Dr. Wernher von Braun stands in front of a Saturn IB launch vehicle at Kennedy Space Flight Center. Dr. von Braun led a team of German rocket scientists, called the Rocket Team, to the United States, first to Fort Bliss/White Sands, later being transferred to the Army Ballistic Missile Agency at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, Alabama. They were further transferred to the newly established NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, Alabama in 1960, and Dr. von Braun became the first Center Director. Under von Braun's direction, MSFC developed the Mercury-Redstone, which put the first American in space; and later the Saturn rockets, Saturn I, Saturn IB, and Saturn V. The Saturn V launch vehicle put the first human on the surface of the Moon, and a modified Saturn V vehicle placed Skylab, the first United States' experimental space station, into Earth orbit. Dr. von Braun was MSFC Director from July 1960 to February 1970.
The front of the shirt features these 5 von Braun quotes:
Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.
We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.
I have learned to use the word "impossible" with the greatest caution.
There is just one thing I can promise you about the outer-space program - your tax-dollar will go further.
It will free man from the remaining chains, the chains of gravity which still tie him to this planet.
The back of the shirt features these 4 von Braun quotes:
Don't tell me that man doesn't belong out there. Man belongs wherever he wants to go - and he'll do plenty well when he gets there.
Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft... and the only one that can be
mass-produced with unskilled labor.
"Crash programs fail because they are based on theory that, with nine women pregnant, you can get a baby in a month."
Our sun is one of 100 billion stars in our galaxy. Our galaxy is one of billions of galaxies populating the universe. It would be the height of presumption to think that we are the only living things in that enormous immensity.