- Feb 27, 2021
As Perseverance, the latest probe on Mars, gears up to send to Earth high-definition images, video and audio of its surroundings, one papal astronomer said he hoped the fresh new discoveries will inspire future explorers.
For Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon is a reminder of how much can be accomplished when humanity pools its creativity and determination toward a common cause.
Astronauts and astronomers discuss their emotions about their work 50 years after the first moon landing.
Brother Guy Consolmagno, the Jesuit research astronomer who runs the Vatican’s observatory, said that global interest in outer space is increasing at astronomical proportions, meaning there must be a clearer set of rules outlining peaceful space conduct.
The Perseids meteor shower, also called the “tears of St. Lawrence,” is a meteor shower associated with the comet Swift-Tuttle, which drops dust and debris in Earth’s orbit on its 133-year trip around the Sun.
No periphery is far enough away to escape a pope’s purview. Not even outer space.