Wernher von Braun, fully Wernher Magnus Maximilian, Freiherr von Braun

Wernher von
Braun, fully Wernher Magnus Maximilian, Freiherr von Braun
1912
1977

German-American Rocket Scientist, Aerospace Engineer, Space Architect and Developer of Rocket Technology

Author Quotes

It [space travel] will free man from his remaining chains, the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet. It will open to him the gates of heaven.

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.

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.

You can’t have a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.

A human being is the best computer available to place in a spacecraft. . . It is also the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor.

Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft, and the only one that can be mass produced with unskilled labor

Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing.

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?

Can a physicist visualize an electron? The electron is materially inconceivable and yet, it is so perfectly known through its effects that we use it to illuminate our cities, guide our airlines through the night skies and take the most accurate measurements. What strange rationale makes some physicists accept the inconceivable electrons as real while refusing to accept the reality of a Designer on the ground that they cannot conceive Him?

My friends there was dancing here in the streets of Huntsville when our first satellite orbited the earth. There was dancing again when the first Americans landed on the moon. I'd like to ask you, don't hang up your dancing slippers.

Crash programs fail because they are based on the theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby a month.

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. Nothing disappears without a trace.

Development of the space station is as inevitable as the rising of the sun; man has already poked his nose into space and he is not likely to pull it back. There can be no thought of finishing, for aiming at the stars—both literally and figuratively—is the work of generations, and no matter how much progress one makes, there is always the thrill of just beginning.

One good test is worth a thousand expert opinions.

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.

Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity.

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.

Our two greatest problems are gravity and paper work. We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.

For my confirmation, I didn't get a watch and my first pair of long pants, like most Lutheran boys. I got a telescope. My mother thought it would make the best gift.

Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.

I believe in an immortal soul. Science has proved that nothing disintegrates into nothingness. Life and soul, therefore, cannot disintegrate into nothingness, and so are immortal.

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.

I have learned to use the word impossible with the greatest caution.

The best computer is a man, and it's the only one that can be mass-produced by unskilled labor

I only hope that we shall not wait to adopt the program until after our astronomers have reported a new and unsuspected aster[oid] moving across their fields of vision with menacing speed. At that point it will be too late!

Author Picture
First Name
Wernher von
Last Name
Braun, fully Wernher Magnus Maximilian, Freiherr von Braun
Birth Date
1912
Death Date
1977
Bio

German-American Rocket Scientist, Aerospace Engineer, Space Architect and Developer of Rocket Technology