Friday ‘The heavens’ Café
Don’t miss this week’s ‘The heavens‘ Café!
Try me and find out for yourselves. 19 Hang a golden cord from the sky and hold on to it,  all you gods and goddesses. 21 But still you could not pull Zeus, the supreme counsellor [mēstō], from the sky to the ground, 22 even if you tried very hard. 23 But when I feel like it and decide to pull, 24 I could pull all the way, earth and all, sea and all.  Then I would tie the cord around a ridge of Olympus 26 and then everything would be in mid-air. 27 That is how much superior I am to gods and men.
Iliad 8 Sourcebook
So Zeus is the god of “the heavens”: as Poseidon tells us, in Iliad 15, Poseidon himself got the sea and Zeus obtained air, sky and clouds.
And Zeus in Iliad 8 has an uncanny way of imagining people dangling mid-air tied to a cord.
But what about now, who owns the sky or space? Is Zeus still the owner?
A few weeks ago I heard that the Pope got a direct phone line to call “the heavens”—I mean the International Space Station—and he had some questions to ask the astronauts who dwell in the skies. Do you think that he wants to move there?
What about you? Would you pack your bags and fly to “the heavens” or into the mystery of space if you had a chance to go? Soon space travel is going to be affordable and exciting. Are you ready for a space encounter?
The weather is getting colder, so choose a comfortable armchair by the fireplace, order a virtual drink of your choice, some snacks, and let’s talk about the sky.
By NASA [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons