"If offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat. Just get on."
- Christa McAuliffe, Teacher
and Challenger Astronaut
"Some say that we should stop exploring space, that the cost in human lives is too great. But Columbia's crew would not have wanted that. We are a curious species, always wanting to know what is over the next hill, around the next corner, on the next island. And we have been that way for thousands of years."
"Let’s light this fire one more time, Mike, and witness this great nation at its best."
- Christopher Ferguson, Commander of
the Final Space Shuttle Mission .