Alan Bean (Former NASA Astronaut; b. 1932 - )
"I hope I'm still alive to see an expedition set off for Mars."
James Gunn (American author; b. 1923 - )
"Is there life on Mars?" "No, not there either."
Russian saying popular in the Soviet period, trans. by Vladimir Ivanovich Shlyakov (1993)
"I think humans will reach Mars, and I would like to see it happen in my lifetime."
Buzz Aldrin (NASA Astronaut; b 1930 - )
"Mars is there, waiting to be reached."
Buzz Aldrin (Former NASA Astronaut; b 1930 - )
"Suppose that an inhabitant of Venus or Mars were to contemplate us from the height of a mountain, and watch the little black specks that we form in space, as we come and go in the streets and squares of our towns. Would the mere sight of our movements, our buildings, machines, and canals, convey to him any precise idea of our morality, intellect, our manner of thinking and loving, and hopingin a word, of our real and intimate self? All he could do, like ourselves when we gaze at the hive, would be to take note of some facts that seem very surprising; and from these facts to deduce conclusions probably no less erroneous, no less uncertain, than those we choose to form concerning the bee."
Maurice Maeterlinck (Belgian author. The Life of the Bee, ch. 2; 1862 1949)
"I have been watching and drawing the surface of Mars. It is wonderfully full of detail. There is certainly no question about there being mountains and large greatly elevated plateaus."
Edward E. Barnard (Astronomer and Bruce Medalist; 1857 - 1923)
"And someday people will tire a little bit of the space station and they'll say let's quit going to the space station and go to Mars, or go back to the Moon."
Alan Bean (Former NASA Astronaut; b. 1932 - )
"Human beings will be happiernot when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. Thats my utopia."
Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (American Novelist; b. 1922)
I used to believe there were people on Mars, and of course now we know there aren't. Mars held particular interest. I was curious what kind of beings they would look like.
Clyde Tombaugh (American astronomer - Discoverer of Pluto; 1906 - 1997)
I would truly love to see us go back to the Moon and on to Mars; certainly the shuttle is not the right vehicle to make that happen.
Robert Crippen (Former NASA Astronaut; b. 1937 - )
"Ironic, isnt it? The mind of man, wherever you encounter itEarth or Marsthe highest attainments of human intellect, always diverted to self-destruction."
Kurt Neumann (German screenwriter; 1906 1958)Dr. Carl Eckstrom (John Emery), Rocketship X-M, on discovering the ruins of a great Martian civilization, wiped out by atomic war (1950).
"It is warm enough for life in the moon. Mars is undoubtedly a better candidate because it's larger and has more internal heat."
Thomas Gold (American Astronomer; 1920 - 2004)
"I can remember in early elementary school when the Russians launched the first satellite. There was still so much unknown about space. People thought Mars was probably populated."
Christa McAuliffe (1st NASA teacher in Space - diead aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger; 1948 - 1986)
"We can come up with a working definition of life, which is what we did for the Viking mission to Mars. We said we could think in terms of a large molecule made up of carbon compounds that can replicate, or make copies of itself, and metabolize food and energy. So thats the thought: macrocolecule, metabolism, replication."
Cyril Ponnamperuma (Sri Lankan / U.S. scientist; b. 1923)
"When we see the shadow on our images, are we seeing the time 11 minutes ago on Mars? Or are we seeing the time on Mars as observed from Earth now? It's like time travel problems in science fiction. When is now; when was then?"
Bill Nye (American television program host, scientist, and mechanical engineer; b. 1955 - )
"I don't go along with going to Moon first to build a launch pad to go to Mars. We should go to Mars from Earth orbit. We have already been to the Moon; we've already practiced."
Wally Schirra (Former NASA Astronaut; b. 1923 - )
"The Heavens. Once an object of superstition, awe and fear. Now a vast region for growing knowledge. The distance of Venus, the atmosphere of Mars, the size of Jupiter, and the speed of Mercury. All this and more we know. But their greatest mystery the heavens have kept a secret. What sort of life, if any, inhabits these other planets? Human life, like ours? Or life extremely lower in the scale. Or dangerously higher."
Richard Blake, and William Cameron Menzies, Narrator, Invaders from Mars, at the opening of the movie (1953).
"It's going to be a bummer if Mars turns out to be like us."
Newt Gingrich (American politician; b. 1943 - )
"I'm moving to Mars next week, so if you have any boxes."
Steven Wright (American Comedian; b. 1955 - )