After almost six months without my favorite video, it's back! Canadian Astronaut, Chris Hadfield, recorded David Bowie's song, "Space Oddity," while Commander of the International Space Station. The one-year copyright on the song ran out in May of 2014 and was pulled from the internet--a sad day for his fans. But the time of mourning is over! A new 2-year copyright agreement has been negotiated, so all of us David Bowie/Chris Hadfield fans are back in business. Just click on the link above and watch the breathtaking view. You'll become a fan too!
And speaking of Col. Chris Hadfield, did you know he has a new book for sale? It came out last month and includes magnificent photographs he took during his five-month stay on the Space Station. The book is titled, You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes. It's available at the normal places, but if you get your books online, it looks like you'll save some money by ordering it from Barnes & Noble.
Images of space, and pondering the vastness and awe-inspiring magnificence of the universe, have always made me feel closer to God. For me, these images represent the ever-lasting spiritual nature of all of us, and everything around us.
Hadfield's mission on the Space Station lasted from December 2012 to May 2013. In the introduction of his new book he says, "I never tired of looking out the window. I don't think any astronaut ever has, or will. Every chance we have, we float over to see what's changed since we last went around the Earth. There's always something new to see..."
His comments about seeing the Earth differently each time he went around it are a reminder: Even though I'm not in space, I can enjoy the exquisiteness of the things around me in a new way each day. That's appreciating the glory of God's creation, here and now!
You might enjoy my article from The Christian Science Monitor:
From the first walk on the moon to the space station:
our expanding infinite
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,
but by the moments that take our breath away."
"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
"The astronomer will no longer look up to the stars, — he will look out from them upon the universe."
~Mary Baker Eddy
Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures p.125
"Is not God in the height of heaven? and behold the height of the stars, how high they are!"
Inspiration is all around us. It makes us feel like we've climbed a majestic mountaintop. Enjoy the view!