2017-39 Science and faith

A Marvelous and Mysterious World – the Moon

Mar 23, 2017 LOA Editorial Office

“There are two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955)

Do we realize how wonderful and mysterious the world around us is? For centuries man has looked into the heavens and wondered at the power of God, who conceived of the world in such a wondrous and harmonious way. Through His works God reveals His glory, maintaining everything in a state of perfect animation. He, who conceived everything and holds it all in the palm of His hand is truly great. Gazing at the moon will provoke amazement and enchantment in us, from which gratitude and honor for the Creator will flow naturally. Our guide to the moon is Austin Sailsbury, the author of the album The Universe – the Greatness, Splendor, and Beauty of God’s Creation.

Our permanent companion

In 1969, Neil Armstrong first set foot on the dusty surface of the moon and said: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. Since then, eleven other American astronauts have visited our cosmic companion, and have brought back nearly 400 kilograms of stone from this rocky and inhospitable place. This material was used to deepen our knowledge of the beginnings of the moon. The moon is covered with craters, mountains, basins, seas, and inactive volcanoes. It has no atmosphere and contains only trace amounts of ice in permanently shaded edges of the craters. It is believed that under the pock-marked surface and multilayered crust it has an iron core.

In our solar system there are more than 130 natural satellites of the planets. The moon is the only natural satellite of the earth. Through the ages it has reminded us every night that there are many elements of creation that are beyond our reach; we can see many things, but we can’t touch them; constantly changing, they remain true to their courses.

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