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FullSizeRender-4NASA is a bright spot in Americana pride and joy.  It never ceases to make me marvel when I walk on to the campus of this collection of very bright and dedicated scientists, engineers and astronauts.  Something precious about life and exploration meet on these grounds and stir the soul of every visitor.

There in the parking lot, far too massive for an inside display is a Boeing 747 carry the Space Shuttle on its back.  Before you ever buy your entry ticket, you are drawn to this scene-stealing display.  Everyone stops by for a look, pictures and a moment of awe.

Inside the Visitor Center NASA has made a spectacular display of their historic achievements.  Every American is a  part of it.  The spirit of the USA pervades every part of the exploration of space.

One of the permanent displays shows off the Gemini program.  Tiny capsules that crammed two astronauts into tight quarters and orbited them around the earth hang from the ceiling.  But, the display is set in the stars of our galaxy.

Countless stars twinkle and serve as an amazing backdrop for this space flight.  It is full scale and the dark hall makes you feel like you are orbiting with these heroes of old.  How clever were these scientists, how skillful were these engineers and how courageous were these astronauts.

Our space exploration seems out-of-this-world to us.  Yet, it is only touching the edge of the vastness of space.  Can human technology thrust us even further?

When the Creator made the heavens He did a spectacular job.  Its vastness speaks of His amazing power and greatness.  We can only marvel and worship.

When Orion launches, maybe I will still be among the millions on earth that will marvel at what America can do.  The greatness of our nation may consume me like all who will be riveted to their televisions, computer monitors and live stream radios to cheer on each inch of movement toward the next great objective in space.

America’s best is exemplified with these achievements.  Putting a man or woman on Mars is next.  Maybe the Orion module will hang from the ceiling in another part of this great exhibit some day.

Perhaps my grandchildren will bring their children and friends to this special place, gaze and marvel together.  Space is the last frontier.  It calls all who have adventure in their souls.

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IMG_1476I really don’t need another mug.  In fact in our last several moves, I recall sorting out mugs from our kitchen cabinet and filling up a box of unwanted clay-fired drinking implements and donating them to the Salvation Army.  It helped the SA raise money and it reduced the clutter in our kitchen.

But, then, during our visit to the Johnson Space Center, home of NASA, I was following my bride into the gift shop.  She was perusing just about every children’s book that they had on display; once a teacher always a teacher.  That’s when my eyes landed on a mug.

The quotation on the mug was stirring: “Failure is not an option.”  One of the pioneer engineers is credited with this historic statement.  NASA was facing a critical moment in their space program and this declaration pushed the team to that added elevation of human ability and success was achieved.

There is so much about the history of these brilliant scientists and courageous adventurers that stirs the imagination.  It is partly patriotism but mostly the common fiber of humanity that we all share in while we live on this planet.  God simply reveals in the Bible that He created man in His own image.  That says it all.

IMG_1433When I strolled the length of the Saturn V rocket, I marvelled as did all of the guests from around the world who gathered to experience NASA.  How amazing are the feats of man, not as individuals, but as a team of people with a singular mission in mind.  Can you imagine if we saw an end to poverty, abuse, greed, selfishness and pride?  How much could mankind achieve?  It is mind-blowing!

In many ways it is what God also revealed in His Word.  He sent Jesus, His one and only unique Son, to die for our sins and be resurrected from the dead so that we could have eternal life.  If we could live apart from sin, how amazing life would be.

IMG_1418The space shuttle is a monument to human ingenuity.  This massive aircraft designed to be reusable in the space endeavor was a resounding success.  It stirs the spirit of Americans as well as reminds us of the tragedy when precious lives were lost in the exploration of space.

Retirement came to this aging spacecraft.  Now, it is a memory in our minds of man’s giant leaps into space.  We average humans come to admire it with our own eyes.  Well done, NASA, we are very proud of you!

photo credit: brucefong cellphone photography