INDIA - Successful Moon Landing

Arno Froese

India has successfully launched a mission to soft land a rover on the moon, in a landmark moment for a nation trying to become a space superpower.

The launch was originally scheduled for July 15, but was abruptly called off just 56 minutes before lift-off due to a “technical snag.” India is now on the way to becoming the fourth country—in addition to United States, China and the former Soviet Union—to make a soft-landing on the lunar surface.

The Chandrayaan-2, which weighs 3.8 tons and carries 13 payloads, has three elements—lunar orbiter, lander and rover, all developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).

A robotic rover named Pragyan (meaning “wisdom”) will then deploy and spend one lunar day, or 14 Earth days, collecting mineral and chemical samples from the moon’s surface for remote scientific analysis.

Over the next year, the orbiter will map the lunar surface and study the outer atmosphere of the moon.

This mission is significant for India—the country wants to become a major space player and put Indian astronauts in space by 2022.

Chandrayaan-1, India’s maiden lunar mission, discovered water molecules on the surface of the moon. As part of that mission, an impact probe crashed into the moon’s south polar region in a controlled landing.

The nation is also positioning itself as the launch pad for the world’s commercial satellites—it has launched 297 foreign satellites for 33 countries, according to the government’s space agency.

ISRO chairman Sivan also announced in June that India was planning to set up an independent space station by 2030. Currently, the only space station available for expedition crews is the International Space Station (ISS) a joint project, which several countries participate in.

India’s space agency has also proposed sending an orbiter to Venus by 2023.

-www.cnn.com, 22 July 2019

Arno's commentary

When it comes to the moon issue, America is the supreme leader, having placed men on the moon over 50 years ago.

What is the purpose of the so-called space exploration programs? The general answer is to expand man’s knowledge on the one hand, and explore the possibility of a habitable planet on the other. But, based on the American success, there is little to no value in collecting some moon rocks.

The real issue is always the pride of the nation. The originator of space travel was the Soviet Union, as they chalked up seven Soviet space firsts as recorded on history.com: 1) first artificial earth satellite, Sputnik; 2) first animal in orbit; 3) first landing on the moon; 4) first man in space; 5) first woman in space; 6) first spacewalk; and 7) first remote-controlled rover on the moon. It is of interest to realize that Sputnik in Russian means “fellow traveler.” Atheist philosophy is strictly earthly-minded and anti-religious. Apollo, on the other hand, according to dictionary.com, means “the ancient Greek and Roman god of light.” India’s space rover, in this case Chandrayaan, means “new vehicle” in Sanskrit, which dictionary.com reports is “the religious and classical literature language of India.”

So, the question again: what is the purpose of space exploration? We may answer with one word: pride. Here Obadiah 4 is applicable: “Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord.” What does Jesus says about space? “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring” (Luke 21:25).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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