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Michael Collins
(31 Oct 1930 - )

American astronaut.


Science Quotes by Michael Collins (10 quotes)

And don’t forget one in the command module.... And thanks for putting me on relay, Houston. I was missing all the action.
— Michael Collins
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Science quotes on:  |  Action (184)  |  Command (26)  |  Forget (61)  |  Houston (5)  |  Miss (26)  |  Module (2)  |  Thank (12)

Houston, Apollo 11… I’ve got the world in my window.
— Michael Collins
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Science quotes on:  |  Apollo (7)  |  Houston (5)  |  Window (40)  |  World (877)

I think a future flight should include a poet, a priest and a philosopher… we might get a much better idea of what we saw.
— Michael Collins
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Science quotes on:  |  Better (185)  |  Flight (63)  |  Future (283)  |  Idea (573)  |  Include (39)  |  Philosopher (163)  |  Poet (78)  |  Priest (19)  |  See (368)  |  Think (338)

It’s human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it’s an imperative.
— Michael Collins
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Science quotes on:  |  Choice (78)  |  Exploration (122)  |  Human Nature (60)  |  Imperative (11)  |  Really (78)  |  See (368)  |  Stretch (18)  |  Understand (320)

It’s not quite as exhilarating a feeling as orbiting the earth, but it’s close. In addition, it has an exotic, bizarre quality due entirely to the nature of the surface below. The earth from orbit is a delight - offering visual variety and an emotional feeling of belonging “down there.” Not so with this withered, sun-seared peach pit out of my window. There is no comfort to it; it is too stark and barren; its invitation is monotonous and meant for geologists only.
— Michael Collins
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Science quotes on:  |  Addition (28)  |  Barren (15)  |  Belong (53)  |  Below (23)  |  Bizarre (6)  |  Close (66)  |  Comfort (49)  |  Delight (64)  |  Down (86)  |  Due (19)  |  Earth (632)  |  Emotional (16)  |  Entirely (32)  |  Exhilarating (3)  |  Exotic (6)  |  Feel (164)  |  Geologist (47)  |  Invitation (10)  |  Mean (101)  |  Monotonous (3)  |  Nature (1199)  |  Offer (40)  |  Orbit (69)  |  Peach (3)  |  Pit (13)  |  Quality (92)  |  Sear (2)  |  Stark (3)  |  Sun (276)  |  Surface (100)  |  Variety (69)  |  Visual (15)  |  Window (40)  |  Wither (8)

This beast is best felt. Shake, rattle, and roll. We are thrown left and right against our straps in spasmodic little jerks. It is steering like crazy, like a nervous lady driving a wide car down a narrow alley, and I just hope it knows where it’s going, because for the first ten seconds we are perilously close to that umbilical tower.
— Michael Collins
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Science quotes on:  |  Alley (2)  |  Beast (38)  |  Best (166)  |  Car (27)  |  Close (66)  |  Crazy (16)  |  Down (86)  |  Drive (54)  |  Feel (164)  |  First (306)  |  Hope (174)  |  Know (536)  |  Lady (11)  |  Leave (126)  |  Little (182)  |  Narrow (47)  |  Nervous (7)  |  Rattle (2)  |  Right (192)  |  Roll (16)  |  Second (57)  |  Shake (29)  |  Spasmodic (2)  |  Steer (4)  |  Strap (3)  |  Throw (43)  |  Tower (17)  |  Wide (27)

To go places and do things that have never been done before - that’s what living is all about.
— Michael Collins
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Science quotes on:  |  Live (266)  |  Place (171)

We are gliding across the world in total silence, with absolute smoothness; a motion of stately grace which makes me feel godlike as I stand erect in my sideways chariot, cruising the night sky.
— Michael Collins
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Science quotes on:  |  Absolute (96)  |  Across (32)  |  Chariot (5)  |  Cruise (2)  |  Erect (6)  |  Feel (164)  |  Glide (4)  |  Godlike (3)  |  Grace (17)  |  Motion (157)  |  Night (117)  |  Sideways (2)  |  Silence (43)  |  Sky (124)  |  Smoothness (3)  |  Stand (106)  |  Stately (9)  |  Total (36)  |  World (877)

We have taken to the Moon the wealth of this nation,
the vision of its political leaders,
the intelligence of its scientists,
the dedication of its engineers,
the careful craftsmanship of its workers,
and the enthusiastic support of its people.
We have brought back rocks, and I think it is a fair trade . . .
Man has always gone where he has been able to go. It’s that simple.
He will continue pushing back his frontier,
no matter how far it may carry him from his homeland.
— Michael Collins
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Science quotes on:  |  Back (103)  |  Bring (89)  |  Careful (24)  |  Carry (58)  |  Continue (62)  |  Craftsmanship (4)  |  Dedication (11)  |  Engineer (93)  |  Enthusiastic (5)  |  Fair (15)  |  Far (154)  |  Frontier (25)  |  Intelligence (164)  |  Leader (28)  |  Matter (336)  |  Moon (199)  |  Nation (132)  |  People (382)  |  Political (36)  |  Push (29)  |  Rock (125)  |  Scientist (511)  |  Simple (169)  |  Support (77)  |  Think (338)  |  Trade (30)  |  Vision (93)  |  Wealth (65)  |  Worker (30)

When the history of our galaxy is written, and for all any of us know it may already have been, if Earth gets mentioned at all it won’t be because its inhabitants visited their own moon. That first step, like a newborn’s cry, would be automatically assumed. What would be worth recording is what kind of civilization we earthlings created and whether or not we ventured out to other parts of the galaxy.
— Michael Collins
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Science quotes on:  |  Already (28)  |  Assume (35)  |  Automatically (5)  |  Civilization (174)  |  Create (146)  |  Cry (18)  |  Earth (632)  |  First (306)  |  Galaxy (45)  |  History (366)  |  Inhabitant (28)  |  Kind (137)  |  Know (536)  |  Mention (23)  |  Moon (199)  |  Newborn (3)  |  Part (216)  |  Record (67)  |  Step (108)  |  Venture (18)  |  Visit (25)  |  Worth (95)  |  Write (150)


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