Looking for stories of space programs interacting with religion.
March 13, 2012 1:22 PM Subscribe
I'm stories of ways in which space programs from around the world have interacted with religion and ancient myth.
posted by Blasdelb to Science & Nature (12 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm inspired by the quote in the fascinating Man on the Moon
wikipedia article where Apollo 11 was apparently instructed to keep an eye out for an ancient Chinese legend,
Houston: Among the large headlines concerning Apollo this morning there's one asking that you watch for a lovely girl with a big rabbit. An ancient legend says a beautiful Chinese girl called Chang-o has been living there for 4000 years. It seems she was banished to the moon because she stole the pill for immortality from her husband. You might also look for her companion, a large Chinese rabbit, who is easy to spot since he is only standing on his hind feet in the shade of a cinnamon tree. The name of the rabbit is not recorded.
Collins: Okay, we'll keep a close eye for the bunny girl.
and am looking for stories that are similar.
I'm already familiar with the apparently misattributed, Yuri Gagarin quote, "I don't see any God up here.", and the making of the Voyager Golden Records
but my google-fu is being obstructed by the deuchebag formerly of NASA claiming he was fired for being an idiot and the many and various kooks that the internet collects.