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Five decades of small steps and giants leaps, remembering the ‘conquerors of the Moon’

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THE voice of Neil Armstrong reached out in the dark some 384,400km away and crackled those famous words in cramped television rooms across the world, proclaiming a triumph of human ingenuity and God’s grace.That was 50 years ago – 50 years to the
'Moon time: Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong walking on the moon 50 years ago.THE voice of Neil Armstrong reached out in the dark some 384,400km away and crackled those famous words in cramped television rooms across the world, proclaiming a triumph of human ingenuity and God’s grace.That was 50 years ago – 50 years to the day for Australian audiences.While the event ought to retain its Cold War context – choked by espionage and nuclear paranoia – the moon landings still serve as a reminder, even on the edge of atomic annihilation, that machinations of evil can be transformed into vehicles for good.It reminds us that hope always remains – hope not just for “earthlings”, but of the Church’s saving mission for the whole cosmos.Pope Paul VI was heavily invested in the Apollo 11 mission; he watched the mission’s final stages carefully from the observatory at Castel Gandolfo, near Rome.Minutes after the Lunar Excursion Module touched down, the Holy Father issued a message to the astronauts. “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to men of good will,” he said. “Christ, when coming among us from the abysses of the divinity, made this blessed voice resound in the firmament.  “Today, We, his humble representative, echo and repeat it as a festive hymn on the part of our whole terrestrial globe, no longer the insurmountable boundary of human existence but the open threshold to the wide expanse of boundless space and new destinies.” Pope Paul VI was in awe of the men and women who made it possible. “Honour, greetings and blessing to you, conquerors of the Moon, pale lamp of our nights and our dreams,” he said.  “Bring to her, with your living presence, the voice of the spirit, a hymn to God, our Creator and our Father.” Pope Paul VI handwrote a copy of Psalm 8 in Latin and sent it to NASA to be left on the moon by the Apollo 11 crew: “For the glory of the name of God, who gives men such power, we pray and wish well for this wondrous endeavour”.  There, the scripture passage remains safe and secure on the windless lunar expanse for any future space-farers.Other prominent members of the Church were still young at the time, but were impacted by it nonetheless.Vatican Observatory director Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno was 16 when Apollo 11 landed on the moon.Br Consolmagno devoured sci-fi novels and often imagined what space travel might be like in the future. “That put the connection in my mind that the things we fantasise about can actually happen.So dreams carry with them an important sort of reality,” he told CNS. “In the long run, it made me recognise the importance of our aspirations, the importance of our dreams, but also it really ties into the Jesuit idea that I really hadn’t understood yet of looking for God in your deepest desires.” After studying astronomy, he entered religious life and now heads the world-class Vatican Observatory.He said he continued to marvel at the possibility of space travel – he sees God’s paint brush in it all. “I can feel God in any of that work,” Br Consolmagno said. “To me, you feel God in the joy of the moment. “That the universe is logical and the fact that there is also beauty and understanding, it is a source of joy.” It was also a source of humility.Professor of theology at Villanova University Franciscan Sister Ilia Delio said the moon landings were a way of glimpsing the inner workings of creation and what it meant to be human. “It’s obviously very, very hard for us to get our heads around the fact that we are on a planet that’s moving through space, that space is filled with all sort of material life and perhaps intelligent life that we have yet to discover,” she told CNS.  “But the landing on the moon shows we can discover new things when we thought never before this could be done. “That’s what these discoveries are pointing to – a humble stance in this incredibly vast cosmos.” . The post Five decades of small steps and giants leaps, remembering the ‘conquerors of the Moon’ appeared first on The Catholic Leader .'

PSA: The Entire New Season Of ‘Veronica Mars’ Drops Tonight So Cancel Your Lesser Plans

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We spy some killer news for Veronica Mars fans: all eight episodes of the hotly anticipated fourth revival season are dropping on Stan tonight at 6pm. Qween Kristen Bell returns as the titular sassy, crime-solving sleuth along with OG cast
'We spy some killer news for Veronica Mars fans: all eight episodes of the hotly anticipated fourth revival season are dropping on Stan tonight at 6pm. Qween Kristen Bell returns as the titular sassy, crime-solving sleuth along with OG cast members  Jason   Dohring   (Logan), Enrico   Colantoni   (Keith), Percy   Daggs   III (Wallace),   Daran   Norris (Cliff McCormack), David   Starzyk   (Richard   Casabla ncas ) and a host of former guest stars. The A+ cast are joined by some stellar newcomers including Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons ( Whiplash ) and Emmy Award winner Patton Oswalt (Stan’s   A.P. Bio ), alongside   Kirby Howell-Baptiste ( Barry ), Izabela   Vidovic   (Stan’s   iZombi e ), Clifton Collins, Jr. ( Westworld ) and   Dawnn   Lewis ( The Rich & the Ruthless ). Bell and Colantoni return as the dynamic father-daughter duo Veronica with her boo Logan Before you dive into the drama, here’s everything you need to know about what your girl is up to in 2019. In the new season, Mars is in her 30s, living in her hometown of Neptune with her longtime lover Logan, and running Mars Investigations. The company is hired to investigate a string of bombings that is killing spring breakers and destroying her town’s reputation in the process. Bell brings the same spunk to the character that she did back in the noughties but with a more mature edge that millennials who grew up with the show will respond to. To amp you up for the big viewing night, be sure to catch the first three seasons of the series on Stan along with the 2014 movie . And while you’re cancelling your lesser evening plans and stocking up on marshmallows, suss out the trailer for the new season of Veronica Mars below:'

How To Watch Every Single New Episode Of Veronica Mars Today

Space Gizmodo Australia

Attention marshmallows: it's been a hot minute since Veronica Mars blessed our screens with her particular brand of sass and detective skills, but the time has come. The new season is finally upon us and we're all deeply invested in seeing how far
'Attention marshmallows: it's been a hot minute since Veronica Mars blessed our screens with her particular brand of sass and detective skills, but the time has come. The new season is finally upon us and we're all deeply invested in seeing how far the snarky investigator has come now that she's all grown up.\t\t\t\t\t More »'

Ad Astra's Second Trailer Teases A Haunting, Operatic Space Thriller

Space Gizmodo Australia

Hot on the heels of the first trailer, Ad Astra’s second has dropped, promising lots of Brad Pitt in space, as he hunts his possibly villainous father and deals with the existential terror of the unknown ahead of him. More »
'Hot on the heels of the first trailer, Ad Astra’s second has dropped, promising lots of Brad Pitt in space, as he hunts his possibly villainous father and deals with the existential terror of the unknown ahead of him.\t\t\t\t\t More »'

The Moon Missions Gave Us Way More Awesome Technology Than You Realise

Space Gizmodo Australia

Fifty years ago, American astronauts walked the moon, completing an incredible mission that, if we’re honest, was extremely unlikely to happen as soon as it did. And it was all possible because of incredible innovations, some of which paved the way
'Fifty years ago, American astronauts walked the moon, completing an incredible mission that, if we’re honest, was extremely unlikely to happen as soon as it did. And it was all possible because of incredible innovations, some of which paved the way for new tech in transportation. Here are a few of those innovations.\t\t\t\t\t More »'