Perseverance Launches

Earlier this morning, Mars rover Perseverance launched from Cape Canaveral into a deep, blue sky. Now it’s on its way to the Red Planet, 290 million miles away, but isn’t expected to reach its destination for another seven months.

Interestingly, a large part of the mission is to find alien life. The robotic rover is equipped with a drill that can collect samples from beneath the surface, and then store them until it returns to earth in the year 2031. Then, scientists can examine the samples for anything unusual- or to simply understand the planet’s composition and history.

Personally, I don’t expect we’ll find any life indigenous to Mars. The planet is dead, with no signs of life, and I suspect the search will be disappointing for some, but I’ll be happy with the simple science of rocks, soil, exploration and technology.

Further, this mission is part of a larger effort to return mankind to the moon by 2024, develop a permanent presence there by 2028 (Artemis), and then land on Mars!

I will be eagerly awaiting Perseverance’s touchdown on the Red Planet, expected on February 18, 2021!

2 thoughts on “Perseverance Launches

  1. I have enjoyed reading science fiction all of my life and the idea of establishing a permanent presence on the moon and then going to Mars has a natural appeal to me. However I don’t think that is a wise use of our money when the United States has a huge national debt that is growing all of the time. Besides, the what the Bible reveals about the future shows that in the end we will not gain anything by going into outer space.

    • Thanks for your comment. I share many of the same sentiments. I also take issue with wasting tax dollars and question if it’s a wise use of our money, but I also understand that we develop a lot of technology as a result, and people around the world benefit from it, so I do think space exploration benefits us in the long run. And right now, private companies, like Space X, are funding a lot of NASA projects, so the wasteful spending is being reduced.

      And I wholeheartedly agree with your Biblical comment, and that’s my biggest concern. Today’s space program is largely about finding alien life, and that’s the biggest waste of taxpayer money. As a Bible believing Christian, I don’t believe in alien life of any kind, so it’s pointless to search for something that doesn’t exist. As an avid sci-fi fan, I try to get past the secular nonsense and enjoy the good.

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