Most of us my age can remember the intensity of the Space program in the 60’s and 70’s. Henry Luke December 30, 2014
Christians in Space
by David F. Coppedge
Many alive today have witnessed the entire history of space flight. Anyone who looked up to see Sputnik cross the sky on October 4, 1957, remembers the panic that set in across the country. The thought of communists beating us to space was intolerable. American prestige sank to a new low when Vanguard, the Navy’s attempt to launch a satellite into orbit on December 6, blew up on the launch pad before the watching world. The turning point in the race came with America’s first success, Explorer 1, on January 31, 1958–50 years ago. Two key figures in this achievement became bold Christians in the years that followed.
Though technical success in space is a collective achievement, the title “father of the space program” or “world’s greatest rocket scientist” could defensibly be given to Wernher von Braun.1 Only von Braun took space exploration from childhood dreams to reality. By his death in 1977, his rockets had taken man to the moon and probes to Mars, Venus, and Mercury, with the Voyagers en route to the outer planets.
In 1962, an engineer led Dr. von Braun to Christ using a Gideon Bible. Upon praying to repent of sin and receive Christ, the eminent rocket scientist confessed that he felt like a great burden had been lifted off him. He became a fervent Christian, and prayed for the success of his launches.
Another man behind the success of Explorer 1 was Dr. Henry L. Richter, Jr. (Ph.D., Caltech), the Group Supervisor of Explorer Design and Development. After Explorer 1’s success, he continued work on the Ranger, Mariner, and Surveyor programs, eventually leaving JPL for private enterprise and consulting. During those same years of the 1960s, Dr. Richter recognized his need for the Lord and later became a committed Christian. Recently, he published a small book that describes the wonders of life and the universe.2 Richter explains how these intricate designs could not have evolved. The book, which defends a young-earth position, ends with a call to receive the gospel of Jesus Christ.
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