Astronauts - Astronomy Quotes

The war became more and more bitter. The Dominican Father Caccini preached a sermon from the text, “Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?” and this wretched pun upon the great astronomer’s name ushered in sharper weapons; for, before Caccini ended, he insisted that “geometry is of the devil,” and that […]

But by far the most terrible champion who now appeared was Cardinal Bellarmin, one of the greatest theologians the world has known. He was earnest, sincere, and learned, but insisted on making science conform to Scripture. The weapons which men of Bellarmin’s stamp used were purely theological. They held up before the world the dreadful […]

Lunar Voyage: Flash, Crash, Stash, Trash, Splash.

Astronomers say the universe is finite, which is a comforting thought for those people who can’t remember where they leave things.

Astronauts are escapists.

The eyes are witnesses that the heavens revolve in the space of twenty-four hours. But certain men, either from the love of novelty, or to make a display of ingenuity, have concluded that the earth moves; and they maintain that neither the eighth sphere nor the sun revolves… Now, it is a want of honesty […]

Astronauts… submit to the severest bodily ordeals in order to satisfy the ritual demands for space travel to distant parts of the solar system. To a certain degree, vicarious participation in these rites by the earthbound inhabitants of the planet, made possible through film, television and radio, restores the waning sense of high adventure; and […]

Some astronomers try to cheer us up in the moments of depression by assuring us that one fine day the sun will explode, and in the twinkling of an eye we shall all be turned into gas. I do not know whether this is going to happen, nor when it will happen if it does […]

Astronomer: To an astronomer, man is nothing but an infinitesimal dot in an infinite universe. Bishop Fulton J. Sheen: An interesting point of view, but you seem to forget that your infinitesimal dot of a man is still the astronomer.

One thing I learned at home, on those nights at home, I learned how to use a telescope and how to find objects in the sky. You don’t do that by going to a bar and drinking beer. (discoverer of Pluto)