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A former Fulbright scholar and a pioneer in exobiology, Professor Velvl Greene spent years working for NASA searching for life on Mars. He continued to lecture right up until his passing in 2011. Read more about Professor Greene’s life, scientific research, and relationship to the Lubavitcher Rebbe here.
I can’t help but be amazed at the Rebbe’s vision. He had no qualifications in bacteriology or molecular biology but he anticipated – by at least four decades – these developments in modern science.
We all knew exactly what a dinosaur looked like – we’d seen the pictures in our grade-school textbooks. Obviously we’d know a dinosaur when we saw it!
Honestly, I recognized that poem. I didn’t need any more propaganda. I didn’t need anymore. This was for me.
“Rabbi Feller, the interview is over; you’ve insulted me. You came for an appointment with me and all of a sudden you’re doing some mumbo-jumbo.”
In 1961, President Kennedy firmly committed the U.S. to landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade. The president announced his national goal, and we were obliged to pull it off, ready or not. At this point, we hadn't even seen the back side of th...
Rabbi Feller said to me, “There are those people who think you shouldn’t be doing this kind of work. Why don’t you ask the Rebbe?”
If a group of people are confined together for 830 years, how can you make them get along? The history of mankind tells you that there’s never been a 40-year period without one group of people deciding to eliminate another.
In the NASA program, the Rebbe understood, there had always been a problem with balancing weight limits versus fuel needs in space flights.
When you’re on Earth, it’s difficult to get a good perspective of what it’s like on the moon.
All of a sudden, billions of dollars were being appropriated to work in a field that no one knew anything about.
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