”Let’s light this fire one more time.” – Commander Christopher Ferguson, just before Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off on its final flight
“Take a deep breath. Enjoy a little time here with your families again. But we’ve got a lot of work to do. We’ve got another program that we’ve got to get under way. We know what we’re doing. We know how to get there. We’ve just got to convince everybody else that we know what we’re doing.” – NASA Administrator Charles Bolden speaking about the future of the American space program after Atlantis had reached orbit.