This Day in History: Genesis from the Moon

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first_imgForty years ago this day, Christmas Eve, a riotous and troubled world stopped in its tracks and held its breath.  The crew of Apollo 8, which had blasted off 3 days earlier in the new behemoth rocket Saturn V, masterminded by rocket pioneer Wernher von Braun, had reached orbit around the moon, and was about to speak to the world.    Because of delays with the lunar lander, the mission planners decided to try a lunar mission earlier than first scheduled.  It would help them gain confidence with orbital maneuvers and keep ahead of the Russians.  It was a risky move that would involve several firsts: first manned use of the Saturn V (one of the most complex machines ever built by man), first manned lunar orbit, and farthest from Earth man had ever traveled.  Lunar orbit insertion was particularly risky.  The slightest mistake in calculation would have doomed the crew: either crashing them into the moon, or sending them off into space with no chance to get home.  Ground controllers were in blackout when the burn completed behind the moon.  A confirming voice from the spacecraft, slightly later than expected, sent a huge sigh of relief through mission control.  Apollo 8 was in orbit.    For the next 20 hours the crew circled the moon 10 times.  They were the first humans to witness “Earthrise,” a sight of our blue marble, brimming with life, rising above the limb of a desolate, airless world (for a more recent image in HD, see the 11/15/2007 entry and Astronomy Picture of the Day).  The pictures Apollo 8 took were historic.  Those images were to alter man’s perception of his place in the universe, showing how precious our delicate jewel appeared against the blackness of space (see Australian Broadcasting Corporation).    The world needed some good news.  1968 had been a disastrous year.  The Vietnam War escalated during the Tet Offensive, Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy had been assassinated, millions of hippies were taking drugs and protesting the establishment, and anti-war activists were rioting in the streets.  What happened next on that Christmas Eve brought a precious moment of peace on earth, good will to men.  Calling long distance from the moon to planet earth, William Anders began a Christmas greeting like no other (follow along on YouTube).  As people around the world hushed and watched their TV sets, he said:We are now approaching lunar sunrise, and for all the people on Earth, the crew of Apollo 8 has a message we would like to send you. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.And the earth was without form, and void;and darkness was upon the face of the deep.And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.And God saw the light, that it was good:and God divided the light from the darkness.”Jim Lovell:“And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.And the evening and the morning were the first day.And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters,and let it divide the waters from the waters.And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmamentfrom the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.And God called the firmament Heaven.And the evening and the morning were the second day.”Frank Borman:“And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together unto one place,and let the dry land appear: and it was so.And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waterscalled he Seas: and God saw that it was good.”Borman then added, “And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you – all of you on the good Earth.”An estimated one billion people listened to that greeting – the largest TV audience to date.  Somehow, everything took on a new perspective.  The war and the national boundaries faded into insignificance as the ancient words of Genesis, pronouncing goodness on the newly-created world, took center stage.  That moment captured the imagination of poets, journalists and authors for years.  An anonymous telegram to the astronauts after the mission said, “Thank you Apollo 8.  You saved 1968.”    A commemorative stamp was issued showing Earthrise with the words, “In the beginning God…”  The story has been retold by John S. Gardner on National Review.  Background of that holy night can also be found at a NASA-Goddard web page.  A very lifelike and faithful re-enactment of the event can be seen in Tom Hanks’ HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon, Part 4.    The Apollo 8 Christmas Eve anniversary was mentioned today by the BBC News and Space.com and Astronomy Picture of the Day, but all three avoided mention of the Genesis reading.  It was mentioned, however, on Maryland Weather, the Boston Globe, the Chicago Tribune and many other news outlets.  There will undoubtedly be many Apollo celebrations leading up to the 40th anniversary of the moon landing in July, but there was never a Christmas Eve quite like that one – a modern wish for a silent night, holy night, calm, brightness, and sleep in heavenly peace.“Trouble and anguish have overtaken me, yet Your commandments are my delight,” says Psalm 119 of God’s healing Word.  “The righteousness of Your testimonies is everlasting; Give me understanding, and I shall live.”    Even back then, a few sourpuss spoilsports got uptight about the government-funded Bible reading.  Madelyn Murray O’Hair, the famous atheist, tried to sue to keep the word “God” off the stamp, but the courts decided she had no jurisdiction.  Ha!  But can you imagine the uproar something like that would cause today?  The AmurkyOnes Untied, the NCSE dobermans and the “I’ll-Sue-You” ACLU would be taking off in an imperial TIE Fighter to shoot them down.  The UN would come unglued and threaten America with sanctions.  Borman, Lovell and Anders might have decided it wasn’t safe to come back.    The greeting was apparently conceived by the astronauts themselves, and surprised NASA as much as everyone else.  The Chicago Tribune claimed that the astronauts got the idea from the wife of a reporter friend.  NASA had only asked the three to “think of something appropriate to say.”  It worked.  The timeless words of Genesis 1 touched the hearts of a billion people wearied by war and conflict.  The image of a beautiful blue orb in the vastness of space fit those words as humans had never before sensed from such a perspective: “and God saw that it was good.”    We trust most people can celebrate that event as one of the most beautiful gifts the space program ever sent home.  Too bad most people quickly forgot it and resumed their selfish, thankless, violent ways.  Keep the light shining.  Put this wallpaper on your desktop and tell your coworkers about the Apollo 8 Christmas Eve message.  And so to all our readers, we likewise extend our wishes for a good night, good providence, a Merry Christmas, and God bless all of you – all of you on the privileged planet.(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Being a seed dealer, we get a lot of questions about conventional corn compared to triple stack corn. Guys were wanting to cut costs with conventional corn this year, but we have seen in the fields and heard from customers as much as 60-bushel differences between refuge corn and triple stack corn. The triple stack corn was better side-by-side.There was a wide range of yields by different hybrids. Most of the hybrids we have really leaned on in recent years still did fairly well. Our disappointment was with the newer hybrids that didn’t take the stress as well as some of our older hybrids. I don’t know how much you can rely on the data we saw this year. Some of the information on hybrids this year is not necessarily something you want to take to the bank.We had some Artesian drought tolerant hybrids from Syngenta. Personally I didn’t think it was dry enough at the end of summer that it would have hurt our corn, but after I shelled the Artesian hybrids it looks like the dry weather took more yield out of our corn and soybeans in this area than I had thought. We have seen good things with that Artesian technology. It doesn’t necessarily save 100% of your yield, but it does help with dry conditions.last_img read more


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first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Tony Nye is a man on a mission.A serious heart-related illness in late 2017 shook him to his core. It also convinced him that many farmers, both small-scale and large-scale, need to hear what he has to say.“I was as close to knocking on the Pearly Gates as possible before I turned the corner,” he recalled.After surgery, he lost both weight and strength and spent a month in the hospital.“I wasn’t able to return to the barns for almost six months,” he said.Those barns are on his 50-acre Fayette County farm, where Nye raises meat goats and purebred swine. The farm also includes some grain production, plus pasture ground for the goats.Luckily for the family, his then 17-year-old son was able to step in and care for the livestock during his Dad’s illness. That care included not only feeding and watering during the bitter winter weather, but also farrowing numerous pig litters and making important decisions related to animal health, finances and marketing. But Nye realizes that things could have ended up much differently.He plans to discuss the “what ifs” and the impacts it had on his family farm on Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Farm Science Review, an agricultural trade show held yearly at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center near London and sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University. His presentation on “Be Prepared if Tragedy Strikes on the Farm,” is set for 11 a.m. at the Small Farms Center tent.In addition to farming, Nye also works as the agricultural and natural resources Extension educator in Clinton County and is the statewide small farm coordinator for OSU Extension, the outreach arm of The Ohio State University and its College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. Now eight months after his heart scare, he still has only returned to the office on a part-time basis.“Fortunately I am still among the living and our farm is still operating. Lots of decisions had to be made quickly and, honestly, we were not prepared,” he said.Nye wants farmers to realize that they aren’t invincible and to recognize the importance of family communication and contingency plans.“Tragedy can mean many things on a farm—everything from a barn fire and severe illness to a car accident, death or lost crop due to hail or a windstorm,” he said. “Any of these things can create financial and physical stress for the family.”When it comes to estate planning, farmers often only think about retirement and who to pass the farm to. Much more should be addressed, Nye noted.“Written directives are so very important,” he said. “They require communication and transparency among all family members.“If you don’t talk about it ahead of time, how can you plan for it?” Nye said. “I will discuss the whole thought process around ‘what if’ and preparing for the unthinkable.”Among the recommendations he will discuss are that families should:Recognize the critical importance of communication.Talk openly about the “what ifs.”Share with all family members the need for a plan in the event of a tragedy. Identify who will make the day-to-day decisions and other key people that should be involved. Is there someone who wants to keep the farm going?Understand each other’s role and performance expectations.Evaluate the situation from the standpoint of both financial and physical labor challenges. Have written goals and objectives to help guide necessary decisions.Draw up a will to help the family know what to do in the event of death.Consider a lawyer or tax preparer to discuss financial and legal decisions.Compile a list of the farm’s support network including individuals such as an attorney, veterinarian, insurance agent, seed and fertilizer dealer, neighbors, and even the local Extension educator.last_img read more


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first_imgIn the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa, residents of El Hierro are only a few months away from weaning themselves completely from fossil fuels for the generation of electricity. They will rely instead on a $110 million renewable energy system that uses both wind turbines and hydroelectric generation.According to reports from National Public Radio and Thomasnet, the Spanish island will be able to forego the importation of 40,000 barrels of oil a year to power generators.The new system, which NPR said was inaugurated this summer, will be able to generate as much as 48 gigawatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to supply all of the island’s needs. It is to become fully functional by the end of the year. Using both wind and hydroThe system includes five wind turbines and a closed-loop hydro system consisting of two reservoirs. When there’s enough wind, the turbines take care of the electrical demand from the island’s 11,000 or so residents and tourists. Excess electricity is used to pump water from a reservoir at sea level to a volcanic crater 2,300 feet up the hill.When the wind dies, the water from the upper reservoir is released. It travels through generators to produce electricity on its way down to the lower reservoir. The system switches from one source or electricity to the other so quickly that residents won’t know the difference.There’s nothing new about either technology, but the system installed on El Hierro is the first that combines the two, engineer Juan Manuel Quintero, who serves on the board of the Gorona del Viento (Wind Gorona) plant, told NRP.“The wind machines, we basically ordered out of a catalog,” he told NPR. “We didn’t invent the technology. Same with the water turbines. The innovation we made is hooking up the two systems together.”The earlier Thomasnet article, originally posted in 2011, says the five-turbine wind farm would have a capacity of 11.5 megawatts, with the hydro project contributing anther 11.3 MW. The report said those sources would be augmented by solar thermal collectors and grid-connected photovoltaic systems.For an interesting dialogue on the merits of the investment, take a look at the bottom of the NPR post.last_img read more


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first_imgMissing six of its first eight shots, Gilas’ lackluster start saw the visitors run to a 20-4 lead before Ravena turned the tide and ignited a 17-2 blast to close the gap, 22-21, at the end of the first quarter.Rosario kept that flame burning in the second quarter as the Philippines staged a 20-4 run to grab a 41-26 lead. Makoto Hiejima and Ira Brown conspired to help the Japanese recover and pull within two, 43-41, before Rosario ended the first half with a booming triple for a 46-41 halftime edge.Blatche finally played true to form in the third frame, keeping Gilas in front before Castro and Calvin Abueva picked up the slack late and give the home team a 72-61 lead at the end of the period.Gilas Pilipinas faces Chinese Taipei in Taiwan on June 29, before seeking retribution against Australia at Philippine Arena on July 2 to wrap up the first round of the Asian qualifiers.Hiejima paced winless Japan (0-4) with 23 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two blocks, while Brown got 16 markers and eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico NU sustains dominance, beats UST Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES The Scores:PHILIPPINES 89 — Blatche 18, Rosario 14, Ravena 13, Abueva 8, Castro William 8, Norwood 8, Fajardo 7, Pogoy 6, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 2, Wright 0.JAPAN 84 — Hiejima 23, Brown 16, Tanaka 12, Shinoyama 9, Tsuji 8, Ota 6, Takeuchi 5, Uto 3, Harimoto 2, Furukawa 0, Hashimoto 0, Nagayoshi 0.Quarters: 21-22, 46-41, 72-61, 89-84. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJayson Castro made the game-sealing floater with 10.6 seconds left as Gilas Pilipinas bounced back with an 89-84 win over Japan Sunday in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers at Mall of Asia Arena.The Philippines lost a 15-point lead but denied the visitors the upset behind Castro and Andray Blatche, who split his charities with 5.5 ticks remaining.ADVERTISEMENT The Filipinos rose to 3-1 in Group B of the first round of the qualifiers, sweeping Japan in their home-and-away series and clinched a spot in the second round.Blatche had his best outing to date in the World Cup qualifiers, finishing with 18 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block in 30 minutes of play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTroy Rosario also had a triumphant return, firing 14 markers on 2-of-4 shooting from three and grabbing four boards, while Kiefer Ravena provided the spark 13 points, two rebounds, five assists and two steals.Castro, who returned to the lineup after missing the game against Australia due to an ankle sprain, had all of his eight markers in the second half. View commentslast_img read more


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first_imgCatholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:25What we ought to know about Filipino Sign Language02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Reavis urges league to look at ‘lopsidedness,’ says Magnolia drew ‘short end’ of stick Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Rookie Shai Del Campo then found the back of the net for her 10th goal of the season in the 79th minute, effectively giving La Salle its three-peat and 11th championship overall.“I’m very happy and thankful that I got the chance to play for this team,” said MVP and Best Midfielder Sara Castañeda.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsDel Campo took the Rookie of the Year and Best Striker plums while teammate Tashka Lacson grabbed the Best Goalkeeper award.The Lady Tamaraws’ Hannah Pachejo was named Best Defender while the whole Lady Archers team was given the Fair Play award. La Salle women’s football team wins 3 peat! CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—De La Salle toppled Far Eastern University, 2-0, in the final to claim its third straight crown in the UAAP Season 81 women’s football tournament Thursday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Rocelle Santos broke the deadlock in the 54th minute heading in a goal that put the Lady Archers on top.ADVERTISEMENT View comments University of Santo Tomas, last season’s silver medalist, settled for the bronze in Season 81.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFPlast_img read more


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first_img The FSPID is a regulatory department with responsibility for ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of food entering commerce. The Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division (FSPID), in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries (MICAF) has confiscated 70 metric tonnes (1575 bags) of White Cinderella rice, valued at approximately $4.6 million, which was imported from Guyana by a local distributor.Upon inspection the rice had signs of mould growth, clumping, discolouration and wetting. As a result, the rice was detained by a Food Storage Inspector.Subsequently, a statutory detention notice was placed on the rice and samples collected were submitted to the FSPID’s Microbiology Laboratory for testing. The results revealed that the rice had microbial levels above the accepted limits. Therefore, the rice was deemed not suitable for human consumptions and was condemned.This seizure is the first for the year. The rice was imported by a large chain distributor in Jamaica with whom the matter was discussed extensively, and in keeping with the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation (FSPI) Act (1958) and Regulations (1973), the rice were detained while arrangements made for disposal.The FSPID is a regulatory department with responsibility for ensuring the safety and wholesomeness of food entering commerce. Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division (Fspid) Condemns 70 Metric Tonnes of Imported White Rice Due to High Microbial Content This seizure is the first for the year. The rice was imported by a large chain distributor in Jamaica with whom the matter was discussed extensively, and in keeping with the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation (FSPI) Act (1958) and Regulations (1973), the rice were detained while arrangements made for disposal. Story Highlightslast_img read more


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first_imgSASKATOON – A Saskatchewan woman says she lost a finger after her ring got caught on a waterslide at one of the largest malls in North America.Claire Clark was celebrating her granddaughter’s third birthday at West Edmonton Mall’s water park on Aug. 5 when Clark decided to take a ride on a slide called the Corkscrew.She said she was grabbing onto a thin piece of mesh and foam padding at the top to push herself down when she got snagged.“My ring caught on that thing that I grabbed and it ripped off my finger, and my finger went with it,” Clark said. “It was awful.”Clark said the skin on her right ring finger was torn at the first knuckle and there was only bone on the rest of the finger.Clark said she remembers going down the slide and holding her hand so that she wouldn’t get blood everywhere. She lifted it to make sure it didn’t go under the water.“Then I said to my husband, ‘We have to go get first aid. Look at my finger.’ And so I showed him my finger and I thought he was going to pass out because it’s kind of ugly.”Clark’s 28-year-old daughter found the finger and pointed it out to a lifeguard, who dove into the pool to retrieve it and the ring.A plastic surgeon at the University of Alberta hospital told Clark that there was nothing left to sew the finger back into and it had to be amputated. The surgeon did the procedure that day and Clark has six millimetres of her finger left.Clark, who has three children and five grandchildren, said her finger hurt a little bit after it happened, but not very much. She gets her stitches out on Monday.West Edmonton Mall said it was unable to comment on what happened because of an internal investigation.Clark wants the mall to advise people who are wearing jewelry to take it off before they go down the waterslides.She was working again at her job as a mobile mortgage specialist for RBC the same night she lost her finger and plans on seeing an occupational and physical therapist.She said she’ll never go to a water park again.“I didn’t lose my life. So I’m happy about that,” Clark said.“I’ll have tears once in awhile and I’ll wish I could get my finger back sometimes, but I don’t think I ever will.”— By Ryan McKenna in Regina. Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitterlast_img read more