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50 Years After First Interplanetary Probe, NASA Looks To Future

A diagram of the Mariner 2 Spacecraft.

NASA/JPL/Caltech

Fifty years ago, on Dec. 14, 1962, reporters gathered for a press briefing at NASA headquarters and heard an unearthly sound: radio signals being beamed back by a spacecraft flying within 22,000 miles of Venus.

Scientists show off reams of data collected by Mariner 2 as it passed by Venus. The probe flew by the planet on Dec. 14, 1962, and scanned the surface for 42 minutes. Enlarge image

Scientists show off reams of data collected by Mariner 2 as it passed by Venus. The probe flew by the planet on Dec. 14, 1962, and scanned the surface for 42 minutes.

"Indelibly imprinted in my memory is the beautiful sound of the data stream returning from the encounter science experiments during flyby," NASA manager Oran Nicks later wrote in a memoir entitled Far Travelers: The Exploring Machines. "Words could not describe my feelings as the successful return of data from Venus at last provided evidence of a successful mission."

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What caught my imagination in this story is the fact that in 1962, the world was just recently graced with The Urantia Book. And now, in 2012, so much of the information in the revelation has been so beautifully corroborated - not only by numerous NASA missions, but also by the spectacular evidence of the nature and make-up of the cosmos that has been given to us by the Hubble Telescope and others...

And I do not doubt that in the future, even more evidence will be found to verify the revealed properties of the cosmos. Finally, one might hope that a leap of faith will be made to acknowledge the workings of the Divine Mind in the amazing creation that we see, and of which we are such a tiny, but lovingly fostered, part...

From The Urantia Book:

1:6.7 To assume that the universe can be known, that it is intelligible, is to assume that the universe is mind made and personality managed. Man’s mind can only perceive the mind phenomena of other minds, be they human or superhuman. If man’s personality can experience the universe, there is a divine mind and an actual personality somewhere concealed in that universe.

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