Real Southern Quote: Dealing with the Impossible

Today’s Real Southern Quote comes to us from one of the greatest scientific minds of the last century … or any century for that matter. Wernher von Braun was not born in the South. Heck, he wasn’t even born in this country. But after converting the cotton and munitions town of Huntsville, Alabama into the unofficial capital of America’s space program, he is inextricably linked to the New South.

This week, with the space shuttle program winding down and the future of manned space flight in limbo, we remember the man who had to deliver on Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon. Some may have thought going from trailing the Soviets in every aspect of the space race to putting a man on the moon in less than a decade impossible. Von Braun had his own thoughts about that word:

“I have learned to use the word ‘impossible’ with the greatest caution.”  -Wernher von Braun

For one with as complicated a legacy as von Braun’s, surely many things may have seemed impossible at first glance. But the man met each challenge with fortitude, determination and a surprising level of humble faith.

Over the next few days, we’ll post more quotes from von Braun and deal with the nature of that complicated legacy of his. Check back daily to read more, or sign up below to receive notification of new posts.

One Response to “Real Southern Quote: Dealing with the Impossible”

  1. As a Huntsvillian and a NASA junkie and former MSFC employee, thanks! I love this. Nice reminder from where I am from.

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