For this Abilene Christian University alum, the stars are singing
Gleaming stars. Swirling galaxies. Streaking lights. The first images from…
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Late last night my father-in-law called and told me to go outside and look to the west. Sure enough, there in the sky was a small white dot, brighter than any of the surrounding stars.
I was looking at the International Space Station, 220 miles above me, moving at about 17,500 miles per hour. (I had to look that up.) I steadied my camera on our mailbox to try to get a semi-decent photo of what it looked like to the naked eye.
Seeing the station for myself was especially cool because this month The Christian Chronicle has an interview with one of the astronauts. Doug Wheelock, a U.S. Army colonel, is the commander of ISS Expedition 25.
Though he’s not a member of a Church of Christ, Col. Wheelock has connections to Oklahoma Christian University, where he spoke in March. The university hosted a watch party as a Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off June 15, transporting him into space.
In a Dialogue with Col. Wheelock, the astronaut describes how his trips into the heavens have reaffirmed his faith in God.
In fact, I am convinced that it would require an unimaginable amount of faith to believe that all of this happened just by chance. I spent more than 20 hours outside of the Space Station on three space walks during my first mission, and the most profound sight is to view the Earth suspended in a vast, endless sea of emptiness.
To me, it would be absolutely impossible to have just happened. It looks more like brush strokes from the Master’s hand. It is quite surreal and profoundly breathtaking.
Here’s a NASA video describing the liftoff and rendezvous at the space station.
Here’s a snippet of Col. Wheelock speaking in chapel at OC:
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