Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Phoenix Sets

The Mars explorer, Phoenix, has apparently gone dead. Scientists haven't received any communication since Sunday, November 2. The Phoenix has been exploring the northern plains of Mars since May 2008.
"Probe ends historic Mars mission,"By Jonathan Amos, Science reporter, BBC News

Nasa says its Phoenix lander on the surface of Mars has gone silent and is almost certainly dead. More...

Personally, I view space exploration as a manifestation of humanity's innate desire to discover God's creation. This is why I believe Christians should care about efforts like the Mars rover. Of course, such discussions ought to be balanced with pros and cons between manned and unmanned missions (for example, unmanned missions are much cheaper, less dangerous, etc.). But we shouldn't fear what scientists will find in space. Rather we ought to look with confidence into the heavens knowing that whatever they discover will give us greater insight into the Creator and His creation.

Maybe that could be the basis of a short student essay this week: "Why should Christians care of space exploration?"

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