On Tuesday morning, when Apollo 11’s astronauts—Aldrin and Collins—returned to the exact location from where they flew to the moon 50 years ago, the spiritual event that happened on that unforgettable day remained vivid in their minds, especially for Aldrin.
The Apollo 11 lunar landing mission crew, pictured from left to right, Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, command module pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot. (Public Domain)
After Apollo 11 made its historic landing on the moon, the very first words uttered were not for rejoicing but were rather for expressing gratitude. At that critical moment, the ground crew got the communication from Aldrin, ‘“I would like to request a few moments of silence,” he said. “I would like to invite each person listening in, wherever and whomever he may be, to contemplate for a moment the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his own individual way.”
However, his later words—citing a verse from the Gospel of John—could not make their way to Earth for NASA’s own purpose. “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing.”
Then he continued taking communion with the consecrated bread and wine brought from his Texas church and poured wine in the chalice.
Naturally, he had every reason to celebrate it with both joy and gratitude as Louis Pasteur once put it:
NASA’s silencing of this monumental event was due to the pressure from the ongoing legal strife with Madalyn Murray O’Hair—a notorious American atheist activist. Shortly before, she challenged open readings from the Bible by U.S. astronauts during their spaceflights with a lawsuit. Consequently, to avoid further trouble, NASA gave in to her by censoring the communion on Apollo 11.
As many well-known scientists including Einstein, Issac Newton, admit, their serious pursuit of science seems to be just about finding the rules that God hides. The triumph of the Apollo 11 might be attributed to the blessing of God “on the most hazardous and dangerous and greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked” in response to the prayers of President John Kennedy. It would be a disrespect to mute such sacred actions of gratitude.
Based on the report on Dailywire.
(The cover photo from Pixabay)