I am visiting with a friend and having a wonderful time, and I came the last week of January so that has made me forget about getting a blog in for February! Since it is Valentine’s Day and also the birthday of my first born son, to say nothing of our national heroes—I feel that I must not let it go by without a word or two to remind the ones who follow these blogs that I have not forgotten.
I have become extremely interested in the NASA plan to send another rover to Mars in 2020. The scientists and engineers have selected 8 potential landing spots but they are still studying them and have not made a final decision. They may change their mind before the big day, but they have certain criteria they have formulated and they will choose one that suits all those conditions. I think it is most exciting to be on the planet again and more information is being gathered. It will no doubt lead to our finally sending a manned craft there sometime in the future and that is something I will not be here for, but I certainly wish I could be, for they will be in contact with the astronauts just like we were with the moon landings.
There is no question it will take place. I just read an article written by the astronaut who was on the moon with the first landing and his name has escaped me at the moment, but he gave many great reasons why we should do that and said that it will definitely take place most likely in this century! We would have been much closer to an actual date had we been concentrating on the space program as they were supposed to be doing but when President Obama was in office he gave instructions to NASA to not be involved in explorations so the work has been at a crawl pace these last few years. Nevertheless, they are going at it full speed ahead now and they will catch up in jig time!
This is what I was planning to write about this time in depth, but since I am going to be here for another week, I doubt if I’ll have time to get into the internet and see what all is going on that I wanted to comment on, but this is a thrilling prospect, to me. I love all the space program. I will try to write some more tomorrow on this subject.
The plan can be read online at: http://go.nasa.gov/1VHDXxg
I have just gone into internet again and have discovered that the NASA people announced today that they have finalized a plan and they gave the place to find it and read it! I am placing it here so that you can go in and read the whole thing and praise the Lord along with me, for I believe that all the space exploration has come about because it is in His perfect will that we should find out all that’s possible about our planetary neighbors and discover any sign of life that has existed there in the past! Wouldn’t this be exciting if they should find signs of life there?! The previous explorations have brought what the scientists believe to be signs that show water has been on Mars at some distant time in the past! Where there is water there is the possibility for life in some form! God breathed LIFE into Adam’s nostrils! We know that any sign of life is going to be proof positive of the Presence and Power of our Lord, for without Him nothing was made that was made! Everything exists because of His creating power. Everything is now being maintained because of His great mercy and love for His creation! I don’t see how it would be possible for the scientists who at present do not believe, could not be convinced should a discovery be made of life having existed at one time on another planet far from the atmosphere of this earth! God is the Author and the Finisher, the Alpha and the Omega! We who have been “born again,” and our spirits have been “converted,” have had the eyes of the spirit opened and can now see as the Christ allows our human minds to take in His wonderful Truth! We can see that this universe of trillions of galaxies comparable to our Milky Way, were “spoken” into existence from “Nothing” as the Bible teaches! I am propped up here writing, and I do not have my Bible close by! My 98 years have caused me to forget that chapter and verse in the Book. You can find it with your concordance! It will be a good exercise for you!
I am so excited about this plan. You can see it is feasible and they are going ahead with the future of space exploration! You are excited too! If you did not stop right in the middle of this and go to that site, you can do that now! I am signing off for this time, with some of the words of our great hymn, The Spacious Firmament as I recall them. I looked them up for you and found the entire text! You can sing it!
The Spacious Firmament on high,
With all the blue Ethereal Sky,
And spangled Heav’ns, a Shining Frame,
Their great Original proclaim:
Th’ unwearied Sun, from day to day,
Does his Creator’s Pow’r display,
And publishes to every Land
The Work of an Almighty Hand.
Soon as the Evening Shades prevail,
The Moon takes up the wondrous Tale,
And nightly to the list’ning Earth
Repeats the Story of her Birth:
Whilst all the Stars that round her burn,
And all the Planets, in their turn,
Confirm the Tidings as they roll,
And spread the Truth from Pole to Pole.
What though, in solemn Silence, all
Move round the dark terrestrial Ball?
What tho’ nor real Voice nor Sound
Amid their radiant Orbs be found?
In Reason’s Ear they all rejoice,
And utter forth a glorious Voice,
For ever singing, as they shine,
The Hand that made us is Divine.
This poem is in the public domain.