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

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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!

The greatest gain from space travel consists in the extension of our knowledge. In a hundred years this newly won knowledge will pay huge and unexpected dividends.

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. But that is not our intention now—it never will be. What we are seeking in tomorrow’s [Apollo 11] trip is indeed that key to our future on earth. We are expanding the mind of man. We are extending this God-given brain and these God-given hands to their outermost limits and in so doing all mankind will benefit. All mankind will reap the harvest…. What we will have attained when Neil Armstrong steps down upon the moon is a completely new step in the evolution of man.

There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program -- your tax-dollar will go further.

I'm convinced that before the year 2000 is over, the first child will have been born on the moon.

Upon surrendering with his rocket team to the Americans in 1945: 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.

In this age of space flight, when we use the modern tools of science to advance into new regions of human activity, the Bible ... this grandiose, stirring history of the gradual revelation and unfolding of the moral law ... remains in every way an up-to-date book. Our knowledge and use of the laws of nature that enable us to fly to the Moon also enable us to destroy our home planet with the atom bomb. Science itself does not address the question whether we should use the power at our disposal for good or for evil. The guidelines of what we ought to do are furnished in the moral law of God. It is no longer enough that we pray that God may be with us on our side. We must learn again that we may be on God's side.

We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.

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?

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First Name
Wernher von
Last Name
Braun, fully Wernher Magnus Maximilian, Freiherr von Braun
Birth Date
1912
Death Date
1977
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German-American Rocket Scientist, Aerospace Engineer, Space Architect and Developer of Rocket Technology