NASA's Perseverance rover has safely landed on Mars after its journey of nearly 300 millions miles from Earth. The rover sent back its first images within 11 minutes — which is an incredible flex by NASA by the way, no big deal.
But as I was watching this all unfold live, it struck me as something more than just a monumental achievement in science.
Space exploration is an act of worship.
God made Creation, everything we see and hear and touch.
God made us, inspired to be like Him and build and create and explore.
Exploring our universe is one way we honor our Creator and learn more about who He is.
Just read Lee Billings of Scientific American described today and tell me you don't feel that exploring His universe is a deeply beautiful thing:
Shortly after 3:44 P.M. Eastern time today, a visitor from Earth fell from a clear, cold Martian sky into a 3.5-billion-year old, 50-kilometer-wide bowl of rock, dust and volcanic ash called Jezero Crater that once held a large lake. Seven minutes earlier, it had touched the top of the planet’s atmosphere at nearly 20,000 kilometers per hour, bleeding off most of its speed through friction, protected from the resulting fireball by a heat shield. A supersonic parachute the size of a Little League baseball field unfurled to slow it further, followed by a final computer-piloted descent on a robotic jetpack called a sky crane, which used a detachable tether to gently lower the visitor to rest upon the crater floor. Far overhead, orbital spacecraft monitored its progress, awaiting the first signals confirming its successful landing, which, beamed Earthward at the speed of light, would arrive at our planet some 11 minutes later.