March 4, 2005

on the surface of...

This rock-strewn surface is on Titan, one of the many moons of Saturn. In January, the Huygens probe landed on Titan. It was an amazing accomplishment. I can remember when I heard in the news that this was going to be taking place, I thought, "Wow! Another Alien surface!"

After seeing some of the pictures, I was a little disappointed. Mostly because the pictures seemed somewhat familiar. Sandy ground, rocks all over the place, completely lifeless hostile looking world. Hmm... where have I seen this before?

Oh yeah!


Mars!

I don't know about the rest of you, but when the initial photos of Mars came out, I thought that it was really cool. We had landed some kind of robotic rover on the surface of another planet. What an amazing accomplishment!

For me, I have been reminded by all of this space exploration that this planet is in the perfect place at the perfect time, and it is the perfect size to create a beautiful world.

And all of these rock-strewn surfaces remind me that those planets were placed there to give us something to look at at night. There just isn't anything there for us.

Some would say that we might find the origins of life if we go to these other worlds. I say that we can marvel at the originator of life, from the surface of another planet or right in my own backyard.

"The heavens declare the glory of God."