"Like a proud parent, we anticipate great things to follow from the men and women who build, operate and live there."
- CHRIS FERGUSONAtlantis Commander, as the shuttle undocked from the International Space Station, bound for a final landing at the Kennedy Space Center, bringing to an end NASA's 30-year re-usable spaceplane program
"It's like winning the astronomy lottery."
- ALICIA SODERBERGan astrophysics researcher at Princeton University, on witnessing, for the first time, the end of a star's life as it exploded into a supernova
"We had no idea how far we would have to travel to get outside the solar system ... in roughly five years, we should be outside for the first time."
- EDWARD STONE,a Voyager project scientist, on the spacecraft's travel quest; 33 years after its launch, the Voyager is close to reaching interstellar space
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