HARVARD SQUARE COMMENTARY

April 28, 2008
Wisdom from Polonius

Space


Arthur Koestler

Space-ships and time machines are no escape from the human condition. Let Othello subject Desdemona to a lie-detector test; his jealousy will still blind him to the evidence. Let Oedipus triumph over gravity; he won’t triumph over his fate.


Sir Fred Hoyle

Space isn’t remote at all. It’s only an hour’s drive away if your car could go straight upwards.


James S. McDonnell (builder of Mercury and Gemini space capsules)

The creative conquest of space will serve as a wonderful substitute for war.


Christa McAuliffe

I cannot join the space program and restart my life as an astronaut, but this opportunity to connect my abilities as an educator with my interests in history and space is a unique opportunity to fulfill my early fantasies.


Gene Roddenberry

Space—the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.


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