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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 - MET HET LAATSTE NIEUWS OVER UFO'S BOVEN BELGIË EN IN ANDERE LANDEN...
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 maandeliiks 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.
Einstein Was Right! Scientists Confirm General Relativity Works With Distant Galaxy
Einstein Was Right! Scientists Confirm General Relativity Works With Distant Galaxy
This study supports our current understanding of gravity and provides more evidence for the existence of dark matter and dark energy — two mysterious concepts that scientists know about only indirectly by observing their effects on cosmic objects.
Since the theory was first published, it has been tested a number of times within our solar system. But this new study, conducted by an international team of astronomers led by Thomas Collett of the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation at the University of Portsmouth in the U.K., is the first precise test of general relativity on a large astronomical scale, the researchers said.
Using data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile, the research team found that gravity behaves the same way in a faraway galaxy as it does in our solar system — just as Einstein's theory predicts.
The researchers tested the assumption that "the same laws of physics we see working here on Earth are true anywhere else," Terry Oswalt, an astronomer and chair of physical sciences at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida, said in an email to Space.com. Verifying general relativity "at all possible scales (especially the largest scale) is fundamentally important to physics as a whole, and to cosmology in particular," added Oswalt, who was not involved in the new study.
In validating general relativity, the findings also serve as additional evidence for the existence of dark matter and dark energy, Collett told Space.com. Dark matter and dark energy are two of the "weird things" that exist in the standard model of cosmology, Collett said.
The standard model is a theory which describes how fundamental forces and particles in the universe work and behave together, and it aims to explain our observations and experiments. However, our lack of understanding and explanation of dark matter and dark energy, "the two biggest mysteries in cosmology today," according to Oswalt, lead some to question the standard model.
"I doubt astronomers will be giving up the standard model of cosmology anytime soon," Oswalt said. So, instead of abandoning the standard model, researchers look to "make the models more precisely explain the observed data," he added.
In the standard model, dark matter is required to explain how fast stars orbit around galaxies and dark energy is required to explain why the universe is expanding faster, according to Collett.
Some scientists have suggested that "alternative gravity theories," as Collett described, could eliminate a need for dark matter and dark energy in the standard model. However, because this team has found that gravity functions outside our solar system like it does inside our solar system, for now it appears that our understanding of gravity is correct and dark matter and dark energy still fit in the standard model.
Collett noted that this study isn't concrete "proof" of dark matter and dark energy, but it serves as additional evidence that they exist.
To validate general relativity outside our solar system for the first time, the research team used strong gravitational lensing, a technique in which a massive object — in this case, a galaxy — acts like a huge lens by bending light so much that the image of a background object, also a galaxy, is distorted. This team of astronomers used the galaxy ESO 325-G004 because it's one of the closest lenses to Earth, only about 500 million light-years away.
If the two objects are well aligned, this effect creates a ring of images, known as an "Einstein ring," of the background galaxy. The radius of this ring "is proportional to the deflection of the light," Collett said, "so if you measure the radius of the ring, you can measure the curvature [of space-time]."
In addition to measuring the space-time curve, the researchers had to determine the galaxy's mass, because general relativity predicts how much curvature is created by a mass. They calculated this mass by measuring how fast the galaxy's stars travel. Then, by comparing this measured mass with the measured curvature of space-time, the team found what general relativity predicts for this mass, or galaxy.
So now, as far as we know, even outside our solar system, general relativity is the correct theory of gravity, Collett said. This team of astronomers hopes to study even farther galaxies and lenses, further verifying that gravity works the same throughout the cosmos.
"It is so satisfying to use the best telescopes in the world to challenge Einstein, only to find out how right he was," team member Bob Nichol, director of the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation, said in a statement.
Scientist invents technology to see multidimensional beings
Scientist invents technology to see multidimensional beings
Daniel Nemes scientist and inventor, originally from Spain but residing in Colombia, since he was 14 years old he became interested in astronomy and science. He was a member of the astronomical group of Madrid, Spain.
He says that the project started when he read an article in a magazine about the Dark Matter of the universe and the multidimensional universe momentarily interested him and called attention so he had the initiative to perform mathematical calculations and optical experiments to be able to capture images of ” the beyond”.
He discovered a method of capturing far superior to infrared, ultraviolet, black light, video camera with TV without antenna, etc. And that method I call ENERGIVISION . I use special lenses, ultrasensitive screens of his invention and above all sunlight. The images that he captures are of unknown origin. He explains that his theory is that they are images of other planes. However he says he has not traveled to other places to expose the invention. He has tried to make known to the scientific community and only answered a scientific body of the USA and in a rude way. The media have ignored and silenced the discovery along with the images captured.
Daniel Nemes says: “The only way I have to publicize my invention and the captures are by Facebook, since 2015 I have posted 1000 photos on my facebook. When I started to publish my images on my social network I had a lot of rejection, it was very hard and even insults towards me, fortunately my images are now more known and when I post on my facebook or in other groups it is rare to receive a disqualification or insult ” .
Judge for yourself the following images, the note is at the discretion of each person.
If you want more information about this technology I suggest you go to the following link: Daniel Nemes
A model of the nonexistent Nazi UFO "Haunebu II" produced by model company Revell will no longer be produced after criticism about its historical inaccuracy. The model's packaging, which falsely proclaimed the "round aircraft" was the first object able to fly in space with a top speed of 6000 kph (over 3700 mph), failed to mention that the craft was never built, drawing fire from The German Children's Protection Association (DKSB) and Dresden's Military History Museum (MHM), according to German publication, The Local.
While Revel produces plenty of models depicting fictional spacecraft and real-life Nazi war machines this crossover product drew criticism because its lack of disclosure that the craft never existed or flew plays into prevalent, ahistorical narratives that overestimate the Nazi's level of technology and scientific innovations and serve to mythologize the fascist regime.
"At that time it was technologically impossible to build something like this. ... Enthusiasts can use this as a strategy to cast doubt on what we know today about National Socialism."
The true legacy of many of the Nazi's most ambitious technological projects is not success, but unrestrained excess and abject failure. Look no further than Hitler's frenzied dreams of the Landkreuzer P.1000 Ratte, a tank so large as to be a land battleship. The project was ultimately a boondoggle, abandoned because its gargantuan size would have rendered it both extremely vulnerable and tactically useless.
Revell, for its part, agrees with the criticism, saying in a statement: "Unfortunately, our product description does not adequately express this and we apologize for it."
WETENSCHAP Een nieuwe theorie over de beroemde oude site Stonehenge gaat stilaan de wereld rond. De stenen zouden gebouwd zijn met behulp van de beroemde stelling van Pythagoras, maar de Griekse filosoof vond die stelling pas 2000 jaar later uit. Betrapten wetenschappers de filosoof op plagiaat?
Het nieuwe boek “Megalith: Studies in Stone” beweert dat de geometrische principes van Pythagoras terug te vinden zijn in het mysterieuze Stonehenge. De wereldberoemde stenen cirkel werd 5000 jaar geleden gebouwd en staat bekend om zijn speciale positie ten opzichte van de zon. Elk jaar trekken duizenden toeristen naar de site om het eeuwenoude mysterie te bewonderen.
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Een van de auteurs van het boek, Robin Heath, beweert dat een grote driehoek van Pythagoras te zien is op de Engelse site in Wales, waarvan de bluestones zijn afgesneden. Een rechthoek van vier zandstenen vormt volgens het boek een perfecte driehoek van Pythagoras wanneer de zandstenen diagonaal in tweeën worden gedeeld.
Megalithomaniacs Robin Heath and John Martineau launching their new book MEGALITH at Stonehenge solstice... And Archdruid Rollo Maughfling is a fan!
Niet alleen de onderzoekers van Stonehenge, maar ook andere experts zeggen dat ze bewijs hebben gevonden dat de beroemde stelling al lang voor Pythagoras bestond. Vorig jaar nog onthulden wetenschappers de geheimen van een mysterieuze 3.700 jaar oude Babylonische kleitablet, waarop de oudste goniometrische tabel te lezen staat. De Griekse filosoof leefde pas in 6de en 5de eeuw voor Christus en kan dus niets met die tabel of Stonehenge te maken hebben.
Duizenden nieuwsgierigen keken donderdag naar de zon op Stonehenge. De zon kwam op achter de Heel Stone. Die steen markeert de plaat voor zonsopgang aan de horizon. De toeschouwers stonden versteld van het fenomeen en verspreidden foto’s op sociale media, terwijl de stralen door het monument stroomden. Die stralen kondigden de langste dag van het jaar aan op het noordelijk halfrond.
WETENSCHAP & PLANEET Astronomen hebben met de Europese VLT-telescoop en de Amerikaans-Europese Hubble Ruimtetelescoop (nog eens) vastgesteld dat de algemene relativiteitstheorie van Albert Einstein klopt, zo heeft de Europese Zuidelijke Sterrenwacht ESO meegedeeld. Het was de meest precieze test ooit van de theorie, buiten de Melkweg.
Met het MUSE-instrument van de VLT in Chili heeft een team onder leiding van Thomas Collett van de Universiteit van Portsmouth eerst de massa van het nabije sterrenstelsel ESO 325-G004 berekend door de bewegingen van sterren in dit relatief nabije elliptische sterrenstelsel te meten.
De wetenschappers namen met de Hubble ook een Einsteinring waar die is ontstaan doordat ESO 325-G004 het licht van een ver verwijderd sterrenstelsel vervormt. Aan de hand van deze waarnemingen konden de astronomen meten hoe de enorme massa van ESO 325-G004 licht, en daarmee dus ook de ruimtetijd, afbuigt.
Einsteins algemene relativiteitstheorie voorspelt dat objecten de hen omringende ruimtetijd vervormen, waardoor passerend licht wordt afgebogen. Dit resulteert in een verschijnsel dat het zwaartekrachtlenseffect wordt genoemd. Dit effect valt alleen op bij objecten die heel veel massa hebben. Inmiddels zijn een paar honderd van die sterke zwaartekrachtlenzen bekend, maar de meeste zijn te ver weg om hun massa exact te kunnen meten. Met een afstand van ‘slechts’ 450 miljoen lichtjaar is het sterrenstelsel ESO 325-G004 een van de meest nabije gravitationele lenzen.
De onzekerheid van de test bedraagt ‘slechts’ 9 procent. Daarmee is dit de meest precieze test van de algemene relativiteitstheorie buiten de Melkweg tot nu toe, zegt Collett.
Deze bevindingen kunnen belangrijke gevolgen hebben voor alternatieve zwaartekrachtmodellen, benadrukt de ESO ook. Deze alternatieve theorieën voorspellen dat de effecten van de zwaartekracht op de kromming van ruimtetijd ‘schaalafhankelijk’ zijn. Dit betekent dat de zwaartekracht zich op extragalactische lengteschalen anders zou moeten gedragen dan op de kleinere schaal van het zonnestelsel. Collett en zijn team hebben vastgesteld dat dit waarschijnlijk niet het geval is tenzij de verschillen alleen optreden op lengteschalen van meer dan 6000 lichtjaar.
UFO Lights Caught On Live Mt. Sakurajima Cam Similar To 2011 UFO Lights Japan
UFO Lights Caught On Live Mt. Sakurajima Cam Similar To 2011 UFO Lights Japan
Kat Martin recorded from the Sakurajima live cam an unusual bright light near the bottom of Mt. Sakurajima on June 20, 2018.
Kat was watching the live cam at Sakurajima volcano and noticed a light source coming from the ground near the bottom of the mountain.
It grew so large it lit up the sky then shrunk back to the ground. At one point another small light source appeared above the mountain, flashing on and off. Kat said that she has never seen anything like this before.
The 2018 UFO light is similar to the mysterious UFO light that appeared on the Sakurajima Live cam in 2011. Till today they still have no explanation for the 2011 event.
Mt. Sakuranjima is well known for its mysterious UFO sightings.
First video: UFO lights 2018. Second video: UFO lights 2011.
20 Shocking Confessions Made By NASA Astronauts - PART I
20 Shocking Confessions Made By NASA Astronauts - PART I
NASA – the criminally underfunded agency that was put in place to sort of recklessly shoot people, dogs, and some monkeys off of the planet strapped to giant explosives, and into the dark reaches of the cosmos. Such a beautiful concept.
Since its inception, NASA has proven to be the very pinnacle of elite science, and as such chooses only the best samples from the human species to experience the wonders that space travel has to offer.
Seriously, is anyone else bitter that they’re not among that elite? It keeps us up at night on a regular basis.
So when NASA astronauts come out of the woodwork and make claims, revelations, and confessions they tend to be treated quite seriously. There’s a certain credibility to those claims that no-one else has.
Even if those claims include Lionel Richie suggesting on British daytime television that his good friend Buzz Lightyear (might have been Aldrin, we don’t hear so well these days) has confessed to him about extraterrestrial experiences, we sit up and listen.
Or sit up and head to the message boards.
Yep, most of these confessions are in some way related to the presence of aliens among us, but there are also some surprising revelations completely unconnected to little green men and their obsession with our human anuses.
Let’s kick off with Lionel Richie’s best friend.
20. SPACE BUREAUCRACY
You know how it is, you’re coming back from your vacation, you’ve been prodded and probed by the TSA, spent hours in a cramped cylinder, and then some jerk wants to check your luggage for customs purposes…and moon rocks.
That’s right, not satisfied that Buzz Aldrin was the 2nd man to step on the surface of the giant rock that hovers precariously over our heads affecting our tides and sanity, the US government had him fill out a customs form upon his return.
The forms, posted by Dance-Master Aldrin (official title) on twitter in 2015, show that he had to declare to Uncle Sam that he was returning to earth with “moon dust” and “moon rocks”. These days we’re more sophisticated, of course, and rather than declaring it to customs, people returning from vacation with rocks and dust just put them in condoms and keister them.
Aldrin got his own back, though, and put in an expenses claim for $33. Popular belief is this was for a car rental, but we’d like to think it was for tang and ladies of the night.
19. BOOT FULL OF PEE
Buzz Aldrin can claim some amazing feats. Primary among them is convincing people to call him “Buzz” instead of “Edwin”. Kudos. That’s like convincing your friends to call you “Ninjashark” instead of “Norman”.
Aldrin has often boasted that while Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon, he was the first to pee on it. Well now, we all assumed this was a nice, sanitary urination into some kind of colostomy bag – but with a more NASA name…cosmic pee sack?
Turns out, because Armstrong’s landing was a little too good and failed to crumple the legs of the module as expected, he and Aldrin had to jump from a larger height than planned for. As a result, Aldrin’s pee tube disconnected from it’s housing and he wound up peeing in his boot.
That’s one squelchy step for a man…
18. THE GOVERNMENT IS AFRAID OF PANIC
If there’s one thing that science fiction has taught us, it’s that when faced with the possibility of extraterrestrial threat, the human race will tend to react in a unified manner. Unified, bat-crap crazy panic, possibly with a nice side of cannibalism. Hell, in real life, our species acts in that fashion when faced with the defeat of a sports team.
Gordon Cooper, former NASA astronaut and the face that UFO-philes point enthusiastically at when asked for evidence of extraterrestrial visitation, revealed that the government has been keeping aliens under wraps for this very reason.
Now, Cooper makes a lot of claims about UFOs, and if he weren’t a former astronaut, his credibility would be about as valuable as xxxxxx. But spaceman Cooper, who has also worked with the CIA, in an interview in 1995, revealed that the government cover-up we all assumed was happening (while adjusting our tin foil hats) is in fact a reality. When discussing a extraterrestrial landing that occurred in 1951, Cooper said, “I happen to know that the authorities did everything they could to keep this incident from the press and TV, just to prevent a panicky reaction.”
17. THE POPE KNOWS EVERYTHING!
Edgar Mitchell was the sixth man to walk on the moon – and no-one’s suggesting he was getting Armstrong’s sloppy seconds (more like slightly grubby sixths). Before he died in 2016, he made it something of a personal mission to out everything he could think of surrounding aliens…stuff that, once again, would sound crazy coming from anyone who hadn’t floated in a vacuum, sucking on vast quantities of artificially generated oxygen.
One of these topics of discussion revolved around one of only two men in the world who’s name can be suffixed by the word “mobile”. In an email to then-president Bill Clinton’s advisor, John Podesta, Mitchell wrote, “The Pope has knowledge of aliens out there who want to help humanity.”
Turns out he’s not talking to the same man who lives upstairs that Catholics think he is. At least these ones probably don’t mind if you use contraception.
16. UFO TRACKING IS A REAL LIFE JOB
Joseph A. Walker. Astronaut, test pilot, fierce proponent of the Stetson. Also, there exists no photo in which the man doesn’t look like a genuine badass. Go on, go look, we’ll wait.
Walker was NASA’s seventh astronaut, and was probably not the first only because they were reluctant to let him ride the rocket like a bucking bronco.
Appropriately enough, in 1962 he revealed that he had possibly the most awesome job aside from “extraterrestrial ray gun tester”: UFO spotter. During a fifty-fifty high flight in 1962 he estimated that he filmed five or six UFOs, though he refused to speculate on their nature. To date this footage has not been released to the public.
15. ARMS IN SPACE!
There are things you probably don’t really want to see when you’re floating around in the black void of space; zombies, Donald Trump, zombie Donald Trump. While it would probably be every astronaut’s dream to see an extraterrestrial craft, they likely wouldn’t want to see one with appendages reaching out from it. That crap is just terrifying to think of.
But NASA astronauts Ed White and James McDevitt revealed that in 1965, while they were drifting over Hawaii in the Gemini spacecraft, they spotted not just your standard UFO, but one that had mechanical arms sticking out from it.
McDevitt took footage of the object with a cine-camera, but once again NASA haven’t released it. Why is everyone leaking celebrity sex tapes, but no-one’s leaking any of this hardcore alien action?
14. MISSION CONTROL ASSUMES ASTRONAUTS ARE IDIOTS
We’re used to NASA, or some kind of shadowy government organization working NASA’s puppet strings, treating we mere civilians like the morons it thinks we are. That’s par for the course, no shock there. They might be right too, we made the Kardashians cultural icons, we can’t be relied upon to make intelligent observations.
But you would have thought they at the very least would treat their astronauts, the people who go through years of training to be elite space sailors, as though they might know what they’re talking about.
In 1965 Jim Lovell saw a UFO during their second orbit. When he reported it to mission control, they questioned his sighting, asking if he was actually seeing a discarded booster. Lovell advised them he could see the booster too, and somehow refrained from telling them he knew the difference between a booster and a f*$@&!g UFO.
Maybe they mistook Lovell for Forest Gump Tom Hanks instead of Apollo 13 Hanks. Rookie mistake.
13. WE DON’T KNOW WHERE ALIENS COME FROM
This one might be our fault for making assumptions. We can blame the movies too. You see, every piece of alien fiction where we go off in search of alien planets/technology/women-to-teach-how-to-make-love those in charge of the missions seem to have some idea of where the aliens call home. We’ve been safe in the knowledge that, even though they won’t admit it to us, the government knows that the aliens come from Alpha Laheugo IX or something, out there in the Crustacean system…whatever, the point is, they’ve made contact, and we know.
We don’t bloody know!
This revelation comes from our friend Edgar Mitchell, who when speaking to Britain’s Kerrang Radio said, “Have we been able to identify where the other planets are? No. Certainly not in our solar system.”
But who could blame extraterrestrials for not giving us their address? After all, would you really want earth people showing up at your planet, asking if you’ve “heard the good news”?
12. ALIENS VISIT GERMANY
Perhaps we’ve just been conditioned to think that aliens just mostly visit America. Or at least, they seem to crash there. Maybe America is just the extraterrestrial equivalent of the precarious mountain routes where drunk teenagers have drift road races. Either way, it seems that the wee green fellas like to take a trip to Germany too.
While NASA astronaut Gordon Cooper was stationed in Germany in 1953, he was apparently subjected to frequent UFO sightings. In an interview in 1988, he said he would see strange metallic saucer-shaped objects in the sky for consecutive nights, and that they certainly weren’t indigenous to earth.
20 Shocking Confessions Made By NASA Astronauts - PART II
20 Shocking Confessions Made By NASA Astronauts - PART II
11. ALIENS VISIT US GOVERNMENT FACILITIES
Usually the only people who willingly go to visit the government are lobbyists for the tobacco industry. Because, seriously, they don’t seem to be of much use to anyone else.
Well, except extraterrestrials.
Our pal Gordon Cooper, in a letter he wrote to the UN requesting the release of covered up information on UFOs, described how he had himself seen an extraterrestrial being just casually being brought into a government facility. You know, like every other Tuesday.
There’s no information as to exactly what the aliens are doing on government facilities, probably restocking the vending machines, or cleaning the toilets. You know, the menial jobs the government usually reserves for aliens.
10. LINES OF LIGHTS
There are various reasons a person might see lines of lights – a reflection in the window, migraines, LSD flashbacks. But when you see them in space, there are considerably fewer alternative explanations to an actual, straight up, real-life line of lights.
That’s what NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao said he saw when he was out on a spacewalk in 2005.
“I saw some lights that seemed to be in a line, and it was like an upside down check mark, and I saw them fly by.”
So what was it Chiao saw while out on his spacewalk? We don’t know about you, but we’ll take that check mark as a sign from the aliens that they approve of Leroy’s superior spacewalking. Nice job, Leroy.
9. THE ROCK ROBBER
We all have that dark side of us, the part that leans in close to our brain and whispers, “Hey, that sleeping person would look great with demonic horns super glued to their forehead”. Most of us don’t act on those wicked thoughts. But then there are those of us who go a little too far and convince our friend they are the actual real life devil.
Thad Roberts was the guy that went a bit too far.
In 2001 Roberts was accepted into NASA’s elite astronaut co-op program. Unlike most of the others on the program, however, Roberts was flat broke.
But he quickly made a name for himself as a rebel, a risk taker, sneaking into the space shuttle simulator for unofficial rides, and suchlike. When he saw 842 lbs of moon rocks – worth about $21m – just sitting in a laboratory safe, unused and ignored, he decided he was gonna put them to some use.
However, the buyer Roberts lined up got suspicious as to their legality and contacted the FBI, like a filthy narc. They investigated the case and promptly jailed him for 100 months.
In 2012 Roberts revealed his dual motives: love and science. He had fallen hard for a fellow program attendee, and felt that together the funds from the sale of the rocks could help them make beautiful, cutting edge science discoveries together. How sweet.
8. NASA IS OKAY WITH CRASHES
NASA has a reputation for being kinda strict about who it decides can be thrown into space at terrifying speeds. It has high standards, which you would sort of expect from an organization that routinely puts members of our idiot species at the controls of vehicles worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
One of the things you would expect to be high up on NASA’s list of potential pilot candidates is that said astronaut in no way has the potential to make the vehicle plummet to it’s doom.
Turns out, they’re kinda relaxed about that.
In a 2016 documentary about his life, Eugene Cernan revealed that NASA has no real qualms about guys who are a little free and easy with their collisions. According to Cernan, in 1971 just two weeks before Apollo 14 launched – for which Cernan was selected as backup commander – he crashed a helicopter. He figured he’d screwed up his chances, but NASA called him to express the equivalent of a “meh” – the job was still his if he wanted it.
A year later he flew to the moon, and is to date the last man to step foot on it.
7. ALIENS ARE ANTI-NUCLEAR WAR
With relatively few exceptions, we can agree that most of us are pretty firmly against the nuclear apocalypse, right? Sure, there are a few morons among us, perhaps with an orange tint to their skin, that have their tiny hands hovering above the button, desperate to press it at a moment’s provocation. But for the most part, we’re anti-nuclear.
Turns out, the aliens are too.
Our good friend and all-round extraterrestrial campaign cheerleader, Edgar Mitchell revealed in his email to John Podesta that the aliens are so staunchly against the threat of nuclear war, that they’ve gone so far as to actually shoot test missiles out of the sky.
At least somebody’s looking out for us. Or maybe they have a more sinister plan for us…we for one welcome our new alien overlords and their program of indentured servitude.
20 Shocking Confessions Made By NASA Astronauts - PART III
20 Shocking Confessions Made By NASA Astronauts - PART III
6. POLLUTION IS WORRYINGLY VISIBLE
Much as there are those in power that are reluctant to admit it, we are basically screwing up the planet we live on. Honestly, we’ve spent centuries looking around us, thinking – my, what a lovely rock that we’re hurtling through the cosmos clinging to the surface of, let’s see how many ways we can beat the shit out of it.
While the affects of pollution are evident in climate change, and even down to our day-to-day breathing in of toxic miasmas, it would seem that it can also be viewed from quite a distance above.
In 2016, astronaut Scott Kelly after having spent a year in space, revealed that he could see how incredibly polluted India and China were from his position peering out of a porthole in the ISS.
Scott said that there was a single day in his entire year in space that he could actually see China clearly – and it turned out that was the day the authorities turned off it’s vast collection of industrial machinery to celebrate a public holiday.
5. CARL SAGAN WAS PART OF A COVER-UP
Carl Sagan is a goddamned hero. Not your run-of-the-mill American hero, no. A superstar universal king of the bloody cosmos type hero. Who doesn’t hear that voice and think, “This guy is my own personal Jesus”?
Well, brace yourselves for a shocker. Because it would seem that Carl Sagan was part of the extraterrestrial cover-up! Gasp (cue fainting)!
Dr. Brian O’Leary, a former NASA astronaut, was invited to teach at Cornell University by none other than Carl Sagan. Which is a bit like being recruited for…no…there’s no analogy worthy of that particular honor. O’Leary worked closely with Sagan in the Planetary Science Department of Cornell.
In an interview, however, O’Leary revealed that Sagan purposefully fudged data – including the famous face on Mars to make it look less face-like – with the intention of steering the public away from the truth about extraterrestrial life.
Say it ain’t so!
However, speculation is rife that Sagan was an integral part of making contact with alien life, and released his novel “Contact” as an underhanded way of revealing the truth.
4. YOUR BRAIN SHRINKS IN SPACE
This one is less of a confession by the astronauts themselves, but by their brains. That’s right, NASA’s elite have had their brains rise up against them and make confessions to other scientists. It’s true, your brain is always conspiring against you.
Obviously it’s routine for those spending periods in space to have their bodies monitored. It’s important to know how space affects us so that we can build more effective exo-suits for the coming fight against Xenomorphs, right?
Well, in early 2017 a report was published showing that spending time in space actually physically shrinks your grey matter. The shrinkage was most prominent – between 10-15% decrease of volume – in the prefrontal and insular regions of those astronauts tested.
Which is a complex way of saying, space is conspiring against your damn brain.
3. A SPACE WAR IS COMING
We all knew it was a distinct possibility. Hell, ever since we were kids we whipped out our makeshift lightsabers and begun our training for the inevitable space opera that our future was undoubtedly going to become. Your powers are weak old man, etc., etc. But it would seem that something is definitely brewing in the dark reaches of space that we’re just not prepared for.
Edgar Mitchell – who should by now have a fanfare every time his name is mentioned – revealed in an email to Bill Clinton’s aide John Podesta that there is a “space war” imminent. That’s right, a genuine NASA astronaut has confirmed that aliens are gearing up for a throw down.
It’s unclear what form this war will take, or who is fighting it, but Mitchell warned that we are unprepared for it, and the public needs to be better informed to become part of the universal community.
One thing is certain about a war between alien species: whoever wins, we lose.
2. SPACE TUNES
We know what space sounds like. It sounds like John Williams conducting a vast orchestra with the kind of dramatic flare that makes you pee yourself just a little bit every time you hear it. Yes?
Well, as it turns out, there really is some kind of soundtrack to space.
In May of 1969, while the Apollo 10 mission was out there in the cosmos, Gene Cernan began to hear what he described as “outer space music” in his ears. He asked fellow astronaut John Young if he could also hear the strange whistling sounds, to which Young replied that he could, and that it was really weird and “Nobody is going to believe us”.
We all hate paying our electricity bills. It sucks. When that letter comes through the door each month reminding you that you spend too many hours during peak time running Tesla coils in your garage, you let out a cry of anguish asking why haven’t the aliens freed us from this nightmare.
Dude, they’re trying.
According to Edgar Mitchell (fanfare), extraterrestrials that are benevolent in nature (sure they are) really want to give us the secret to something called Zero Point Energy – which is a cool-sounding name that doesn’t sound at all like something quantum physicists made up after an all night Star Trek binge. This is apparently a method of extracting and using free energy gleaned from empty space.
Problem is, they’re afraid of our violent tendencies and won’t give it to us unless we prove that we won’t use it for warmongering.
We could always just threaten them with nuclear weapons…oh, wait.
Unexplained objects in the sky have been a part of history ever since human began recording their experiences. Lights, angels, and monsters descending from above appear in virtually every society's folklore. These fantastic objects had become inextricably linked with extraterrestrial life forms and many theories have been created to explain their origin and purpose. By studying our own UFO stories we may gain a better understanding of their true significance.
1967 was a pivotal year in Canadian history. As host to the world's expo Canada had secured its reputation as a modern and enlightened country. But by 1967 in Canada the UFO question became as relevant as the need to explore. However, the UFO age didn't begin in Canada. The origin of the modern flying saucer myth was a distinctly American story. On Tuesday, June 24, 1947, businessman and pilot Kenneth Arnold was flying his aircraft over the mountains of Washington State. Arnold was a member of the Idaho's search and rescue flyers. He had heard about a missing C-46 air force transporter lost somewhere near Mount Rainier and decided to spend an hour checking of the steep cliffs and deep crags of the mountain side.
The weather was clear, not a single cloud in the bright, blue sky. Arnold was gazing down on a high plateau when a flash of light caught his attention. For a moment he tensed... it could mean he was on a collision course with another aircraft, but the only other aircraft in sight was a distant DC-4. A second flash caught his eye and now he knew where to look. From the direction of Mount Baker in the North a formation of bright objects flying at an incredible speed was heading toward Mount Rainier.
To his surprise there were no projecting parts, like wings or tails, on the objects. At first he thought they were a squadron of jet aircraft but he had doubts. Arnold pushed up the window to see the objects better. They were flat, not quite circular. Using watch he calculated their speed to be 2000 miles per hour. The squadron passed by Mount Adams and finally disappeared over the horizon. The show was over and it lasted only three minutes.
In a recently leaked memo, the FBI has confirmed the existence of extraterrestrial life, though the claim is now being denied by the bureau. However, despite their denial, there is still plenty of evidence that is out there that shows that aliens do in fact exist and they have visited our planet, possibly for quite some time.
The memo is from the early 1950’s and talks about a UFO being discovered by the government in New Mexico. Of course, in typical fashion the FBI has denied it, claiming it to be a fabricated hoax designed to mislead the public, but we know better now. More and more evidence is coming out that proves UFO’s exist and that we have been visited by alien lifeforms.
A recent video from the government shows footage of fighter pilots encountering a UFO with a disk-like shape. The fact that the government would even release such footage is proof enough that there are aliens out there interacting with humans, and based on how advanced their flight technology is, they have been visiting us for quite some time.
Watch the video closely and you will notice that the disk-like object moves in a way that a normal aircraft could not, and there is no other explanation than the object being an advanced piece of alien technology that is well beyond our comprehension.
The Secret Pentagon UFO Program.
When you think about it, it makes total sense that our government has been lying to us. If the public knew about what was really going on behind closed doors with regards to alien life, we would collectively freak out. Additionally, a former top Pentagon official confirmed the existence of a top-secret government program to track UFO’s, called the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program.
The former Pentagon official, Luis Elizondo, recently spoke with CNN about the inner workings of the program and how the unidentified aircraft discovered by the program is unlike anything that has ever been seen on earth.
He went on to explain that these aircraft could seemingly defy the laws of aerodynamics and contained advanced technology. Here we have a former government worker finally telling us the truth and confirming our long-held suspicions. The Pentagon tried to hide the existence of this program, despite the fact that it received over 22 million dollars annually as part of the budget, but now we know the truth.
The American public is scared to admit that these cases continue to crop up and that the alien visitations are increasing in number and stature.
Tom DeLonge, known for his work in Blink-182, quit the band so that he could focus all of his energy on proving the aliens exist. Tom has gotten himself into deep trouble with the government, but he has overwhelming evidence that supports the fact that we have been visited by aliens. He recently went on the Joe Rogan podcast to talk about it. Tom is staking his professional career on finding evidence that aliens exist and that our government has been concealing their existence for quite some time.
CIA Releases Over 13 Million Pages Of Declassified Documents.
The CIA recently released over 13 million pages worth of previously classified documents, with many of them talking about the existence of UFO’s. How can it be a conspiracy when both the FBI and CIA talk about UFO’s and alien technology? It is clear that they are withholding even more material than what has been released. The fact that they continually reference UFO’s in these documents is yet another piece of evidence that proves aliens exist and have visited our planet recently.
Detractors who have labeled these truth seekers as conspiracy theorists will be happy to know that the declassified documents also show the existence of the CIA’s Stargate program, which attempted to use the power of psychic phenomena for use in military and espionage. For a long time, many people refused to believe the program existed, labeling it as a conspiracy theory. However, the truth will always see the light, so it was only a matter of time before these revelations became public.
The Truth About Aliens And UFO'S.
There are too many UFO and alien sightings for it just to be a misidentification or a hallucination unless of course, the chemicals the government is poisoning us with are causing us to hallucinate, which is possible. A more plausible reason is that our technology is advancing at a high rate and now aliens wish to have more contact with us. It always amazed me that so many people in this country were so quick to dismiss any UFO sightings as an optical illusion or some misidentification of an aircraft, come on.
The American public has been lied to for long enough, and now the truth is beginning to come out, and there is nothing that the government can do to stop this. We have seen an unprecedented explosion in information being released to the public in recent years, and now the information that was once inaccessible to most of the nation is available to everyone.
Extraterrestrial Life Exists.
One only has to think about the enormity of the universe to realize we are not alone, and now more and more evidence continues to come out that proves this is a fact. It really does make you think about what else the government has been hiding from us, and what other secrets will finally be revealed.
NASA To Hold Press Conference On Near-Earth Object Preparedness
NASA To Hold Press Conference On Near-Earth Object Preparedness
NASA is gearing up to host a media teleconference about National Near-Earth Object Preparedness.
NASA had revealed they are gearing up to host a media teleconference on June 20 at 1 pm EDT that will relate the objectives of a report regarding the plans of the United States for preparing for near-Earth objects. The report gives details about plans about how NASA plans to deal with any NEOs that might prove a hazard to Earth.
No Near-Earth Objects Reported In Vicinity of Earth
At the moment there are no near-Earth objects that NASA knows about that might be considered a risk. An object is considered a risk if that object has a high risk of making an impact with Earth. According to the NASA. gov website, the report is essential in addressing what has been a nationwide response to possible risks of impact by NEOs in the future.
The report has the name of the “National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan, ” which is straight and to the point. The report reveals actions that might help the coordination of the federal government along with preparing for near-Earth objects in the next decade, essentially addressing any potential hazards that a near-Earth object might bring with it.
NASA Released Names of Speakers during the Teleconference
In a press statement released by NASA, they listed those taking part in the media teleconference as:
Planetary Defense Coordination Office, NASA Headquarters, Washington – Lindley Johnson;
White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, Washington – Aaron Miles;
National Response Coordination Branch, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington – Leviticus Lewis.
NASA also stated that the teleconference is going to be live-streamed and anyone wishing to put any questions to the speakers can do so by using the #askNASA hashtag on social media.
Near-Earth Objects Have Passed by in the Past but Were Not a Threat
In the past near-Earth objects have come relatively close to Earth, but have passed by without incident or being considered a threat. More recently, a small space rock did make an impact over Southern Africa, with it being picked up by the Catalina Sky Survey, which is funded by NASA. The course of the small rock was followed, however, NASA said that it was only 2 meters so it was not a risk to Earth, it disintegrated.
In April, an asteroid between 157 to 360 feet passed by Earth at about 119,400 miles distance. NASA said that the object was about half the distance between Earth and the Moon. The asteroid was only discovered one day before its close encounter with Earth. The asteroid was bigger than the one that exploded over Russia in 1908.
IN A FLASH Unlike Earth lightning, which is most concentrated at the equator, Jupiter’s strikes at its poles, as shown in this artist’s rendition.
SWRI, JPL-CALTECH/NASA, JUNOCAM
When Voyager 1 revealed lightning on Jupiter in 1979, something about the flashes didn’t make sense. From a distance, it seemed like the radio waves from the massive planet’s lightning bolts didn’t reach the high frequency emitted by lightning on Earth.
Scientists just discovered something very special about Jupiter’s lightning
But the Juno spacecraft, which has been orbiting much closer to Jupiter’s surface for the last two years, has helped solve the mystery. The radio waves emitted by the planet’s lightning are, in fact, in a similar frequency range as our lightning at home, mission scientists report in the June 6 Nature. Astronomers couldn’t detect anything but the lower frequencies, called “whistlers,” until now.
And while solving that mystery, the researchers discovered another twist: Jupiter’s lightning may have a similar frequency as Earth’s, but it is focused at the planet’s poles instead of nearer to the equator, as on Earth.
“Jupiter continues to surprise us,” says Shannon Brown, a researcher at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., and lead author of the new study. Brown says the difference in location of the lightning strikes has to do with how the two planets distribute heat. Earth receives most of its heat from the sun, and that heat is focused around the equator. Jupiter, much farther from the sun, creates most of its heat internally, leading to different convection patterns that drive lightning to the poles (SN: 3/31/18, p. 10).
Juno had been scheduled to take a mission-ending plunge into Jupiter’s atmosphere in July, but on June 6 the mission was extended for another three years — plenty of time to catch more great lightning shows(SN: 6/24/17, p. 14).
STAR CATCHER To prepare for an eventual energy shortage caused by the accelerating expansion of the universe, an ultrapowerful alien civilization could gather stars and capture their energy using hypothetical structures known as Dyson spheres, illustrated above.
Survivalists prep for disaster by stocking up on emergency food rations. Aliens, on the other hand, might hoard stars.
It’s a far-out idea, tackling a dilemma in a future so distant that human beings can hardly fathom it: 100 billion years from now, each neighborhood of the universe will be marooned as if on a cosmic island, with resources from the rest of the universe inaccessible. “We’ll be in this very dark, lonely place where we won’t be able to see other galaxies,” says theoretical astrophysicist Katie Mack of North Carolina State University in Raleigh. That isolation is thanks to a mysterious “dark energy” that is causing the universe to expand faster and faster (SN: 4/7/01, p. 218).
Advanced societies might be able to harness the energy of stars by surrounding them with giant, hypothetical structures called Dyson spheres (SN: 4/24/10, p. 22). But the expansion will eventually make it impossible to reach stars outside the civilization’s home turf. Aliens that possess such technology might want to maximize energy reserves by sending spaceships to retrieve stars before the cosmic isolation sets in. Each star’s energy could be captured with a Dyson sphere, and that energy would then be used to propel the star homeward.
The study doesn’t specify exactly how a civilization might move a star, or what it would do with the energy once captured. It’s hard to speculate about beings so powerful that these extreme feats would be possible, says Hooper, of Fermilab in Batavia, Ill. “It’d be like asking a caveman to figure out how my automobile works.”
The effort would do best to focus on stars that aren’t too big or too small, Hooper calculates. Big stars live fast and die young, so during the tens of billions of years needed to transport the stars home, they would fizzle out. The least massive stars, on the other hand, wouldn’t emit enough energy to fuel their own propulsion; they wouldn’t be able to outpace the universe’s expansion.
We have no evidence that such an advanced civilization exists (SN Online: 1/3/18). But if aliens are harvesting stars, says Hooper, “this would not be a subtle activity.” Scientists might be able to spot signs of the stars being propelled across the universe. A dearth of certain types of stars in particular cosmic neighborhoods would also be a tip-off.
Theoretical astrophysicist Avi Loeb of Harvard University suggests, however, that it wouldn’t be necessary to collect stars because “nature did it for us.” Large clusters of galaxies are already richly populated with stars. Plus, because the clusters are bound together by gravity, they would remain intact as the universe expands. So rather than improving their home galaxy by collecting stars, a civilization could simply move to greener pastures. “You just need to hop from one to another,” Loeb says. (Never mind the fact that interstellar travel still evades us mere humans.)
Mack, likewise, notes that uprooting to a galaxy cluster might be easier for a civilization, but “maybe they have really strong sentimental attachments to their home galaxy.”
Either way, E.T. won’t be able to stave off the end forever. Eventually, in about 100 trillion years, stars will stop shining altogether. Gathering stars would be a way to accomplish as much as possible, Mack says, “before all the stars die out and the universe is cold and dark and empty.”
This Is NASA's New Plan to Detect and Destroy Asteroids Before They Hit Earth
This Is NASA's New Plan to Detect and Destroy Asteroids Before They Hit Earth
By Hanneke Weitering, Space.com Staff Writer
NASA has updated its plans to deflect potentially hazardous Earth-bound asteroids — and none of them involve Bruce Willis.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a new report today (June 20) titled the "National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan." The 18-page document outlines the steps that NASA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will take over the next 10 years to both prevent dangerous asteroids from striking Earth and prepare the country for the potential consequences of such an event.
Officials with NASA, FEMA and the White House discussed the new asteroid-mitigation strategies in a teleconference with the media today. "An asteroid impact is one of the possible scenarios that we must be prepared for," Leviticus Lewis, chief of FEMA's National Response Coordination Branch, told reporters during the teleconference, adding that a catastrophic asteroid strike is "a low-probability but high-consequence event" for which "some degree of preparedness is necessary." [Related: How Trump's Space Force Would Help Protect Earth from Future Asteroid Threats]
NASA begins plan to save Earth from a dangerous asteroid 2017
"This plan is an outline not only to enhance the hunt for hazardous asteroids, but also to better predict their chances of being an impact threat well into the future and the potential effects that it could have on Earth," NASA's planetary defense officer, Lindley Johnson, said during the teleconference. Johnson added that the plan will help NASA "step up our efforts to demonstrate possible asteroid deflection and other mitigation techniques, and to better formalize across the U.S. government the processes and protocols for dissemination of the best information available so that timely decisions can be made."
Protecting Earth from incoming asteroids will be a huge job, but don't expect astronauts to do it, NASA said. "That's something relegated to the movies — it makes a good movie, but we do not see in our studies any technique that would require the involvement of astronauts," Johnson said, adding that NASA's proposed asteroid-deflection techniques "would all be done by robotic spacecraft." [7 Awesome Sci-Fi Movies Where Asteroids Threaten Earth]
Five ways to prepare for asteroids
Five major objectives are detailed in the new plan. In the first, NASA is directed to lead a new effort to enhance the nation's capabilities for detecting, tracking and characterizing near-Earth asteroids to "reduce current levels of uncertainty and aid in more accurate modeling and more effective decision-making," the document states.
NASA already supports several ground-based observatories that scan the skies for asteroids, like the Catalina Sky Survey in Tucson, Arizona; the Pan-STARRS1 telescope, in Maui; and the NEOWISE space telescope. While the new report doesn't ask NASA scientists to start planning for additional missions, it does request that the agency "identify opportunities in existing and planned telescope programs to improve detection and tracking by enhancing the volume and quality of current data streams."
The second goal listed in the document discusses the improvement of "modeling, prediction and information integration" across U.S. agencies to help predict the probability that an asteroid will hit Earth and determine exactly when and where an incoming asteroid could strike. Emergency-management teams like FEMA would use this information to determine the best course of action when preparing for an asteroid strike and dealing with the consequences after an impact occurs.
In the third objective, NASA is asked to come up with new ways to deflect an asteroid heading toward Earth. This involves developing new technologies for "rapid-response NEO [near-Earth object] reconnaissance missions," in which a spacecraft could launch toward an Earth-bound asteroid and somehow change the space rock's course so that it no longer posed a threat. NASA had plans to attempt this with the Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) in 2021, but the Trump administration scrapped that mission in 2017.
However, ARM was not the only asteroid-deflecting mission NASA had up its sleeve. The agency's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART), expected to launch in 2021, will be "our first technology demonstration of the kinetic impact technique to deflect an asteroid," Johnson said, and it will encounter the asteroid system Didymos in 2022.
The focus of the fourth goal outlined in the document is to increase international cooperation to better prepare the rest of the world for the possibility of an asteroid strike — under the leadership of the United States. "This kind of cooperation is really important," said Aaron Miles, a senior policy adviser with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. "It's a global hazard that we all face together, and the best way to approach and address that hazard is cooperatively."
To help the rest of the world prepare for an asteroid strike, NASA's Planetary Defense Coordination Office is working with the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space to "look at what should be the international response to the NEO hazard," Johnson said. This committee created the International Asteroid Warning Network — a group of asteroid-tracking astronomers and observatories around the world — to help facilitate the sharing of observations and other useful data about NEOs.
In the fifth and last objective in the document, the U.S. government is asked to come up with a plan that would go into effect if a large asteroid were found to be hurtling toward Earth — or if one were to crash into our planet with little to no warning. NASA and FEMA have been collaborating on emergency procedures for asteroid impacts since 2010, and the new report calls for the agencies to "strengthen and routinely exercise NEO impact emergency procedures and action protocols."
FEMA's role during an asteroid emergency would involve notifying everyone who might be affected — ideally before the impact occurs — using the same emergency-alert system already in place for notifying the public about weather emergencies and Amber Alerts. As with any other natural disaster in the U.S., FEMA would provide emergency responders and help with the recovery process.
Potentially hazardous asteroids
Asteroid-hunting astronomers have already found more than 8,000 near-Earth objects measuring at least 460 feet (140 meters) across — large enough to wipe out an entire state if one were to hit the U.S. But asteroids that size make up only one-third of the estimated population of near-Earth asteroids.
Smaller asteroid impacts may be less catastrophic, but they can still cause significant damage. The space rock that exploded over Chelyabinsk, Russia, in 2013 was only 62 feet (19 m) wide, and it injured more than 1,200 people while damaging thousands of buildings as far as 58 miles (93 kilometers) away from the site of impact. NASA is starting to look for more of those smaller asteroids, now that most of the larger ones have already been cataloged.
"NASA and its partners have identified more than 95 percent of all asteroids that are large enough to cause a global catastrophe, and none of those found poses a threat within the century," Miles said during the teleconference. "Effective emergency-response procedures can save lives, and unlike most natural disasters, asteroid impacts are preventable," he added.
"Implementing the National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan will greatly increase our nation's readiness … to effectively respond, should a new, potential asteroid impact be detected," Johnson said.
The National Near-Earth Object Preparedness Strategy and Action Plan is available to download as a PDF here.
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The dust storm battering Opportunity is now a global storm, NASA reports.
Curiosity approaching Mars in December 2012.
Image credits NASA / JPL-Caltech.
Mars hasn’t been enjoying the fairest weather as of late. A massive dust storm has engulfed Perserverence Valley, pinning NASA’s Opportunity rover in place; all the dust is blocking out sunlight, preventing the bot from recharging its batteries — so much so that ground control fears it might freeze out, as its dwindling power supply can’t feed the rover’s inbuilt heaters.
According to NASA, the weather is only getting worse. The dust storm has grown in size and is inching in even on the Curiosity rover, half a Mars away from the beleaguered Opportunity. The storm has officially become a “planet-encircling” or “global” dust event.
Colossal Dust Storm on Mars Now Completely Covers Red Planet
NASA reports that dust is rapidly and steadily settling down on Curiosity. The quantity of dust settling on the rover has more than doubled over the weekend, they note. The storm’s light-blocking factor, or “tau”, has grown to over 8.0 above Gale Crater (where Curiosity is currently rovering about) — the highest value the bot has ever recorded during its mission. For context, Opportunity is experiencing 11 tau, a value high enough to prevent its instruments from making any accurate measurements.
However, NASA is confident Curiosity will remain unaffected by the grime. Unlike its cousin, it draws power from a nuclear reactor, so the lack of light isn’t really a big issue. Curiosity’s cameras are having a hard time, however, as the lack of light means it has to use long exposure times. NASA is having it point its cameras down at the ground after each use to reduce the amount of dust blowing at its lenses.
However, there’s a silver lining. Because Curiosity can keep functioning in the storm, NASA hopes to use the rover to understand the phenomenon better. One of the main questions they want to answer is why some Martian dust storms remain small and stall before a week has passed, while others grow and grow and last for months.
“We don’t have any good idea,” said Scott D. Guzewich, an atmospheric scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, leading Curiosity’s dust storm investigation.
Together with the craft in orbit around Mars, Curiosity will collect data on the storm to help patch up our understanding.
This animation, pieced together from pictures taken by Curiosity’s Mast Camera, shows the weather darkening over Mars. The rover is currently standing inside Gale Crater, and peeking its camera over its rim. The photos were taken over a few weeks, with the first one snapped before the storm appeared. Image credits NASA.
The images above were taken roughly 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) away from the storm. The haze is about six to eight times thicker than what’s usual for this time of the Martian year, NASA estimates.
Dust storms on Mars are actually quite commonplace. Surprising for a dusty planet, I know. They’re especially frequent in the southern hemisphere during both spring and summer months (Mars’, not the ones on Earth). These are the months during which Mars is closest to the Sun, and the temperature imbalances in the atmosphere generate winds that mobilize dust grains (this dust is about as fine as talcum powder). Carbon dioxide ice (dry ice) embedded in the planet’s polar ice caps also evaporates during these months, making the atmosphere extra-thick — this increased pressure helps suspend dust in the air. Dust clouds have been spotted up to 60 kilometers (40 miles) high.
However, Martian dust storms don’t usually cause a ruckus. They tend to hang out in a confined area and dissipate within a week. By contrast, the current storm is bigger than North America and Russia combined, according to Guzewich. It’s even more impressive when you consider the size of Mars relative to Earth:
Mars (diameter 6790 kilometers) is only slightly more than half the size of Earth (diameter 12750 kilometers). The image shows the true relative size between the two planets. Image credits Viking Orbiter Views of Mars, NASA SP-441, p. 14.
The size difference is one of the elements that allows Martian dust storms to grow to such immense sizes. Earth’s gravitational pull is almost double that of Mars, which helps settle the dust. Vegetation also binds the soil, preventing particles from getting airborne, and rain washes whatever gets in the atmosphere back down.
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Sunday, November 12, 1933 wa the date upon which the most curious and controversial photograph, of all, of an alleged Nessie was taken. It remains controversial, more than eighty years after it was taken, not because it’s of a too good to be true nature, but as a result of the fact that the creature is so weird-looking. Indeed, it is at extreme odds with what so many other eyewitnesses claim to have encountered at the loch. The witness was Hugh Gray, an employee of the British Aluminum Company.
Loch Ness Monster - The Surgeon's Photo
Hugh Gray's photograph in 1933
The Surgeon's Photograph, 1934
The hot and sunny location of the encounter was in the region of where the mouth of the River Foyers and Loch Ness come together, and the time was around noon. It can be said that Gray was the perfect person to see the creature, as the company he worked for had its premises within walking distance of where the encounter occurred – which was a near-sheer bluff, with a height of about fifty feet. It overlooked the loch and was dominated by dense woods.
According to Gray, after attending a Sunday morning mass, he went for a walk – as he did every Sunday. It was a bright and sunny day, said Gray, and the loch was glistening. Suddenly, something broke the surface of Loch Ness. And it was of large proportions. Very large proportions. As luck would have it, Gray had a camera with him and managed to get a shot of the animal as it not just surfaced, but as it seemed to float almost completely on top of the water. An utterly amazed Gray stood staring at the odd spectacle until the animal submerged, amid a thrashing of its tail.
River Foyers heading to Loch Ness
Hugh Gray’s picture is, admittedly, an odd one. As a result, it has been interpreted in varying ways – sometimes wildlyinterpreted. For the skeptics, the most obvious popular answer is that the photo is an innocent, unintended double-exposure of a portion of the loch and of a dog swimming towards the camera and holding a stick in its mouth, horizontally. It’s also a theory that has been endorsed by the mainstream media – unfortunately without any real, meaningful, critical analysis. There are, however, very good reasons why it can be said that the photo clearly is not a double exposure and does not show a faithful hound returning a stick to its master.
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Yes, one can see what looks like the face of a dog, facing the camera – if one chooses to do so. This is, however, undeniably a case of nothing more than pareidolia. It is a recognized phenomenon that occurs when the human eye attempts to interpret random imagery in the context of something familiar and recognizable. Examples might include seeing faces in clouds, or the visage of Elvis in a peanut-butter and jelly sandwich. The Gray photo, however, is not one which has pareidolia and a swimming, playing dog at its heart. What it does have at its heart is a creature that is clearly large, curiously floating atop the water, and which lacks the long neck that so many witnesses have reported. It is, you may surmise, the oddly missing extended neck that provokes so much controversy. So, if Hugh Gray’s photo doesn’t show a dog, then what does it show? Let’s take a look.
The Daily Mail front page, April 21, 1934
Left: The Surgeon's Photograph as published in the Daily Mail Right: The Surgeon's Photograph un-cropped original
To the left of the photo is an oddly positioned, but thick-looking, tail. That there is a degree of haziness present in the photo suggests the tail may have been thrashing violently at the time the picture was taken (which Gray suggested); something which caused water to spray into the air and make the image appear slightly out of focus and misty. Plus, it is slightly over-exposed, which only adds to the limited clarity issues. Nevertheless, we also see a fairly thick body that clearly shows a pair of small appendages on its right side. The obvious and logical presumption being that two identical appendages are on the left side too, although admittedly we cannot be one hundred percent sure, of that since the photo only shows one view of the animal.
The most important part of the photo is its extreme right-hand side. There is very little doubt that what is captured on celluloid, and for all to see, is the face of a Nessie. It very much resembles the head of a turtle, and has a distinct beak-like appearance. One can even make out what looks like a small eye and an open mouth that seems to show evidence of a tongue. Possibly most important of all, the shadow of the head can clearly be seen below it, and reflecting off the rippling waters of the loch. Then there is the matter of how high the animal is. It’s practically completely out of the water.
Loch Ness Monster authority Roland Watson has noticed and commented on this curious aspect of the Gray photo. He has suggested the monsters of Loch Ness may possess a form of in-built, internal buoyancy – something which would allow the creatures to float on the surface in the very odd fashion as described by Gray.
Ted Holiday was a dedicated seeker of Nessie who started out as a believer that the Nessies are flesh and blood animals, but who, in the early 1970s, radically changed his views. Before his mind swung over to the dark and supernatural side, Holiday was a champion of the theory that Hugh Gray had filmed a living, breathing of unknown origins and identity. He also concluded that the monster captured by Gray was somewhere between twenty and thirty feet in length.
The Hugh Gray photo continues to provoke controversy in monster-hunting circles.
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