The Bible on the Moon

"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." --Genesis 1:1 In February 1971, astronaut Edgar Mitchell traveled to the moon aboard Apollo 14, carrying with him a reminder of the Creator:  a tiny Bible.  Just 1 1/2 inches on each side, the "space Bible" was contained in its entirety on a tiny sheet of microfilm.Mitchell's bible will go on the auction block on September 15, in an on-line auction by RR Auction of Amherst, New Jersey.  The opening bid is just $5,000.Edgar Mitchell i … [Read more...]

On a Wing and a Prayer: Astronauts “Touch the Face of God”

If you’re as old as I am, you may remember the tension in our nation when the first astronauts rode a rocket into space.  In my elementary school classroom on May 5, 1961, we offered a wide-eyed prayer for Alan Shepard when he careened through space for 15 minutes in sub-orbital flight.  (Shepard himself is reputed to have uttered the first unofficial and irreverent “prayer” in space, saying “Dear Lord, please don’t let me f--- up.”)When the space shuttle Atlantis lands at 5:56 a.m. July 21, … [Read more...]


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