"We tend to hear much more about the splendors returned than the ships that brought them or the shipwrights. It has always been that way. Even those history books, enamored of the voyages of Christopher Columbus, do not tell much about the builders of the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, or about the principle of the caravel. These spacecraft--their designers, builders, navigators and controllers--are examples of what science and engineering, set free for well-defined peaceful purposes, can accomplish. Those scientists and engineers should be role models for an America seeking excellence and international competitiveness. They should be on our stamps."
~Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (Technorati Code: GKA9GN48QE36)