Living on the Edge (of Space)

Published March 2000, More about God’s World Supplement to God’s World News Upper Edition and Senior Edition

The most ambitious (and expensive) bit of space engineering in history is under construction right now high above our heads.

Over 200 miles above the earth’s surface, the first components of the International Space Station (ISS) circle the globe every 90 minutes. These components were launched into orbit late in 1998. If the current construction schedule does not slip too badly, the station will be completed in 2004.

The United States, Russia, and 14 other nations are working together to build the ISS. They hope to have the first three-man crew on board later this year. By the time it’s finished, the station is supposed to house up to seven astronauts who will live there for months at a time.

Living and working in the weightlessness of space will differ in many ways from our earthbound existence. But the Bible reminds us of one thing that doesn’t change, whether you are on Earth or on the borders of outer space: God is there.

“Where can I go from your spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens you are there . . .” — Psalm 139:7-8