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The purpose of this blog is the creation of an open, international, independent and free forum, where every UFO-researcher can publish the results of his/her research. The languagues, used for this blog, are Dutch, English and French.You can find the articles of a collegue by selecting his category. Each author stays resposable for the continue of his articles. As blogmaster I have the right to refuse an addition or an article, when it attacks other collegues or UFO-groupes.
Deze blog is opgedragen aan mijn overleden echtgenote Lucienne.
In 2012 verloor ze haar moedige strijd tegen kanker!
In 2011 startte ik deze blog, omdat ik niet mocht stoppen met mijn UFO-onderzoek.
UFO'S, ASTRONOMIE, RUIMTEVAART, ARCHEOLOGIE, OUDHEIDKUNDE, SF-SNUFJES EN ANDERE ESOTERISCHE WETENSCHAPPEN - DE ALLERLAATSTE NIEUWTJES
UFO's in België en de rest van de wereld In België heb je vooral BUFON of het Belgisch UFO-Netwerk, dat zich met UFO's bezighoudt. BEZOEK DUS ZEKER VOOR ALLE OBJECTIEVE INFORMATIE ww.ufo.be.
Verder heb je ook het Belgisch-Ufo-meldpunt en Caelestia, die prachtig, doch ZEER kritisch werk leveren, ja soms zelfs héél sceptisch...
Voor Nederland kan je de mooie site www.ufowijzer.nl bezoeken van Paul Harmans. Een mooie site met veel informatie en artikels.
MUFON of het Mutual UFO Network Inc is een Amerikaanse UFO-vereniging met afdelingen in alle USA-staten en diverse landen.
MUFON's mission is the analytical and scientific investigation of the UFO- Phenomenon for the benefit of humanity...
Je kan ook hun site bekijken onder www.mufon.com.
Ze geven een maandelijks tijdschrift uit, namelijk The MUFON UFO-Journal.
Since 02/01/2013 is Pieter not only president (=voorzitter) of BUFON, but also National Director MUFON / Flanders and the Netherlands. We work together with the French MUFON Reseau MUFON/EUROP.
UFO Near Trees In Romania On Google Earth, HD, Feb 29, 2016, UFO Sighting Daily News.
UFO Near Trees In Romania On Google Earth, HD, Feb 29, 2016, UFO Sighting Daily News
Date of discovery: unknown Location of discovery: Romania Google coordinates: 45°42'12.11"N 21°18'8.88"E This UFO has been seen many times over the years, but no one has made a video with the views over it from 2003 to 2016, including a 3D view of it which is proof its not a water tower, it is sitting flat on the ground. There are no doorways and there are no roads or paved walkways. It is hiding under the trees, with a line of trees blocking it from all sides. This looks very suspicious to me. Even though the house and are looks old and desolate, the buildings near the UFO were not even there in 2003, but look old, probably made to look old on purpose to keep people away. Scott C. Waring www.ufosightingsdaily.com
I was reading in bed and I had just finished so I turned the light out. I had been in the dark for no more than a minute when I saw a green light illuminating my room and the room outside my door. I sat up and looked out the window and witnessed a green orb decending from above the housd to the second floor window adjacent to me. I could hear what sounded like large gears rotating even though the window and wall. The orb then entered through the window affecting nothing physically. The sound of rotating gears was quite loud at this point and I had been watching it move from behind what served as a temporary door.
The orb moved half way into the room before I got up to approach it and had been no more than 10 feet from where I was standing. I slowly and quietly began to approach the door because I had wanted to see it up close and personal, touch it if possible. Yet when I got to the door and tried to go out the orb moved at incredible speed back through the window as if it were not even there and accended rapidly into the sky and out of sight. This event was not ball lightning yet I do not particularly expect anyone to believe me. This orb however expressed awareness and inteligence and when it knew I had been aware of it. It flew away. This is not my first experience and I am sure it will not be my last.
NOTE: The above image is CGI.
This MUFON case is under investigation by State Director Ken Pfeifer of MUFON Vermont.
The Pacific Daily News archives holds several articles about unidentified flying objects – and some identified flying objects – reportedly seen in Guam's skies. PDN files
On New Year’s Day, 1957, a white light appeared from the west and flew beneath 1st Lt. Ted Brunson’s aircraft while he was flying over open ocean near Guam.
Brunson, a member of the 41st Fighter-Inteceptor Squadron at Andersen Air Force Base, gave chase.
“He pursued the light; he went after it,” said Ty Brunson, the pilot’s son, in a recent interview.
During the pursuit, Ty Brunson said, his father inverted the aircraft to ensure the light was real and not just a reflection off the plane’s canopy.
“That was a negative; it was definitely an object out there,” said the younger Brunson.
Despite his efforts, Ted Brunson couldn’t catch the mysterious object. He put his plane, an F-86D Sabre, into afterburner, giving the plane some extra thrust. Even then, it wasn’t enough.
“As he thought he was closing in on it, he said the light began to run circles around him,” Ty Brunson said.
Ted Brunson continued to maneuver his plane in an effort to catch the mystery craft, to no avail.
That was surprising, his son said, given that the F-86D Sabre “was about the fastest thing in the sky that the Air Force or anybody had at the time.”
“So whatever this was, he said, was extremely fast. Way beyond our technology,” said his son.
Ty Brunson said his father told him there weren’t any other aircraft that he knew of in the sky at the time, certainly not anything that could perform with the speed and agility of the light.
“He said it would do circles around him and then go over and above and below and circle him the opposite way, just kind of toying with him,” said Ty Brunson.
Eventually, the pilot started running low on fuel and a call made to base for backup was denied. Ted Brunson broke off and returned to the base.
There’s little reason to doubt the pilot made up the story. The Air Force called Ted Brunson “very reliable” in a report submitted to Project Blue Book, which collected 12,618 reports of UFO sightings from 1947 to 1969.
For each sighting, the Air Force created a file and each file ended with a specific conclusion about what the witness likely saw, be it a meteor, aircraft or, in some cases, birds.
Only 701 cases — just over 5 percent — were classified as “unidentified,” according to a report by the Air Force Times.
Ted Brunson’s was one of them.
“I think it was pretty cool,” said Ty Brunson. “My father was an extremely honest person. I mean very, very, very honest.”
Not unheard of
Though strange, reports of UFO sightings in Guam aren’t entirely unheard of.
At The Black Vault website, UFO enthusiast John Greenewald has posted a treasure trove of files related to unidentified flying object reports, collected through decades of Freedom of Information Act requests filed with federal authorities, the Air Force Times reported.
Among the site’s 1,600 pages received from the FBI are two pages referring to a 1947 sighting in Guam.
The report, “Reports of flying discs” was sent to the FBI director from the special agent in charge at the agency’s office in San Francisco.
“Enclosed for your information are copies of two letters from Lt. Col. (redacted) … with attachments reporting the sighting of ‘flying discs’ on Guam,” the report said.
The attachment reports “unidentified flying objects,” seen by three enlisted men of the 147th Airways and Air Communications Service Squadron at Harmon Field.
“The men report that at (10:40 a.m.) on Aug. 14, 1947, the two objects, which they describe as small, crescent shaped and traveling at a speed twice that of a fighter plane, passed over them on a zig-zag course in a westerly direction and approximate altitude of 1,200 feet,” the report states.
The report went on to state that the objects disappeared into some clouds and, a few seconds later, re-emerged before proceeding west.
Reports of UFO sightings aren’t limited to cryptic government documents either. From at least 1979 to 1990, sightings made newspaper headlines in Guam.
“Police hunt UFO,” read one Pacific Daily News headline from 1980.
In that case, the newspaper reported officers being assigned to observe a UFO seen over Mt. Santa Rosa in Yigo for several days. Two days later, the end of the quest for answers was reported with what some might consider a less-than-satisfactory headline: “UFO a star.”
Ten years later, a “mysterious blue light” was “reported by dozens,” another article stated.
Two days later, an Air Force spokesman said the light was a missile from California. The next day, though, a second spokesman from the same base said such a missile would only appear as a “tiny speck,” not a streak across the sky.
One year after that, in 1991, a “sky light” appeared above the eastern horizon one night before it “just, like, blew up,” according to one witness.
A NASA official in Hawaii theorized the light was a large meteor breaking up as it entered the atmosphere.
Finally, there was the case of Sgt. Andrew Anderson, a police officer on patrol in Dededo on Feb 15, 1988.
While driving alone near the War Dog Cemetery entrance on Route 1, something caught his eye in the distance, hovering over the vicinity of the Guam International Airport. It was a light, bluish-white in color, roughly five to six miles away and about 500 feet in the air.
“And I saw that light,” he said in a recent interview. “A cigar-shaped, blue light.”
Anderson said he was used to seeing planes taking off and landing, but this was different. This light, he said, simply hovered there, stationary. It was strange enough for Anderson to call the radio dispatcher and ask whether any “unusual activity” had been reported above the airport.
The airport, he said, told him there was nothing according to their radar.
Meanwhile, the light was drifting side to side.
“It sort of moved a little left, a little right. And that already goes against the natural course of an airplane,” Anderson said. “It just hovered. And I don’t know what it was, I can’t say what it was.”
Anderson kept his eyes on the light as it continued hovering for 20 to 30 seconds.
“And then just ‘poof!’” he said. “Did I just see that that thing just take off?”
“It just went out,” he added, his hand darting upward, “shot up.”
Career at risk
When Anderson returned to the precinct, the duty lieutenant had heard about the sighting and asked the sergeant if what he reported was true.
“I said ‘Of course!’” Anderson said. “I’m not gonna make things up. We report exactly what we see and we don’t lie about anything.”
Making up a police report, he said, would mean termination and possible prosecution.
“It’s not a joke,” he said.
That’s similar to how Ted Brunson felt, according to his son, who said even mentioning UFOs can put a pilot’s career at risk.
“In a sense, you were kind of risking your career making mention of something like that,” he said.
Anderson added that he was wide awake at the time he had his encounter.
“In fact, it made me even wider awake,” he said, laughing. “And I wish somebody was with me. They would’ve seen the same thing and they would’ve reported the same thing.”
As to why he made a police report out of it, Anderson said it was his job.
“It was something that was very unusual,” he said. “It would be just like unusual if a store was closed and you see a light pass through the window. You don’t ignore it. That’s what I do as an investigator. You document things you see and note it.”
For that same reason, he said, he didn’t speculate or make any opinions about what the light might have been.
“That’s not what I do,” he said. “I leave it up to the professionals to do their investigation. I can’t speculate on what it was.”
That’s a trait he shares with Ted Brunson, who, his son said, took a very matter-of-fact approach to recounting his experience.
“I would ask him all the time, just kinda jokingly ‘Was it a flying saucer? Were there like Martians in it or something like that?’ Just kinda teasing around with him about it and he would get pretty serious,” Ty Brunson said.
“When I asked him what it was he would just say ‘It was a UFO. It was a UFO,’ that’s all he would say. He never said that it was a flying saucer or that there was any kind of life-form on the inside,” Ty Brunson said. “He just stated that it seemed to be intelligent and it was a UFO.”
Ty Brunson also said he doesn’t speculate about what the light was.
“As far as I know, it was just a flashing light,” he said. “I believe it was what he said it was: a flashing light.”
The strange lights reported in Guam over the years might forever remain a mystery.
Andersen Air Force Base, when contacted, said they “don’t have a subject matter expert” about UFOs in Guam. They did, however, provide an extract from the 3d (CQ not 3rd) Air Division History — 36th Wing Archives.
The excerpt refers to a notice received in Nov. 18, 1959, of an unidentified flying object sighted by “numerous personnel at Andersen Air Force Base, and other sections of Guam,” according to the report.
It came from the northwest traveling southeast about 35,000 feet in the air before disappearing from view. Witnesses described the object as “circular or spherical and tapered off at the trailing edge.”
It made no sound, but appeared blue-green in color, changing to orange-yellow. The report ends the same as many others seem to end.
“The true nature of the object was not determined.”
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3 Lessons 'The Epic of Gilgamesh' Can Teach Us About Life
3 Lessons 'The Epic of Gilgamesh' Can Teach Us About Life
According to Wikipedia, the Epic of Gilgamesh is described as:
The Epic of Gilgamesh, an epic poem from Mesopotamia, is considered the world’s first truly great work of literature. The literary history of Gilgamesh begins with five Sumerian poems about ‘Bilgamesh’ (Sumerian for ‘Gilgamesh’), king of Uruk. These independent stories were used as source material for a combined epic. The first surviving version of this combined epic, known as the “Old Babylonian” version, dates to the 18th century BC and is titled after its incipit, Shūtur eli sharrī (“Surpassing All Other Kings”). Only a few tablets of it have survived. The later “Standard” version dates from the 13th to the 10th centuries BC and bears the incipitSha naqba īmuru (“He who Saw the Deep”, in modern terms: “He who Sees the Unknown”). Approximately two thirds of this longer, twelve-tablet version have been recovered. Some of the best copies were discovered in the library ruins of the 7th-century BC Assyrian king Ashurbanipal.
The first half of the story discusses Gilgamesh, king of Uruk, and Enkidu, a wild man created by the gods to stop him oppressing the people of Uruk. After an initial fight, Gilgamesh and Enkidu become close friends. Together, they journey to the Cedar Mountain and defeat Humbaba, its monstrous guardian. Later they kill the Bull of Heaven, which the goddess Ishtar sends to punish Gilgamesh for spurning her advances. As a punishment for these actions, the gods sentence Enkidu to death.
In the second half of the epic, Gilgamesh’s distress at Enkidu’s death causes him to undertake a long and perilous journey to discover the secret of eternal life. He eventually learns that “Life, which you look for, you will never find. For when the gods created man, they let death be his share, and life withheld in their own hands”. However, because of his great building projects, his account of Siduri‘s advice, and what the immortal man Utnapishtim told him about the Great Flood, Gilgamesh’s fame survived his death. His story has been translated into many languages, and in recent years has featured in works of popular fiction.
Some of you may be familiar with the text because it was required reading in high school (and certain colleges), and while at the time of study it may have had a different significance, if approached with an alchemical understanding, we can learn a lot about life, death, reincarnation and the destiny of man’s evolution. The three specific passages below, in particular, are worth revisiting with a new understanding.
1. “Oh, father Utnapishtim, you who have entered the assembly of the gods, I wish to question you concerning the living and the dead, how shall I find the life for which I am searching?” Utnapishtim said, “there is no permanence. Do we build a house to stand forever, do we seal a contract to hold for all time? Do brothers divide an inheritance to keep forever, does the flood-time of rivers endure? It is only the nymph of the dragon-fly who sheds her larva and sees the sun in his glory. From the days of old there is no permanence. The sleeping and the dead, how alike they are, they are like a painted death. What is there between the master and the servant when both have fulfilled their doom? When the Annunaki, the judges, come together, and Mammetun, the mother of destinies, together they decree the fates of men. Life and death they allot but the day of death they do not disclose.”
2. Facing the reality of his own death, he begins a desperate search for immortality. He travels to the end of the Earth, where he encounters Siduri, a female tavern keeper, who advises him: “Gilgamesh, where are you hurrying to? You will never find that life for which you are looking. When the gods created man they allotted to him death, but life they retained in their own keeping. As for you, Gilgamesh, fill your belly with good things; day and night, night and day, dance and be merry, feast and rejoice. Let your clothes be fresh, bathe yourself in water, cherish the little child that holds your hand, and make your wife happy in your embrace; for this too is the lot of man.”
3. “Utnapishtim, son of Ubartutu, abandon your house, abandon what you possess. Abandon your house and build a boat instead. Seek life instead of riches, save yourself. Take with you, on the boat you build, an instance of each thing living so that they may be safe from obliteration in the flood. Perform the construction of the boat with care. Let the length of the boat and the width of the boat be equal. Roof over the boat as the abyss is roofed.”
The past shaped our present, but also shapes our future. Grasping the knowledge of the ancients is key in our guided ascension.
To learn even more, look to the work of Joseph Campbell to unlock an even higher level of gnosis.
Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab have developed software that uses variations in Wi-Fi signals to recognize human silhouettes through walls. The researchers built a device, called RF-Capture, that transmits wireless signals and then analyzes the reflections of those signals to piece together a human form, according to a study published this morning.
IT CAN DETERMINE BREATHING PATTERNS AND HEART RATE
The technology is an extension of something the MIT team has been working on for a few years. In 2013, they used similar radio frequency technology to detect motion on the other side of a wall or obstruction, Gizmodo reports. Now, the RF-Capture is sophisticated enough to determine subtle differences in body shapes, and, with 90 percent accuracy, distinguish between 15 different people through a wall. It can even determine a person's breathing patterns and heart rate.
Here's how it works: The RF-Capture is placed in a room, and a person walks in a neighboring room on the other side of the wall. The device emits wireless signals, which travel through the wall, and reflect off different parts of the human body as it moves. As various part of the body are reflected in the wireless signal, the RF-Capture takes snapshots. Then, using an algorithm to identify body parts, it stitches the images together to create a silhouette of the moving figure. In some experiments, when the researchers focused the device on specific movement patterns they were able to trace a person's handwriting as he wrote in the air, Gizmodo reports.
While there's no real-world application for the RF-Capture yet, the MIT researchers say there are many possibilities. According to Gizmodo, the RF-Capture could be used to track the movements of an elderly person living alone, and be able to determine if they had fallen down. The technology could also potentially be used in smart homes, if certain gestures detected by the device were used to control appliances. The researchers expect the technology to get more accurate over time.
If this seems like an excellent way to spy on someone, you're not wrong. But the researchers told Gizmodo that in addition to necessary regulation that would need to be implemented, they're currently designing blockers that would only allow a person to be tracked by her own device.
from Mike Martin, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs:
WASHINGTON (AFNS) — Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James revealed the first rendering of the Long Range Strike Bomber, designated the B-21, at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium Feb. 26 in Orlando, Fla., and announced the Air Force will be taking suggestions from Airmen to help decide the name of the bomber.
“This aircraft represents the future for our Airmen, and (their) voice is important to this process,” James said. “The Airman who submits the selected name will help me announce it at the (Air Force Association) conference this fall.”
While there are no existing prototypes of the aircraft, the artist rendering is based on the initial design concept. The designation B-21 recognizes the LRS-B as the first bomber of the 21st century.
The reveal comes just weeks after both James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III delivered the fiscal year 2017 posture statement before the Senate Appropriations Committee, making it clear modernization is a top priority for the Air Force.
“The platforms and systems that made us great over the last 50 years will not make us great over the next 50,” Welsh said during his testimony on Capitol Hill Feb. 10. “There are many other systems we need to either upgrade or recapitalize to ensure viability against current and emerging threats… the only way to do that is to divest old capability to build the new.”
James said the B-21 will allow the Air Force to operate in tomorrow’s high end threat environment, and give the Air Force the flexibility and the capability to launch from the continental United States and deliver airstrikes on any location in the world.
James also explained why the B-21 shares some resemblance to the B-2.
“The B-21 has been designed from the beginning based on a set of requirements that allows the use of existing and mature technology,” James said.
The program recently entered into the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase and the Air Force plans to field the initial capability of the aircraft in mid-2020s.
Airmen — Active, Guard, Reserve and civilian — should stay tuned to AF.mil and Air Force social media accounts for more information on how to submit their ideas.
Update: B-21 (Northrop Grumman) literally a “B-3:
The following is from Jamie Hunter “America’s New Bomber” – – Combat Aircraft Monthly – – January 2016:
In recent months, photos of something in the air over Texas and Kansas have been put forward, giving every appearance of depicting heretofore unknown unconventional aircraft, perhaps two distinct types, flying in broad daylight. Said aircraft appear to be of flying wing configuration, but possibly not B-2s, the only other large flying wing known to be in existence. The Kansas aircraft in particular appears to resemble somewhat the long-cancelled A-12 Avenger II, with a straight trailing edge. While the photos could be of B-2s at such an angle that their distinctive batwing silhouette is distorted (indeed, that is apparently now the official USAF explanation) the sightings come at a time when many believe the US has at least one or more large secret aircraft either close to flying, or already under test.
A quick sketch showing a strictly hypothetical configuration for an possible “black” aircraft seen recently
So, What are the Candidates?
RQ-180: as yet unacknowledged by officialdom, yet widely believed to exist, the RQ-180 is the designation thought to be associated with a large, low-observable UAV, probably built by Northrop Grumman. The logic behind such a program seems straightforward – the RQ-4 Global Hawk has provided high altitude surveillance capability since the start of the century, but as planning shifts away from fighting counter-insurgency wars such as Iraq and Afghanistan, the Global Hawk has begun to look unsurvivable when faced with first-world air defense threats. The USAF has tried over recent years to get out of the RQ-4 business, which might indicate that a more capable system is nearing readiness. The Lockheed Martin RQ-170 was probably a stopgap measure, built in limited numbers to penetrate the airspace of countries such as Iran, Pakistan, and North Korea, where advanced but perhaps not state of the art high altitude air defenses could be expected.
If its does exist, the RQ-180 may be optionally manned in some variants, and will probably have the capability to conduct offensive electronic warfare missions, as well as a “hard kill” ability using precision ordnance.
If the RQ-180 is a Northrop Grumman product, it stands to reason that the company would have used its experience with the X-47 series, and thus, such a vehicle might have a similar “Cranked Kite” planform, something that the Kansas aircraft did notappear to have. But again, clearer photos are needed.
LRS-B/B-3: For around a decade now, the USAF has had a seemingly on-again/off-again preliminary effort to develop a new penetrating bomber, variously known as the Next Generation Bomber, “The 2018 Bomber”, “B-3”, “2038 Bomber”, and currently, “Long Range Strike-B”. Such a capability is forecast to be needed by the 2020s-2030s, when the limited number of B-2s while be nearing their 40th birthdays and possibly becoming vulnerable to Chinese defenses; by that time the B-52H and B-1B fleets will be even older and more vulnerable.
If a LRS-B demonstrator aircraft or prototype would exist [note: it has been stated that in fact no LRS-B demonstrators were built. Take that for what it’s worth], it would probably resemble at least conceptually a B-2 follow-on – a stealthy flying wing, using existing engines and systems to cut down on development costs – another B-2 program where the resulting aircraft were too expensive for anything but a token force would definitely be out.
The LRS-B program, following a 2014 RFP, was awarded to the team led by Northrop Grumman in the fall of 2015. From the artist’s depiction released in February 2016, the aircraft strongly resembles the B-2, as predicted. The B-21 is from the start intended to be a more “networked” aircraft, able to interface more seamlessly with other platforms. Dimensions, although unreleased, are likely to be smaller than those of the Spirit, but even an aircraft with half the B-2’s payload would be a formidable strike asset.
Provisional overhead drawing of the winning Northrop Grumman LRS-B contender, confirmed by the USAF to be designated as the B-21.
Whatever the mystery aircraft were, assuming they were not mis-identified B-2s, it can be asked: “Why now? Why fly such secret aircraft in unsecured airspace, where anyone with a reasonably good camera might be able to get a good look at them?”
Well, “black” aircraft do tend to go off-range at a certain point in their development, even before they’re disclosed. Base commanders back in the U-2 days were briefed about what to do if a “Dragon Lady” with trouble showed up unexpectedly, and F-117pilots reportedly carried letters from the TAC commander to facilitate hiding their “Black Jets” if they had to land somewhere else than TTR or Groom Lake. Whatever’s flying around out west, it may be far enough along that it has to “go on the road”. And it may well be politically advantageous to disclose such an aircraft’s existence, or at least hint at it.
But basically all we know right now is that there might well be something out there. There’s a big new hangar at Groom Lake that was built for something. So keep looking up!
'Last Man on the Moon' Documentary Brings Space Exploration Home
'Last Man on the Moon' Documentary Brings Space Exploration Home
By Calla Cofield, Space.com Staff Writer
On Dec. 14, 1972, Apollo 17 astronaut Gene Cernan became the last person (to date) to set foot on the lunar surface. The story of Cernan's NASA career, and the way it has shaped the rest of his life, is the subject of "Last Man on the Moon," a documentary directed by Mark Craig that opens in select theatres today (Feb. 26).
The story of NASA's Apollo program has been told many, many times in various movies and an almost uncountable number of books. The focus of these narratives tends to fall somewhere between delivering historic information about the program, and attempting to emotionally connect an audience to the people involved.
"Last Man on the Moon" steps away from that typical binary, and instead focuses on bringing the story of the Apollo program into the present day. For many people not old enough to personally remember Apollo and the moon landings, the events that transpired therein, however inspiring, are so distant that they often feel like fiction. It can be difficult to forge an emotional connection to the people who appear in the grainy NASA footage shot in the 1960s and 70s. "Last Man on the Moon" uses Cernan, now in his 80s, as a conduit between then and now. It focuses as much on his late-life reflections as it does on the events themselves. And by digging deep into this man's personal experiences and motivations, it succeeds at telling a very universal — and more importantly, very modern — story.
The opening scenes of "Last Man on the Moon" feature shots of Cernan, in the present day, wandering around a crowded rodeo in Texas, perusing cattle and watching the bull riders hang on for dear life. This is interspersed with historical footage of the Apollo 17 lunar module, in which Cernan was a passenger, touching down on the completely bare lunar surface. Thanks to some cinematic music and suspenseful pacing, the scene is exhilarating. This sequence emphasizes the wonder of the moon landing by reminding the audience that there were real people in that lander — including a man who now walks around on Earth, just like the rest of us.
There are many other sequences in the film that play out in this same fashion. We see Cernan vsit the neighborhood subdivision where he and his wife lived, along with most of the other Apollo astronauts and their families. We see him visit the graves of his friends who died in the Apollo 1 fire (the interview with Martha Horn Chaffee, whose husband Roger died in that fire, is absolutely gut wrenching). Sometimes other people see us better than we see ourselves, and some of the deepest insights in the movie come from Cernan's ex-wife, who at one point says, "If you think it's hard going to the moon, try staying behind." At a Q&A following a screening of the film in New York, Cernan said that until a few years ago, he hadn't comprehended how deeply his spaceflights affected her.
Another example of this type of then-and-now storytelling comes later in the film, following footage of multiple Apollo launches, including scenes from mission control at Johnson Space Center in Houston, and the launch facilities at Cape Canaveral, Florida. The audience once again sees Cernan in the present day, walking around the pad where the Apollo capsules were launched into space aboard Saturn V rockets. The facilities have been unused for years. The equipment is covered with rust, the ground is overrun by weeds, and Cernan's disappointment is deep. He says he wishes he hadn't come, that he doesn't want to remember it like this.
The story of Cernan's astronaut career would provide a perfectly interesting narrative by itself, one full of triumphs and tragedies. But the film doesn't lose its momentum once it passes through that time in Cernan's life (once again making a departure from many documentaries of this kind). The filmmakers place equal emphasis placed on what Cernan chose to do after that spaceflight heyday — how he came back to Earth. He makes late-life reflections about being a poor father and husband during his astronaut career (a sentiment echoed by some of the other former astronauts interviewed for the film). But the viewers also get to see how he tries to atone for those choices and be a better family man, while still leading a life that is intimately tied to his career as an astronaut.
The film is based on Cernan's book of the same name, and during the Q&A in New York, Cernan said he initially turned down the filmmakers' request to turn the story into a movie. He was persuaded when it became clear that the film was meant to tell the larger story of the Apollo program, particularly to young people who may not be familiar with it. For decades now, Cernan has worked as a public figure and advocate for space science and human space exploration. The film ends with him delivering an endorsement of NASA's Orion and SLS programs, and the agency's plan for a human mission to Mars.
Even if Cernan didn't want a movie made "about him," he is the reason this particular space documentary works so well. "Last Man on the Moon" works hard to link the young, fearless U.S. Air Force pilot who walked on the moon, to the old man who raises cattle in Texas; in doing so, it links the accomplishments and motivations of the Apollo program with current and future human spaceflight goals. The personal becomes universal, and one man's journey to the moon can be connected to the much larger story of humanity's desire to explore the cosmos.
Ayant eu à rédiger la synthèse de l’ouvrage Ovnis et conscience en décembre 2014, je me suis demandé récemment si, avec le recul, j’aurais aujourd’hui rédigé le même texte final. La réponse est oui. Avec ce recul, je me rends compte combien la contribution de Jean-Jacques Jaillat était essentielle. Son texte est court mais dense et il met très vite le doigt sur ce qui dans la problématique OVNI doit susciter le soupçon, à savoir son extrême proximité avec les arcanes de notre propre psyché :
« Non, le phénomène me paraît beaucoup plus proche de nous, humain, très humain… Mais devrais-je dire plutôt : trop humain ? Trop humain… pour être honnête… Trop humain pour l’être entièrement. Dirions-nous : participant à l’humain ? « Ils » nous connaissent trop bien pour nous être banalement extérieurs ».
Très vite, Jean-Jacques Jaillat fit le lien avec ce que nous connaissons du fonctionnement de l’inconscient, et par « fonctionnement » il faut d’abord entendre son mode d’expression spécifique : « Le phénomène ne manque pas non plus d’humour et de malice, comme, étrangement ( ?), notre inconscient, qu’il soit observé par Freud ou par Jung. Tout observateur attentionné du psychisme (y compris onirique) en est assuré. Jung ne nommait-il pas l’inconscient : « le filou »… ! »
L’inconscient, pour les psychanalystes, c’est effectivement « le filou », « le trompeur », le « sphinx aux énigmes », dirait Aimé Michel. Mais loin de se laisser emporter par un psycho-réductionnisme intenable, c’est avec une audace incroyable (qui avait suscité en moi admiration et enthousiasme), que Jean-Jacques avait opté pour l’idée d’un univers psychique symbiotiquement lié au nôtre, un monde conscientiel jumeau du nôtre et communiquant avec le monde humain par le canal de la conscience. Pour moi, aujourd’hui, cette vision des choses est juste à ceci près que cet univers-jumeau, ce « symbiote » est constitué par la partie non incarnée et transcendante de nous-mêmes. Cette solution avait été préparée par la contribution de Daniel Robin qui avait bien pris soin de distinguer les deux axes de la problématique : a) l’axe horizontal de notre monde conscientiel : notre univers phénoménal, son mécanisme apparent, ses lois, ses contraintes matérielles b) l’axe vertical des niveaux de conscience qui met en évidence le fait que l’axe horizontal (notre univers matériel) n’est qu’un certain plan de réalité défini par sa densité d’information, mais qu’il existe d’autres niveaux conscientiels.
C’est la contribution de Philippe Guillemant qui est alors décisive car elle nous décrit les étages du Réel dans une page qui restera pour moi la plus importante de toute l’histoire de l’ufologie, celle où partant de l’anima, il distingue le moi conscient puis le Soi supérieur, le tout chapeauté par l’Esprit. La contribution de Romuald Leterrier, en évoquant les expériences de transes chamaniques, nous a montré, quant à lui, que ces étages ne sont pas étanches et que les états modifiés de conscience permettent d’y accéder. Si l’on ajoute la contribution remarquable d’Eric Zurcher, qui pointe du doigt les problèmes épistémologiques posés par toute cette problématique, on comprendra maintenant avec le recul combien presque miraculeusement chaque contribution s’articule parfaitement aux autres. Avec ce recul, précisément, je dirais que seule manquait une contribution faisant le lien entre les visons rapportées par les experiencers de NDE et la phénoménologie OVNI, texte qu’un Jocelin Morrison aurait pu brillamment rédiger. Sans connaître la plupart d’entre nous, Fabrice Bonvin, qui est à l’origine du projet, avait donc constitué (à mon sens) un panel très équilibré et très complémentaire de chercheurs.
J’étais loin, au moment de rédiger la synthèse finale, d’avoir fait le lien entre le phénomène OVNI et notre propre transcendance, et pourtant je ne changerais pas un mot aujourd’hui à la conclusion de tout l’ouvrage :
« J’aurais mille fois préféré, en tant qu’amoureux sincère du travail de la science, que les OVNIS soient des vaisseaux interplanétaires provenant d’autres systèmes stellaires ou d’autres galaxies, que nos moyens de détections matériels aient pu finir par déceler et identifier. Mais ce n’est pas vers cette solution que nous pousse l’investigation portant sur ce phénomène. Sa nature est plus complexe et nous conduit à déduire l’existence d’une « noosphère » ou d’une Conscience globale aux multiples densités, connectée avec nous, dont nous ne représentons qu’un certain étage ».
Science and Philosophy in Ufology: Micah Hanks, UFO MODPOD, and Why the Hell is This Getting All Cerebral?
Science and Philosophy in Ufology: Micah Hanks, UFO MODPOD, and Why the Hell is This Getting All Cerebral?
In the latest episode of Rogueplanet's "UFO MODPOD" podcast, Micah Hanks was interviewed by hosts Jason McClellan, Maureen Elsberry and Ryan Sprague. As usual, it was a terrific and entertaining episode, and Hanks raised a few interesting questions regarding science and philosophy. Citing a quote that claims the "death of philosophy" made by the famous scientist, Stephen Hawking, Hanks ponders whether science can progress without philosophy.
While Hanks raised a few interesting questions, one question came to my mind the next day that was touched on but never truly addressed in the episode.
Which discipline benefits the study of UFOs more; science or philosophy?
It's an interesting question when we really examine the reality of studying the UFO phenomenon.
We begin and end where Ufology lives; with the investigation of a sighting or close encounter. Is there really anything more? We can argue over hypothetical flying saucer engines, alien biology and trans-dimensional travel all we want- science and philosophy, like any other academic discipline here, is impotent. These concepts, ideas and mechanics are all speculation better left to authors of science fiction than to the scientists and philosophers of today. What do we truly KNOW in regards to the study of UFOs? People see strange things in the sky that they cannot explain in a given moment; in other words, the investigation sightings and close encounters.
In a previous post, I claimed that photographic and/or video evidence is generally (and the stress here is on "generally" as exceptions may exist, see the post) moot in dealing with UFO sightings/close encounters. The reasoning for this claim is that since any photo or video can be reproduced, they can be debunked as being "man-made." Evidence for UFO sightings and/or close encounters must now dwell in other realms that are unable to be reproduced by debunkers. Since, let's be honest, trace evidence or other types of physical evidence remain scarce and are only present in a very few cases, the vast majority of sightings (probably 99%) come down to witness testimony. From a scientific perspective, witness testimony is not exactly objective. While credibility of a witness can be extremely high, scientific method requires more than "someone's word."
The "truth" of witness testimony really exists in two places. First, it exists in the mind of the witness. They claim they saw something, whether they believe it or not, what they saw lives within their own consciousness. Secondly, it exists within the mind of the person receiving the testimony. In the case of Ufology, it is typically an investigator "hearing the story". The investigator must then make a decision, to believe the witness or not. Science is useless here.
Can philosophy help? Yes, and no. Philosophy is able to provide a better understanding of the cultural, linguistic and sociological world our witness exists in. In other words, philosophy may be better able to establish the social biases and cultural zeitgeist the witness dwells in based upon the cultural reality they were born into and live. Will this establish "Truth?" That depends on who you ask.
Ask a scientist, they'd say "No." According to science, "truth" is not relative to a given time or place. "Truth" is true beyond cultural constructs, zeitgeist or other relativistic ideologies. Ask a philosopher, and you'll get two answers. One philosopher might agree with the scientist that "truth" extends beyond culture and society- that "truth" is true in "all possible worlds", that is, it is universal. Ask another philosopher and they'd say to the scientist and the previous philosopher, "prove it." How can one prove that "truth" is true outside of cultural or social context since every single thinking being exists within culture and society? How can we argue for an objective reality when all our realities are governed by our current relativistic zeitgeist? Can we escape the cultural consciousness we've existed in for our entire lives? How can one establish "universal truth" when our thoughts, identities and minds exist within a subjective reality (language being one, for example)?
Science, while lovely, is useless in establishing the validity of UFO sightings and close encounters as the vast majority rest upon the testimony of a witness. Philosophy, while able to potentially understand where "the witness is coming from," is also unable to "prove" that a witness's testimony is true.
What is the future of Ufology? I have no idea. What I do know, however, is that a degree in Chemistry, Physics, or Engineering is no more useful than a degree in Philosophy, Critical Theory or Cultural Studies when it comes to the study of UFOs.
Hanks and the UFO MODPOD team really opened a can of worms here. The real question doesn't balance upon whether science and philosophy can coexist; the actual question is whether Ufology can exist within the balance? If science and philosophy are useless in the current study of UFOs, then what the hell are we doing? Shit.
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Aliens Aren’t Coming! They Are Among Us And Most Of Them Are Either Dentists Or Lawyers…
Aliens Aren’t Coming! They Are Among Us And Most Of Them Are Either Dentists Or Lawyers…
The video shows that the Alens aren’t coming, they are already hear. They are among us and most of them are dentist, lawyer or other jobs.
There are some one hundred sixty (160) or more known types of Aliens visiting our world (Earth) at the present time, these are the most commonly seen types: Greys, type one – The Rigelians from the Rigel Star system and are approximately four feet tall, with a large head containing large slanted eyes, who worship technology and DON’T CARE ABOUT US. The type popularized in the “Communion” book by Strieber. They need vital secretions for their survival, which they are getting from us (earthlings).
Greys, type two – Come from the Zeta Reticulae 1 & 2 solar systems. Same general appearance as a type one, although they have a different finger arrangement and a slightly different face. These Greys are more sophisticated then the type ones. They possess a degree of common sense and are somewhat passive. They don’t require the secretions that the type ones due.
Greys, type three – Simple cloning form of types one and two above. Their lips are thinner (or no lips). They are subservient to the type one and two Greys above.
This clip posted on YouTube and was viewed more than 132.000 times. One user said: “I can tell u aliens arent still traveling to earth there already here.”
Other added: “Millions of people say they saw something, They can’t all be lying, its statistically impossible. Something is going on.”
But others don’t believe that. One user wrote: “I don’t believe in this but I’m sure we’re not alone”. And other added: “they are not here and they are not coming anytime soon….get over it.”
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Energy Orb Caught On Security Cam In Colorado, Feb 26, 2016, UFO Sightings Daily.
Energy Orb Caught On Security Cam In Colorado, Feb 26, 2016, UFO Sightings Daily
Date of sighting: February 26, 2016 Location of sighting: Longmont, Colorado, USA News source: MUFON #74805 This energy orb was caught on a infrared cam. Infrared catches spectrums of light that the human eye cannot see. Its often used by paranormal ghost hunters. This object isn't really long, but is just moving so fast that it appears stretched out. Its probably orb or oval shaped. Colorado is famous for its white glowing UFOs, some as big as a 727, and the eyewitnesses of these orbs number in the thousands just in the first 2 months of 2016. Scott C. Waring www.ufosightingsdaily.com Eyewitness states: Found this on one on my surveillance camera. I have no idea... winter, no birds, insects or bats. My house faces north and south... field behind me. The light went from west to east.
UFO In Daytime Over San Antonio, Texas On Feb 2016, Video, UFO Sighting News.
UFO In Daytime Over San Antonio, Texas On Feb 2016, Video, UFO Sighting News.
Date of sighting: February 2016 Location of sighting: San Antonio, Texas, USA Here is an interesting catch by SAUFOTX of Youtube. It does look like its moving and its a different color than the clouds around it. Another fake cloud hologram surrounding a UFO. Nice catch by Texas UFO researchers. Scott C. Waring www.ufosightingsdaily.com Eyewitness states: U.F.O Saucer Craft was captured Camouflage its self using the clouds as cover over San Antonio,Texas... On this particular day a heavy storm had passed over head..I was observing the clouds when i notice a strange looking cloud like a fuzzy distortion around that area....I decided to take a photo of it using an LG cellphone...That's when i notice it appear to be a Saucer Shape U.F.O and was moving..So i began to record the sighting..When zooming in a glow and a shadow could be seen underneath it.I was able to capture it as was moving erratic.(used the top of the buildings as reference points).After some time it began to fade away and was gone...I was not sure what i had witness that morning..It was until later after analyzing video i realized...It was a Huge U.F.O using Camouflage Technology..In my opinion it is no Cloud/Aircraft/Drone/Weather Balloon..
CIA Files Reveal Hidden UFO Sightings That Could Be Bigger Than Roswell
CIA Files Reveal Hidden UFO Sightings That Could Be Bigger Than Roswell
CIA files, which appear to be a top secret from the 1950s, reportedly expose an explosive truth about alien UFOs visiting Earth.
The documents have details of encounters with flying saucers and aliens. Stunned witnesses describe unusual craft moving fast through the skies. Others mention meetings with shadowy figures or noises in space.
If proven true, the accounts are as incredible as, or even more amazing than the alleged alien crash at Roswell.
The 1952 file includes Oskar Linke’s sworn testimony. Linke was the mayor of Gleimershausen in Germany. He claimed to have spotted two entities in shiny metallic clothing, and one of the two had a glowing lamp on his body.
Next to the two was a massive object that resembled a huge frying pan, which the two climbed when Oskar’s daughter called out to him.
He said the object ascended in a horizontal position, turned toward a neighbouring town, and then vanished above the heights and forests.
He went to the place where the object had been when he saw it. He was surprised to discover a circular opening in the ground that seemed to be freshly dug.
The file indicates that many other residents in the same area later claimed they saw a comet-like object at the time.
Another file from the same year depicts two fiery disks lurking above a uranium mine, which was then the Belgian Congo.
The two mysterious things glided in elegant curves, the witness described. It then made a stop in mid-air and took off in a zig-zag manner.
Commander Pierre flew after the disks from an airfield in Elisabethville, now known as Lubumbashi. Pierre, who was known to be a dependable airman, estimated their speed to be around 900mph. He also provided a sketch of the two UFOs.
One more report from that year is from May, which involved a bizarre object that emitted flashes of light over Barcelona. Valentin Garcia, the journalist witness, said his office was flooded with many phone calls from people who claimed to see the same object.
Several different witnesses reported similar sightings above Casblanca in Morocco, Algiers in Tunisia, Meknes, and Taorirt.
To See Deep into Space, Start Deep Underground (Op-Ed)
To See Deep into Space, Start Deep Underground (Op-Ed)
By Constance Walter, Sanford Underground Research Facility
Constance Walter is the communications director for the Sanford Underground Research Facility. She explores the stars vicariously through the physics experiments running nearly a mile underground in the former Homestake Gold Mine. She contributed this article to Space.com's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights.
In 1969, Neil Armstrong fired my imagination when he took "a giant leap" onto the moon. I was 11 years old as I watched him take that first step, and like millions around the world, I was riveted to the screen. Today I wonder how I would have reacted if the news anchor had simply described this incredible moment. Would I have been so excited? So inspired? So eager to learn more? I don't think so. It was seeing the story unfold that made it magical, that pulled me into the story.
How we see the world impacts how we view it: That first glimpse of outer space sparked an interest in science. And although I didn't become a scientist, I found a career in science, working with researchers at Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead, South Dakota, explaining the abstract and highly complex physics experiments in ways the rest of us can appreciate. It isn't always easy. Ever heard of neutrinoless double-beta decay? Probably not. If I told you this rare form of nuclear decay could go a long way in helping us understand some of the mysteries of the universe, would you get the picture? Maybe. The words are important, but an illustration or animation might give you a better idea.
Kathryn Jepsen, editor-in-chief of the physics magazine Symmetry, captured this need for the visual in this way: In trying to create images for her readers, she is never sure if her intent is what readers "see" in their mind's eye — so she works with illustrators, videographers and photographers to create the images she wants them to see. "Videos and animations show them exactly what we want to get across," Jepsen said.
And such visualizations can be profound. Take a look at this operatic animation from Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Created using simulations run on the supercomputers at the National Center of Computational Sciences, it shows the expected operation of the ITER fusion reactor. The video clearly outlines the objectives of the experiment, but the animation allows greater understanding as to how the fusion reactor could be used to create energy.
Digging deep into science bedrock
The Sanford Lab has many stories to tell: complex research experiments, a Nobel Prize, and a 126-year history as a mine, to name a few. We write stories for a newsletter called Deep Thoughts, the Sanford Lab website and other publications. But we don't rely solely on words. Photographs and video play a big role in how we present the lab to the world.
Researchers at Sanford Lab go deep underground to try to answer some of the most challenging physics questions about the universe. What is the origin of matter? What is dark matter and how do we know it exists? What are the properties of neutrinos? Going deep underground may help them answer these fundamental questions about the universe. [Where Is All the Dark Energy and Dark Matter?]
Here's how: Hold out your hand. On the Earth's surface, thousands of cosmic rays pass through it every day. But nearly a mile underground, where these big physics experiments operate, it's more than a million times quieter. The rock acts as a natural shield, blocking most of the radiation that can interfere with sensitive physics experiments. It turns out Sanford Lab is particularly suited to large physics experiments for another reason — the hard rock of the former Homestake Gold Mine is perfect for excavating the large caverns needed for big experiments.
From 1876 to 2001, miners pulled more than 40 million ounces of gold and 9 million ounces of silver from the mine. In the beginning they mined with pickaxes, hammers and shovels — often in the dark with only candles for light. As they dug deeper, they brought wagons and mules underground to haul ore. Some animals were born, raised and died without ever seeing the sunshine. By the early 1900s, Homestake was using locomotives, drills and lights. By the early 1980s, the mine reached 8,000 feet, becoming the deepest gold mine in North America, with tunnels and drifts pocketing 370 miles of underground. At its heyday, Homestake employed nearly 2,000 people, but as gold prices plummeted and operation costs soared, the company began decreasing operations and reducing staff.
Finally, in 2001, the Barrick Gold Corp., which owned the mine, closed the facility. Five years later, the company donated the property to South Dakota for use as an underground laboratory. That same year, philanthropist T. Denny Sanford donated $70 million to the project. Since then, the state has committed more than $45 million in funds to the project. Early on, South Dakota received a $10 million Community Development Block Grant to help rehabilitate the aging facility.
Part of the glamor of using Homestake to build a deep underground science laboratory was its history as a physics landmark. Starting in the mid-1960s, nuclear chemist Ray Davis operated his solar neutrino experiment 4,850 feet underground (designated the 4850 Level) of Homestake mine. Using a 100,000-gallon tank full of perchloroethylene (fluid used in dry cleaning), Davis looked for interactions between neutrinos and the chlorine atoms, believing they would change into argon atoms.
Far from the mining activity, Davis worked for nearly three decades to prove the theory developed with his collaborator John Bahcall, professor of astrophysics in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. The two proposed that the mysteries of the sun could be examined by measuring the number of neutrinos arriving on Earth from the sun. By the 1970s, Davis proved the theory worked; however, there was a slight problem: Davis found only one-third of the neutrinos predicted based on the standard solar and particle physics model. This led to the solar neutrino problem.
"The solar neutrino problem caused great consternation among physicists and astrophysicists," Davis said years later. "My opinion in the early years was that something was wrong with the standard solar model; many physicists thought there was something wrong with my experiment."
Scientists at underground laboratories around the world wanted an answer to this riddle. Eventually, the mystery was solved by researchers in two separate experiments: one at SNOLab in Canada, the other at the Super-Kamiokande Collaboration in. As it turns out, neutrinos are pretty tricky characters, changing "flavors" as they travel through space, oscillating between electron, muon and tau neutrinos. Davis's detector was only able to see the electron neutrino.
In 2002, Davis's groundbreaking research earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics — energizing physicists to lobby for a laboratory on the hallowed ground at the abandoned Homestake Mine. (This year, Takaaki Kajita of Super-Kamiokande and Arthur McDonald of SNOLab shared the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discoveries of neutrino oscillation.)
A one-of-a-kind (incredibly deep) hole
Because of the site's rich physics history and unique structure, South Dakota and many scientists lobbied to have a billion-dollar deep underground laboratory at the mine, as deep as 7,400 feet — and in 2007 the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) selected it as the preferred site for a proposed Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL).
But in 2010, the National Science Board decided not to fund further design of DUSEL. Physicists, citizens and politicians immediately began seeking other funding sources, and in 2011, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), through the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, agreed to support ongoing science operations at Sanford Lab, while investigating how to use the underground research facility for other longer-term experiments.
Today, Sanford Lab hosts three large physics experiments nearly a mile underground on the 4850 Level.
The Large Underground Xenon (LUX) experiment, is looking for dark matter, which makes up most of the matter in the universe, but has yet to be detected. We can't see or touch dark matter, but we know it exists because of its gravitational effects on galaxies and clusters of galaxies. Scientists with LUX use a vessel filled with one-third of a ton of liquid xenon, hoping that when a weekly interacting massive particle, or WIMP, strikes a xenon atom, detectors will recognize the signature. In October 2013, after an initial run of 80 days, LUX was named the most sensitive dark-matter detector in the world. [Dark Matter, Dark Energy, Mystery Explained: A Reader's Guide (Infographic)]
The Majorana experimentbrings us back to that obscure-sounding neutrinoless double-beta decay. Neutrinos, among the most abundant particles in the universe, are often called "ghost" particles because they pass through matter like it isn't there. Scientists with the Majorana experiment hope to spot the rare neutrinoless double-beta decay phenomenon, which could reveal if neutrinos are their own antiparticles.
The answer to this question could help us understand why humans — and, indeed, the universe — exist. Majorana needs an environment so clean it was built almost entirely out of copper, electroformed deep underground, and it uses dozens of detectors made of enriched germanium crystals (76Ge) in its quest. The detectors are built in an ultraclean "glove box," which is purged periodically with nitrogen gas, to ensure not even a single speck of dust will touch the highly sensitive detectors. When completed, the strings of detectors are placed inside a copper vessel that goes into a layered shield for extra protection against the environment.
CASPAR (Compact Accelerator System for Performing Astrophysical Research) researchers are studying the nuclear processes in stars. Essentially, the goal is to create the same reactions that happen in stars a bit "older" than our sun. If researchers can do that, it could help complete the picture of how the elements in our universe are built. The experiment is undergoing calibration tests and will go online in early 2016.
But can you see the science?
Do you have a picture in your mind of each of these experiments? Is it the right picture? It's not easy. Writers want the public to clearly understand why the science is important. And so we look for images that will complement our stories.
Matt Kapust is the creative services developer at Sanford Lab (the two of us make up the entire communications team). Since 2009, Kapust has been documenting the conversion of the mine into a world-leading research laboratory, using photography and video to record each stage of construction and outfitting.
"Video is one of the most important tools we have in our tool belt," Kapust said. "As content developers, we need to find creative ways to explain esoteric science concepts to mainstream audiences in ways that get them excited about science."
Film is important for other reasons, as well. "Massive science projects like the ones we have at Sanford Lab are not privately funded, they are not corporate run," Kapust said. "They are funded by the public and need public support. Film's mass appeal allows us to tell the stories in new ways and generate that widespread support."
Sanford Lab receives $15 million year for operations each year from the DOE. In addition to the $40 million given to support the lab in 2007, South Dakota recently gave the lab nearly $4 million for upgrades to one of the shafts. The individual experiments receive millions of dollars in funding from NSF and DOE, and a proposed future experiment, the Long Baseline Neutrino Facility and associated Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (LBNF/DUNE) is expected to cost $1 billion. All of this comes from taxpayers. And they want to know where their money is going — and why.
Our stories, if we do them right, create excitement and spur the public's collective imagination — I mean, we're talking about possibly discovering the origins of the universe! When you think about it in those terms, a picture — or video — could be worth a million words, or a billion dollars.
Nailing down neutrinos
Kapust points to that billion-dollar experiment as an example. LBNF/DUNE, currently in the planning stages, will be an internationally designed, coordinated and funded collaboration that will attempt to unlock the mysteries of the neutrino.
Billions of neutrinos pass through our bodies every second. Billions. They are formed in nuclear reactors, the sun (a huge nuclear reactor) and other stars, supernovae and cosmic rays as they strike the Earth's atmosphere.
In particular, researchers with LBNF/DUNE want to more fully understand neutrino oscillations, determine the mass of these ghostly particles, and solve the mystery of the matter/antimatter imbalance in the universe. To do this, they will follow the world's highest-intensity neutrino beam as it travels 800 miles through the Earth, from Fermilab in Batavia, Illinois, to four massive detectors on the 4850 Level of Sanford Lab. And should a star go supernova while the experiment is running, the researchers could learn a lot more.
LBNF/DUNE will be one of the largest international megascience experiments to ever occur on U.S. soil. The sheer scale of the experiment is mind-boggling.
For example, the detectors are filled with 13 million gallons of liquid argon, an element used in the SNOLab experiment that discovered neutrino oscillation. And more than 800,000 tons of rock will be excavated to create three caverns — two for the detectors and one for utilities. Each cavern will be nearly the length of two football fields.
That will require a lot of blasting, and engineers at Sanford Lab want to document the test blasts for a couple of reasons: They want a graphic representation of what the blast will look like and they hope to catch any visual appearance of dust going down the drift. The huge experiment is being built near existing experiments and dust could have a negative impact. Capturing the event on video could help them determine better ways to blast the rock to route the dust away from other sensitive physics experiments. As the experiment moves forward, our team will document each stage. We can't bring visitors underground, but we can show them our progress.
Katie Yurkewicz, head of communications at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab), said, "If words are our only tools, it can be extremely difficult (if not impossible) to get people to that 'Aha!' moment of understanding. Video and animations are invaluable in communicating those complex construction and physics topics."
In our field, it's important to seek the expertise and interest of other communicators and the media. "We often rely on documentary filmmakers, news organizations and public broadcasting to help us tell our stories," Kapust said, citing RAW Science, the BBC and South Dakota Public Broadcasting among those entities. "It's important for us to be able to work with these groups because we have limited resources. We need the assistance and networking opportunities they offer."
In May 2015, a team from PRI's Science Friday arrived at Sanford Lab to do a story about LUX and the search for dark matter. The team spent three days filming underground and on the surface. They interviewed scientists, students and administrators. The story was told on radio, of course, but the program also included a 17-minute video on Science Friday's website. The radio program used sound, tone and words to great effect. But the video takes viewers onto the cage and down the shaft, into a modern, well-lit laboratory, and on a locomotive ride through the dark caverns of the underground. (Science Friday submitted the video for competition in the RAW Science Film Festival, which takes place Dec. 4-5 in Los Angeles.)
Setting the scenes
Producing film at Sanford Lab isn't easy. Trips underground require careful planning, and even a trip action plan, part of a log that keeps track of everyone working underground. Should an emergency arise, the underground will be evacuated; the log ensures everyone gets to the surface safely. Because we are required to spend a lot of time underground, we undergo regular safety training that adds up to several hours a year.
For every trip, we don restrictive clothing — hardhats as a safety measure and coveralls to keep dust from our clothing — then take an 11-minute ride in a dark cage, or elevator, to laboratories nearly a mile down. We lug our heavy lighting, sound and camera equipment with us, and shoot video in tight spaces. If we forget something, we can't turn around and go back — the cage only runs at certain times of the day. Bringing our lunch is a definite must. Once underground, we enter the cart wash area, where we remove our coveralls, don clean hardhats, and clean all of the equipment with alcohol wipes — we don't want to bring any dirt into the lab. Finally, we put booties over our shoes, then enter the laboratory area. One big perk? There's an espresso machine and a panini press.
Recently, we did a story about the innermost portion of the six-layered shield around the Majorana Demonstrator project. The shield gives the experiment extra protection from the radiation that permeates through the surrounding rock, especially radon, which can create noise in the experiment. The inner shield is special — it was made with ultrapure electroformed copper grown on the 4850 Level of Sanford Lab. We interviewed physicist Vincent Guiseppe, the mastermind behind the shield, inside the deeply buried class-100 clean room where all the work is done. Despite our precautions, we couldn't go into the clean room without putting on a "bunny suit": Tyvek clothing that includes a hood, booties, two pairs of gloves and a face mask, and we had to maneuver carefully as the research continued around us. It was a challenge, but it was worth it to get the story and a stunning image of the shield.
While the lunar landing inspired my generation to look to the cosmos — and inspired me to want to fly to distant planets, see the Milky Way from a distant galaxy, and learn the secrets of the universe — none of us expected to be looking up from nearly a mile underground. But with the right mix of sights and stories, science is inspiring a new generation, while searching for answers to universal questions using tools that are only now reaching for the stars.
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Pluto's Mysterious 4 Mile Wide Circle Inside Of Crater
Pluto's Mysterious 4 Mile Wide Circle Inside Of Crater
Published on Feb 27, 2016
This one has fascinated me since I first saw Keith Laney's version of it on his website http://www.thehiddenmission.com during Richard C. Hoagland's radio show I was a guest member of the imaging panel on. Since then I have came across it again and wanted to share it with you all and get your take on it. We joked about it looking like a huge radio telescope similar to the new one being finished in China called the FAST telescope. I make these videos for you all and would LOVE to hear what you think this is? I tried to keep it short and sweet. The full NASA image has a lot of anomalies in it and if you let your eyes adjust to this whole image it will blow your mind. The focus is on the circular area inside the crater. What about you? What do you think it looks like or could be? WUITS Article w/ Enhanced Images: http://whatsupinthesky.com/index.php/...
"There are obviously the reddish and brownish tones of colors, but near the lower border we can clearly see a bluish/turquoise tone," Petricca told Space.com in an email.
Normally, during an eclipse, sunlight that manages to reach the surface of the moon is scattered as it passes through Earth's atmosphere, resulting in the reddish colors seen on the lunar surface. The bluish tone comes from sunlight passing through the Earth's ozone layer.
The image is an integration of 100 (on 200) shots with my Reflex Camera Canon 700D combined with a Samyang Catadrioptic 500mm f/6.3 Lens.
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Hillary Clinton with Laurance Rockefeller at the JY Ranch, Jackson Hole, Wyo., August 21, 1995. Clinton is carrying the book Are We Alone: Philosophical Implications of the Discovery of Extraterrestrial Life by Paul Davies.
(Photo: National Archives)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently made unusual comments regarding the existence of extraterrestrials during an editorial board meeting with New Hampshire’s Conway Daily Sun. “Yes, I’m going to get to the bottom of it,” said Ms. Clinton when questioned on the subject by reporter Daymond Steer. “I think we may have been visited already. We don’t know for sure.”
Ms. Clinton also indicated that her campaign chairman John Podesta had great interest in the UFO phenomenon. “He has made me personally pledge we are going to get the information out,” said Mr. Clinton. “One way or another. Maybe we could have, like, a task force to go to Area 51.”
Mr. Podesta, who served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and advisor to President Barack Obama, has a spoken publicly about the issue in the past. “It’s time to open the books on questions that have remained in the dark, on the question of government investigations of UFOs. It’s time to find out what the truth really is that’s out there,” said Mr. Podesta during a news conference at the National Press Club in 2002. “We ought to do it, really, because it’s right, because the American people, quite frankly, can handle the truth, and we ought to do it because it’s the law.”
To get a sense of the history behind Ms. Clinton’s statements, the Observer spoke to D.C.-based extraterrestrial lobbyist and head of the Paradigm Research Group (PRG), Stephen Bassett, who we interviewed last September and who was recently profiled in The Washington Post.
What was your initial reaction to Hillary Clinton’s remarks to the Conway Daily Sun?
Throughout 2007, PRG worked to bring the Rockefeller Initiative and the extraterrestrial presence issue into the presidential campaign. This effort failed to draw out Senator Clinton, but may have helped to generate questions asked at the October 30 Democratic primary debate in Philadelphia of Congressman Kucinich, Senator Obama and Governor Richardson.
Eight years later, Secretary Clinton’s remarks in New Hampshire represent a breakthrough moment in American political history. Twenty-three years after her husband’s administration was engaged by Laurance Rockefeller to release all UFO documents in government files and grant amnesty to government witnesses, Secretary Clinton has finally spoken to the extraterrestrial presence issue.
Daymond Steer’s questions marked an important milestone, but it is only the beginning of the questions that need to be asked and will be asked of Secretary Clinton and all the presidential candidates.
Is there a chance these comments were meant as a joke?
The nature of the now-institutionalized truth embargo on the extraterrestrial presence issue is such, that however serious you might be, you must smile when you speak to the subject.
Anyone with an ounce of political sense would understand that no chairman of the leading candidate (John Podesta) and no former president and spouse of that candidate (President Clinton), during a campaign that will ultimately spend as much as $2 billion dollars of donated money, is going to publicly speak to the UFO/extraterrestrial phenomena issue—that is, unless they have to. If they smile and dance a bit in the process, that is to be expected.
Were you pleased with how the media picked up the story?
The media response to the Daily Sun story has been extensive. A review of various Google search listings indicates coverage by as many as 250 foreign language venues, 200 local U.S. radio/television stations and over 100 English language venues. It is notable, however, TheNew York Times, Washington Post and Los Angeles Times didn’t cover this story and the Drudge Report did not link to it. PRG found this to be both remarkable and disappointing.
What is your ideal scenario for the media’s approach to the truth embargo and disclosure?
Simple. More reporters, including some from top tier political media, ask Secretary Clinton direct questions about the Rockefeller Initiative and her involvement therein. She provides serious answers, hopefully without smile or smirk. This triggers more questions to President Clinton, John Podesta, Governor Bill Richardson, Secretary Leon Panetta, Mack McLarty and Webster Hubbell. These gentlemen give truthful and serious responses. This triggers another round of questions directed to the Pentagon, CIA and the U.S. Air Force, along with questions to the private principals of the Rockefeller Initiative.
What about responses from other presidential candidates?
There has been no response, which raises a most interesting question. Since 1993, the Republican Party and many conservative media venues have been well aware of the Clinton team’s connection to the UFO/ET issue. Despite intense partisan hatred for the Clintons, the Republican candidates and conservative media have never used that connection to gain political advantage.
If the extraterrestrial presence issue was completely without merit, it is inconceivable this would be the case. This would lead one to conclude the very truth of the matter prevents such partisan attacks.
Do you think Hillary Clinton’s history regarding the Rockefeller Initiative factored into her statement?
Of course it did. It is the primary reason she is commenting at all. The same goes for John Podesta and [former] President Clinton.
How does Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta tie into all this?
It is PRG’s view, John Podesta is the central figure in the unfolding events leading to a Disclosure event under a Democratic president. He is the only Rockefeller Initiative principal who has served President Clinton (advisor, chief of staff), President Obama (transition chairman, advisor) and Secretary Clinton (advisor, campaign chairman).
In 2002 and 2003 Mr. Podesta called for the release of UFO documents in government files. In 2010, he reiterated this theme in a foreword to the book UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record by Leslie Kean. He was featured in the 2011 documentary Secret Access: UFOs on the Record. In 2015, Mr. Podesta also issued provocative Twitter messages well covered by national and international media.
Are there any other figures from the Clinton administration or Hillary Clinton’s campaign that were involved with the Rockefeller Initiative?
PRG possesses documents confirming President Clinton, Hillary Clinton, John Podesta, Webster Hubbell, the late Dr. John Gibbons and the late Congressman Steven Schiff were directly involved. PRG is also quite certain Chiefs of Staff Leon Panetta and Mack McLarty, Secretary Bill Richardson and Vice President Al Gore were aware of the Rockefeller Initiative. In addition, there were 16 private citizens involved, 12 of which are still living.
Why has it taken so long for this issue to be brought into an election?
The government-imposed truth embargo conceived between 1947 and 1953 that remains in effect to this day, although much weakened, has been very successful. The only president to have brought the issue up during his campaign was Jimmy Carter in 1976. I was the first balloted congressional candidate to speak to the issue in 2002. Dr. Joseph Buchman was the second balloted congressional candidate to do so in 2008.
There is good analogy for this. For 51 years, the U.S. government imposed an embargo on the nation of Cuba. Most Americans knew there was an island south of the Florida keys called Cuba; they just couldn’t go there. Now they can. All of which is to say President Obama has one more embargo to end before he leaves office.
Would you say Hillary Clinton is the best candidate to ensure the full disclosure of extraterrestrial activity on Earth?
Yes, due to the historical connection to the issue.
In a previous interview with the Observer, you said “Barack Obama will be the disclosure president.” Do you still believe that?
Yes. The American people should not have to wait one more day for the truth embargo to end. No one knows who will be the next president or what they will do when they enter the White House. Therefore, PRG seeks the embargoes end now, meaning Barack Obama will be the disclosure president.
What are you and your organization doing now to continue this fight for disclosure?
Not a fight—an advocacy process. One should not pick fights with nuclear powers. PRG will continue to inform the political media and the U.S Congress regarding the Rockefeller Initiative, the Citizen Hearing on Disclosure and the need for new, comprehensive congressional hearings. PRG will put particular emphasis on Secretary Clinton and the other presidential candidates. PRG is also seeking opportunities to address the subject on any and all network and cable news talk shows.
Robin Seemangal focuses on NASA and advocacy for space exploration. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, where he currently resides. Find him on Instagram for more space-related content: @not_gatsby
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Controversial 5,500-Year-Old Sumerian Star Map Of Ancient Nineveh Reveals Observation Of Köfels’ Impact Event
Controversial 5,500-Year-Old Sumerian Star Map Of Ancient Nineveh Reveals Observation Of Köfels’ Impact Event
MessageToEagle.com – Did ancient Sumerians observe and record the impact of the Aten asteroid over 5,000 years ago?
For over 150 years scientists have tried to solve the mystery of a controversial cuneiform clay tablet that indicates the so-called Köfel’s impact event was observed in ancient times.
The circular stone-cast tablet was recovered from the 650 BC underground library of King Ashurbanipal in Nineveh, Iraq in the late 19th century.
Long thought to be an Assyrian tablet, computer analysis has matched it with the sky above Mesopotamia in 3300 BC and proves it to be of much more ancient Sumerian origin.
The tablet is an “Astrolabe,” the earliest known astronomical instrument. It consists of a segmented, disk-shaped star chart with marked units of angle measure inscribed upon the rim.
The Ashurbanipal library was the first of its kind in history. The king collected as many clay tablets, containing various sources of knowledge, in this library. It had thousands upon thousands of pieces, a lot of which are housed at the London and various other museums around the world.
Unfortunately considerable parts of the planisphere on this tablet are missing (approximately 40%), damage which dates to the sacking of Nineveh. The reverse of the tablet is not inscribed.
Still under study by modern scholars, the cuneiform tablet in the British Museum collection No K8538 (known as “the Planisphere”) provides extraordinary proof for the existence of sophisticated Sumerian astronomy.
The controversial cuneiform clay tablet has been translated for the first time.
Raising a storm in archaeological circles, they re-translated the cuneiform text and assert the tablet records an ancient asteroid strike, the Köfels’ Impact, which struck Austria sometime around 3100 BC.
The giant landslide centred at Köfels in Austria is 500m thick and five kilometres in diameter and has long been a mystery since geologists first looked at it in the 19th century.
The conclusion drawn by research in the middle 20th century was that it must be due to a very large meteor impact because of the evidence of crushing pressures and explosions.
But this view lost favor as a much better understanding of impact sites developed in the late 20th century.
In the case of Köfels there is no crater, so to modern eyes it does not look as an impact site should look. However, the evidence that puzzled the earlier researchers remains unexplained by the view that it is just another landslide.
So what is the connection between the sophisticated Sumerian star chart discovered in the underground library in Nineveh and mysterious impact that took place in Austria?
The Sumerian star map shows people observed and recorded Köfels’ impact more than 5,500 years ago.
Examination of the clay tablet reveals that it is an astronomical work as it has drawings of constellations on it and the text has known constellation names. It has attracted a lot of attention but in over a hundred years nobody has come up with a convincing explanation as to what it is.
With modern computer programs that can simulate trajectories and reconstruct the night sky thousands of years ago the researchers have established what the Planisphere tablet refers to. It is a copy of the night notebook of a Sumerian astronomer as he records the events in the sky before dawn on the 29 June 3123 BC (Julian calendar).
Half the tablet records planet positions and cloud cover, the same as any other night, but the other half of the tablet records an object large enough for its shape to be noted even though it is still in space.
The astronomers made an accurate note of its trajectory relative to the stars, which to an error better than one degree is consistent with an impact at Köfels.
The observation suggests the asteroid is over a kilometer in diameter and the original orbit about the Sun was an Aten type, a class of asteroid that orbit close to the earth, that is resonant with the Earth’s orbit.
This trajectory explains why there is no crater at Köfels. The in coming angle was very low (six degrees) and means the asteroid clipped a mountain called Gamskogel above the town of Längenfeld, 11 kilometers from Köfels, and this caused the asteroid to explode before it reached its final impact point. As it traveled down the valley it became a fireball, around five kilometers in diameter (the size of the landslide).
Around 700 BC an Assyrian scribe in the Royal Place at Nineveh made a copy of one of the most important documents in the royal collection.
Two and a half thousand years later it was found by Henry Layard in the remains of the palace library. It ended up in the British Museum’s cuneiform clay tablet collection as catalogue No. K8538 (also called “the Planisphere”), where it has puzzled scholars for over a hundred and fifty years. In this monograph Bond and Hempsell provide the first comprehensive translation of the tablet, showing it to be a contemporary Sumerian observation of an Aten asteroid over a kilometre in diameter that impacted Köfels in Austria in the early morning of 29th June 3123 BC. Read more
When it hit Köfels it created enormous pressures that pulverized the rock and caused the landslide but because it was no longer a solid object it did not create a classic impact crater.
Mark Hempsell, discussing the Köfels event, said: “Another conclusion can be made from the trajectory. The back plume from the explosion (the mushroom cloud) would be bent over the Mediterranean Sea re-entering the atmosphere over the Levant, Sinai, and Northern Egypt.
“The ground heating though very short would be enough to ignite any flammable material – including human hair and clothes. It is probable more people died under the plume than in the Alps due to the impact blast.”
In other words, the remarkable ancient star map shows that the Sumerians made an observation of an Aten asteroid over a kilometer in diameter that impacted Köfels in Austria in the early morning of 29th June 3123 BC.
Of all the fringe interest groups orbiting the landscape of American politics, there are perhaps none quite as maligned as those committed to uncovering the truth about extraterrestrial life. In recent elections, these UFO advocates have mostly laid low, ignored—if not openly mocked—by politicians seeking higher office. But as the 2016 race gets officially underway, alien hunters are starting to wonder if this election might be different.
The group got some high-profile encouragement last month from none other than Hillary Clinton. In an interview with a small New Hampshire newspaper, the Democratic presidential candidate promised that, if elected, she would share whatever information exists about the government's contact with extraterrestrials.
"I'm going to get to the bottom of it," Clinton told the Conway Daily Sun. "I think we may have been [visited already]. We don't know for sure."
The comment may have been tongue-in-cheek, but it was enough to excite the diehard skeptics who have been fighting, unsuccessfully for more than half a century, to get the government to disclose what it knows about aliens. For this group, the remark seemed to confirm long-held suspicions that Clinton is sympathetic to its cause—suspicions rooted in her 90s-era ties to UFO activists like Laurence Rockefeller, and in her relationship to campaign chairman John Podesta, a noted skeptic who has called for greater government transparency around the alien question, and whose influence Clinton cited in her interview.
"He has made me personally pledge we are going to get the information out one way or another," Clinton told the newspaper. "Maybe we could have, like, a task force to go to Area 51."
A 1995 photo of then-First Lady Hillary Clinton embracing billionaire philanthropist Laurence Rockefeller, a well-known UFO activist. Photo via the William J. Clinton Presidential Library
Beyond the UFO skepticism and government conspiracy theories, the election is also being watched by another group of alien hunters—namely scientists involved in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI, a global research field dedicated to scanning the cosmos for signs of alien life.
Since its inception, the scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence has been plagued by politics. NASA's own SETI program, developed in the mid-1970s, was a frequent target of politicians who saw its mission—"to bag little green fellows," as one senator put it—as a joke and a waste of taxpayer dollars. It was permanently defunded in 1993. While NASA continues to fund research into the search for extraterrestrial life, the money now mainly goes to the field of astrobiology, with research focused on looking for microbes and other unintelligent life forms. Officially at least, the government is no longer interested in the search for thinking beings like us.
"SETI is very political, or has been in the past," said Seth Shostak, senior astronomer and director of the SETI Institute, a California-based nonprofit that conducts research on the "origin and nature of life in the universe." "Politics was extremely important when I joined the SETI Institute—it killed the NASA efforts."
Inthe absence of government funding, SETI research in the US has relied on private donations, which tend to be sporadic. While a $100 million infusion from Russian billionaire Yuri Milner last year has given the field a measure of legitimacy, and assured future research, the lack of federal recognition means that SETI continues to exist outside of mainstream scientific circles.
"When somebody is studying something that doesn't have any obvious practical implications, [Congress] tends to think it is a waste of money," Shostak told me. "That's exactly wrong. Basic research is the kind that pays off in the long term—far more than the applied research."
There is little indication that will change under the next president. Most of the leading 2016 presidential candidates from both parties have voiced general support for NASA, and they have called for directing more federal resources to space exploration (the notable exception is Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, who has voted in the past toslash NASA's budget). But Shostak is skeptical that any of this would translate into support for a revamped SETI program at the space agency.
"It isn't a matter of 'let's vote for this person because they're interested in SETI,'" he said. "You're not going to find anybody like that."
In the absence of direct support for SETI research, SETI researchers say they are looking for candidates who show broad knowledge and support of scientific endeavors. "Anyone you elect to high office should have some knowledge of science," Shostak said. "So many of [the 2016 candidates] don't seem to have much knowledge of science, and that's distressing because of much greater considerations than SETI."
Shostak and his colleagues have also noted that making contact with intelligent alien life will have immense political repercussions here on Earth. Given that many SETI proponents believe this is likely to happen in our lifetime, they are looking at the 2016 presidential contenders for indications of how they might handle a post-contact world.
"One would expect individual SETI proponents to be generally supportive of those parties and candidates who have voiced strong support for a solid science agenda," said Paul Shuch, executive director of the SETI League, a grassroots group that promotes private SETI research and education.
"Since SETI is a multinational cooperative endeavor," Shuch continued, "we—as individuals—would tend to oppose those factions and candidates in all countries who would be likely to exhibit nationalistic tendencies to restrict the free flow of information."
Paradigm Research's Hillary Clinton ET flag. Photo courtesy of Stephen Bassett
Of course, UFO activists who believe aliens have already made contact have more pressing concerns—namely, getting the government to end what disclosure advocate Stephen Bassett, Washington's only registered UFO lobbyist, calls the "truth embargo" on information about extraterrestrials.
"The extraterrestrial issue is perfectly analogous to the Cuban embargo," said Bassett, who works on behalf of the disclosure advocacy group Paradigm Research. "People knew there was an island down there, they knew there was a Cuba—they just couldn't go there. It's very much what happened with the extraterrestrial issue. Every year more and more people know that this phenomenon is not human, it's extraterrestrial, but they can't go there."
Like the Cuba embargo, Bassett said, the government's insistence on withholding information about extraterrestrial contact from the public seems increasingly anachronistic, and no longer justifiable as a national security concern. The issue, he explained, is trying to convince politicians that the problem even exists in the first place.
"This extraterrestrial advocacy movement has a problem that no other advocacy movement in history has had," Bassett said. "This movement is about something the government has claimed doesn't exist at all."
Bassett may have found an ally in Podesta. A consummate Washington insider who served as chief of staff to President Bill Clinton and as a special counselor to President Barack Obama, Podesta is a well-known X-Files fanatic who has publicly defended the public's right to know "what the truth is that's really out there," as he put it in a forward to the 2010 book UFOs: Generals, Pilots, and Government Officials Go on the Record. Last year, as he was leaving the Obama administration, Podesta ignited the UFO blogosphere by tweeting that his "biggest failure in 2014" was "once again not securing the #disclosure of the UFO files."
Stephen Bassett, Washington's only registered UFO lobbyist. Photo courtesy of Bassett
Podesta hasn't shied away from this position in his new role heading Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign. "Notwithstanding the fact that serious scientists, military leaders, business people, and average citizens are interested in the subject of intelligent life in the universe, political leaders tend to worry about whether they will be lampooned if they broach the subject," he told me in an email. "I, on the other hand, am interested in just making the universe great again."
While Bassett seems to have gotten behind Podesta—and by extension, Hillary— not all disclosure activists agree that Clinton would be an ally in the Oval Office, with some citing her less than stellar record on government transparency as a possible red flag. But Podesta seems confident that, on this issue at least, his candidate will follow through on revealing government secrets. "She promised me she would!" he wrote in his email.
"Look, I believe that the government, in the name of transparency and openness should declassify and release information in regards to unidentified aerial phenomena," Podesta continued. "Obviously, there have been decades of speculation about what, if anything, is contained in these files. I'm confident that the American people can handle the truth."
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