Space Exploration (NASA)
"We will never forget them nor the last time we saw them this morning as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and 'slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.'" — President Ronald Reagan
"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." — Astronaut Neil Armstrong, first man to set foot on the moon
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science." — Albert Einstein
This issue includes a brief interview with Colonel Pamela Ann Melroy, a decorated Air Force pilot, combat veteran, and astronaut, who piloted two space shuttle missions and helped to assemble the International Space Station (ISS).
"It was a great silence, unlike any I have encountered on earth, so vast and deep that I began to hear my own body: my heart beating, my blood vessels pulsing, even the rustle of my muscles over each other seemed audible."—Russian cosmonaut Alexsei Leonov (from the center photo)
"Walking in space, man has never looked more puny or more significant." — Alexander Chase as quoted on the centerfold poster
"Have you ever wondered how it would be to journey into space? Imagine cruising through a wormhole, hitching a ride on a comet, or shaking hands with an alien being. Of course, real space travelers cannot do these things—yet. But anything can happen if you use your imagination. ..." — Preface