fit for the job. I am young so I can learn to think like an alien.feedback

Jim Green - Nasa

I hear you are a 'Guardian of the Galaxy' and that you're interested in being a NASA Planetary Protection Officer. That's great! It's about protecting Earth from tiny microbes when we bring back samples from the Moon, asteroids and Mars. It's also about protecting other planets and moons from our germs as we responsibly explore the Solar System.feedback

Jim Green - Nasa

It's about protecting Earth from tiny microbes when we bring back samples from the Moon, asteroids and Mars. It's also about protecting other planets and moons from our germs as we responsibly explore the Solar System. We are always looking for bright future scientists and engineers to help us, so I hope you will study hard and do well in school. We hope to see you here at NASA one of these days.feedback

Rick Fienberg

Going through life without ever experiencing totality, is like going through life without ever falling in love.feedback

Jim Green - Nasa

At NASA, we love to teach kids about space and inspire them to be the next generation of explorers. Think of it as a gravity assist -- a boost that may positively and forever change a person's course in life, and our footprint in the universe. It's about protecting Earth from tiny microbes when we bring back samples from the moon, asteroids and Mars. It's also about protecting other planets and moons from our germs as we responsibly explore the solar system.feedback

Jacqueline Faherty

This is the continuation of a cycle. You get lunar eclipses when you have full moons, and you have solar eclipses when you have new moons.feedback

Sylvia Acevedo

If I can cook, I can be an engineer. Girl Scouts gave me that early confidence of being competent to talk about money, talk about what I deserve and not taking no for an answer.feedback

Sylvia Acevedo

That's something that we really are focusing on, the U.S. needs to have a STEM-ready workforce. We are not just doing it for the girls, we're doing it for America.feedback

Sylvia Acevedo

I had an 'aha' moment when I was a young girl and my troop leader saw me looking at the stars. Later on, when we were choosing our badges, she encouraged me to get my science badge.feedback

Catharine Conley - Nasa

It's a moderate level. It's not extremely careful, but it's not extremely lax.feedback

Alexander MacDonald - Nasa

The Apollo program should not be seen as the classic model of American space exploration, but rather as an anomaly.feedback

Alexander MacDonald - Nasa

Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are really following their own intrinsic motivations; they want their own futures in space. What's different from them to [philanthropist] Andrew Carnegie or [Smithsonian director] Charles Abbot? The best mechanism for achieving their motivations is a corporation. The Carnegie model was make all your money and donate it through a philanthropic foundation. These guys are still in their forties. They intend to be in the game of trying to advance our activity in space for the rest of their lives.feedback

Alexander MacDonald - Nasa

In the long historical perspective, the American movement out into space is much more than the story of 'one giant leap' by its government in service of geopolitical competition; it is a cumulative story of the many small steps of its people.feedback

Sarah Hörst

They're fundamental to life as we know it. They may be fundamental to life as we don't know it, if only because they're the most abundant elements in the universe.feedback

Sarah Hörst

I suspect that some people in the community will be like, great, another organic molecule in Titan's atmosphere–surprise, surprise. The thing that people really don't understand is that this chemistry is uniquely complicated. There really just aren't other places in the solar system where the atmosphere is doing chemistry that is this complex.feedback

Bill Pratt - Lockheed Martin

It is easy to take things for granted when you are living at home, but the recently selected astronauts will face unique challenges. Something as simple as calling your family is completely different when you are outside of low Earth orbit. While building this habitat, we have to operate in a different mindset that's more akin to long trips to Mars to ensure we keep them safe, healthy and productive. Making use of existing capabilities will be a guiding philosophy for Lockheed Martin to minimise development time and meet NASA's affordability goals.feedback

Rick Fienberg

We started collecting additional paperwork and what do you know–some don't have complete ISO paperwork. Some of them are in the process of trying to fix it and others have stopped talking to us. It's a moving target.feedback

Jason Lewin

[Counterfeiting] isn't new to Amazon but this isn't fidget spinners. These are supposed to be things to keep you safe.feedback

Jason Lewin

Hopefully what theyve done, putting a policy in place, will do something. Anything will help. It will all come down to the next couple of weeks.feedback

Andrew Lunt

All the testing I've done have shown that the products are very bright but are not unsafe. The IP is getting ripped off, but the good news is there are no long-term harmful effects. Just today I got a call for someone looking for 125,000 glasses. When we start running out and we will, people will buy anything.feedback

Andrew Lunt

In Germany, people were rioting in the street because the government mandated people without glasses had to stay indoors.feedback

Rick Fienberg

I'm going to list companies I know for sure are selling safe glasses and the way I know for sure is I've talked not just to them but the manufacturers that are supplying them. We know they have been tested and we've handled them ourselves.feedback

Rick Fienberg

Everything was going along fine until the public started to wake up to the eclipse and started buying things that may or may not be safe. Now they are peppering us and NASA with questions.feedback

Rick Fienberg

I have their samples. I have their ISO certification and it is deficient. It is not complete.feedback

Bill Pratt - Lockheed Martin

It's a steppingstone to the actual flight vehicle and pretty representative of the actual thing that flies.feedback

Peter Coen

That's going to make it possible for companies to offer competitive products in the future.feedback

Bill Pratt - Lockheed Martin

We are excited to work with NASA to repurpose a historic piece of flight hardware. While building this habitat, we have to operate in a different mindset that is more akin to long trips to Mars . Because the Deep Space Gateway would be uninhabited for several months at a time, it has to be rugged, reliable, and have the robotic capabilities to operate autonomously. Essentially it is a robotic spacecraft that is well-suited for humans when Orion is present.feedback

Jack Fischer - Nasa

People have asked me what a 'burrito of awesomeness smothered in awesome sauce' is... Well folks, it looks like this… awesome sauce is green.feedback

Shuai Li

The growing evidence for water inside the moon suggest that water did somehow survive, or that it was brought in shortly after the impact by asteroids or comets before the moon had completely solidified. The exact origin of water in the lunar interior is still a big question.feedback

Shuai Li

Other studies have suggested the presence of water ice in shadowed regions at the lunar poles, but the pyroclastic deposits are at locations that may be easier to access. Anything that helps save future lunar explorers from having to bring lots of water from home is a big step forward, and our results suggest a new alternative. The exact origin of water in the lunar interior is still a big question.feedback

Cassandra Hatton - Sotheby's

What makes it so special is that it was on the first lunar landing, used by the first man on the moon to bring back the first samples. So you always have this fascination with the 'first' things. Also the fact that it's not normally something that would be in private hands.feedback

Cassandra Hatton - Sotheby's

We typically don't see such a full sales room, but people really came out. We had people come in bringing their kids who love space and want to be astronauts.feedback

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

Alex Young

These things block out such a huge amount of light they're hundreds of thousands of times stronger than regular sunglasses. When you look outside you only see the sun.feedback

Alex Young

You definitely don't even want to wear them driving.feedback

Alex Young

Even when 99 percent of the sun is blocked out by the moon, the amount of light is still 10,000 times stronger than a full moon. So even when there's 1 percent of the sun still visible, it's still too bright. These are not sunglasses. I've certainly read some really bad bits of misinformation. You can't–I don't even know where this came from–but you can't use old film negative. That's just completely wrong. You don't even want to wear them walking around.feedback

Matt Barrie - Freelancer.com

The theory is that there will be a lot of people who have expertise in folding techniques or origami and [Nasa] want to find a very efficient way to pack a radiation shield. Nasa want something that is sufficiently packed and compact so that when you actually land on a planet you can expand it and it will provide maximum efficiency and protection from radiation.feedback

Helen O'Brien

Origami is fantastic – the way that the intricate structures can be produced in such a small volume, but then also can be deployed to something that is really huge. There is no reason why that kind of [approach] cannot be used to provide innovative and low mass shielding for space missions in the future.feedback

Helen O'Brien

Essentially cosmic rays and other solar radiation can be very damaging to both people and electronics.feedback

Matt Barrie - Freelancer.com

The whole premise is that by tapping into the minds of millions of people we will hopefully find unexpected solutions to problems that Nasa internally couldn't come up with.feedback

Kenneth Farley

So, the evidence is that Mars was different billions of years ago. Not thousands of years ago.feedback

Kenneth Farley

I would say that is extremely unlikely. Thank you for the good job you're doing. God bless.feedback

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

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