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  • We know that within the solar system is very unlikely there will be anything more advanced than microbial life, but if we think outside the solar system and then, the distances are, of course, immense, then there could be Earth-like planets with more advanced form of life.

    "Big Think Interview With Paul Davies". Interview with Austin Allen, April 15, 2010.
  • I bet most of the crowd does not know that there are six moons in the solar system bigger than Pluto.

    Moon   Pluto   Six  
  • The great spirals, with their enormous radial velocities and insensible proper motions, apparently lie outside our Solar system.

    Edwin Powell Hubble (1920). “Photographic Investigations of Faint Nebulae ...”
  • Once upon a time, in some out of the way corner of that universe which is dispersed into numberless twinkling solar systems, there was a star upon which clever beasts invented knowing.

    Stars   Clever   Knowing  
    Friedrich Nietzsche “Delphi Complete Works of Friedrich Nietzsche (Illustrated): Friedrich Nietzsche”, Delphi Classics
  • Knowledge and wonder are the dyad of our worthy lives as intellectual beings. Voyager did wonders for our knowledge, but performed just as mightily in the service of wonder and the two elements are complementary, not independent or opposed. The thought fills me with awe - a mechanical contraption that could fit in the back of a pickup truck, traveling through space for twelve years, dodging around four giant bodies and their associated moons, and finally sending exquisite photos across more than four light-hours of space from the farthest planet in our solar system.

    "Bully for Brontosaurus". Book by Stephen Jay Gould. "The Horn of Triton", pp. 508 - 509, 1991.
  • Anybody with any sense knows the whole solar system will go up like a celluloid collar by-and-by.

    Kurt Vonnegut (1988). “Conversations with Kurt Vonnegut”, p.63, Univ. Press of Mississippi
  • So those who wished for some central cosmic purpose for us, or at least our world, or at least our solar system, or at least our galaxy, have been disappointed, progressively disappointed. The universe is not responsive to our ambitious expectations.

    Carl Sagan (2006). “The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God”, p.54, Penguin
  • Our challenge is to give what account we can of what becomes of life in the solar system, this corner of the universe that is our home; and, most of all, what becomes of men-all men, of all nations, colors, and creeds. This has become one world, a world for all men. It is only such a world that can now offer us life, and the chance to go on.

    Home   Science   Men  
  • All the atoms of our bodies will be blown into space in the disintegration of the solar system, to live on forever as mass or energy. That's what we should be teaching our children, not fairy tales about angels and seeing grandma in Heaven.

  • I've had experiences in my life that leave no doubt in my mind about the fact that God exists. I'm quite willing to debate people who don't think so because I want them to explain to me how did our solar system get so organized and how is the universe so complex and yet well-organized that we can predict 70 years hence when a comet is coming?

    Thinking   Years   People  
    Controversial address vaults Hopkins' Carson into political arena, The Baltimore Sun, February 18, 2013.
  • This is in a real sense the capstone of the initial missions to explore the planets. Pluto, its moons and this part of the solar system are such mysteries that New Horizons will rewrite all of the textbooks.

  • There seems to be no end to the senseless wickedness done on this little planet in a minor solar system, and we puny mortals appear to be decreasing in importance so far as the universe is concerned.

    Alec Guinness (1998). “My Name Escapes Me: The Diary of a Retiring Actor”, Penguin Mass Market
  • As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.

    "'Das Wesen der Materie' ('The Nature of Matter')". Speech in Florence, Italy,, 1944.
  • If consciousness is the ground of being rather than an epiphenomenon of physical processes, we may find that a basic question asked by modern astronomy and space science- 'Is there life out there?'- should be rephrased. Organic life, as well as intelligence, may already be a property enmeshed in the fabric of the cosmos, brought to fruition through the spiraling dynamics of the solar system and the galaxy, built into the structure of the universe itself.

    Space   Growth   Fruition  
    Daniel Pinchbeck (2014). “2012: The year of the Mayan prophecy”, p.182, Hachette UK
  • Just think: in all the clean, beautiful reaches of the solar system, our planet alone is a blot; our planet alone has death.

    Annie Dillard (1994). “The Annie Dillard reader”, Harpercollins
  • It's only through honesty and courage that science can work at all. The Ptolemaic understanding of the solar system was undermined and corrected by the constant pressure of more and more honest reporting.

  • From an entertainment point of view, the Solar System has been a bust. None of the planets turns out to have any real-estate potential, and most of them are probably even useless for filming Dune sequels.

    Real   Science   Views  
    Barbara Ehrenreich (1990). “WORST YEARS OF OUR LIVES”, Pantheon
  • Saturn is the most photogenic planet in the solar system.

  • No one, it has been said, will ever look at the Moon in the same way again. More significantly can one say that no one will ever look at the earth in the same way. Man had to free himself from earth to perceive both its diminutive place in a solar system and its inestimable value as a life -fostering planet. As earthmen, we may have taken another step into adulthood. We can see our planet earth with detachment, with tenderness, with some shame and pity, but at last also with love.

    Taken   Moon   Men  
  • Our solar system is fantastically bizarre. There are worlds with features we never imagined. Storms larger than planets, moons with under-surface oceans, lakes of methane, worldlets that swap places...and that's just at Saturn.

    Ocean   Moon   Lakes  
  • Our neighborhood - this solar system, the cosmos, actually - is so much more vast and amazing than the paltry headlines, insanity, and politics crammed at us daily as so-called news. The beauty of the hood and discoveries that await us are deserving of our attention and mandatory to our survival as a species.

  • Many, and some of the most pressing, of our terrestrial problems can be solved only by going into space. Long before it was a vanishing commodity, the wilderness as the preservation of the world was proclaimed by Thoreau. In the new wilderness of the Solar System may lie the future preservation of mankind.

    Lying   Future   Space  
  • The secret of our success on planet Earth is space. Lots of it. Our solar system is a tiny island of activity in an ocean of emptiness.

    Ocean   Islands   Space  
    Paul Davies (2008). “The Last Three Minutes: Conjectures About The Ultimate Fate Of The Universe”, p.4, Basic Books
  • All the atoms we are made of are forged from hydrogen in stars that died and exploded before our solar system formed. So if you are romantic, you can say we are literally stardust. If you are less romantic, you can say we're the nuclear waste from fuel that makes stars shine.

    Stars   Shining   Atoms  
  • It's ridiculous that our solar system, not to mention the universe outside of that, is extraordinarily well organized, to the point where we can predict 70 years away when a comet is coming.

  • Mars is the only place in the solar system where it's possible for life to become multi-planetarian.

    "Elon Musk Wants to Put Man on Mars in '12 to 15 Years'" by David Wright, August 6, 2012.
  • Then, I realized that there is an indigenous presence in the Solar System. It's us. So, then, I got to wondering what would happen if a more technologically advanced society moved next door to us, the way we moved next door to the American Indians.

    Doors   Way   Next  
  • But a machine that was powerful enough to accelerate particles to the grand unification energy would have to be as big as the Solar System - and would be unlikely to be funded in the present economic climate.

    Stephen W. Hawking (1990). “A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes”, Bantam
  • Man must at all costs overcome the Earth's gravity and have, in reserve, the space at least of the Solar System. All kinds of danger wait for him on the Earth. . . . We have said a great deal about the advantages of migration into space, but not all can be said or even imagined.

    Men   Moon   Space  
  • It's time for the human race to enter the solar system.

    Funny   Stupid   Race  
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