Mars Landing Today — Creationists Are Worried

As most of you know, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is scheduled to land their latest probe on Mars today. Their last post about it was a day ago: NASA’s InSight Is One Day Away from Mars. Here’s one excerpt:

Engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, which leads the mission, are preparing for the spacecraft to enter the Martian atmosphere, descend with a parachute and retrorockets, and touch down tomorrow [i.e., today] at around noon PST (3 p.m. EST). InSight — which stands for Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport — will be the first mission to study the deep interior of Mars.

Lots of TV stations should be covering the landing, but you can also watch NASA’s broadcast here.

Creationists have been silent so far, but they’re probably hoping the mission will be a failure. Why? A few weeks ago, PhysOrg posted: Five things to know about InSight’s Mars landing, which says, with our bold font for emphasis:

InSight will teach us about the interior of planets like our own. The mission team hopes that by studying the deep interior of Mars, we can learn how other rocky worlds, including Earth and the Moon, formed. Our home planet and Mars were molded from the same primordial stuff more than 4.5 billion years ago but then became quite different. Why didn’t they share the same fate?

When it comes to rocky planets, we’ve only studied one in detail: Earth. By comparing Earth’s interior to that of Mars, InSight’s team members hope to better understand our solar system. What they learn might even aid the search for Earth-like exoplanets, narrowing down which ones might be able to support life. So while InSight is a Mars mission, it’s also much more than a Mars mission.

So now we wait — and so do the creationists — albeit with different expectations. The more we learn, the unhappier they are, and we always find that amusing.

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8 responses to “Mars Landing Today — Creationists Are Worried

  1. So how is this day any different?
    Just about any day, even on an occasinal weekend, turns up more about evolution, more than has been found out about intelligent design, in total, over the couple of decades that the phrase became popular. Er, I suppose I should say, what has been found out positive about ID. We have learned negatives about it, how it doesn’t explain anything, about hw it is internally inconsistent, that sort.

  2. It just landed. Successfully.

  3. I have a question about one of the experiments on the Mars InSght mission. It is about the RISE (Rotation and Interior Structure Experiment (RISE). It is designed to measure the the varuatios of the daily rotation of Mars. Apparently, it sends a radio signal to Earth, and then uses the difference in time of travel to understand the difference between the rotation of the Earth and the rotation of Mars. Since we understand quite well the rotation of the Earth, the difference will tell us about the rotation of Mars. It is indended to tell us about the liquid/solid composition of the interior of Mars.
    But I am interested in another aspect.
    Does this mean that this is yet another independent measure of the rotaton of the Earth?
    IOW, what is the geocentric interpretation of the results of the RISE experiment on Mars?

  4. @TomS: “more than has been found out about intelligent design”
    That sets the bar pretty low. Since I started following IDiocy the only new things that popped up were even more stupid arguments than they already had.

  5. I disagree with the title of this post. Creationists are never worried. The only exception is if their numbers are going down. But new findings in science? – No, everything is explainable by supernaturalism. Nothing is unexpected. Creationists are never shocked, surprised or worried that their models are falling down.
    Remember the old saying that debating a creationist is like playing chess with a pigeon? In the end the pigeon flies home and declares victory.

  6. Silly Curmudgeon. Mars doesn’t rotate. It’s flat just like the earth!

  7. NASA reports that the solar panels are charging the batteries, and has a couple of pictures from the surface of Mars.
    https://mars.nasa.gov/insight/

  8. Michael Fugate

    The media is part of the problem; they keep giving voice to people who don’t know what they are talking about.
    https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2018/nov/27/trevor-noah-trump-climate-change