I have been an avid space enthusiast since Sputnik. I have taught and excited students about space as long as I have been teaching. When a guidance counselor at my school said to me, "Do you really think we should be spending all this money going into space when we have so many problems here on earth?" I said to him, "you obviously haven't seen the excitement in children's eyes when we talk about space. If we don't have awesome things like space to motivate these kids, we will never move ahead. Space motivates kids with its awe and wonder. I think that is the most important thing to spend money on. Something that will excite kids into learning. Besides all the the everyday things we use today that have been developed for the space program and have changed the lives of people today." The counselor could not argue this issue and from that point on agreed with me.
To see the Earth as it truly is, small, blue, and beautiful in that eternal silence where it floats, is to see ourselves as riders on the Earth together. Brothers, who know now that they are truly brothers.
- Archibald McCleish