Wernher von Braun

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

Wernher von Braun (23 March 191216 June 1977) was a German rocket scientist and astronautics engineer who was one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in Germany and the United States.

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  • We knew that we had created a new means of warfare, and the question as to what nation, to what victorious nation we were willing to entrust this brainchild of ours was a moral decision more than anything else. We wanted to see the world spared another conflict such as Germany had just been through, and we felt that only by surrendering such a weapon to people who are guided by the Bible could such an assurance to the world be best secured.
    • Arts & Entertainment, Biography (1959–1961 series). Mike Wallace, television biography of Wernher von Braun, video clip of the press statement. (May 1945)
  • Don't tell me that man doesn't belong out there. Man belongs wherever he wants to go — and he'll do plenty well when he gets there.
    • Time magazine (17 February 1958)
  • Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation. Everything science has taught me, and continues to teach me, strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death.
    • As quoted in Gravity's Rainbow (1973) by Thomas Pynchon; also quoted as: Everything science has taught me— and continues to teach me— strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death. Nothing disappears without a trace.
  • For me, the idea of a creation is not conceivable without invoking the necessity of design. One cannot be exposed to the law and order of the universe without concluding that there must be design and purpose behind it all.
    • From a letter to the California State board of Education (14 September 1972)
  • My experiences with science led me to God. They challenge science to prove the existence of God. But must we really light a candle to see the sun?
    • From a letter to the California State board of Education (14 September 1972)
  • It is in scientific honesty that I endorse the presentation of alternative theories for the origin of the universe, life and man in the science classroom. It would be an error to overlook the possibility that the universe was planned rather than happening by chance.
    • From a letter to the California State board of Education (14 September 1972)
  • Science does not have a moral dimension. It is like a knife. If you give it to a surgeon or a murderer, each will use it differently.
    • Quoted in "Juan Yong Ying Yu Ming Yan‎" - Page 242 - by Xi-ya Ma - 2007
  • If our intention had been merely to bring back a handful of soil and rocks from the lunar gravel pit and then forget the whole thing, we would certainly be history's biggest fools.
    • Speech, 15 July 1969, quoted in "Of a Fire on the Moon", Norman Mailer 1970
  • The materialists of the nineteenth century and their Marxist heirs of the twentieth, tried to tell us that, as science gives us more knowledge about the creation, we could live without faith in a Creator. Yet so far, with every new answer, we have discovered new questions. The better we understand . . . the master plan for the galaxies, the more reason we have found to marvel at the wonder of God’s creation.
    • Cited in The Watchtower magazine, article: Basis for an Assured Faith, 6/15, 1981.
  • Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing.
    • In an interview in the New York Times, 16 December 1957, cited in a footnote on page 32 of "Work, Society, and Culture" by Yves Reni Marie Simon, and also in a footnote (in German) on page 360 of "Vita activa oder Vom taetigen Leben" by Hannah Arend (1981)
      Variants: Basic research is when I'm doing what I don't know I'm doing.
      Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.
      Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing.

About Wernher von Braun[edit]

  • "Once the rockets are up
    who cares where they come down
    that's not my department,"
    says Wernher von Braun.

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