Bibles that were read in space are up for auction
|November 10, 2013||Posted by News under Extraterrestrial life, News|
Received a PR, can’t seem to find it on the Net*:
Bibles here. Auction November 14 through 21.
The World’s Most Important and Historically Significant Lunar Bible Collection Up For Auction
The Lawrence McGlynn Lunar Bible Collection and Archive Being Offered to the Public for the First Time
The Lawrence McGlynn Lunar Flown Bible Collection and Archive, is a collection that is as unique as it is historic. When humanity first left the Earth’s cradle, embarking upon the historic race for the moon and the stars at the end of the last century’s cold war, a select few of the brave Apollo explorers ascended into the heavens carrying with them not just the hopes and dreams of a nation, but also the sacred and immortal words of all 1,245 pages of the King James Bible.
Carried aboard the historic flights of Apollo 12, 13, and 14, these sacred texts bear witness to the enduring and pivotal role of faith and spirituality in the human experience.
Hope a museum can afford it, and it doesn’t just disappear into a private collection …
The flown, lunar surface PPK (or “personal preference kit”) beta-cloth bag of lunar module pilot Edgar Mitchell, in which he carried the twice flown bible to the Frau Mauro highlands of the Moon.
It is also important to note that the Apollo 14 bible originates from the family of Apollo 1 astronaut Edward H. White II, whose tragic and untimely death, along with his fellow Apollo 1 crew members Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee, inspired the creation of the Apollo Prayer league and the global efforts to send the bible to the moon.
Interesting how, back when we really were going to the moon and such, many astronauts were unashamedly religious in a traditional and conventional sense. But now that cosmological theory (there’s a multiverse, we’re a hologram or else we’re an alien’s giant computer sim, etc.) has replaced hands-on exploration of other bodies in space, the Bible is controversial and we ain’t goin’ nowhere. Just speculatin’ is all.
* Not unusual. The publicist wants the journalist to call him and then she will practically have to divorce him to ever hear the end of it.