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   This Week...                 WALKING ON THE MOON             7/21/2019                                            Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong
     
       Fifty years ago the Moon Lander touched down at 3:17 Eastern Standard Time, Sunday, July 20, 1969. It was an epic moment to be remembered for all time. Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the Moon followed by Buzz Aldrin. Michael Collins, a third member of the group, was in charge of the command module which circled the moon while Armstrong and Aldrin landed. The module was also used to return the crew to Earth.
       Aldrin had brought something very special with him on his trip. He had received a small communion kit from his church that included a silver chalice and wine vial about the size of the tip of his finger. That historic day he radioed, "Houston, this is Eagle. This is the Lunar Module pilot speaking. I would like to request a few moments of silence. I would like to invite each person listening in--whoever or wherever he may be--to contemplate for a moment the events of the last few hours, and to give thanks in his own individual way.”
       Later he wrote about his moment of silence. He said, "I poured the wine into the chalice and in the one-sixth gravity of the moon, the wine slowly and gracefully curled up the side of the cup. Then I read the Scripture, “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whosoever abides in me will bring forth much fruit.”
      Aldrin celebrated communion on the moon in spite of the fact that NASA was already embroiled in a legal battle with the opponent of religion, Madelyn Murray O'Hare; she had protested the reading from Genesis by the Apollo Eight crew while orbiting the moon at Christmas.
       None-the-less, Aldrin said, “The Eagle's metal body creaked. I ate the tiny bread and swallowed the wine. I gave thanks for the intelligence and spirit that had brought two young pilots to the Sea of Tranquility. It was interesting for me to think: the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the very first food eaten there, were the communion elements.” Aldrin praised God regardless of what others said or thought.

Beloved American hero and astronaut Buzz Aldrin reflects on the wisdom,
guiding principles, and irreverent anecdotes he's gathered—
both in outer space and on earth—through his event-filled life, in this inspiring work.

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Marking the forty-fifth anniversary of Apollo 11’s moon landing,
First Man by James Hansen offers the only authorized glimpse
into the life of America’s most famous astronaut, Neil Armstrong—
the man whose “one small step” changed history.


       Armstrong was also a Christian believer. Perhaps the most under-reported story about Neil Armstrong was his visit to Israel after his historic trip to the moon, where he made his one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. He went on a tour of the old city of Jerusalem with Israeli archeologist Meir Ben-Dov.
       When they arrived at the Hulda Gate--at the top of the stairs before the Temple Mount--Armstrong asked Ben-Dov whether Jesus had stepped anywhere around there. Ben-Dov told him, “These are the steps that lead to the temple, so Jesus must have walked here many times.” Then Armstrong asked if those were the original stairs and Ben-Dov confirmed that they were indeed. “So Jesus stepped right here?” Armstrong asked. “That’s right,” answered Ben-Dov. to which Armstrong, the devout Christian, replied, “I have to tell you, I am more excited stepping on these stones than when I was stepping on the moon.”
       Armstrong died Augusta 25, 2012. Of course you wouldn’t know about Armstrong’s Christian faith from the obituaries published by such liberal journalists as the New York Times and Washington Post. They didn’t consider it worthy of comment. Nor would you know that Neil truly loved the Lord. That fact was not revealed in the minimal tribute offered by President Obama. Yet Armstrong’s life story cannot be told without mentioning his walk with Christ.
       The secular world remembers Armstrong as an aerospace engineer, a university professor, a Navy fighter pilot and the first man in history to peer back at Earth from the surface of the moon.
       Those who were closest to the famous astronaut, his widow, Carol, his two sons, Eric and Mark, his brother and sister, and other survivors, remember Neil Armstrong as a man of faith.

References:
https://christiandiarist.com/2012/08/26/neil-armstrong-a-great-american-a-devout-christian/

https://www.godandscience.org/apologetics/communion.html



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