This past weekend I visited Jet Propulsion Laboratory during its annual open house. I was told by JPL media relations that about 30,000 to 40,000 visitors attended the event.
I was in high school the last time I attended a JPL open house, attending as part of an ROTC field trip. From what I remember, that visit proved to be most enlightening, as we got to check out the lab’s largest clean room, the Deep Space Network facility, and saw a Mars rover in action.
Walking around the JPL campus got me thinking: What does the church have to say about all this science that’s going on, the trips we’ve taken to the moon, the trips we’ve taken to the upper atmosphere and the trips we might take to Mars in the not-too-distant future. Then I was reminded about a special conference the Vatican held late last year on the possibility of life on other planets.