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Vatican Observatory leader excited with success of Mars probe

August 06, 2012

The head of the Vatican Observatory, Father José Gabriel Funes, SJ, has said that he looks forward to results from the rover Curiosity, which landed August 6 on Mars to begin a 2-year exploration for signs of possible life on the planet.

“I think everybody should be happy with the success of the mission,” Father Funes said. When questioned about whether Church officials might be worried about the possible results of the Mars probe, he replied: “No, of course not. We are not afraid of science.” He added: “That’s the reason why the [Vatican] has an observatory.”


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