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Alan Stern

American,  Scientist
Total Quotes : 98
Little Brother I Remember

At the time of Apollo 11, I was a grade-schooler, and I remember every time an Apollo mission would take place that, like a lot of little boys, I'd gather in front of the TV for hours and hours and hours with my little brother.

- Alan Stern

Career Actually Planetary

I actually started my career in planetary science with a master's thesis on Pluto.

- Alan Stern

Other Rather Another

Discovering that our solar system has many more planets than we ever expected, and that most of them are ice dwarfs rather than like Earth and the other rocky terrestrials, is just another step in the revolution in viewpoint that removed the Earth from the center of the physical universe and makes Earth all the more special.

- Alan Stern

Chance Atmosphere Models

By going to Pluto, we have a chance to anchor, with real data, models of the early evolution of Earth's atmosphere.

- Alan Stern

Innovation More Commercial

Competition-driven innovation and price pressure that commercial practices foster can only make human spaceflight ever more common and U.S. leadership in this domain ever clearer.

- Alan Stern

Having Access Suite

Having a diverse suite of U.S.-manned spaceflight systems to access space is inherently robust.

- Alan Stern

Work Deep Whatsoever

Even in our deep ocean, there are ecosystems at work with no light whatsoever down in the deepest portions of the oceanic abyss.

- Alan Stern

Moments Mission Every

Every mission has life-or-death moments.

- Alan Stern

Work Data Either

Either data supports the observations or they don't. Voting doesn't work in science.

- Alan Stern

Alone Human Beings Whether

Human beings have long wondered whether they are alone in the universe.

- Alan Stern

Going System Dig

Going to the Kuiper Belt is like an archaeological dig into the history of the solar system.

- Alan Stern

Small Half Fact

Pluto is still active four and a half billion years into its history. It was expected that small planets like Pluto would cool off long ago and not still be showing geological activity. Pluto is, in fact, showing numerous examples of geological activity on a massive scale across the planet.

- Alan Stern

Grow Think Imagine

I can't imagine how many kids around the world will look at pictures of Pluto and think, 'I want to grow up to be a scientist.'

- Alan Stern

Private Built Governments

Are governments the only entities that can build human spacecraft? No - actually, every human spacecraft ever built for NASA was built by private industry.

- Alan Stern

Next Rivers Based

A river is a river, independent of whether there are other rivers nearby. In science, we call things what they are based on their attributes, not what they're next to.

- Alan Stern

Fiction Show Some

It shouldn't be so difficult to determine what a planet is. When you're watching a science fiction show like 'Star Trek' and they show up at some object in space and turn on the viewfinder, the audience and the people in the show know immediately whether it's a planet or a star or a comet or an asteroid.

- Alan Stern

Flight Apollo Saw

During one of the Apollo missions, I saw Walter Cronkite showing off the flight plan. It just mesmerized me. All this detail! That's what I wanted.

- Alan Stern

Part Knew Least

When I started working with NASA in 1989 as part of a mission to send spacecraft to Pluto, I knew it would take at least 10-15 years to see results of my efforts.

- Alan Stern

Scientist Projects Before

As a scientist in charge of space sensors and entire space missions before I was at NASA, I myself was involved in projects that overran. But that's no excuse for remaining silent about this growing problem or failing to champion reform.

- Alan Stern

Exploration Commercial

CSF and its members believe strongly in the exploration of space of all kinds, including commercial purposes.

- Alan Stern