Is Anybody There?

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says Yahweh Sabaoth" Zach 4:6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dio di Signore, nella Sua volontà è nostra pace!" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Ben Franklin 1759

Sunday, January 16, 2005

The view from Titan

"I look up at your heavens, shaped by your fingers, at the moon and the stars you set firm - what are human beings that you spare a thought for them, or the child of Adam that you care for him?" Psalm 8:3-4 (JB)

On 15 Jan 2005 NASA released the 1st color picture taken from Saturn's moon Titan. OK I'll admit it weasn't that spectacular a picture when compared to the pictures of Saturn. But, it still has a beauty all its own. Because of the composition of the atmosphere everyhing had a peach color. Otherwise, it could be a shot from some spots on Earh or Mars.

This is the latest in the successful flight of the Cassini spacecraft, 1 of the latest in a long line of spacecraft that have added so much to our knowledge of the Solar System we are a part of. What we have found is a wonderful & beautiful array of planets, moons, asteroids, etc that make up our spot in the Milky Way. Everything is made up of the same basic elements. It is the varied combinations that make it so wonderful.

I am a child of the space age. I dream of the day when flying to the Moon or Mars is as routine as a flight across the ocean. I can remember when the best pictures were those fuzzy shots taken through an Earth bound telescope. Pluto was just a speck & any nebula was very limitted in detail. I grew up watching the various missions, manned & unmanned, to the Moon & planets etc., as well as the success of the Hubble Telescope. As more & more info comes in we have discovered the wide variations that have raised more questions than provided answers. The beauty of Saturn's rings, Mars red sky, Venus' orange sky, Jupiter's Red Spot, the blue of Neptune, star nurseries, etc

For me it has confirmed the truth of the quote I started this blog with. I do not believe that any of this came about by accident or chance. Rather, as Psalm 19:1 states: "The heavens declare the glory of God, the vault of heaven proclaims his handiwork." (JB) Every picture I look at reveals God's hand in creation. Words fail me to fully describe how I feel. I cannot understand how anyone can see all this & deny the existance of God. From the submicroscopic level to all 116 known elements to the solar system to the cosmos, it all exists to give God glory.

Check the following websites out, or go outside on a clear night, away from the city lights & look at the stars. You'll see the truth in what I say.

The NASA website has plenty of information & pictures; www.nasa.gov
Here is a section specifically dedicated to the planets: http://pds.jpl.nasa.gov/planets/welcome.htm
& finally, at last, the long awaited mission to Pluto: http://pluto.jhuapl.edu/




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