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As we learned more about our solar system, astronomers began to focus attention on Mars, one of the two planets closest to us and considered most likely to harbour life.
More than 40 years ago America's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched a probe to Mars, the 1965 Mariner IV, that sent back faint radio signals showing the planet to be a lonely, pock-marked wasteland, with seemingly no way to support life.
Then, on August 5, 2012 an advanced robotic rover, dubbed Curiosity, landed on the Martian surface. About the size of a tiny car, Curiosity was designed to look for signs of life on the Red Planet. Scientists were searching for "biomarkers"— evidence, however faint, that life may have at one time existed on Mars.
Although some similarities with earth were found in the mineral composition of Martian rock and there was evidence that there had once been a stream of water, no convincing signs of life were found. At more than twice the Earth's distance from the Sun, surface temperatures on Mars seldom rise above 0° Fahrenheit. Also life as we know it would not be able to survive in the thin Martian atmosphere (only 1 percent that of Earth), composed predominantly of carbon dioxide with much smaller amounts of nitrogen and argon.
However, even if no life was found on Mars the Bible tells us life does exist outside our planet.
Sometime in the ancient past, God created spirit beings to help Him administer the vast universe. We call these spirit beings angels. There are millions of them (Daniel 7:9-10), and God created them with some of the same supernatural powers He possesses. Job 38:7 calls them "morning stars" and says they sang and shouted for joy when God created the earth.
We are also told, before human beings were created, a cosmic battle between the forces of good and evil took place in the universe! The pockmarked surface of the moon and other scarred planets, moons and asteroids of our solar system may be evidence of that battle.
One of the archangels God created, referred to as Lucifer in Isaiah 14:12, was, as Ezekiel 28:17 shows, a being of immense beauty and perfection—and entrusted by God with vast responsibilities. But Lucifer became dissatisfied and led a rebellion of one third of the angels against God (Revelation 12:3-9).
Revelation 12:9 shows that Satan and his angels or demons were defeated and hurled from heaven back to the earth (Revelation 12:4). Jesus Christ even remarked, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven" (Luke 10:18).
Your Bible says God created angels to be His servants and, despite the fact that a third of them rebelled, two thirds still serve God as His messengers and servants. God is not finished with the universe He created! He reveals there will be more life throughout the universe, and that human beings are part of that plan!
While science strives to find out if life exists on other planets God's Word reveals the incredible potential of human life. In Hebrews we read: "What is man, that you are mindful of him... you made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor, and put everything in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him" (Hebrews 2:6-8).
We begin to get a clue about our future when learning that the "everything" —the earth, heaven, the entire physical universe, with all its billions of galaxies, its innumerable stars and planets, will be put under our dominion. The Bible reveals there is indeed certain "life out there" in the universe already— and there will yet be more in the wonderful future God has in store for humanity!
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