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Grace Note for September 14, 2015

Hello, I'm David Russell and this is a GRACE NOTE.

Problems have plagued NASA in their attempt to reach Mars. After a great success in 1997 with the Mars Pathfinder Lander the future looked bright for a new and improved NASA. They planned to send at least one mission to Mars every 26 months, but to do this they had to follow a new policy: Faster. Better. Cheaper.

The plan was to send these missions for one tenth the cost by cutting staff and funds for training the remaining staff; and they overloaded project teams giving them responsibilities for up to three missions at one time. They tried to get a quality product without putting money, effort, and time into it.

The next two missions were disasters. The Mars Climate Orbiter failed due to a dumb mistake. The builder had used English units of measurements in the systems while the operators at NASA were using metric units. Then the Mars Polar Lander crashed into the surface of Mars at 50 miles an hour because a flaw cut the braking system off too soon. This flaw could have been prevented by running a software simulation that was not purchased because it cost too much. Skipping steps ended in disaster.

We have to be sure and follow the correct steps in our faith walk, as well, if we run ahead of God’s Spirit we may find ourselves making dumb spiritual mistakes or misunderstanding exactly what it is God wants us to do.

GRACE NOTES ARE BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE PEOPLE OF THE BENTON FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.

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