Shuttle no more

I’m in shock over the space shuttle’s last launch and the retirement of the program. NASA and the pursuit of going beyond earth is such an important part of the history of my country, the United States. John F. Kennedy’s daring promise, the “space race” with the Soviets, Apollo missions, the numerous shuttle launches, great feats and heart-rending tragedies all have captured the American imagination and is a part of who we are. Americans are world leaders in space travel; we send people into orbit! Space travel has formed part of our American identity and self-understanding.

That said, I feel as though part of America is being taken away. Some are optimistic, saying we’re just taking a break, private companies are going for it… but already this is going to be the “lost decade” in American space travel, private companies do not have the know-how and resources NASA does, and with the financial outlook of the world I do not think any brave new space program will be an easy sell in the future. This really is the end of an era, and I’m sad to see it go.

That’s why I’m glad my hope rests in a another country, a heavenly one that is yet to come, ruled by the One who owns space and the stars. As good as it is to be a citizen of a nation like the US, or any nation for that matter, being a citizen of the eternal heaven is far superior. God’s Kingdom is better than all the rest. And it will never disappoint us.

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