by Frank Pollard

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Psalm 8 and 139
Let's think of two great trips into outer space. One, we all watched
on TV, back in 1969, the flight of Apollo II, man's first journey to the
moon. However, another journey in outer space occurred some 2,000 years ago.
I am referring to the fact that the Son of God came from heaven to earth and
went back to heaven again.
The flight of Apollo II was a remarkable thing. The liftoff came after
months of minute preparation. At ignition, a Saturn rocket produced a thrust
of 7.5 million pounds, equal to 160 million horsepower and 64,000 pounds was
pushed into the air. In eleven minutes and twenty-three seconds, an altitude
of 100 miles was achieved. The stage three rocket was then turned off and
the Apollo II command and service modules were coasting in earth orbit. During
the coasting time, calculations were made to determine the "window" through
which they launched themselves accurately toward the moon. One hour and 40
seconds after liftoff, the stage three rockets were reignited and an escape
velocity of 25,000 m.p.h. was achieved to thrust the spacecraft into a trans-
lunar coast toward the moon. In a free glide at 25,000 m.p.h. the moon was 64
hours away.
Thus began a mission that led to an orbit course around the moon and landed
Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin in the lunar module on the surface of the moon,
while Michael Collins stayed above in the command module. It is interesting
to note that they came at speeds of 25,000 m.p.h. to get there, but landed on
the moon's surface at a speed of about 3 m.p.h.
After the mission on the surface and the ascent from the moon, the two
modules rocked in orbit around the moon. The two men and the material they
collected were transferred from the lunar module to the command service module.
Then the lunar module was jettisoned and the command service module turned
itself to face the earth. Its rockets were fired to achieve an es ...

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