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Bibles that were read in space are up for auction

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microfilm lunar Bible

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.

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5 Responses to Bibles that were read in space are up for auction

  1. Apollo 8 – Genesis Reading (1968) – video

    of note: the crew of Apollo 8 was been sued by an Atheist (Madalyn Murray O’Hair) for reciting from the book of genesis. The Supreme Court humorously responded that it lacked jurisdiction in the case! :)

  2. Semi OT: Houston We Have a Problem: Microgravity Accelerates Biological Aging – Oct. 31, 2013
    Excerpt: experiments conducted on the International Space Station involving cells that line the inner surfaces of blood vessels (endothelial cells) show that microgravity accelerates cardiovascular disease and the biological aging of these cells.,,,
    They compared space-flown endothelial cells to endothelial cells cultured under normal gravity, looking for differences in gene expression and/or in the profile of secreted proteins. Space-flown cells differentially expressed more than 1,000 genes and secreted high amounts of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Ultimately, this induced significant oxidative stress, causing inflammation among endothelial cells, which in turn, led to atherosclerosis and cell senescence (biological aging).

    Also up at Crev.Info

    Human Ability In Weakness – Nov. 2013
    Excerpt: Baby music: It appears that babies can remember lullabies they heard in the womb that their mothers sang. Science Daily reported on a University of Helsinki study that measured brain waves of 24 newborns who were sung a song repeatedly while in utero; they reacted more strongly and immediately than babies who did not hear them. “These results show that fetuses can recognise and remember sounds from the outside world,” the article said. – ,,,
    Blind sight: Researchers from Montreal and Boston shined more light on blindness. They found that even when the rods and cones of three blind patients were completely unresponsive, the ganglion cells transmitted information to the brain. They were “stunned to discover that the brain still responded significantly to light in these rare three completely blind patients despite having absolutely no conscious vision at all,” Science Daily said. Functional MRI and experiments with sound shows that the patients’ brains were aware unconsciously of blue light shined into the eyes. The ganglion cell response to light appears to raise a person’s attentiveness.,,,
    Vegetative consciousness: For the first time, patients listed in a persistent vegetative state have shown the ability to respond to words with their brains, even when their bodies could not. Experiments with 21 patients described as “vegetative” and eight controls at the University of Cambridge showed that some were not only aware, but were paying attention. One patient in particular “was able to focus on words signaled by the experimenters as auditory targets as successfully as healthy individuals,”,,,
    See more at:

  3. Photon Rocket Demonstration (Photonic Laser Thruster, PLT) – video
    Prospective of Photon Propulsion for Interstellar Flight – Young K. Bae – 2012
    Excerpt: Photon propulsion has been widely discussed for decades as a next generation propulsion that can make interstellar flight possible, which requires the ability to propel spacecraft to speeds at least 10 % of the light speed, v~0.1c = 30,000 km/sec (Tsander, 1967). Photon propulsion has been considered to be one of the best available interstellar propulsion concepts, because it is founded on established physics and technologies (Forward, 1984). However, compared with its theoretical progress, its actual demonstration either in laboratory settings or space environment has progressed very slowly. It has been only very recent that a successful recycling photon thruster capable of amplifying thrust by orders of magnitude was demonstrated in a laboratory setting (Bae, 2007b, 2008), and that a successful space deployment of solar sail was achieved. (Takeuchi, 2011) With such successes along with recent impressive development of high power lasers and associated optics, which form necessary technological foundations for photon propulsion, therefore, the time has matured to take photon propulsion much more seriously.

    Photonic Railway: Will Laser Propulsion Enable Interstellar Travel? – Oct. 2013
    Excerpt: Phase 4 – Interstellar Photonic Railway: Bae’s ultimate goal is for PLT to enable manned roundtrip interstellar flight in one human generation. Within a 70-to-100-year timeframe, he thinks the technology should be capable of delivering >10 MN thrusts (1 to 100 TW operating power) and operating distances of up to 100 trillion km. As an example, he says PLT could handle the 10.5-light-year (100 trillion km) trip from Earth to Epsilon Eridani, with diameters of 1,000 km for the beaming lens and 252 km for the spacecraft, with 1 ?m lasers.
    What Could Derail The Plan?
    Bae acknowledges that there are many “daunting” challenges that must be overcome for his photonic railway dream to become a reality. On the technical side, aligning optics over astronomically long resonant optical cavities will be extremely difficult — current technology can provide the necessary accuracy for distances up to interplanetary, but not for interstellar missions, which would require angular aiming precision of <10-14 rad. As I mentioned earlier, the future development of smaller-wavelength lasers is also required to achieve the projected operating distances of the railway. And the power requirements of all but the Phase 1 systems are far beyond current capabilities.

  4. bornagain77

    Great stuff as usual.

    BTW: I sent you an email.

  5. Thanks John Witton.

    OT: Ms. O’Leary has a humorous post up on ENV:

    Don’t Let Mars Fool You. Those Exoplanets Teem with Life! – Denyse O’Leary – November 11, 2013
    Caution: Biology is an awkward science to play dice with. One may as well argue that there must be several species of reasoning animals like humans on Earth because there are just so many species. But there aren’t several, just one.,,,
    In the Washington Post, Joel Achenbach explains that life on Mars is awfully cryptic: “Time and again, scientists have detected signatures of Martian life, only to discover that they were written in vanishing ink.”

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