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The philosopher Jean Guitton was born in Saint Étienne. He received his doctorate in 1933 with a dissertation on the concept of time and eternity in St. Augustine and Plotinus. He taught at the Sorbonne in Paris. Guitton was the only lay person to participate in the initial session of the Second Vatican Council, invited to do so by Pope John XXIII. At the end of the Council, on December 8, 1965, he, Jacques Maritain, and Stefan Swiazawski symbolically received, on behalf of the laity, the final message directed towards all thinkers and scientists. He developed an apologetic body of thought that brought him to discern traces of the divine in the physical images of the world put forth by contemporary science.

On the way to the Moon: memories and documents 50 years later

The Descent of Man on the Moon: Some Historical Images

D. F. Noble, The Ascent of the Saints: Space Exploration (1997)

Von Braun said: "Human space travel is God's will", from an interview by Oriana Fallaci (1965)

Paul VI, General Audience, 23 July 1969

Paul VI, Message delivered to the Astronauts of Apollo 11, July 1969

Jacques Arnould, Astronautics, from INTERS Encyclopedia

Giuseppe Reibaldi, Next Stop in Space: the Moon (2019)

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