The Rosetta mission has been accomplished. This morning the Philae lander completed its 300 million mile, 10-year journey to a comet currently blasting through the solar system. The space probe successfully landed on a three-mile wide comet, drilling itself into the surface where it will use a variety of on-board, robotic devices to conduct tests and send data back to its mothership. Seriously, how cool does that sound? As astronomy expert at Nottingham Trent University, Daniel Brown, told CNN, no matter what the tests and data show us, the mission up to this point is an incredible achievement:
Apart from the amazing scientific results, the sheer challenge and ambition of such a mission is outstanding and illustrates how our space exploration of the solar system has become more advanced and successful. It gives us much to hope for in future missions.
This week at the APEC Summit in Beijing, President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the terms of a historic agreement to collectively slow their nations' carbon emissions. The deal between the nations—the world’s two biggest greenhouse gas emitters—has been in the works behind-the-scenes for nearly nine months. According to the agreement, the U.S. will decrease their emissions by up to 28 percent by 2025 (compared to 2005) and China will begin to reduce their overall emissions by 2030. President Obama told the Chinese leader, “When the U.S. and China are able to work together effectively, the whole world benefits" ... Discuss
In a surprising move, the government of North Korea freed two Americans this weekend. The release of Kenneth Bae and Todd Miller comes after the White House’s director of national intelligence, James Clapper, delivered a personal letter to DPRK authorities from President Obama as part of a top-secret mission to the country. Last month, officials freed American Jeffrey Fowle who was accused of leaving a Bible behind during a visit.
Bae, a Christian missionary, had spent two years in a North Korean labor camp. Miller spent the last seven months imprisoned, after he tore up his travel documents during a tourist visit in an attempt to declare asylum. In a statement, Bae’s sister said that even after two years in a labor camp, her brother “still has a tremendous heart for North Korea" where he would lead tours as part of his missionary work. Bae was serving a 15-year sentence after North Korean officials convicted him of attempting to overthrow the government through ministry work. Miller or his family have not addressed the media since his release ... Discuss
Police in Nigeria say that they believe the Islamic militant organization Boko Haram is behind a suicide bombing at a school in the northern part of the country. At the time of the attack, executed by a terrorist disguised as a student, the children were all gather to listen to a daily speech by the principle. At least 47 people were killed, and another 79 were injured. Children as young as 11 were among the victims. Boko Haram—who adamantly oppose Western education—has conducted similar attacks in the past. The group’s campaign of kidnapping, mass murder, bombings and sexual violence has plagued the country for the last five years during their efforts to create a new, radical Islamic state ... Discuss
Dr. Myles Munroe and his wife Ruth were among nine passengers that were killed in a plane crash on Sunday. The group was headed to the Global Leadership Forum in the Bahamas when the jet they were traveling in crashed during its approach to the airport. The Prime Minister of the Bahamas released a statement saying,
He was indisputably one of the most globally recognizable religious figures our nation has ever produced. His fame as an ambassador for the Christian ministry preceded him wherever in the world he traveled, whether in the Caribbean, North America, Asia, Europe or Africa. He was a towering force who earned the respect and admiration not only of Christian adherents but of secular leaders both here at home and around the world.
Munroe was a prominent figure in Christian leadership circles. He authored dozens of books on spiritual growth, marriage and leadership and was a sought after speaker. Along with founding Bahamas Faith Ministries International and Myles Munroe International, the Oral Roberts University graduate was also involved in other high-profile ministries throughout his life where he brought his message of hope, encouragement and fulfilling God’s purpose for your life. In his 2006 book Understanding Your Potential, he wrote, “You must decide if you are going to rob the world or bless it with the rich, valuable, potent, untapped resources locked away within you" ... Discuss
Authorities in Pakistan have arrested 44 people in connection with the brutal murder of a Christian husband and wife accused of burning several pages of a Quran. The details of the crime are incredibly disturbing: The mob first broke the couple’s legs so they could not flee, then threw them into a massive kiln where they were burned alive. They were both in their mid-20s. The Prime Minister released a statement saying that the courts would show the 44 accused of taking part in the crime “no mercy,” adding that the country must “act proactively to protect its minorities from violence and injustice" ... Discuss