And After Vaux There Was… Apple

Exactly 40 years ago Apollo 11 began its mission to send the first human beings onto another body in space – perhaps the most important and profound achievement in the history of mankind. Only twelve men ever achieved this, but for the first time we had transcended, albeit momentarily, the physicality of the planet we were born on. No one has ever done this since; indeed, no one has since even left the earth’s gravity.

Even so, the impact of that huge leap in what technology could achieve has continued to reverberate. With their slide-rules swinging from their hips, the Apollo mission scientists were fully part of the counter-cultural movement of the 60’s that refused to accept the limitations that their parents’ generation knew.

Seeing people walking on another celestial body has also had a profound impact on our theology. None of the Apollo astronauts returned the same.

Technology and Theology are interdependent. We make our tools, but our tools continue to make us. Now, 40 years after Apollo, we feel the time is right for some serious exploration into this interdependence. So from the people who brought you Vaux, here’s announcing a series of guided missions into the twin orbits of technology and theology. There is only one name for such a mission: Apple.

Apple 1 will launch on 17th September 2009 in Central London. Venue to be announced.

To paraphrase Kennedy, ‘we do this not because it is easy, but because it is hard, using new alloys – some of which have not yet been invented – on an untried mission, to an unknown place, not now knowing what benefits await us. And we do this not for ourselves, but for all mankind.’

We hope you can join us.


4 responses to “And After Vaux There Was… Apple”

  1. Vaux… Vaux… no, not ringing any bells 🙂

    Can’t wait to see this new project up and running. We need a laugh in ikon

  2. oldmankit

    Sounds great. Hopefully you’ll be able to put some of the reflections online so that those of us who are overseas can partake!

  3. There will be an emerging documentation at
    Bare bones currently, but check back.
    Ikon? Laugh? Man, you guys are so dark you’re not allowed to laugh. You’re worse than the Wee Frees.

  4. Katherine

    dammit, just after I’ve left London!
    Have you read Andrew Smith’s ‘Moondust’? Fascinating and moving account of all the Apollo astronauts, I’d really recommend it.
    I owe you an e-mail, will be in touch today…