BEYOND "ONE SMALL STEP" -- SEVEN THOUGHTS FROM THE MOONMEN

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Compared to their wild adventures, Apollo astronauts seemed like dull guys. “One small step. . .” and “Houston, we have a problem” were the best they could do to sum up their amazing voyages. But back on earth, astronauts found their voices.  Here are some of the wisest statements made by the men who walked on the moon.

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”From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty.  You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.'” — Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14

“My father was born shortly after the Wright Brothers.  He could barely believe that I went to the moon.  But my son Tom was five, and he didn’t think it was any big deal.” — Charles Duke, Apollo 16.

“I felt that I was literally standing out there on a plateau in space, a plateau that science and technology had allowed me to get to, but now what I was seeing, and even more what I was feeling, at that moment in time, science and technology had no answers for.”  — Eugene Cernan, Apollo 17

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“Since that time, I have not complained about the weather one single time. I’m glad there is weather. I’ve not complained about traffic, I’m glad there’s people around… Boy, we’re lucky to be here. Why do people complain about the earth?  We are living in the Garden of Eden.”– Alan Bean, Apollo 12

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“The earth must become as it appears — blue and white.  Not capitalist or communist, blue and white.  Not rich and poor, blue and white.  Not envious or envied. . .”  — Michael Collins, Apollo 11

“I think we’re going to the Moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul. We’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream.”  — Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 

“Let me say, as I sit here before you today having walked on the Moon, that I am myself still awed by that miracle. That awe, in me and in each of us… must be the engine of future achievement, not a slow dimming light from a time once bright.”— Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11

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