Warning: Space Travel May Be Hazardous to Your Health
1 Peter 5:8: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…"
From 1961 to 1972, the Apollo space program captured the world's attention with its 11 manned flights into space, its tragedies and its triumphs. Though the program is best remembered for the failed mission of Apollo 13, NASA succeeded beyond measure when it landed a man on the moon in 1969.
Now, after the passage of over four decades, it has been discovered that a high percentage of the Apollo astronauts who flew to the moon and back have died as a result of cardiovascular disease. Professor Michael Delp and his research team from Florida State University believe this was caused by being exposed to radiation during their time in space beyond Earth's orbit.
The researchers found that 43 percent of the now-deceased Apollo astronauts who flew beyond Earth's orbit died because of cardiovascular problems. This is four to five times higher than the non-flight astronauts and those who had traveled into low Earth orbit. To verify their findings, the researchers also exposed mice to the same type of radiation that astronauts experience in deep space and found that their arteries were damaged in the same way that would have led to cardiovascular disease in humans.
Let this be a reminder that Christians also have a dangerous enemy who cannot be seen but who would devour us if he could. But when we walk by faith in the risen Son of God, we need not fear our invisible enemy.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, whenever the troubles of this world start to overtake me, remind me that I do not need to fear because greater is he who is in me than he who is in the world. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Notes: "Apollo astronauts experiencing higher rates of cardiovascular-related deaths," ScienceDaily, 7/28/16. Kathleen Haughney, Florida State University. Image: Apollo space program insignia. (NASA-PD)
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