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10 Inspiring Quotes from NASA Astronauts

Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Mae Jemison, Sally Ride, Buzz Aldrin and more on the wonder of space exploration. 

Throughout decades of space missions and moon walks, NASA astronauts have boldly gone where no one has gone before. Many of them returned with a new perspective on Earth—and on life. As NASA sets its sights on the moon once again with the Artemis program, these inspiring quotes remind us how space exploration can inspire hope, unity, and a sense of wonder

Sally Ride poses on flight deck with inspirational quotes from NASA Astronauts

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“The view of Earth is absolutely spectacular, and the feeling of looking back and seeing your planet as a planet is just an amazing feeling. It’s a totally different perspective, and it makes you appreciate, actually, how fragile our existence is.” —Sally Ride


Neil Armstrong after walking on the moon with inspirational quotes from NASA Astronauts

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“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

Mae Jemison and her suit technician Sharon McDougle with inspirational quotes from NASA Astronauts

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“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” —Mae Jemison

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Buzz Aldrin portrait photo with inspirational quotes from NASA Astronauts

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“One truth I have discovered for sure: When you believe that all things are possible and you are willing to work hard to accomplish your goals, you can achieve the next ‘impossible’ dream. No dream is too high!” —Buzz Aldrin


Ellen Ochoa in the flight deck with inspirational quotes from NASA Astronauts

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“What everyone in the astronaut corps shares in common is not gender or ethnic background, but motivation, perseverance, and desire— the desire to participate in a voyage of discovery.” —Ellen Ochoa


Ellison Onizuka portrait photo with inspirational quotes from NASA Astronauts

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“Your vision is not limited by what your eye can see, but by what your mind can imagine.” —Ellison Onizuka


Jan Davis at the work station with inspirational quotes from NASA Astronauts

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“You should find something you’re really passionate about and love. Because you’ll do your best at things your passionate about.” —Jan Davis

Bernard Harris Jr. portrait photo with inspirational quotes from NASA astronauts

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“We are infinite beings with infinite possibilities.” — Bernard A. Harris Jr


Jessica Watkins at NASA with inspirational quotes from NASA Astronauts

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“Each of us all have that sense of exploration and a desire to continue to push the limits of what humans are capable of. And I think that is something that unites us.” —Jessica Watkins


Gene Cernan and Ron Evans pose in the Command Module with inspirational quotes from NASA Astronauts

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“As we leave the Moon… we leave as we came, and God willing, as we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.” —Gene Cernan

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