Gus Grissom Quotes.
They don’t hand out Ph.D.s in test piloting, but you pick up a tremendous amount of scientific and engineering knowledge along the way. After all, when you take up a brand new plane and put it through its paces to see if it will hang together, you are really flying somebody’s theory.
I was stationed at the flight test center at Wright-Patterson, and I was flying a wide range of airplanes and giving them a lot of different tests. It was a job that I thoroughly enjoyed.
I thought it would be good for the engineers and workmen who were building my spacecraft to see the pilot who would have to fly it hanging around. It might make them just a little more careful than they already were and a little more eager to get the work done on time if they saw how much I cared.
If we die, we want people to accept it. We’re in a risky business, and we hope that if anything happens to us, it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life.
How do you expect to get us to the Moon if you people can’t even hook us up with a ground station?
I had thought training for Mercury was rigorous. Once we got caught up in the Gemini training program, our Mercury training looked pretty soft.
I suppose I built my share of model airplanes, but I can’t remember that I was a flying fanatic.
I met Betty Moore when she entered Mitchell High School as a freshman, and that was it – period, exclamation point!
The conquest of space is worth the risk of life.
If we die, we want people to accept it. We are in a risky business, and we hope that if anything happens to us, it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life.
There is a clarity, a brilliance to space that simply doesn’t exist on earth, even on a cloudless summer’s day in the Rockies, and nowhere else can you realize so fully the majesty of our Earth and be so awed at the thought that it’s only one of untold thousands of planets.
I had never been much of a science-fiction or Buck Rogers fan. I was more interested in what was going on right now than in the centuries to come.
As I told a friend of mine once who asked me why I joined Mercury, I think if I had been alive 150 years ago, I might have wanted to go out and help open up the West.
When I was studying at Purdue, we learned our thermodynamics from an antique steam engine. When I went back in 1964, I found the laboratories packed with the most modern equipment for the study of thermodynamics, some of which had been built by the students themselves.
The flight crew for the orbital mission has been picked, and I’m not on it. Of course I’ve been feeling pretty low for the past few days. All of us are mad because Glenn was picked.
If we die, do not mourn for us. This is a risky business we’re in, and we accept those risks. The space program is too valuable to this country to be halted for too long if a disaster should ever happen.
I never did get hit, and neither did any of the leaders that I flew wing for.
This is what I wanted all along, and after I finished my studies and begun the job of testing jet aircraft, well, there wasn’t a happier pilot in the air force.
There’s always a possibility that you can have a catastrophic failure, of course. This could happen on any flight.