When the first Mars-landing took place the machine, we now discover, fell over. It landed on a hillock and tipped. At least that is the best guess of the investigators who devised later modules to be self-righting.
A NASA scientist, interviewed at the time of the failure, said this:
Our probe is neither sending data nor receiving commands - a very serious anomaly.
It struck me that this would be a good test of the effectivenes of a church's various ministries. Can mission control still instruct it? Is it still sending useful data (numerical or spiritual growth)? If the answer to these two questions is in the negative then that too would be a serious anomaly.
Now, what do you need to go out and stop?