Return to the Moon
“His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah.”
“What else do we have to look forward to?” asked the enthusiastic BBC presenter in 1969. Patrick Moore, one of the UK’s best known popularizers of astronomy had no hesitation. “We will certainly be sending men to Mars before the end of the 1980s, and, most likely, a colony on the Moon by the turn of the Century!” he opined.
I was seven years old in the Summer of ’69, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin traveled to the Moon in Apollo 11 (while Michael Collins faithfully kept the main module in lunar orbit). This and all the other lunar landings left a profound impression on me. It was so exciting to see TV pictures from the surface of the Moon. I had done the math and knew that I would turn 39 in the year 2000, so maybe I could at least spend some time in the Lunar Colony.
The 1980s came and went. Astronauts did not travel to Mars. And now – half a century after Armstrong announced: “Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed” – there is no base on the Moon, and no one has been back there since 1972.
Will there be a new round of explorations? Both politicians and space scientists seem to think so. Some would doubt whether a new Moon mission is of any use. My personal opinion, for what it is worth, is that it would be good to explore more of God’s creation because it all exists to bring Him glory.
Prayer: Father, Your heavens declare Your glory, and we praise You for Your great and mighty Name. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: The Sky at Night – BBC TV program, < https://youtu.be/j0BJt7LPAd4 >, accessed 6/26/2019. Image: NASA image, Public Domain.
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