That happened in 1969. And now the final flight of the shuttle Atlantis in July 2011 marks the end of the space shuttle program. Has the glorious era of space exploration ended?
Astronomy professor Mike Brown wrote in Parade magazine: "Like many kids in the 1970s, I was space crazy. I watched in awe as astronauts on TV stepped on the moon's dry surface. I dreamed of living there someday" ("A Look at NASA's Defining Moments and Where We're Headed Now," July 17, 2011).
Ancient astronomers thought that every star might hold a solar system like our own. "But the latest generation of telescopes is showing us that we couldn't be more wrong. Seemingly the only thing we haven't seen is a solar system like our own. It is exceptional—now we just need to figure out why it is so different" (ibid.).
Let God answer: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1 Genesis 1:1In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
American King James Version×, emphasis added). Our planet is unique, created by God to expand His family through human beings (compare Hebrews 1:14 Hebrews 1:14Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
American King James Version×and Genesis 1:26 Genesis 1:26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
American King James Version×with 1 Corinthians 15:49 1 Corinthians 15:49And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
American King James Version×).
The age of space exploration hasn't even begun to begin, at least not as God envisions it. He promises us that as His children we "shall inherit all things," being given immortality and spirit glory just as Jesus Christ has now (Revelation 21:7 Revelation 21:7He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
American King James Version×; 1 John 3:2 1 John 3:2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
American King James Version×). "All things" includes this vast universe, which, like God, we apparently will be able to traverse at the speed of thought. That is when the glorious age of space travel truly will begin! To learn more, request or download our free booklet What Is Your Destiny? (Source: Parade magazine.)