We are not, however, all-
A few years ago now I attended a conference at which Brother Guy Consolmagno, a Jesuit theologian and the Pope’s astronomer, was speaking. His area of research is exploring the connections between meteorites, asteroids and the evolution of small solar system bodies. And he spent one evening asking us to consider how God’s presence, activity and glory are to be discerned in the heavens. It is amazing, he insisted, what we already know of the enormity and the complexity and the wonder of the universe. And it is also amazing just how much there is still to learn. So what next step or discovery, I wonder, might move us further in that direction today?
Eighteen thousand miles an hour
Fuelled by science and solar power
The oceans racing past
At half a thousand tons
Ninety minutes Moon to Sun
A bullet can’t go half this fast
Floating from my seat
Look out my window
There goes Home
That brilliant ball of blue
Is where I’m from, and also where I’m going to
Lyrics from Is somebody singing, written and performed by Chris Hadfield and Ed Robertson,as Colonel Chris Hadfield orbited the earth aboard the International Space Station.