The scientific community celebrated this week as an unmanned probe flew close enough to Pluto to take clear pictures of the planet.
But some were asking the question: Why spend money on the space program?
People here on Earth are hungry, they say. We need real-world projects funded. For instance, almost half the population of India and over a million Americans live without indoor plumbing.
How can we justify space exploration when so many problems exist here on the planet?
Like so many things we can’t explain to naysayers, it really is a leap of faith.
In my teen-age years, I spent some time as part of a Pentecostal church. On Sundays, there was quite a lively service, complete with congregants “speaking in tongues” and getting “slain in the spirit.”
Often, I’d look to my left and right, and see people in pews with heads tilted back, and they were…
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