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'Space Shuttle'
(Archived on Thursday - July - 16/07/2009 )

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  Photo was taken over Millstreet, Co.Cork (Irl)  
The Space Shuttle 'Endeavour' lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6.03pm. (11.03pm Irish time) After 1.33 seconds after lift off it was travelling at 1900mph. In nearly 25 minutes it had crossed over the Atlantic Ocean as it hurled into space. An extremely bright dazzling white light trailed across the sky. With no clouds and clear skyline it was an amazing sight.


Thought on Thursday - July - 16/07/2009

ĎOur passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from.í ~Eric Hoffer

The sight of the Space Shuttle crossing high over Ireland last night at 11.25pm was a rare sight. 20 minutes earlier it had taken off from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. After 1.33 seconds it was travelling at 1900mph. It passed over Ireland as a particularly bright light moving in a perfect straight line as it hurled into space. Why is there such a fascination with space? The ultimate exploration of space is knowing that our planet earth does not exist in isolation. We are a tiny small fraction of a vast universe. Yet all the indicators are that we are doing our best to destroy what has been given to us. Pollution, global warming, food and water shortages are all visible signs of a major imbalance. There is a belief that everything we have is something we will always have. All the indicators are that our planet canít sustain the levels of depletion taking place at the moment. We need to treasure all that we have. Itís limited and needs great care and minding.

A little prayer starter today might be.....
We thank you God for all that you have given to us. We are part of your vast universe. We are not just an isolated part but a uniquely precious part. Help us to treasure all that you have given to us. Help us to nurture growth and to sustain life rather than destroy.....

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