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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, Naval Aviator, Test Pilot, Aeronautical Engineer, NASA Astronaut, Gemini 8, Apollo 11, Apollo mission press conference, 1969. "It's human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it's an imperative." - Michael Collins, Major General, USAF, Test Pilot, NASA Astronaut, Gemini 10, Apollo 11, 1969. "Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit and I hope we never forget that." - Frank Borman, Colonel, USAF, USAF Pilot, Test Pilot, Aeronautical Engineer, NASA Astronaut, Gemini 7, Apollo 8, speech to joint session of Congress, 09 January 1969.
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Image credit: NASA, John Young | Panorama of Charlie Duke on the Moon, Apollo 16, April 1972, with the Lunar Roving Vehicle in the background behind Plum Crater.