"...From high above Earth, John Glenn saw the face of God. He is not alone. There is something about the beauty of space, Earth and the universe that touches many astronauts’ spirits.
Logic-oriented scientists and daring pilots turn spiritual, some even evangelical, after their space flights. Glenn and most of his Mercury astronauts strongly testified about how faith helped with their groundbreaking flights.
The crew of Apollo 8 punctuated the first flight around the moon with a moving reading from Genesis. ... on the moon ... Buzz Aldrin took communion. Apollo astronaut Jim Irwin became an evangelist before his 1991 death.Astronaut Tammy Jernigan talked about her Christian faith in a live broadcast from a shuttle three years ago. Shannon Lucid, the daughter of missionaries, took a minister’s sermons up to the Russian space station Mir...John Glenn ... summed it all up last week while in orbit.‘To look up out at this kind of creation and not believe in God is to me impossible’ ...An enhanced faith ‘is pretty common,’ said former astronaut Bryan O'Connor, who used to run the space shuttle program for NASA. ‘I can tell you I felt a sense of awe out there looking at the Earth that I never had before, and it's easy to relate that to a spiritual kind of thing...’...three-time ex-astronaut Mike Mullane ... said Glenn eloquently put his finger on a common belief among astronauts.‘...It is so incredibly beautiful that it does stir your soul into thinking that there does have to be some Supreme Being’ ...Astronaut Dom Gorie ... said he has vivid memories of looking out the window and thinking there is ‘no other way it could have formed without a creator.’ ..."