The Total Solar Eclipse mania isnât only for space junkies.
|Spaceflight, space junk, and the hunt for life in space â meet the experts in this monthâs episode of R Science||This month weâre going into outer space. We ask the experts if human space flight is worth the risk; find...|
|How do you clean up 60 years of space junk?||GREAT MOMENTS IN SCIENCE: There's 60 years of space junk floating around the earth's orbit crashing into itself. How do you clean it up?|
|A Crash Course in Space Junk||There is a floating museum above our heads: millions of fragments from past space missions are hurtling round the earth and could destroy our current satellites. We find out how spacecraft are coping now, and how we might be able to clean up space in the future. Plus, news of a synthetically engineered yeast genome, a breakthrough in OCD and a new ebola vaccine for gorillas.|
|Golden Moments -5th International Meeting on Astronomy and Astronautics|
Here you see the first speaker of the 5th International Meeting on Astronomy and Astronautics, Tamas Ladanyi, an astrophotographer from Hungary who also works for the TWAN, specialized in the landscape photography. During his session he showcased his experience with astrophotography, which was vivid with a lot of fine combinations of skies and landscapes. One of the interesting pieces of his work was the photograph titled in Spanish "Mira mira Mira" (Mira olha Mira em PortuguÃªs) where his daughter Mira, is looking at the red-giant star Mira (a star in the constellation Cetus).
You may see here how crowded the cinema hall was getting just before the start of the opening ceremony. Here you can see Professor Marcelo and some of the members of the Luis Cruls astronomy club as well. I must mention that these guys did an awesome job behind the scenes with so much untiring efforts towards the success of the 5th International Meeting on Astronomy and Astronautics. Thus it is with great gratitude I mention them here for despite their young age they delivered really serious and tough work. I'm really happy to have enjoyed their company throughout my stay in Campos, not only during the meeting, but also prior and post to the event.
It's always been a pleasant experience cherishing past memories with great happenings. Even now, just a month and a week later, I can be happy going though my own flashback of 5th International Meeting on Astronomy and Astronautics held in Brazil. Blogging requires to be specific sometimes and in this post I will recall about some interesting happenings took place during the 3 days from 19th to 22nd of April 2012. You can always check about the pre-events that preceded the 5th International Meeting on Astronomy and Astronautics and also the event schedule/ program.Here you can see the happy face of Professor Marcelo Souza, who is the chief organizer of 5th International Meeting on Astronomy and Astronautics. Also pictured is the Hungarian astro-photographer Tamas Ladanyi from the TWAN- The World At Night project.
I had the pleasure of participating in the 5th International Meeting on Astronomy and Astronautics as an invited speaker as the president of the Mathematical & Astronomical Society of University of Colombo. Having arrived in Brazil for the first time, and being though my first 2 days in Brazil I was slowly having my lessons and learning about the culture and the people, who proved to be very dynamic, spontaneous and friendly as I was progressing with rest of the stay. The hospitality I received was amazing, Professor Marcelo was always making sure I was doing fine and helped me in whatever possible way he could have had, and later as I was traveling in some parts of the Brazil, it proved to be no exception, as the Brazilian hospitality I received was at its best.
Well, Let's get straight into the context, 5th International Meeting on Astronomy and Astronautics started on the 19th morning inside the cinema hall of the Shopping Boulevard in Campos dos Goytacazes. Saying something about the hosting city, which is usually referred to as Campos, it is located almost in the middle between the cities of VitÃ³ria and Rio de Janeiro, which are the metropolitan capitals of Brazilian states of Espirito Santos and Rio de Janeiro respectively. I think you would get to Campos in a 3-hour driver from Rio. In Brazilian Portuguese, Campos means fields and they say Gaytacazes is an Indian tribe that used to live in the area and hence the name Campos dos Goytacazes.
During the evening of the second day he also conducted a workshop on using equipment/ gear for astrophotography, touching down many technical specs as well. Then he led an expedition into a darker and distant area of the city with Professor Marcelo to flee from the lights of the city to get involved with more hands-on activity, where he demonstrated exactly the very steps that one needs to follow in taking a decent photo of some celestial object with the inclusion of a landscape as well. I was able to join this expedition and get more insights into my understanding of this beautiful branch of astronomy. Below you will see a picture that Tamas made at the end of the observation session at this remote location, along with all the participants.
Have a thorough look at the southern skies !!
The next was the presentation of Johannes StÃ¼bler, the National Co-ordinator of AWB (Astronomers without Borders) from Austria. Johannes gave an account about his ambassador role in "Living the Idea", traveling from Linz, his home city in Austria across Jordan, Syria and Turkey, promoting the astronomy and trying to get more people, met on the road to look at the skies and get interested. I was convinced that it is a great coincidence that Johannes StÃ¼bler also comes from the same city that Johannes Kepler was once living, as I was gathering more information.
âJorge Marcgrave in Dutch Brazil: his founder role in Astronomy of Brazil and of the New Worldâ - This sounded different for me in the beginning, Dutch Brazil ? Well, as I was through the presentation of Oscar Matsuura, who is a veteran researcher based in SÃ£o Paulo, Brazil, I managed to figure out answers to my puzzle. He spoke about the pioneering role of Jorge Marcgrave in astronomy in Dutch Brazil or Brasil holandÃªs as it is said in Brazilian Portuguese and about the influence he had on the people of northern parts of Brazil when they were Dutch colonies. Although I've included the Wikipedia link about Jorge Marcgrave here, I'm more than sure the presentation of Oscar was more resourceful.
One of the other interesting as well as curious sessions to follow was the presentation of meteorite hunter Dirk Ross from Yamaguchi University, Japan and AWB with the topic "Meteor/Meteorite Soup"
However later taking into account the information and all the possibilities, Dirk concluded it to be space junk, seen being burnt as it was entering the atmosphere. However it triggered some fuss and suddenly a lot of interest and attention was paid to what Dirk was trying to explain in his talks.
Still on the second day there were many other sessions and activities too with the inclusion of variety of events both indoors and outdoors.
|Argentina: Alleged UFO Over QuequÃ©n|
Source: Planeta UFO
Argentina: Alleged UFO Over QuequÃ©n
Guillermo GimÃ©nez writes: "Today I received a message from Dolores Bernskov telling me '...that while she was writing in a WhatsApp group, I turned on the cellphone camera to show them what the weather was like. When I looked up, cellphone in hand, I saw this before my eyes. I pressed the button. The first thing I did was check the time - 8:56 a.m. on 25 June. [The object] was located over 521 corner with 554 in QuequÃ©n, bordering Necochea (Buenos Aires). It had staggered motion and vanished in the clouds. I was using a Samsung phone. This was about two blocks from where I live. They appeared to be high up. They suddenly zig-zagged and lost themselves in the clouds. It all happened very quickly.'
"It should be noted," GimÃ©nez continues, "that this would not be a meteorite, as these objects do not engage in zig-zag movements, nor is space junk, for the same reason, and cannot be an airplane. Therefore: What is it we are seeing in the picture? Two strange lights suspended in the air, playing with each other before vanishing? For the time being we are identifying these objects as UFOs in the strict sense of the term - unidentified flying objects captured by this resident of Necochea, a sighting that in her own words, 'gave me chills'.
Unidentified objects are visiting Argentina's Atlantic Coast once more.
[Translation (c) 2017, S. Corrales, IHU with thanks to Guillermo GimÃ©nez, Planeta UFO. Photo credit: Dolores Bernskov]
|Laidback Living on an Australian Rocket-Testing Range||
If you walk around the homestead at The Twins cattle ranch in outback Australia, it's hard not to think the people who live there might be a little odd. First, an old bomb shelter gives the impression someone was overly concerned about a Soviet nuclear attack, even though the 4,500-acre property is in one of the least populated areas on earth. Then there are the heads and tails of exploded rockets decorating the garden and lined up against the side of the house.
But Wayne Rankin, who runs the ranch, isnât odd at all. His property is just on the Woomera Range Complex in South Australia where the British, U.S. and Australian militaries have tested all things that go boom for decades.
The bomb shelter was built for the family by the Australian government in the early 1960s. The Rankin family collection of wayward rockets that landed on the cattle station is evidence that this was not an overreaction.
âI remember as a child when Woomera fired rockets off in the early days, they used to have colored grenades in them,â says Rankin, 66, who grew up on the ranch, which is referred to as a cattle station in Australia. âI used to see a lot of different colors as the rockets went up.â
The Woomera Range Complex is considered the worldâs largest military land base. At close to 50,000 square miles, it is about the size of Louisiana. However, much of that arid and flat land is leased to mining companies or pastoralists to run either cattle or sheep. That is why people like the Rankins technically live on the rocket range.
âIt has been a good part of our lives, and it never did us any harm,â says Rankin. In the 1960s, when testing seemed to be at its peak, the family would get numerous phone calls from the military notifying them of an impending test. The first warning call would come a week out, then another one the day of and then another 20 minutes out, notifying the family to enter the bomb shelter. Often a plane would fly over the cattle and sheep stations to ensure people were out of the way.
âSometimes, there might be a test at two in the morning, and we would have to straggle over to the bomb shelter,â says Rankin. As the rocket tests became part of their way of life, many pastoralists set up deck chairs on top of the bomb shelters to watch the light show instead of going in them. âWe were all guilty of that,â Rankin says.
Atomic bombs, ballistic missiles and boosters for satellites have all been tested at the range since it opened in 1947, according to Wayne Reynolds, an associate professor of Australian military history. And it hasnât been without controversy. Even though the government has officially declared the tests sites safe, some question whether the nuclear cleanup went far enough. There have also been accusations that not all indigenous Australians who lived in the area were notified when British atomic bombs were tested, according to an Australian Geographic article.
The range is still active today with the testing of drones, ground-based weapon systems and explosives, but it doesnât provide the light show or rocket debris it once did. This year, the U.S. and Australian militaries successfully tested a hypersonic (extremely high speed) glider. Chinese buyers were also blocked from purchasing a large cattle station in the area due, in part, to national security fears.
âIf they are letting off bombs, you will see a mushroom cloud come up south of us,â says Colin Greenfield, 45, who holds the lease for the 1.3 million-acre Billa Kalina cattle station. âIt does happen in our backyard, itâs just that our backyard is very big.â
A few times a year, the Greenfields are evacuated for hours or days when a test takes place. There are also security checkpoints around the property that intensify during testing. âBecause people have to get a permit to come to the area, it stops your average tourist or burglar who is up to no good,â says Greenfield. His bomb shelter also comes in handy as a storage unit.
Tests are generally planned to avoid peak pastoral and farming times such as mustering and sheep-shearing, according to an Australian Defence Force spokesperson. The Woomera range is divided into zones with the defense force having permanent access to what is known as the "red zone" and only accesses other zones when required.
Pastoralists are still finding bits and pieces of rockets, satellites, and weather balloon from those early tests, according to Trevor Wright. He owns a much celebrated pub in the six-person town of William Creek, a few miles outside of rocket range territory. Across the red dust road from the pub, the William Creek Hotel is a display of military and space junk found in the area.
âThese rockets would end up head first in dried up lakes like a cartoon,â said Wright. âThe cattle stations would go out and collect them, so as a community we decided to put up a display of rocket memorabilia.â
|the politics of objects & relations||The objects versus relations debate has revved up again over at Larval Subjects, in the commentary responding to Levi Bryantâs Questions about the possibility of non-correlationist ethics. The debate, as I would describe it, circles around the following question: If we agree that traditional philosophy has been too centrally premised on the relationship between humans […]
|Space collisions could rise due to more CO2|
Fri, 2012-11-16 03:15
LONDON: More satellites and orbiting debris could collide in the upper atmosphere because a buildup of carbon dioxide (CO2) has reduced the âdrag effectâ which can eventually send some space junk back down to Earth, a study shows.
|How Boeing plans to annihilate space junk||NASA recently proposed that all that space junk stuck in the Earth's orbit could be eliminated with high-powered lasers. But now one Seattle-based Boeing engineer has another idea. |
|ISPO:2013 - deel 1|
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Video Podcast by @johnnydertien
|Total Mix #05 - 17 de Outubro|
1.Earth, Wind & Fire - September 2012
2.Eminem - Not Afraid
3.Carly Rae Jepson - Call Me Maybe
4.Nicki Minaj - Starships
5.Jessie J feat. David Guetta - Laserlight (Elmy Extended Mix)
6.Dim Chris feat. Amanda Wilson - You Found Me (Original Mix)
7.Fun ft Janelle Monae - We are Young (Squin & Ruud Remix)
7.Jonathan Mendelsohn - Till Tonight
8.Michael Brun - Rise [EXCLUSIVE VERSION]
9.PSY - Gangnam Style (ID Bootleg Mix)
10.Avicii - Last Dance (Original Mix)
11.Justin Bieber - As Long As You Love Me (Anndyk Bootleg)
12.Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch - Sweet Nothing (eSQUIRE vs OFFBeat Remix)
13.Nause - Mellow w/Gotye - Somebody Used Know [Exclusive]
14.Wolfgang Gartner - Space Junk (Extended Mix)
15.Mac Zimms - My Feelings (Original Mix)
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Bloco 2 (Dj Jardel)
1.The Wanted - Chasing The Sun (Ollyver Remix)
2.Bob Sinclar - Groupie (Nick, Danny Chatelain Remix)
3.Swedish House Mafia - Save The World
4.Sander van doorn Vs. Axwell - Kangaroo In my Mind
5.Die Young (Liam Keegan Extended Mix)
6. Nicky Romero & Calvin Harris - Iron (Dyro Remix)
7.Will.I.Am ft. Eva Simons - This Is Love (Funk D Bootleg)
8.Deft Duo - Rebillion (Original Mix)
9.Swedish House Mafia - Dont You Worry Child (Landis Remix)
10. Kaskade Feat. Haley - Llove (Extended Mix)
|Party Mix #21 30 de Agosto||Playlist|
1.NERVO - You're Gonna Love Again
2.Chuckie & Promise Land feat. Amanda Wilson - Breaking Up
3.DÃ¯mitrÃ¯ Vegas, LÃ¯ke Mike, Dada LÃ¯fe ft. Tara McDonald - Tomorrow
4.Dim Chris feat. Amanda Wilson - You Found Me
5.Nause - Mellow
6.Alesso feat. Matthew Koma - Years
7.Calvin Harris & Sandro Silva - Feel So Epic (G-Ten & Stereo Speakers Bootleg)
8.Simon De Jano, Kim Lukas - One More Day (Nicola Fasano & Steve Forest Mix)
9.Wolfgang Gartner - Space Junk
10.Muttonheads feat. Eden Martin - Going Away (Bodybangers Remix)
11.NERVO vs. Hook N Sling - Reason
13.Fedde Le Grand - Put Your Hands Up For Detroit (ID 49 Remix)
14.Nari & Milani - Atom (Exclusive ID MashUp)
1.Cuca feat. Winnie-lo - Dancing For our Lives (Club Mix)
2.J Quest - Tudo EstÃ¡ Parado (Cuca & Mister Jam Don't Stop Club Remix)
3.The Prodigy - Everybody In The Place (ID Remix)
4.Axwell feat. Steve Edwards - Watch The Sunrise (Roman Reef Remix)
5.Avicii Feat. Salem Al Fakir - Silhouettes (ID Remix)
6.Ellie Goulding - Lights
7.David Guetta feat. Sia - She Wolf (Michael Calfan Remix)
11.Dannic Vs. Sandro Silva & Quintino - Epic Pipeline (.Bruu! Mashup)
12.John Dahlback - Phoenix
14.Dada Life - Feed The Dada
15.Fatboy Slim - Star 69 (What the fuck) (Sabbyz 2k12 Radio Edit)
|How do you clean up 60 years of space junk?||GREAT MOMENTS IN SCIENCE: There's 60 years of space junk floating around the earth's orbit crashing into itself. How do you clean it up?|
|Cleaning up space junk||The amount of junk in orbit is always increasing but cleaning it up is also essential for our future space operations, but itâs not going to be easy.|
|How much space junk is out there?||Space junk includes old satellites, spent rocket stages, dust from solid rocket motors and even coolant from obsolete Russian nuclear-powered satellites. But just how much is up there?|
Vin Diesel is back as nocturnal space junkie Richard B. Riddick, attempting to revive yet another franchise from the early aughts. Can Diesel do it again? We give our review of Riddick and discuss why we think more sequels should or shouldn't happen. Also, we reveal news for Star Wars 7 and Independence Day 2, but mainly just talk Diesel.
|The Jigglybits Illustrated vol. 15|
Congenital (adj): With Jigglybits
I wish I had a witty headline, like âBonoâs bits and
Perhaps the thing that excites me the most about the term âroller coasterâ is the possibility of there one day being a hover coaster.
I hope the Martians land on St. Patrickâs Day. Then theyâd think weâre cool.
I was woken up by some people clapping, cheering and ringing a cowbell every few seconds. It turns out there was a marathon going down the street, but at first, it was like I was being applauded for sleeping. It was great, because you always hear about people who feel bad after sleeping wrong. I did it right.
But perhaps the best part about having a marathon go by your house is staying inside and making omelets.
Eggos are gross, but they have a hell of an advertising campaign, so they get away with it. When that came out, I bet the people in charge of marketing beans were like, âShit. We were so close. âLeggo my legume,â that wouldâve been perfect. We wouldâve sold millions.â They did, but it was because they made the product very small.
And before you get really mad and think Iâm saying God is in advertising, he is.
Wafers donât really project the most accurate image. The church should cut a deal with Powerbar.
This is the church.
This is the steeple.
Open the door,
Heh, heh. "Seth."
Seriously, though, even pornstars are thinking, âTry again, mate.â
Stanford was forced to change their team name from the Indians to the Cardinal. I think itâs a good move.
I wouldnât fuck with 11 of that.
Their reasoning was that itâs offensive to Native Americans, and I have enough straight white man guilt to agree. We should be sensitive to the needs of others, and we shouldnât stop at Stanford.
I considered buying a Prius, but the technology just isnât there yet. It beeps when you reverse. Iâm holding out for the model that plays Juvenile.
Wheel of Fortune, Same Name: âWeâve got dabut, weâve got dabut, weâve got dabut.â â The L80s Man
I still don't think I understand that category.
Iâm pretty sure Noel Gallagherâs sheet music is a Mobius strip.
I get at least +7 nerd points for that.
As a musician, I donât know how someone can listen to their own music while they fuck. Thatâs like Jedi narcissism.
Iâd like a lady who wants to bang to Radiohead. Guess itâs time to start trolling the bipolar chatboards.
Btw, do lines ever work? Like are any women out there saying, âHehe, thanks, but I didnât fall from heaven. I came out of my momâs vagina like everyone else. But you sure are nice, so letâs fuck.â
Strategically placed stickers:
I read the book of that. It was called 50 Shades of Rash.
Iâm bringing sexy to wherever sexy wants to go. Iâll even pay. Iâm a gentleman.
But then it has to put out.
I feel good about bringing sexy out because I know Timberlake will always be there to take it home at the end of the day. Heâs like a DD, but only for sexy.
Fashion report: It appears that the tank top is making a comeback among sweaty motherfuckers who donât care what they look like.
I have a farmer tan, but itâs not a very good one. Itâs more like a guy who plants a couple tomatoes in the backyard that shrivel up and die when he doesnât water them enough tan.
Ok, I give in. You can use the term Sacratomato if you agree to get dickslapped. Itâs not even a good pun. If you want something that works, try
Sacramentos. Itâs like that candy that seemed like a good idea in 8th grade, but now itâs mostly used to make shit blow up on YouTube. Come visit. Itâs just like
Problemas del mundo primero: Being able to get your steak cooked to temperature but not getting the same for tortillas.
I canât be the only one who likes them medium-well.
Whenever thereâs a new social media site, I join right away with my real name as my user name because I know that thereâs at least one other person out there with my name, and if I get the chance to shaft a distant relative Iâll probably never meet, I will.
For those who slept through the '90s, here's how to make an online user name.
Step 1: Choose something you like.
Step 2: Choose a word or phrase that shows you like it.
Step 3: Choose the last two digits of your birth year. (This may be substituted by a number that shows you really like that thing you chose).
Step 4: Combine 1 through 3 with intentional disregard for grammar or dignity.
And if youâre just getting into this because youâre tired of waiting for the computer fad to go away:
Iâm a client of a Christian financial planning company. Thatâs not very settling, putting responsibility for profit in the hands of religion.
Wait a minute.
It blows my mind that such a thing as a âgay districtâ still exists. Like they live in their own ghettos. Fabulous, fabulous ghettos.
Sorry. Iâll try to write jokes.
If your dinner requires three utensils and they are all spoons.
Sorry. Iâll try to write sentences.
Spooning leads to sucking if you have a root beer float.
I get slutty for ice cream.
Sometimes I think about getting a Thighmaster. Other times I think about koala bears.
I like coffee, but I like it to be strong, which is not how Americans typically drink it. Iâve been using this new method thatâs kind of like what the Turkish do and kind of like what a crackhead would do if he were looking to change careers.
I personally canât see how we donât have more rehab programs that aim to reintroduce addicts into society as chemists. From an industrial perspective, these people have already demonstrated their skill set, not to mention their resourcefulness and go-getter attitude. You donât need to pay them much. Just let them use the company restroom and occasionally sleep under their desk. Before long, Monsanto will have an ear of corn that resists all parasites, gets you high as balls and doubles as a food product for the inner city.
Jamba Juice would be way different if fruit could talk. Then again, so would most things.
âShut the fuck up.â
I would try to convince it.
âBut sir, you are delicious. Take one for the food chain?â
I was so upset when I found out that wasnât what Aretha Franklin was talking about.
âCome on, man. My stomach is relaxing. It sits like a hammock. I know you people are into that.â
Screams would be a lot more appetizing.
And vegetarians would be murderers.
I was a kid once, and Mama never said, âKnock you out.â Sheâd usually say, âEek! What are you doing? Go outside! Youâre getting blood on the carpet!â
Btw, if you submitted something to The Jigglybits Magazine, I feel sorry for whoever has that email address.
Old fuck moment: I have little hope for this generation. I think there should be a rule that we donât give nuclear weapons to anyone who listened to Justin Bieber.
Some babies sound like Chewbacca. Others look like him.
Was Chewy even a him? I donât recall any space junk.
I want a dog that doesnât look worried when itâs taking a shit. I donât need that pressure.
Rene Zellweger appears to be forever practicing for her future role as spokeswoman for Depends.
If you get a giant zit on your chin, you look like a dork. But if you get a giant zit on your chin and you have a beard, you look like a superhero.
So, bloggers are journalists now. That means I have to report on shit. So, in case you didnât see it, this was the Democratic National Convention:
And the Republican National Convention:
Both of which promote ball chin.
I get really tanned in the summer, but only the parts that see the sun. I donât commit all the way. Iâm albino curious. Itâs enough that if I went to the South, I probably wouldnât be allowed to masturbate.
Cucumbers arenât cool unless theyâre refrigerated.
I didnât know the guy from Creed tried to kill himself. Huh.
I got an invitation from the Post Office to attend a stamp show. Just because I buy something does not mean I like it enough to go to a show. And where the shit are all the invitations to cheese shows?
Piewrit (n): 1. One who creates illegal pastry, 2. One who steals legal pastry, 3. The long awated sequel to Seabiscuit
Itâs been a long time. I think The Muffin Man has to have moved by now. Motherfuckers donât stick around like they used to.
The best hold music hands down goes to the DHHS. Itâs kind of like if Yanni made porn.
Babies come from sex. So use a condom if youâre going to fuck a stork.
The more you know.
The freakier you get.
Names that could also be things you have to pay extra for:
Jack Skellington on weed: âI am the sofa king!â
Iâm waiting for society to wake up one day and say, âCats? WTF were we thinking?â
I saw a bumper sticker that just said, âJesus is coming,â and then it had a phone number. I need three things:
1. A company that makes custom bumper stickers
2. The number of a gay Mexican phone sex line
3. A coke
Itâs too hot for clothes. Neighbors, Iâm sorry.
Or youâre welcome.
Sorry. I get kinda douchey when I get political.
Btw, republicans, is that still an ok ladybits action?
Mak-a me nervous.
I asked my friend, Amanda, if I could call her âAmandapanda,â and she refused. Anyone who doesnât accept the nickname âAmandapandaâ doesnât know what cute is.
âHey, hot stuff. Whatâs your name?â
âJeff. But you can call me âAmandapanda.ââ
Robin: âAmandapanda has unleashed her forces all over
Batman: âItâs like the cutest infestation ever.â
The superhero world seems a bit catty and insecure. Everyone is trying to one-up each other.
Man, Fighter 2 Turbo Hyper Fighting
If you havenât seen the new Batman, Bain is voiced by Sean Connery going down on ProTools.
Iâve seen enough superhero movies to know what theyâre doing. Itâs all marketing. Next summer weâll have another movie.
I heard a bit of this new song, maybe you can help me out. It goes something like:
I just met you.
And this is crazy.
But hereâs my number.
I want to fuck you like an animal.
âMy life needs to be more G ratedâ¦ The world scares me :(â â my Mormon friend
Maybe I should start deleting people.
Iâm a writer, which means I donât have health insurance. I was walking across my kitchen the other day, when my knee started hurting. I immediately thought of all the shit I didnât do. I didnât exercise, so that was out. I didnât take the lordâs name in vain.
Wait. Fuck. I did. Thatâs kinda what I do. There is a god. And he strikes about 24 inches from the floor. If you live on the second floor. People, if you value your ligaments, youâd better start going to church. Itâs too late for me. But thatâs ok. Iâm pretty sure they can replace whatâs broken with a part from a dead pig.
I still get CareerBuilder emails because Iâm lazy about unsubscribing, and the most recent one offered a position as a bath fitter, which is odd because I donât.
That joke is only funny if youâre over 6 feet tall. And if you arenât, using the top shelf is like sex.
Names that could also be things you have to pay extra for:
Some companies get a bit too dramatic with their phone numbers. I saw a carpeting truck that said in big, red letters: CALL 499-HELP. This could lead to potentially fatal misunderstandings. Someone who is in legit trouble dials for help, and they get carpeting. At least they make same week appointments. That canât be entirely bad.
I think I just wrote a 1970s porno.
I shall call it âChick-fil-A.â
I like how some things are named after their creators: Allen Wrench, Mendelevium, Rubikâs Cube. Iâm pretty sure that whenever Kevlar makes the news, some dude named Kev is going, âYes! Thatâs my-lar!â
They canât all be winners. If the Olympics taught us one thing, itâs that swimmers Nair.
Names that could also be things you have to pay extra for:
I got a smartphone, which I highly recommend because you can make your own ringtone. I made one thatâs the sound of my phone on vibrate. Itâs just like having it on vibrate, but it doesnât move. I have a very sensitive upper thigh.
Plus I like to have people answer my phone as a practical joke, like a joy buzzer that doesnât buzz.
âHey, would you get that?â
âUm, dude, itâs in your pocket.â
âTrust me, youâre going to like this.â
It works great on the elderly.
I donât have a microwave. If I did, I would record the ding and make it my ringtone in order to give those around me false hopes.
âDammit, Bono. Fooled me again. I thought I was about to get a burrito.â
The microwave burrito is its own first aid. You just have to keep eating.
Thereâs more, but Iâll have to go somewhere else.
Linguistics fans: âJason Stathamâ backwards spells âbutt sex.â
Thatâs the formula for Pig Italian.
Have you found Jesus? If so, we could totally make a killing.
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|Rocket blasts off with U.S. âneighborhood watchâ spy satellites|
An unmanned Delta 4 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida on Monday with a pair of U.S. military satellites designed to keep watch on other countriesâ spacecraft.
The 206-foot (63-meter) tall rocket, built by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, lifted off at 7:28 p.m. EDT and blazed through partly cloudy skies as it headed into orbit, a United Launch Alliance live webcast showed.
Launch of two satellites for the U.S. Air Forceâs recently declassified Geosynchronous Space Situational Awareness Program, or GSSAP, had been slated for July 23, but was delayed one day to resolve a technical issue with ground support equipment and then three more times by poor weather.
Once in orbit, the GSSAP satellites, built by Orbital Sciences Corp, will drift above and below a 22,300-mile (35,970-km) high zone that houses most of the world's communications satellites and other spacecraft.
General William Shelton, head of Air Force Space Command, likened GSSAP to a âneighborhood watch programâ that will keep tabs on other countriesâ satellites.
The program "will bolster our ability to discern when adversaries attempt to avoid detection and to discover capabilities they may have which might be harmful to our critical assets at these higher altitudes," Shelton said during a speech in February that unveiled the once-classified program.
GSSAP also will track orbital debris, which could pose a threat to operational satellites. Current ground-based radar systems and telescopes can monitor objects that are bigger than about 4 inches (10 cm) in diameter. The trash includes spent rocket bodies and the remains of a satellite that China exploded in 2007 as part of a widely condemned anti-satellite missile test.
The Air Force currently tracks about 23,000 pieces of space junk.
Costs and technical details of the GSSAP program were not released. The rocket also carries a small secondary satellite that will be used for engineering tests.
The Air Force mission bumped NASAâs debut test flight of its Orion deep space capsule, which also will fly on a Delta 4 rocket. NASAâs launch is now targeted for December.
(Reporting by Irene Klotz in Mojave, California; Editing by Eric Walsh)
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|Gecko-inspired robot has grippers that could clean up space junk||Hundreds of thousands of pieces of debris orbit our planet. A device that sticks to space junk like a geckoâs toes might be able to help clear them up|
|NASA managers discuss fragmentation risks as UARS heads back to Earth|
- As NASAâs defunct Upper Atmospheric Research Satellite (UARS) continues to head towards its death â which will result in re-entry around September 23 â NASA managers have discussed ways of improving their fragmentation models for future returning spacecraft, with the aim of reducing the the debris footprint for hardware which may threaten to survive entry. Full story:
* The Sky is Falling As UARS Drops In... 7-ton NASA satellite set to fall... Scientists warn NASA to deal with space junk... US: 'Too Bright' Meteor Streaks Over Atlanta Skies... Video: Meteorite soars over Peru... Fact following fiction? Scientists plan mission to blow up an asteroid 'hurtling towards Earth'... Massive Meteorite Found in China... A rare direct hit from a meteorite... U.S. Must Be Ready to Meet Asteroid Threat, White House Science Adviser Says...Cdn and American astronauts want world to start getting ready for asteroids...Our terrifyingly crowded solar system: New video reveals just how many asteroids are out there... Mysterious object or planet moves over the sun on SOHO imagery...Gigantic hidden planet could be hurling comets at the rest of the solar system:
|That mysterious southwest streak? Probably a fireball|
- The streak of light that blazed across southwestern U.S. skies and stoked burning curiosity across the social media landscape was probably a tiny and bright meteor known as a fireball, a NASA spokeswoman said Thursday. Full story:
* The Sky is Falling As UARS Drops In... 7-ton NASA satellite set to fall... Scientists warn NASA to deal with space junk... US: 'Too Bright' Meteor Streaks Over Atlanta Skies... Video: Meteorite soars over Peru... Fact following fiction? Scientists plan mission to blow up an asteroid 'hurtling towards Earth'... Massive Meteorite Found in China... A rare direct hit from a meteorite... U.S. Must Be Ready to Meet Asteroid Threat, White House Science Adviser Says...Cdn and American astronauts want world to start getting ready for asteroids...Our terrifyingly crowded solar system: New video reveals just how many asteroids are out there... Mysterious object or planet moves over the sun on SOHO imagery...Gigantic hidden planet could be hurling comets at the rest of the solar system:
|Saint Louis Science Center - Space Junk & Star Trek: The Exhibition Combo - Only $9 for $18 value!||
A fun family outing - a film & an exhibit!
Space Junk & Star Trek: The Exhibition Combo
Space Junk is a visually explosive, sensory-expanding voyage into the now threatened Final Frontier. In the film, viewers will experience mind-boggling collisions, both natural and manmade, and soar from the stunning depths of Meteor Crater in Arizona to an unprecedented view of increasingly crowded orbits -- 22,000 miles above Earth.
Appearing for the first time in St. Louis, Star Trek: The Exhibition, brings 45 years of authentic Star Trek artifacts to life. Featuring one-of-a-kind costumes, props and filming models from every Star Trek television series and feature film, this exhibition will amaze and inspire Star Trek fans and novices alike. Learn how the series has influenced and inspired present-day science and technology. Explore Captain Picardâs Quarters from Star Trek: The Next Generation and strike your best James T. Kirk pose in the captainâs chair on a recreation of the USS Enterprise bridge. Boldly go explore Star Trek: The Exhibition at the Saint Louis Science Center!
Monday-Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday Hours: Star Trek: The Exhibition only
9:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
On Saturdays, Star Trek: The Exhibition will stay open late. The rest of the building, including the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, will close at 4:30. After 5 p.m., evening rates for the exhibition apply and parking is free.
If you plan to visit Friday-Sunday, please call 314.289.4424 to reserve tickets as showtimes may sell out.
* All films have a 45 minute running time.
|Mantis Radio 101 + Imaginary Forces|
Mantis Radio 101 + Imaginary Forces
Automatic Tasty â Over The Hill [Lunar Disko]
Mat Lionis â Src Kinases [dub]
Withering Zithering â Recombinant Organism [Acre Recordings]
Withering Zithering â Looking At And Looking For [Acre Recordings]
COVA â Batria [Terrain Ahead]
Ukkonen â Tresgradus [Uncharted Audio]
Slam â Groovelock (Deepchord Centrum remix) [Soma Records]
Anodyne â Bs-6 [Acroplane]
Machine Gun Militia â Machine Gun Skank [Oeuvre] Ingen â Subway [dub]
Bran Lanen â Soul Over Mechanics [Cicuta Netlabel]
Voidloss â Diaphanous Fever of Dreams [Singularity]
David Meiser â Waves of Pressure [mental remake] [dub]
Warlock â Space Junk [Rag and Bone]
Lighter Thief â Like Dat (Kirk Degiorgio remix) [beardman]
Radical G â Shadowdancing (_Unsubscribe_ remix) [The Public Stand]
Moony â Blast [Ghost House Records]
Deset â Crisis V.I.P [Ghost House Records]
George Lanham â This Sceptical Isle [The Zone Records]
Warlock â No Half Measures [Rag and Bone]
MOTOR â Man Made Machine (Extended) [CLR]
Imaginary Forces â Live Improvisation
Karl OâConnor + Mick Harris â We Can Elude Control
Coil â Strange Birds
Autechre â Perlence Subrange 6-36
William S Burroughs â Wonderful Copenhagen
Kenneth Kirschner â 100810
Sleeparchive â 10 Years, 3 Beers, 3 Albums And No Seat
Ilpo VÃ¤isÃ¤nen â Asumaton
Antti Rannisto â ÃÃ¤niesineitÃ¤ 7
Pan Sonic â Corona
Sleeparchive â 10 Years, 3 Beers, 3 Albums And No Seat
Imaginary Forces â Ã terstÃ¥ende Laddning
Imaginary Forces â Materia FlÃ¶de
Imaginary Forces â Kall Luft
Imaginary Forces feat Matthew Saw â Slutvinjett
Imaginary Forces â LÃ¥g Flex
|Piece of UFO or Space Junk in Siberia?||Today’s mystery is this piece of “space junk” that fell out of the sky in a small Siberian village in Russia. Russian space officials deny that it’s any part of their space program — secret or mainstream. It doesn’t show any stress or burns from heating or scorching from re-entry at all. I thing it’s […]|
|Space Station Astronauts Take Shelter From Space Junk||Astronauts at the International Space Station were forced to seek emergency shelter from a piece of space junk on Thursday. |
|UK engineers developing harpoon that could help space junk meet a fiery end||
Sure, we can pull space junk out of orbit with lasers or use it to cobble together new satellites, but if engineers at space firm Astrium UK have their way, space trash could be disposed of with the help of harpoons. Currently in a conceptual stage, the system is designed to shoot defunct satellites or other debris with a harpoon mounted on a "chaser satellite" and use a tethered propulsion pack to send the rubbish in an atmospheric descent where it'll burn up. Since the projectile could shoot straight through targets and result in even more garbage, it's been fashioned with a crushable portion to reduce its speed upon impact. There's no concrete word on when the outfit's solution might be put in action, but they'll present their work on Wednesday at the 63rd International Astronautical Congress in Naples (Italy, not Florida, mind you). If you can't wait to see the harpoon at work, head past the break to catch tests of an Earth-based prototype.
Via: Ars Technica
|Salvage Law in the Space Age||Much of the Apollo hardware that brought astronauts to the moon never returned to the Earth. Pieces of Saturn V rockets and one lunar module are orbiting the Earth or Sun, having been jettisoned en route to and from the Moon. One such example is the "mystery object," J002E3. It's a piece of space junk that NASA is pretty certain must be the third stage of Apollo 12's Saturn V rocket. Discovered by an amateur astronomer in 2002, it was originally assumed to be just another asteroid. But then astronomers charted its crazy orbit for a little over a year:|
And they realized that the object must have been captured by Earth's gravity relatively recently; an orbit like that wouldn't persist over a long period of time. Further, a reading of the spectrum of sunlight reflected off J002E3 indicated it was white... in fact, painted white with the titanium dioxide based paint that was used on the Saturn Vs. Calculating its orbital pattern back in time indicated that it had likely entered an unstable Earth orbit sometime around 1971. But since all Apollo 13 and 14 hardware is accounted for,* it seemed it must be from a slightly earlier flight.
* There's a chance it's one of the panels that covered the Apollo 14 lunar module en route to the moon, but the color is wrong so probably not.
That's how NASA concluded that J002E3 is most likely the third stage of Apollo 12's Saturn V. But why did that rocket end up as a mystery object in an erratic orbit? The Apollo 12 mission plan was for the astronauts to jettison the nearly used up third stage on the way to the moon. After jettisoning it, Mission Control would remotely triggered the stage to ignite and burn up the last little bit of remaining fuel, powering the rocket into a stable solar orbit. Something must have gone wrong with that final burn, and this is the result.
Reading about this Apollo relic got me thinking: what would happen if an interplanetary salvage crew towed the third stage back to Earth to sell it to the highest bidder? Apollo artifacts bring good money, especially those that actually flew in space. Once commercial spaceflight really gets underway, what is stopping folks from salvaging and selling Apollo gear left in outer space? Well, it turns out that would be illegal... Apollo-era rocket parts left in outer space are the property of the U.S. government.
A few months ago Amazon founder Jeff Bezos sponsored a space age fishing expedition: Bezos Expeditions located, and then salvaged, parts of Apollo 11's engines from the Atlantic Ocean. These engines ("F-1" engines), powered the first stage of the Saturn V rocket that propelled Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon. News accounts of the marine salvage operation (which was no small feat- the engines recovered were more than three miles underwater!) noted that the engines were still U.S. government property. That's clearly true under international law: Article VIII of the 1967 Outer Space Treaty, which the United States has ratified, states that objects launched into space remain the property of the treaty signatory state that originally registered the object. This is true regardless of where the property is located.
The Apollo relics that Bezos recovered are also U.S. government property under maritime law. Since NASA didn't abandon its claim to the F-1 rockets, they are still NASA property, even under several miles of water. This principle was recognized in U.S. federal court, in a case before a U.S. Court of Appeals in 1992 (U.S. v. Richard Steinmetz 973 F.2d 212 (3rd Cir. N.J. 1992)). The court held that the bell recovered off a sunken Confederate States of America warship remained property of the United States, even after it was salvaged from the wreck.
The decision's author, Judge Dolores Sloviter, seems at times to be making only a modest effort to reign in her excitement at writing on such a Clive Cussler worthy topic. Her opinion (available here, and definitely worth a read) delves enthusiastically into the full tale of the warship, the C.S.S. Alabama. It's quite a story!
From 1862-1864, the C.S.S. Alabama roamed the seven seas, sinking Union merchant ships. Then she was sunk in battle off the coast of France in 1864. Her bell was recovered by a British wreck diver in the 1930s, who sold it to a London pub, in exchange for unlimited drinking privileges. A few years later, the pub was destroyed in the blitz. When the bell was dug up from the rubble of the pub, it was sold and resold a few times before ending up in the possession of the antiques dealer who became the target of the U.S. government's lawsuit.
As for Judge Sloviter's legal analysis... her conclusion is firmly rooted in maritime law and longtime international practice. The United States government (the successor to the bell's original owner, the Confederate States of America) did not deliberately abandon the wreck and bell. Previous Supreme Court cases had held that some explicit statement of abandonment, maybe even congressional action, is necessary for the U.S. government to relinquish legal ownership. Since no abandonment occurred, the bell remained federal property.
Judge Sloviter goes on to explain that maritime salvage law isn't always quite that simple; older U.S. naval vessels (i.e., pre-Civil War era ships) are sometimes considered abandoned because of the long passage of time. But U.S. government property that was sunk in oceans after 1860 is pretty clearly still U.S. government property.
So, under international law and maritime law, all Apollo hardware launched into space is U.S. government property, regardless of where it eventually ends up. Does that mean the U.S. National Park Service can set up a new national park on the moon, preserving for posterity the Apollo landing sites? I will answer that question in my next post! :-)
Sources: Bezos Expeditions; The Space Review; U.S. v. Richard Steinmetz 973 F.2d 212 (3rd Cir. N.J. 1992); 1967 Outer Space Treaty; NASA.
|The Skeptics Guide #597 - Dec 17 2016||Forgotten Superheroes of Science: Barbara Liskov; News Items: Trust of Scientists and GMOs, Cryogenic Energy Storage, Deorbiting Space Junk; What's the Word: In Situ; Your Questions and E-mails: Premium Gas, Porn Follow Up; Science or Fiction|
|The Skeptics Guide #352 - Apr 14 2012||This Day in Skepticism: Titanic Disaster; News Items: Blow Up Space Junk, Aristolochia Nephropathy, Homophobia, Toilet Water, Monkey Bill Update; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Grover's Algorithm, Gulf of Cambay Ruins; Science or Fiction|
|The Skeptics Guide #293 - Feb 23 2011||Guest Rogue: Joshie Berger; This Day in Skepticism: Galileo Censored; News Items: Internet Kill Switch, Japan to Trawl for Space Junk, Watson on Jeopardy!, Lie to Me; Who's That Noisy; Your Questions and E-mails: Lost Information; Science or Fiction|
|The Skeptics Guide #144 - Apr 23 2008||Interview with Simon Singh; News Items: Man Raised from Dead, Politics of Vaccines, Penis Theft Panic; Your Questions and E-mails: Oldest Plant, The SGU Drinking Game, Space Junk, Brain Gym; Science or Fiction|
|Library: A Round-up of Reading||Space Law An Asteroid Impact Will Someday Be Mistaken for an Act of War – Motherboard NEOSSat Not Up to the Job; Government Report Blames Contractor – Commercial Space Blog Space junk damages ISS US segment – Space Travel The New Asia Space Dream – Space News Editorial | Another Continuing Resolution Looms for NASA […]|
|Space Pollution: Is Our Space Safe?|
Collision Dangers Resulting FromA Russian and a US satellite crashed into each other in an unprecedented collision unleashing clouds of space debris that could threaten orbiting spacecraft, officials said.
Orbiting Satellites, Debris and Space Junk
300,000 Hazardous Objects Orbiting Earth
After more than five decades of human activity in space, the news raises fresh concern over the swarms of hazardous debris orbiting the Earth.
A 2008 report by the international monitoring group Space Security Index found that 300,000 objects measuring between 0.4 and four inches (one and 10 centimeters) in diameter and "billions" of smaller pieces orbit the Earth.
Some 6,000 satellites have been sent into space since the Soviet Union launched the first man-made orbiter, Sputnik 1, in 1957. About 800 satellites remain in operation, according to STRATCOM.
|So I begin...||...my travels in to a wonderful, strange, new world full of iPodites, MySpace junkies, Flickr fanatics and even the odd clingon!! Woohoo... exciting....|
|What Channel is NASA TV on DIRECTV?||NASA TV can be found on Channel #346 on the DIRECTV Channel Guide. If you are a space junkie and NASA TV is a must, then you will want to know what DIRECTV packages carry this channel. Below are the different ones which have the channel included. Entertainment Choice Choice Extra Choice Ultimate Premier If you enjoy outer space and everything that comes along with it from rocket launches, astronauts, space observation and more, then NASA TV is for you. This channel will broadcast the latest NASA missions and activities, all in real time. You can also get access to tons of educational programming, as well as revisit missionsÂ and other cool aspects of NASA from the past. Just some of the cool programming you can expect to see on this channel|
|Comment on Space Junk: collision imminent by Rich Dubielzig||The flypaper idea doesn't sound so silly to me. If the ISS can snag and salvage junk satellites, that's a big cost savings against launching raw materials from the ground. Surely there must be spare propellant, power supplies and working solar arrays on these things that could be put to good use.
|The Present is the Future of the Past||The Perfume of Garbage: an archaeology of the world trade centers (pdf). What do the the godfather of garbology, a leading post-modern archaeological theorist (blog), and a "space archaeologist"(cf. space junk) think about the WTC? Obviously as a ruin and as an archaeological site - but much more. An intriguing analysis placing the WTC ruins into archaeological context, and, most particularly, responding to the Smithsonian's exhibition of artifacts from the events of September 11, 2001. Also, a commentary (pdf) responding to garbage, space and the WTC. And yes, garbology goes well beyond Mick Jagger ephemera. |
|Duck and Cover, Quantum Computing and Kurzweil Interview||Duck your head! Astronomers say it may be space junk or it could be a tiny asteroid, too small to cause damage even if it hit. It’s 33 to 50 feet wide at most. NASA says that on Wednesday at 7:47 a.m. EST, it will streak by, missing Earth by about 80,000 miles. In the […]|
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|Ron Howard shows off space junk in latest tweets from Han Solo set||
It looks like the Millennium Falcon wonât be the only bucket of bolts in Lucasfilmâs untitled Han Solo movie.
Director Ron Howard shared his latest Twitter dispatch from the set of the Star Wars anthology film Thursday, glimpsing some rusted metal in an unknown locationÂ âwhere old speeders go to die.â
He also offered a behind-the-scenes look at crane shot combining practical effects and green screen.
Howard has been tweeting a steady but discreet stream of backstage photos and videos since replacing co-directorsÂ Phil Lord and Chris Miller in June, including peeks at Chewbaccaâs family, Lando Calrissianâs wardrobe, and a stubborn droid.
The Han Solo movie stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han, Donald Glover as Lando, Woody Harrelson as a mentor figure, and Emilia Clarke as an unknown character. Itâs due May 25, 2018.
|Landsat 8 Launches Successfully!||The title of this post could actually be "Live video of Landsat launch blows my mind". Landsat was launched atop a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V 401 rocket with live video coverage from aboard the rocket throughout the various stages of the launch streaming to the web for anyone to watch. The best part of the coverage was the end, when a camera on the rocket booster showed the separation of Landsat 8 from the booster, with a backdrop of the rising sun above a crescent Earth. See for yourself, and just try to hold your jaw closed:|
Those flashes visible in the lower right hand corner as the satellite drifts away are not UFOs, as some might think, but are likely tumbling space junk catching the light of the rising Sun.
NASA reports that the satellite began communicating with Earth and charging its batteries shortly after separation from the booster rocket, and is doing well. However, the mission has been having issues with its remote ground stations in Fairbanks, AK and Sioux Falls, SD, which pose little threat to the spacecraft and will hopefully be sorted out soon.
The Landsat Data Continuity Mission will be renamed to Landsat 8 and handed off to the US Geological Survey after the satellite has been commissioned. The Landsat program has been imaging the entire globe every 8 days since 1972 at a 30 meter resolution, providing beautiful and informative pictures and enabling scientists to track the evolution of the Earth due to both natural and unnatural causes. Here are a couple of my favorite Landsat pictures:
|Risky Rescue of an Air Force Satellite|
Wired had a great article recently about the risky rescue of a malfunctioning Air Force communications satellite. The series of anomalies that occurred are a great example of some of the things that satellite operations teams should be prepared to confront, and made for a very exciting 2 years for the AEHF-1 operations team! First, a bit of background on the satellite, from Air-Force Magazine:
"The AEHF program, one of the largest space programs of the decade, is designed to augment and eventually replace the legacy Milstar satellite communications network. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor, Northrop Grumman built the payload, and everything is run by Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles AFB, Calif. The constellation of four cross-linked AEHF satellites is expected to provide a communications capacity exceeding that of Milstar by a factor of 10."The 7 ton, $2 billion satellite, AEHF-1, was launched aboard an Atlas V rocket back in August 2010, and at first it seemed to be functioning perfectly. It was placed into an elliptical orbit about 220 km above the Earth's surface, and the first step in the mission was to fire the satellite's hydrazine engine to booste it into a circular, geosynchronous orbit where it would become part of the Air Force's comms satellite constellation.
The first sign that something was not right came when the operators first tried to ignite the engine to boost the satellite into geo. Nothing happened. They tried again; the engine did not fire. (In my opinion, firing the engine again was a huge mistake on the part of the operators. As Albert Einstein said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results". In operations, repeating something that didn't work the first time, without first figuring out why it did not work, can mean the end of the mission.) At this point David Madden, the head of the comms satellites at the Space and Missile Systems Center at Los Angeles Air Force Base, stepped in and rounded up a group of engineers who analyzed the telemetry and detrmined that the anomaly was likely caused by a piece of fabric left in the fuel line during the manufacturing process. They also realized that repeated attempts to fire the engine would flood the fuel line and cause the satellite to explode. (Needless to say, they quickly abandoned the "try, try again" tactic.)
With the oxidizer tanks sealed off, rendering the main engine useless, AEHF-1 was stranded in an ineffective and slowly decaying orbit, losing 3 miles of altitude each day. Compounding the problem was the fact that at its altitude AEHF-1 was sharing an orbit with huge amounts of space junk. Operators were having to fire the small thrusters in small maneuvers to avoid debris, wasting valuable fuel.
The operations team was barricaded in a conference room for a week - pizzas were literally slipped to them under the door - and they emerged with a plan to salvage the mission: They would fire the satellite's small thrusters, hydrazine-fueled reaction engine assemblies (REAs) and tiny xenon-fueled Hall Current Thrusters (HCTs). These were originally intended for small orbit adjustments and momentum dumps, but would now be used in a series of more than 450 maneuvers over 14 months to get the satellite into GEO. This would require painstaking planning and precision.
The boosting maneuvers commenced with phase 1 of the recovery procedure: a big orbit-boosting burn to get the satellite out of the danger zone. Very quickly, the second anomaly popped up: The small thrusters required burns that were several hours long in order to be effective, and during these burns the satellite was left with the same side facing the sun, causing components on the sun-facing side to overheat. Overheating can at best diminish mechanism performance, and at worst quickly destroy crucial satellite components. The operations team quickly devised a set of maneuvers to flip the satellite periodically. These maneuvers were inserted during the boosting maneuvers so that no part of the satellite was facing the sun for too long. Flipping the spacecraft, while continuing to keep the thrusters pointed in the right direction and the spacecraft on-target, required an entirely new operations strategy.
Once the schedule of mission-saving maneuvers was in place, operators soon realized that the fuel supply on board was not sufficient to complete the rescue. Every ounce of fuel means another ounce of mass to launch into space (and find space to store onboard the satellite), so the fuel supply is budgeted very carefully based on the minimum mission requirements. Even if AEHF-1 had enough fuel to get to geo, it would still need propellant for station-keeping and momentum management maneuvers once in place, and thus each firing of the minor thrusters meant a shortened mission life. To solve this problem, the software engineers buckled down and re-wrote a chunk of the flight software. The new software allowed operators to position the satellite using the reaction wheels rather than the thrusters, saving fuel. It also optimized fuel consumption in the REA thrusters. The new software was uplinked and implemented successfully.Anomaly 1: Clogged fuel line
Engineers calculated the amount of fuel necessary to execute the mission once the satellite was in GEO, and allotted the rest of the fuel to the REA thrusters for the duration of phase 2. When this fuel ran out, the REA thrusters could no longer be used for the rescue effort. At this point AEHF-1 was in the Van Allen radiation belt, a high radiation zone where energetic charged particles are held in place by the Earthâs magnetic field. These particles can damage a satellite's electrical system very quickly, especially the solar panels. This presented a catch-22 for the ops team, because escaping the Van Allen Belt without the REA thrusters would require using the HCT thrusters, which run on electric current. Generating electric current, of course, would require deploying the solar arrays and exposing them to the dangerous radiation of the Van Allen Belt. After much deliberation, the team came up with a strategy to deploy the arrays and fire the thrusters quickly to escape the danger zone with minimal damage.
Once out of the Van Allen Belt, Stage 3 of the rescue continued, with the ops team relying solely on the HCTs to perform the necessary boosting maneuvers. HCTs are generally used for station-keeping maneuvers, and they use electricity and Xenon fuel to emit short, relatively weak puffs of power. However, they can burn for thousands of hours. They had never been used for extended amounts of time in zero G.
The HCT motors were optimized to fire at the apogee (the point in the orbit farthest from the Earth) of the AEHF satelliteâs orbit, in order to increase the orbit's perigee (the point in the orbit closest to the Earth). (Think of it like a lever - the farther out you push, the more thrust you get). From late October 2010 to June 2011, the HCTs burned for 10 to 12 hours per day. This required frequent analysis and tuning. Madden described the tedious process: "Theyâre like a finicky old car, one that youâve got to constantly adjust to get it to optimize. Thereâs no instruction manual for how to do that. Itâs basically an art."
Once the satellite reached its target altitude of 17,000 miles, the orbit had to be circularized at the correct inclination, which required additional burns to increase the perigree to 22,000 miles, decrease the apogee by 10,000 miles, and drive the inclination down closer to the equator to allow the satellite to see more of the Earth. The ops team timed the burns to take advantage of the beneficial effects of Earthâs gravitational pull, thereby conserving valuable fuel.
Finally, after almost two years, the satellite reached it's target location, and the payload was successfully deployed. Madden says that it still has enough remaining fuel to continue operating for it's full planned lifetime of 14 years. (Of course, this is likely due to the habit of aerospace companies to grossly and purposefully under-predict lifetimes to ensure mission success; with a full tank of gas I'm sure the team was hoping the satellite would last much, much longer.) Nevertheless, it was a remarkable and complex recovery effort. I am sure it was a giant relief to finally deploy the payload, which had been stored inside the satellite in order to fit in the Atlas V launch cone, and see that it worked. Next up: the team will launch and deploy AEHF-2. Best of luck to them, although I bet the operations team is pretty sick of the entire AEHF family at this point.
Summary of Anomalies:
Solution: Use REA thrusters to boost orbit
Anomaly 2: Potential Collisions with Space Debris
Solution: Small maneuvers with REA thrusters, and rapid exit from LEO
Anomaly 3: Overheating during orbit-boosting maneuvers
Solution: Periodic spacecraft flips during maneuvers
Anomaly 4: Fuel Shortage
Solution: Re-write/load of the flight software to optimize fuel consumption for new operations plan; Strategic scheduling of burns to take advantage of orbital and gravitational affects.
Anomaly 5: High radiation from Van Allen Belt
Solution: Rapid Solar Array deployment and use of Hall Current Thrusters to quickly boost altitude.
|SpaceX Launches Dragon Capsule||After a two day delay due to an anomaly in one of the rocket engines, SpaceX's falcon 9 rocket blasted off early this morning, launching a Dragon capsule filled with cargo for the ISS.|
There was plenty of news coverage of the event, but there were three little tidbits that I especially enjoyed.
Congrats to SpaceX! I am excited to follow the mission over the next two weeks as the Dragon performs several maneuvers and is eventually grabbed by ISS astronauts using the station's robotic arm. The SpaceX Ops team has a lot on their plate - It must be an incredibly exciting experience, but I don't envy the pressure on them or their likely sleep schedule for the next two weeks!
Kindred sleeps with eyes taped open. Flickering blue Joy Motel sign tickling hardglazed eyeballs. Sizzling retinal memory. Mushroom cloud.
The watcher hovering, his breath moist on Kindred's forehead. Refrigerator, blast-propelled, killed a cow. Kitchen table landed in Mexico.
Knife 'n fork, gone atomic, orbital, floating in spectral ellipses, space junk, spinning universal, out past Mars, on a mission to meet God.
Force of the blast dissipating youthful vapor in Kindred the Kid's nine year old skull. Instant wide-eyed grown up, awake in the shelter.
His father, a small cracked grin of satisfaction, the boom registered and official for all time. Celebration went all day and into the next.
Oh yes it was a lovely explosion chirped a six foot blond with big white horse teeth and a saturnine smile. Your daddy is a genius, really.
Trinity in the books. First nuclear explosion ever. 1945. New Mexico, Alamogordo Test Range, Jornada del Muerto desert. Hot squeaky sand.
Jornada del Muerto means Journey of Death, perfect. Kindred the Kid full of life, thought he was about to see a fireworks display. Dad lied.
No nuclear explosion ever popped off before. Must be monitored with fanatical devotion to ensure it met theoretical predictions. Fanatical.
Trinity. Three. Threesome. Brahma the Creator, Vishnu the Preserver and Shiva the Destroyer. July 16 1945, 5:29:45 A.M. (Mountain War Time).
Yield 20-22 Kilotons. Brigadier General Thomas F. Farrell described his impressions at S-10,000, a bunker 10,000 yards south of Trinity:
"In that brief instant in the remote New Mexico desert the tremendous effort of the brains and brawn of all these people came suddenly...
...and startlingly to the fullest fruition. Dr. Kindred, on whom has rested a very heavy burden, grew tense as the last seconds ticked off.
Dr. Kindred scarcely breathed. He held on to a post to steady himself. For the last few seconds, he stared directly ahead and then...
...when the announcer shouted "Now!" and there came a tremendous burst of light followed shortly thereafter by the deep growling roar...
...of the explosion, his face relaxed into an expression of tremendous relief. Several of the observers standing back of the shelter...
...to watch the lighting effects were knocked flat by the blast. All seemed to feel that they had been present at the birth of a new age...
...The Age of Atomic Energy -- and felt their profound responsibility to guide into the right channels the tremendous forces unlocked...
...for the first time in history." Guide. Right channels. Tremendous forces. 12 committed individuals. Watchers. Fanatics. Disciples.
A blackened area of fused soil centered at ground zero. Heat baked into a glassy crust. Called Trinitite. As if invented by cynical admen.
Your smile will be white as right is right when you brush your teeth with Trinitite. That`s Trinitite! Look for tube with the nuclear glow.
Kindred the Kid waited in the motel room while his father, the eminent Dr. Kindred, had an all night meeting behind the locked door of 226.
The Kid listening to the radio reports, twiddling the brown plastic knob. Sinatra. Jack Benny. He didn`t sleep, he couldn`t close his eyes.
He found some tape in a drawer and taped his eyelids shut. But the glow of the blast lit up the inside of his retinas, unearthly gleaming.
They got into the car the next day. Set off for sunny LA, where Kindred the Doc was to be interviewed by the newspapers. G-Men in pursuit.
Now, 1968, Kindred peeling off the tape that holds his eyelids open, grinding the TV remote under his heel and staring into the mirror.
Image reflected alternating between Kindred the Kid and Kindred now. Between docdad and Dr. Kindred, between psychdaddy and the watcher.CLICK TO READ NEXT CHAPTER
|Dr Karl: How much space junk exists, and how did it get there?||GMIS: Clouds of orbiting space junk, travelling at hypersonic speeds, could seriously interfere with our future space operations.|
|Vasquez Orbital Salvage and Satellite Repair // Captains of Industry||by Matthew Jarpe|
Inspired by his zippy "City of Reason," we sought out and found Matthew Jarpe's Web site, where he has posted two more stories he sold to Asimov's. Both have a lot in common with "Reason." They pile on the unlikely events in a steady, but credible way. Both are whimsical at times and do a neat job of tranlating present-day experience (a junk man, a corporate legal battle) into an sf context (a junk man who collects space junk, a corporate legal battle waged from the gravity well of a black hole [maybe the ultimate solution to the slow turn of the wheels of justice 8-) ]).
Of the two, "Vasquez" is the better, we thought. It's more upbeat and has a faster pace. "Captains" mixed two themes, because it switched POV from the space station above the hole to the suface of the planet, and back. On the surface, Jarpe employs (as he does repeatedly, and usually successfully, throughout these stories) a familiar sf trope: in this case, a caste-based corporate culture. (Hmmm... this is similar to Mike McQuay's novel "Jitterbug." In a world where everyone wants to be the next, "next Heinlein," could Jarpe be the next McQuay? I'd be glad if that were true.) It's a workable idea, but it slightly conflicts with the rest of the tale by drawing attention to itself without adding much. We thought he had more material waiting to be developed back on the station, where the cultural effects of leading a vast industry from a location where time runs m-u-c-h more slowly than elsewhere should have been more visible. For example, the protag has lawyers reviewing on the station what his lawyers were doing in flat space. Why? By the time they're done, those flat-space lawyers wil be decades beyond the material reviewed. We thought there were lots of opportunities for exploitation of this, but maybe next time. (One idea we had: make the space station long enough that different floors' clocks run at different rates; each "slower" floor takes its reports from the next "faster" one, allowing the hierarchy to function in something like a traditional management structure, while still requiring that each floor only burden the next one with a summary of its work.)
"Vasquez" was more light-hearted and, at the end, even a bit too sugar-coated. Once again, where other writers would have lost us in the sequence of fortuitous/serendipitous events, this story didn't put us off with all of its unlikely events. Somehow, they still worked in a convincing way. Maybe there's no more reason to it than that it would be just so cool if all of this were real.
We'll remember this author.
|How Low Can It Go? Sun Plunges Into The Quietest Solar Minimum In A Century||The year 2008 was a bear. There were no sunspots observed on 266 of the year's 366 days (73 percent). To find a year with more blank suns, you have to go all the way back to 1913, which had 311 spotless days. Prompted by these numbers, some observers suggested that the solar cycle had hit bottom in 2008.|
Maybe not. Sunspot counts for 2009 have dropped even lower. As of March 31st, there were no sunspots on 78 of the year's 90 days (87 percent).
It adds up to one inescapable conclusion: "We're experiencing a very deep solar minimum," says solar physicist Dean Pesnell of NASAâs Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.
"This is the quietest sun we've seen in almost a century," agrees forecaster David Hathaway of NASAâs Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Quiet suns come along every 11 years or so. It's a natural part of the sunspot cycle, discovered by German astronomer Heinrich Schwabe in the mid-1800s. Sunspots are planet-sized islands of magnetism on the surface of the sun, and they are sources of solar flares, coronal mass ejections, and intense UV radiation. Plotting sunspot counts, Schwabe saw that peaks of solar activity were always followed by valleys of relative calmâa clockwork pattern that has held true for more than 200 years.
The current solar minimum is part of that pattern. In fact, it's right on time. But is it supposed to be this quiet?
Measurements by the Ulysses spacecraft reveal a 20 percent drop in solar wind pressure since the mid-1990sâthe lowest point since such measurements began in the 1960s. The solar wind helps keep galactic cosmic rays out of the inner solar system. With the solar wind flagging, more cosmic rays penetrate the solar system, resulting in increased health hazards for astronauts. Weaker solar wind also means fewer geomagnetic storms and auroras on Earth.
Careful measurements by several NASA spacecraft have also shown that the sun's brightness has dimmed by 0.02 percent at visible wavelengths and a whopping 6 percent at extreme UV wavelengths since the solar minimum of 1996. These changes are not enough to reverse global warming, but there are some other, noticeable side-effects.
Earth's upper atmosphere is heated less by the sun and it is therefore less "puffed up." Satellites in Earth orbit experience less atmospheric drag, extending their operational lifetimes. Thatâs the good news. Unfortunately, space junk also remains in orbit longer, posing an increased threat to useful satellites.
Finally, radio telescopes are recording the dimmest "radio sun" since 1955. After World War II, astronomers began keeping records of the sun's brightness at radio wavelengths, particularly 10.7 cm. Some researchers believe that the lessening of radio emissions during this solar minimum is an indication of weakness in the sun's global magnetic field. No one is certain, however, because the source of these long-monitored radio emissions is not fully understood.
All these lows have sparked a debate about whether the ongoing minimum is extreme or just an overdue market correction following a string of unusually intense solar maxima.
"Since the Space Age began in the 1950s, solar activity has been generally high," notes Hathaway. "Five of the ten most intense solar cycles on record have occurred in the last 50 years. We're just not used to this kind of deep calm."
Deep calm was fairly common a hundred years ago. The solar minima of 1901 and 1913, for instance, were even longer than what we're experiencing now. To match those minima in depth and longevity, the current minimum will have to last at least another year.
In a way, the calm is exciting, says Pesnell. "For the first time in history, we're getting to observe a deep solar minimum." A fleet of spacecraft â including the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), the twin probes of the Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO), and several other satellites â are all studying the sun and its effects on Earth. Using technology that didn't exist 100 years ago, scientists are measuring solar winds, cosmic rays, irradiance and magnetic fields and finding that solar minimum is much more interesting than anyone expected.
Modern technology cannot, however, predict what comes next. Competing models by dozens of solar physicists disagree, sometimes sharply, on when this solar minimum will end and how big the next solar maximum will be. The great uncertainty stems from one simple fact: No one fully understands the underlying physics of the sunspot cycle.
Pesnell believes sunspot counts should pick up again soon, "possibly by the end of the year," to be followed by a solar maximum of below-average intensity in 2012 or 2013.
But like other forecasters, he knows he could be wrong. Bull or bear? Stay tuned for updates.
|Krispy Kreme Just Made the Best Announcement Ever About Eclipse-Themed Doughnuts|
The Total Solar Eclipse mania isnât only for space junkies.
|Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe||
author: Mike Massimino
name: Zohar - ManOfLaBook.com
average rating: 4.52
book published: 2016
read at: 2016/08/13
date added: 2016/08/24
Spaceman: An Astronautâs Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Mike Massimino is an autobiography of Mr. Massimino. Mr. Massimino was an astronaut, worked on the Hubble Telescope, robotics and NASAâs PR team.
I have always been a big supporter of the space program since I was a little boy, and still am so when I saw Spaceman: An Astronautâs Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Mike Massimino I jumped right into it. I was not disappointed, this is an excellent, easy to read book telling the reader what it takes to become and be an astronaut. Mr. Massimino tells of his journey to become an astronaut, his failures, what he learned and his success.
The book is written with a sense of humor, honesty and, rightfully so, pride. Mr. Massiminoâs extraordinary career started the same as many other space junkies â watching movies in our childhood, but unlike us, he went for it and made his dream, our dream, into a reality.
The authorâs descriptions of what itâs like to be in space, and how one feels, were, for me, worth the price of admission. I read many books, biographies and autobiographies about astronauts and the space program, but this is the first time I understood (I think) what itâs like to be in space.
For more reviews and bookish posts please visit: http://www.ManOfLaBook.com
|The Great Trash Can in the Sky||Not content with polluting the Earth and its atmosphere we are now cluttering up space with dead, useless satellites and other assorted space junk. In our quest for self-gratification our ability to pollute knows no bounds. What Goes Up… I spent most of September 23 rd waiting for a bus. No ordinary bus, you understand. This one was special. ...|
|Asteroid Wars||Asteroid Wars is a fun, challenging, free space shooter.|
Your spaceship has found itself lost into a region of space cluttered with asteroids, flying saucers, and space junks, and your only way to survive this chaos is by destroying them all.
Outstanding reflexes and high tactical skills will be needed if you wish to make your way through the countless dangers lurking in the deep, vast space.
Asteroids War Features:
• Unlimited fun and challenges
• 100 amazing stages, and more to come!
• Up-gradable weapon system
• Smooth animation
• Much more to come in future updates!
How to play:
• Move the spaceship using the digital joystick or the accelerometer.
• Shot missiles and laser using the digital joystick or the touch screen.
|Cleaning Up the Cosmos: Swiss Develop Satellite to Dispose ofÂ Space Junk||Scientists warn that the amount of space debris orbiting the planet has reached a dangerously high level. But a new miniature satellite has been designed to clean up this cosmic clutter -- by the paragons of tidiness themselves, the Swiss.|
|Robot Mechanic Could Prevent Satellites From Becoming Space Junk||DARPA plans to send a robotic service technician to repair broken satellites in geosynchronous orbit|
|Can Lasers Aid Australian Scientists To Collect Space Junk?||For the last half century, space junk has been circling the earth in very destructive patterns. Now an Australian team of scientists addresses the problem head on armed with high- tech, infra-red lasers that will zap the debris out into space. Read on for more information.|
|Gecko-Inspired Robotic Gripper Could Snag Space Junk||A new device mimics the sticking power of gecko feet to attach to objects in space with a light touch and a strong grip.|
|Cath Le Couteur Investigates the Fascinatingly Dangerous World of Space Junk in âAdriftâ||Shooting People co-founder Cath Le Couteur investigates the 17,000mph threats hurtling around Earth's atmosphere in space junk documentary âAdriftâ.|
|Comment on Google-SpaceX Are Planning The Biggest Space Project Ever! by Klaus Berger||I hope you are right. I think this is exiting too. But it worries me with thousands of satellites from several new companies, they can be broke one day. Then we will have a lot of space junk for many years.|
MMO space shooter with numerous weapons, upgrades and abilities. Explore the galaxy and collect space junk to gain resources for new technologies.
Control the moon to defend the Earth from incoming Asteroids, Satellites, and other Space Junk. Buy upgrades between waves to help you survive.
|Astrophiz Podcast 40 (space junk edition) is Out!|| |
In this episode we celebrate our 40th episode and 10,000+ downloads into 50+ countries.
In this episode we feature Dr Alice Gorman ('Dr Spacejunk') who is a Space Archaeologist and Senior Lecturer at the Department of Archaeology, Flinders University in South Australia.
She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Space Industry Association of Australia. Alice casts a new focus on WRESAT-1, Australia's first satellite launch, positioning Australia as the third nation in space in 1967. She explains how the Voyager probes and the 'Golden record' are cultural milestones which mark humanity's place in the solar system. As one of the few space archeologists on planet earth, she gives fabulous and new insights into the ISS and the treasure it has become.
Follow Alice on Twitter @drspacejunk
I tells you what to look for in the evening and morning skies, the skinny on the Perseid Meteor Shower, and in 'Ian's Tangent' I shines the light on the Osiris REx mission, occultations, the imminent US eclipse and gravitational lensing.You can follow me @ianfmusgrave on Twitter and southern skywatch on facebook.
In the News: How big is space? (Yuge!)
Latest NASA missions
|Southampton scientists warn of satellite collision and 'space junk'||THE LAUNCH of âmega-constellationsâ of thousands of communication satellites could lead to a rise in collisions and build-up of space junk in Earthâs orbit, scientists have warned|
|What's New for Kids - July 173, 2017|
Max : best friend. hero. marine.
By: written by Jennifer Li Shotz ; based on a screenpl
The Phoenix of Destiny : an epic Kingdom of Fantasy adventure
By: Geronimo Stilton
The enchanted charms : the seventh adventure in the Kingdom of Fantasy
By: Geronimo Stilton ; [cover by Danilo Barozzi ; illu
The hour of magic : the eighth adventure in the kingdom of fantasy
By: Geronimo Stilton
The ship of secrets : the tenth adventure in the kingdom of fantasy
By: Geronimo Stilton ; illustrations by Silvia Bigolin
The wizard's wand : the ninth adventure in the Kingdom of Fantasy
By: Geronimo Stilton ; [translated by Julia Heim]
|New Satellite Broadband Push Could Create Surge in âSpace Junkâ||This will inevitably happen sooner or later. Someday, we’ll probably need a solution for hauling off old satellites that are no longer in use or practical. A new study from the University of Southampton claims that the latest rush to expand broadband access via constellations of lower-orbit satellites could result in a dramatic spike in […]|
|Space junk: how big is the problem and what are we doing about it?||ASTRONOMICAL PROBLEM: Space junk from satellites and rockets is crowding out spacecraft and telecommunication satellites in Earth's orbit, and putting humans at risk. It's a big problem, and getting bigger every day.|
I am a obviously a newbie here, and I am lost and confused as usual..anyone who would like to be somewhat like god to me for answering many questions *like how in all of pergatory do you put more than 1 video/song up???*...that would be much appreciated!!! But no, seriously, I have no idea what I am doing...I am a myspace junkie, and will check it multiple times of the day even if I have a 50 bijillion page report dut the next day/hour, so here: myspace.com/lemonedead . well, enjoy the ghettofied greatness that I love to share here ^^v ~a lemoned lime
|Spaceflight, space junk, and the hunt for life in space â meet the experts in this monthâs episode of R Science||This month weâre going into outer space. We ask the experts if human space flight is worth the risk; find...
|Sound Lab 08-20-2016 with Steve Vegas||
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Patrick Lee- Quittin Time - The Last Thing
DZA Kidkanevil- Jump - Kaiju EP
Revolution Void- Accelerated Lifestyle - Increase The Dosage
Milkshake Daddy- Super Sloppy Space Junk - Pisces Pizza Party
Flamingosis- Bushwick Boogie - Kahunastyle
Bcbg- Dvisage - Chapelle Abstraite EP
Hot Fire- Them Never Love No Bans - La Boite A Sons
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Neu- Hero - Neu 75
Kraus- Happening For LuLU - Golden Treasuries
Lizzy Mercier Descloux- Fire - Press Color Deluxe Edition
The Chessmen- We Are Young - The Chessmen Pursuit Of The Queen EP
Three Dog Night- Shambala - 20th Century Masters The Millennium Collection The Best Of Three Dog Night
The BPA- Seattle feat Emmy The Great - I Think Were Gonna Need A Bigger Boat
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Liliput- Eisiger Wind - KleenexLiliput
Wilma Burgess- Misty Blue - Wilma Burgess Top Hits
The Raincoats- Fairytale In The Supermarket - The Raincoats
Et- Kopeika - The Agency Of Missing Hearts
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playlist URL: http://www.afterfm.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/playlist.listing/showInstanceID/111/playlistDate/2016-08-20
|Reply #5||It would be a great idea if they re-aranged the prize structure. So more people would get more cash for having 5/4/3/2 numbers right. And keep the ball amount the same if they add more balls. I wouldn't like that.St.Germain writes how much does one need. I don't think it's about what one needs so much as how much one plans on spending after they won. The more you have the more you can spend. Suppose you wanted to build a space craft to go up in space and get all the space junk for salvage purpos... [ More ]|
|Comment on Two objects reported crashed near Mongolian capital: UFO or engine parts? by Dave-O||Why is that man standing so close to an unknown object is he still alive. UFO or Space Junk could be high/low level radiation.|
|Broadband expansion could cause a catastrophic rise in space junk||Did you watch the 2013 movieÂ Gravity? Then you know what space junk is capable of. Not only did it ruin Sandra Bullock’s day, it knocked out communications worldwide. Space junk is just that – little bits and pieces from dead satellites and the like still orbiting our planet, but doing so at 17,500 miles per […]|
|The Trouble with Space Junk||220 miles above the Earth on the 12th of March 2009, was a day like any other on the International Space Station, but that was until they received an unusual message stating that they were having a "Red Conjunction". A Red Conjunction is a warning code that the space station could be hit by some orb... Watch Now|
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|The Threat of Space Junk|
Since the 60s, the majority of satellites launched into space have successfully fulfilled their tasks with new technology improving the ... »
|AppHazard: Involve Educators||How can educators know about Apps, and determine whether they are space junk or teaching appropriate, and how will educators really influence tech people who build them, as well as companies that provide them?|
|The Universe and Our Very Existence.|
If you go back through my many blogs it's plain to see that I share many of my passions on My IGN. Well, the time has come for me to share my biggest life long passion: The Universe.
While I may not have a degree, a PHD or a Doctorate, this doesn't keep me from learning in my off-time. A few years ago, I started to research into our Universe, how it became as it is now, and the many wonders it holds. To me, there is nothing more mind-blowing then learning about what's "up there." In fact, I dare say it is the single most humbling experience I've ever had. It's nearly spiritual for me, but this I shall explain in another blog.
And so! ..... Are you ready for a VERY basic run down of our Universe and some of the mind-blowing facts we know about it? Don't worry, I'll add some purdy pictures I'll refrain from phrasing things like a total physics/cosmology nerd, hopefully.
(Did you notice how I didn't say THE Universe? Hrm, I wonder why that might be, Multiverse Theory? ^-^)
This 1st picture is very important, be sure to read the caption.
Where did this all start? There are more then one theory, but the main scientific theory that has been backed up with tons of data & proof is: The Big Bang Theory
In as few words as I can manage....
Our Universe began with a hot big bang 13.7 Billions years ago and has expanded and cooled ever since. It has evolved from a formless soup of elementary particles into the richly structured cosmos of today.
The first microsecond was the formative period when matter came to dominate over antimatter, the seeds for galaxies and other structures were planted, and dark matter (the unidentified material that holds those structures together) was created.
The future of the Universe lies in the hands of dark energy, an unknown form of energy that caused cosmic expansion to begin accelerating a few billion years ago.
Just jokes, you can't get away that easily. I'm not done yet!
â One million, million, million, million, millionth of a second after the Big Bang the Universe was the size of a â¦pea.
â Every hour the Universe expands by a billion miles in all directions.
â Somewhere in the flicker of a badly tuned TV set is the background radiation from the Big Bang
So let's take a look at our existence, our Universe.
First, I want to clarify what a light year means, so that there is no future confusion when I start talking about the vast distances between, well.. everything.
What is a light year?
First of all, a "light year" is a measure of distance, not time. Basically, a light year is the distance light travels in one year (of our time). Light speed is the FASTEST thing in the entire Universe. Nothing travels faster then the light from our Sun (and other light giving bodies).
Light moves at a velocity of about 300,000 kilometres each second. So, in one year, it travels about 9,500,000,000,000 kilometres. You could also put this as light travels through space at an immensely incredible speed of 67,000 miles per hour!
An Interesting Fact: If you were to time how long it takes light emitted from the Sun's surface to fly through space and hit here on Earth, it would take 8 minutes & 17 seconds. That's right. The sunshine you're basking it right meow? It's over 8 minutes old. Get with the times!
If you were to send a beam of light travelling around the Earth, it would only take 0.1344 seconds to go all the way around!
- In 5 billions years the Sun will run out of fuel and turn into a Red Giant.
- Imagine this: If our Sun were just an inch in diametre, the nearest star to us would be 445 miles away!
-About a million, billion neutrinos from the Sun will pass through your body while you read this sentence.
Mmkay, moving on.
Let's start close at home & work our way out, shall we?
Our Home: Le Solar System
This consists of our Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus (pronounced yer-a-niss, you childish f*ckers!), and finally Neptune.
Notice how I didn't add Pluto? Yeah, that's because in 2006 Pluto was declassified as a planet and is now considered a "dwarf planet" along with many others in our solar system that have been discovered. And nope, Pluto isn't even the largest of the Dwarf Planets.
"But if the Universe is 13.7 billions years old, and we're only 4 billions years old, how does that work?"
Why thank you, Timmy, for the very awesome question. Our sun, and therefore Earth & us formed after a star went supernova and exploded billions of years ago, laying bare it's guts of the basic elements. This explosion caused a massive cloud of gas (called a nebula). Over a LONG length of time, gravity slowly took hold on these particles and started to draw them inward. This formed our Sun & the planets of our Solar System.
Thanks to the original star which went supernova, planets like Venus, Mercury, Earth & Mars were able to form that had some of the heavier elements. It takes a 2nd or 3rd generation sun/solar system to be able to produce 'rocky' planets such as our self. I could go into the physics of why & how, but I don't want to bore everyone with nerdy physics talk.
Some interesting facts about our Solar System: In between Mars (the last of the "rocky" planets) and Jupiter (the first of the "gas giants"), there is an asteroid belt that occupies the orbit between the two aforementioned planets. Basically, when our solar system was forming 4 billions years ago, the gravitational interference of Jupiter disrupted this "debris" from coalescing into other planets, and now all we're left with is a massive ring of asteroids between us and the gas planets.
Way to go, Jupiter. What if we would've had another Earth? *shakes her fist*
Speaking of Jupiter, here's some cool info on this bad-ass of a planet.
Being the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter has an immense magnetic field 14x that of the Earth. In fact, Jupiters Magnetosphere (it's magnetic 'pull' bubble around it) covers almost half of the entire solar system.
Just how big is Jupiter?
That's right. You can fit 2-3 Earth's in Jupiter's red spot. This planet is a beast! 'Nuff said.
Shit *looks at her watch* I need to speed this blog up if I don't want to post it at 3am =/ Well then, we're done with our solar system. If anyone is interested I can tell them muchos more tidbits about our home turf.
Our Galaxy: The Milky Way
The Milky Way is a barred spiral galaxy 120,000 light-years in diametre and contains 200-400 BILLION stars. The Galaxy is estimated to contain at least as many planets, 10 billion of which could be located in the habitable zone of their parent star.Â Depending on its structure the entire Galaxy has a rotational rate of once every 15 to 50 million years. The Galaxy is also moving at a velocity of 552 to 630Â km per second, depending on the relative frame of reference. It is estimated to be about 13.2 billion years old, nearly as old as the Universe.
We are but 1 of 200+ billion galaxies in the observable Universe.
Oh yeah, that's right. Did I mention that it takes 120,000 years, travelling at the speed of light (see above), to go from one end of the Milky Way to the other?
Mind = Blown
Go back to the first picture I posted. Take another look. Yes, all of those dots are galaxies, just like our Milky Way.
â Even traveling at the speed of light it would take 2 million years to reach the nearest large galaxy, Andromeda.
- The Universe is 13.7 billion years old. If you think that is amazing, perhaps equally remarkable is the fact that we know this to better than 1% precision.
A Super interesting fact about most galaxies: It is now common knowledge (amongst 'space' nerds such as myself) that the vast majority of galaxies have a SUPER MASSIVE BLACK HOLE at their centre. That's right, you read that correctly. At the middle of the Milky Way, there is a super massive (not even just a 'normal') black hole, slowly sucking us & everything else into it.
The Universe (outside of our galaxy)
So what is the Universe? Put bluntly, it is the totality of everything that exists. Yup. Everything that you & I know, see, experience, that is the Universe. And to be perfectly honest, that's only 0.0000000000000000000000000001% of it.
Scientific observation of earlier stages in the development of the universe, which can be seen at great distances, suggests that the universe has been governed by the same physical laws and constants throughout most of its extent and history
Imagine this, knowing what you've learnt in the last few minutes...
The Universe is full of hundreds of galaxies, each galaxy with hundreds of billions of stars. Imagine nearly as many planets to accompany those stars. Can any human properly wrap their mind around such massive numbers? We can try, but we can't.
This is part of the reason why I'm a firm believer in life outside of Earth. I mean, you would be utterly moronic to think otherwise, knowing the nature of the Universe. I could try and justify this with my own words, but I'm not a scientist. Instead, I implore you all to watch this (less then) 4 minute video of my favourite scientist, Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Here are some amazing facts about our Universe (as a whole, because I'm slowly-but-surely becoming more drunk as this blog progresses. go organizational skills!):
- Tonight, when the sun goes down look up. Depending on how dark it is outside you can probably see several thousand stars up there, all of which come from our own galaxy, the Milky Way. If you look a bit closer though, you might be able to spot one of only a few galaxies other than our own that is visible with the naked eye.
- If this makes you feel small, it should, because scientists estimate that there are hundreds of billions more galaxies in the universe, none of which you can see without a telescope. Moreover each one of these galaxies has billions of stars which brings the grand total number of stars in the universe to 10 billion trillion which is 10 followed by 21 zeros. Thats more stars than the number of grains of sand on the Earth.
- All the stars, galaxies, and black holes in the universe only compose about 5% of its mass. As crazy as it sounds, the other 95% is unaccounted for. Scientists decided to label this mystery material âdark matterâ and to this day they are still not sure where or what it is.
- For those of you considering opening your own pubs, there is probably no place better than Sagittarius B. Although it is 26,000 light years away this interstellar cloud of gas and dust contains over a billion billion billion liters of vinyl alcohol. Okay, so its not really drinkible but it is a very important organic compound that is critical to the existence of life.
- Have you ever noticed that when the moon is directly on the horizon it appears to be a lot closer and larger? Well, itâs not. Whatâs happening is actually something that your brain does all the time. Think about what happens when you see one of your friends on the horizon. Although they appear to be really small your brain doesnât actually interpret them as being that tiny. Something similar is going on with regards to the moon. Known as the Ponzo illusion, your brain inflates the size of the moon to make it appear larger than it really is. Donât believe it? Next time youâre looking at an oversized moon block everything else out with your hands and watch it shrink.
- In 2004 scientists discovered the largest diamond ever. In fact itâs a collapsed star. Measuring 4000 km across and having a core composed of 10 billion trillion trillion carats itâs roughly 50 light years from the Earth.
- Strangely enough Venus completes an entire orbit around the sun before it manages to turn on its axis once. This means that its day is actually longer than its year and in Venusian time, World War II ended only 56 days ago.
- As big as the planet Saturn is, if you were to put it in a glass of water, it would float. This is because its density is .687 grams per cm cubed (being a Gas Giant) while waterâs is the famous .998 g per cm cubed. Unfortunately though, you would need a glass that is over 120,000 km in diameter to witness this.
- Cold welding. This is a phenomenon used to describe the fact that whenever two pieces of metal in outerspace touch each other, they are more or less permanently stuck together. While welding usually requires heat, in this case the vacuum of space does the trick, hence the the name. You might think then, how do space shuttles accomplish anything out there? Well, typically metals on Earth have a layer of oxidized material covering their surface that prevents this, so on shuttle missions the risk of accidently welding the shuttle to itself is negligible.
- The Earth has more then 1 moon. Okay, not really, theyâre more like moon wannabes but scientists have discovered several asteroids that are more or less following the Earth as it moves around the sun.
- Earth does, however, have over 8,000 objects orbiting around it. Most of these would be classified as âspace junkâ or debris left over from spacecraft and missions in the past.
- While most of us know that the light hitting Earth took 8 minutes to cross the 93 million miles between our skin and the surface of the Sun, did you know that the energy in those rays started their life over 30,000 years ago deep within the core of the sun? They were formed by an intense fusion reaction and spent most of those thousands of years making their way to the Sunâs surface.
- While itâs not my intention to burst your bubble, I thought I should inform you that it is actually an asterism. There are only 88 official constellations in the night sky and everything else, including the Big Dipper, falls into this other category. It is, however, composed of the 7 brightest stars in the Great Bear (Ursa Major) constellation.
- You are standing on a planet that is spinning about its axis while rotating around a star that is revolving around the center of galaxy that is itself bareling through space. Sounds like enough to give you motion sickness right? Well, before you take your dramamine lets visit our next point.
-As a result of the aforementioned fact that light cannot exceed 186,000 miles per second, it would follow that nothing can, which is exactly why this has come to be known as the universal speed limit. This however, has some interesting consequences and leads directly intoâ¦
- Without getting too complex, Einstein essentially came forward with the revolutionary idea that not only is motion relative, but time is too. In fact, they are linked together. The faster you move, the slower others will perceive that time has passed for you.
Why? Well imagine this.
As you are sitting in the bus you shine a beam of light at the opposite wall. Lets say in 1 second it covers 2 meters before hitting the other side of the bus. Now, lets think of this from the perspective of the person on the street. To them the bus is also moving so the beam of light actually covers 15 meters in that same second. Why is this weird? Think about it. Here we have an object that just traveled 12 meters farther in the same amount of timeâ¦but it was moving at the same speed. The only logical explanation is that to the person watching you from the road, it actually took the beam of light longer to reach the other side of the bus. This means that while you percieved the event to elapse in only 1 second, they percieved it in 2. To them your clock is ticking slower. While this was exactly the kind of nonsense scientists were trying to avoid, Einstein took it at face value and accepted the conlusion. Still donât believe it? Thats why weâre moving on toâ¦
-Everything we just talked about is very relevant to modern technology. In fact, the clocks in onboard computers and navigation equipment have to take into account the effects of relativity. For example, if you measured the time that had elapsed on a fighter pilots wristwatch, you would find that it lagged behind your watch by several nanoseconds.
If you have been keeping up so far then this wonât be too much of a leap. The famous twins paradox postulates that if you put one twin on a spaceship that was moving near the speed of light through space and left another on Earth, due to the effects of relativity, the twin in the space ship would return to the planet significantly younger than his Earth bound sibling.
At one point these intergalactic vacuum cleaners were actually super massive stars. When one of those stars dies it generally blows of its gaseous outer layers and the core collapses into an extremely small and dense sphere. Imagine, for example, trying to pick up a tennis ball containing the entire mass of the Sun. The immediate effect of this astronomically high density would be an insanely strong gravitational field. In order to break free from any gravitational field you have to be traveling faster than something known as escape velocity. On Earth spacecraft achieve this by reaching a speed of about 7 miles per second. On some collapsed stars though, they would have to reach a speed faster than 186,000 miles per second which is more than the universal speed limit, meaning Â nothing â not even light â could escape.
Ahem *coughs awkwardly*
I believe in the 4-5 hours it took me to post this blog, I have drunken too many brews. I apologize for the lack organization near the end. To make up for it? Here are some incredible pictures from NASA!
So, there you have it. I've drunken waaaaay too much <3Â And it's way too late. Goodnight, I hope you at least learned a bit <3
|Have you ever wondered why Muslims bow to Mecca?|
The Pussified Meteorite
Have you ever wondered why Muslims bow to Mecca? If they were bowing to God then they wouldn't have to face in exactly one direction, because God is everywhere.
So what are they bowing to - the city itself? But Catholics don't bow to Rome, and Anglicans don't bow to Canterbury, and Mormons don't bow to Salt Lake City.
So what's so special about Mecca? What part of the city are they actually worshipping? Surely they aren't worshipping the entire city, including hotels, car parks, shops, electricity substations, public toilets and all the rest of the urban infrastructure?
No, in fact they're worshipping one specific object in the city - Allah's sacred meteorite.
Jihadist jerk circle
If you ever see pictures of them milling around in Mecca they are all circling a cubic building called the Kaaba. And set into the wall of that building is a meteorite enclosed by a vessel shaped like a woman's quim that they all try to kiss. Sometimes they get so sexually excited at the thought of the pious pussy that they stampede and kill one another in their efforts to muff-dive the meteorite.
The mingy meteorite was an object of worship long before Islam reared its ugly head, so what it's got to do with Allah is a bit of a mystery. Maybe it represents one of Allahs daughters, but as a Muslim father, wouldn't that get him murderously mad at all the wanabe quim-lickers sniffing around his girls' sacred snatch? Perhaps that's why he sets them stampeding.
Or maybe it means that Islam is some sort of tribal fertility cult that Mohammed duped people into believing was a proper religion.
But one thing is for certain. When Muslims accuse other religions of idolatry, they are the biggest hypocrites on earth. What could be more idolatrous than worshipping a hunk of space junk tarted up to look like a tw@t?
Bonking the bolide
I realise that Muslims have got psychological problems due to inbreeding compounded by sexual repression, but lusting after a mineral specimen as the ultimate sex-object is probably something that even Freud could never have dreamed up.
Everything an infidel needs to know about Islam on one alphabetically ordered webpage.
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|Fireball streaks across night sky, likely lands in Lake Michigan||Itâs a bird! Itâs a plane! Nope â itâs a meteor, or a fireball, or space junk... A bright, unidentified object flying over Lake Michigan last night caught onlookers in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Michigan saying just that. But what was it?|
|Gravity: Space Movie||The new space thriller Gravity has already taken in over $75 million at the box office and is on its way to blockbuster status, but the question is: How realistic is the premise of a mid-space collision with space junk? Possible — but unlikely.|
In Gravity, we're presented with a survival drama when Sandra Bullock’s character, Dr. Ryan Stone, is thrown into a free-fall after space debris collide...
|Japan Sends Long Electric Whip Into Orbit, To Tame Space Junk||http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHmcV6bzeCY A cable that's as long as six football fields has been launched into orbit â and when it's deployed, it'll test an idea to knock out orbital debris. Japan's space agency sent the electrodynamic tether into space along with supplies for the International Space Station. Reels aboard the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kounotori 6 craft will deploy the 700-meter (2,296 feet) tether, essentially unspooling a clothesline in space that could help clean up the roughly 20,000 pieces of potentially hazardous space debris that are tracked by systems on Earth. Those pieces of junk are dangerous enough on their own â but they can also generate thousands more smaller pieces of debris if they collide, creating even more risk to the space station and satellites orbiting the Earth. With the official acronym of EDT (for electrodynamic tether), the Kounotori's cable "is a promising candidate to deorbit the debris objects at low cost," JAXA says . As|
|BUFORA Conference 2012|
Last Friday night, just before , a cluster of about 20 bright lights were seen crossing the sky over
As regular HPANWO-readers will know, I'm financially much worse off than I used to be; I've not been able to do my usual tour of the conspiracy/paranormal conference circuit this year, however I remain in good spirits. Compared to others who have shared my fate, like Tony Farrell and Kevin Annett (See: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/ben-emlyn-jones-live-at-ldidg.html), I've been very fortunate. I have a roof over my head and food on my table; what's more I've managed to break my addiction to materialism and consumerism that we're all conditioned to get hooked on, and I've realized that there's a spiritual dimension to life that you can't get sacked from! I also believe that the universe helps you along if you can keep a positive frame of mind, and as "luck" would have it several conferences have been organized this year that are cheap and easy to get too, so I've been able to join the other delegates there. One of these was the BUFORA Conference which took place in
The hotel itself is modern and very grand, a bit too grand perhaps. There was nowhere we could purchase refreshments over the counter and when I asked if there was somewhere I could buy a cup of tea the receptionist said: "Go and sit in the bar and I'll send the waiter in to serve you." I did so and about five minutes later a very dapper man in a suit came in and said: "What would you like, Sir?" This 5-star service arrangement is all well and good if you enjoy that kind of thing, but when you've got a 15 minute break between speakers you just long to be able to just flip somebody 50 pence and have them hand you over a mug of tea straight away. I apologized to the waiter and told him I didn't have time. Then I did what I should have done to begin with: nipped out of the hotel to the greasy spoon across the road. This became the generally-accepted social gathering place for many of the delegates over the weekend.
The three letters "UFO" are a very good root for acronyms because they have two vowels with a consonant in the middle, hence the ease with which names like MUFON, BUFOG, CUFOS etc roll off the tongue. BUFORA is another, although it was originally BUFOA, the British UFO Association; the R for "research" was added in 1964 when the original group merged with another. The tall and learned-looking founder-president Lionel Beer (BUFORA link) opened the conference with a brief history of the organization. It began in September 1962 at a meeting in Kensington Central Library; this was exactly 50 years ago, so this one was a very special anniversary conference: the half-centenary, as you can see in the banner (Thanks to Matt Lyons, the BUFORA chairman for allowing HPANWO to illustrate this article with these official graphics). Their first Chairman was Nick Stephenson whose photo is below. As another speaker quipped: "It's 65 years since 1947 so modern UFOlogy is at a pensionable age." BUFORA immediately recruited a network of investigators and got stuck in to all the biggest and most promising British cases, the "Warminster Thing", the Lakenheath Incident, the famous 1979 House of Lords UFO debate and many others. BUFORA has a reputation for being a "pure" UFOlogical group, an aspect which I'll expand on more later, but it's had its fair share of sinister and underhand attention over the years, including an attempted infiltration by the Church of Scientology and the Aetherius Society. The latter are bat-excrement crazy, but pretty harmless; however the former are well-known to have a dark and violent side to them. When Lionel received threats he was understandably worried. In the early years he also had to contend with the rise of the far right and their own involvement with UFO's. BUFORA members were harassed by the sinister and mysterious people calling themselves "APEN- the Aerial Phenomenon Enquiry Network". This is believed by many to be a cover-organization for the National Front or one of the other BNP-like parties that were popular at the time. The Government were investigating those parties at the time and people showed up at BUFORA meetings whom Lionel swears were MI5 or Special Branch. I'm not sure, but I suspect that APEN was actually run by the Government itself, however they'd be foolish to let every department of MI5 and Special Branch in on that secret so I don't doubt that real agents from those outfits did attend Lionel's meetings as he said they did. I met a man from
BUFORA also found itself hurled into Cold War politics, which, sadly, few people managed to escape in the 60's and 70's. A staffer from the Soviet Embassy joined and although Lionel approved his membership it lost the organization a part of its security certificate. More infiltrators turned up at meetings and asked political questions. Lionel thinks that these people were testing BUFORA to see where its political loyalties lay. He was also tested to see if he would swallow disinformation. Luckily the Association has a policy of being non-political which was a wise move in those days; and it still is, up to a point. BUFORA has long been affiliated with the magazine Flying Saucer Review, and since Gordon Creighton sadly went, as Lionel puts it, "to that great saucer in the sky" BUFORA has been given the substantial research archives of that oldest of UFO journals. Lionel has had his house raided by the police, has been arrested for photographing Bentwaters Base (This was before the Rendlesham Forest Incident), sat for five hours in the House of Lords public gallery, been thrown out of Morely College and had L Ron Hubbard threaten to drown him in the sea! The life of a UFO investigator is not without its hazards.
The next speaker was Heather Dixon (BUFORA link) She spoke clearly and professionally during her hour on stage, obviously she has experience of doing lectures. She is striking in appearance, disarmingly pretty and smartly-dressed with a head of well-groomed, lush blonde hair. She began by lamenting about how much of the information available to UFOlogists nowadays is false and misleading; I agree completely with that and have said as much myself, see: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2011/06/fake-alien-videos.htmlShe then went on to explain how it is that people can make mistakes about what they see in the sky, how they might see something that they don't recognize and assume wrongly that it's inexplicable. Several times during her lecture she repeated: "More than 98% of all reported sightings have a mundane explanation" and this was a point reiterated by several other speakers. The list of things that can confuse the witness is enormous; 60% of reports can be explained as Chinese lanterns. I'm ashamed to say that I was taken in by them too; once but never again! There are other things such as laser light shining into the sky; although I think they've been banned because they can dazzle aircraft pilots and could even cause a plane crash. Astronomical objects are major culprits, like the planet Venus. I find it hard to believe that large numbers of people could be fooled that way, especially professional observers like pilots and policemen, but Heather says these do account for a large proportion of the reports received. She presented statistics of sightings and their analysis in the same way other speakers did. The International Space Station, birds, kites, balloons and satellites in space also cause people to pick up the phone and call. She also echoes Mark Pilkington, Nick Cook and others by claiming that the Government is quite pleased when people think they've seen spacecraft from another planet when they accidentally intrude on a top secret test of some new spy-plane. This may true in some cases, but it in no way accounts for the entire UFO phenomenon. And I also suspect that some kind of double-bluff may be in operation; the Government could be using aviation projects to launder their secret UFO research programmes, see: http://hpanwo.blogspot.co.uk/2007/12/roswell-no-aliens-just-sound-waves.htmlShe then went on to discuss what she calls "high strangeness". This is of course the title of a famous book by Laura Knight-Jadczyk, but Heather uses the term to mean close encounters and the abduction phenomenon. She made a lot of the same points Richard Wiseman does in his book Paranormality, see: http://hpanwo.blogspot.co.uk/2011/04/paranormality-by-prof-richard-wiseman.html: hypnagogic and hypnopompic states of mind, sleep paralysis etc. During the Question and Answer session at the end I asked Heather: "Leaving aside the whole UFO subject and just concentrating on the 'high strangeness', can the explanations you've just given account for every single case you've ever investigated?" To her credit, Heather immediately replied: "No." She then told me about a man she knows in Northumberland whom she gives the pseudonym "Steve Robinson". She thinks he could be experiencing real alien contact. I enjoyed listening to Heather's address and she's quite right to make people aware that it's essential to eliminate all mundane explanations for UFO sightings before postulating the possibility of ET involvement, but I would have liked to have heard more about "Steve Robinson" and any other real cases she'd encountered. She only had a limited time to speak, I know, but I hope she'll maybe do a new speech next time where she squeezes the explicables down to 20 or 30 minutes and leaves the rest for the real ET research she's done. I'd make a similar observation about two other speakers, Jenny Randles and Vicente Juan Ballester-Olmos (See: http://www.nicap.org/bios/ballester-olmos.htm) Vicente Juan's statistics showed that on one occasion the number of unexplained sightings rose from its comfortable average of 2 or 5% to 40%; but he blames that on less cases being examined; and "unexplained" being the default category for a case not yet investigated. However, bear in mind that investigators have different viewpoints. One of the cases he quoted as "solved" was the Solway Firth Spaceman; however I think that there is need for a second opinion on his diagnosis, see: http://hpanwo.blogspot.co.uk/2008/03/solway-firth-spaceman.html
Heather Dixon supports the policy BUFORA have towards the use of hypnosis to retrieve information from a witness. They're against it. She says hypnosis simply fuels and solidifies fantasy and can construct false memories. This is highly disputed and there are many other groups who endorse the use of hypnosis and rebut the misgivings Heather described. I recently interviewed Mary Rodwell on HPANWO Radio, see from 0.46.40: http://hpanwo-radio.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/programme-11-podcast-mary-rodwell.html. As she details in the interview, she think hypnosis is a good method of recovering lost recollections and explains why she refutes the theory that it generates falsified memory. The same goes for AMMACH, see: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/ammach-conference-2012.html.
Jenny Randles(See: http://www.ufoevidence.org/researchers/detail40.htm) is a living legend in the UFO community. She is one of the "Four Horsewomen" of
During our Saturday lunch break I was walking though the merchandise area when I saw an elderly man wearing a neatly-pressed suit. He looked well built and his head was shaved, though he had a sparse beard, like a retired bouncer; but he also had an intensely jolly smile and bright eyes that looked youthful and full of joie-de-vivre. I went up and spoke to him. He had a calm, mellow and intelligent voice. It wasn't long before I recognized him as the RevdLionel Fanthorpe (See: http://www.lionel-fanthorpe.com/) He has one of the most impressive CV's you could ever wish to see, in fact it's easier to think of something he hasn'tdone than something he has. He's a school teacher, a vicar, a motorbike expert, a journalist, a martial arts expert, a weightlifter, a wrestler, he's a member of MENSA, the society for people with high IQ's, and on top of all that he is president of ASSAP (See: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2011/09/assap-seriously-strange-conference.html) I first heard of him many years ago when he presented the brilliant programme Fortean TV, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tec6O83LHWMNow aged 77 he's still going strong and has lost none of his charisma; in fact I've often described him as Britain's answer to Robert Anton Wilson. He did a presentation entitled Behind all Anomalous Reports. He made a list of all possible things UFO's are, and aliens from space was just one of them; the list was similar to what you'll find in Richard Dolan and Bryce Zabel's ADbook, see: http://hpanwo.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/exopolitics-leeds-2011.html1: ET's, 2: interdimensional objects, 3: time travellers 4: ghosts 5: angels and demons 6: denizens of Atlantis or another unknown prehistoric Earth civilization; I'm sure we can think of more. There are two other possibilities that spring to my mind, 7: All of the above, 8: None of the above; something nobody has yet thought of! His speech was light-hearted yet informative, and I was enthralled by his story about how a man experienced an interdimensional slip while in the public toilets outside Norwich Cathedral! Another entertaining performance took place at the end of the Conference on Sunday and was carried out by my old friend Ross Hemsworth (See: http://www.rosshemsworth.com/) whom I was delighted to see again. Ross organized one of the best conferences I've ever been to in
The history of UFO's and their impact on human society is a theme picked up by several of the speakers John Spencer (See: http://www.amazon.co.uk/UFO-Encyclopedia-John-Spencer/dp/0747234949/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1348524444&sr=1-1) made a speech entitled "A History of UFO's" in which he described how the UFO phenomenon has evolved alongside human society, set against the backdrops of World War II, the Cold War and the advent of the Space Age. It is clear that in fact UFO and alien encounters have not changed at all; it is our attitude towards them that has changed and it's changed because our world has changed. This leads to the question that often gets knocked back with curious frowns: Why do we call them "extraterrestrial"? The answer will often be seen as obvious: "Because they come from outer space of course!" But do they? How do we know that? Dave Newton and several other speakers echoed the thoughts of some other people I know, like Brian Allan, see: http://hpanwo-radio.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/programme-10-podcast-brian-allan.htmlThe classic Extraterrestrial Hypothesis is the one which states that UFO's and aliens are flesh and blood creatures from some unknown Earth-like planet a long way out in space, which we could see with a telescope if we looked hard enough, and that they fly here in nuts and bolts spacecraft that are simply more sophisticated versions of our own rockets; this is really an assumption. There's little hard evidence that indicates that that is the case. If they're not little green men from Mars then what are they? I refer you to Lionel Fanthorpe's list.
Tony Eccles (See: http://anthonyeccles.wordpress.com/author/mistereetony/) has discovered that there are many similarities between alien encounters and religion, like Shamanism. This is a point not lost on people like Rick Strassman and Graham Hancock (See HPANWO Links column). Contactees have a lot in common with Spiritualist mediums and indigenous shamans of the Amazon who take psychoactive drugs to commune with their gods. Despite this Tony doesn't think that UFO's are a religion. There is no "UFO God" as such (although Steven Greer thinks there is, and it's him!). On the question of what UFO's are Clas Svahn (See: http://www.ufo.se/) has been studying a particular type of UFO: "ghost rockets". These date back to the 1930's and the first ever recorded aerial interception was deployed by the Swedish Army Air Corps in 1931 to try and examine them (Good 2009). They continue to be reported to this day. Unlike most UFO's these do bear a moderate resemblance to man-made aircraft or projectiles; they tend to be streamlined and have wings, fins and propulsion nozzles. They're also unique in being almost exclusively confined to a specific region of the world:
Richard Conway(See BUFORA link) Did a presentation together with his father Stan Conway (Not billed) that was definitely one of my favourites of the Conference. Richard is the science adviser of BUFORA and shares a passionate interest of mine: Free Energy. I got the impression from the blurb that he was going to debunk the concept, but in fact he didn't. He is dubious only about those people who claim to have received the knowledge to build advanced scientific technology from "alien epiphanies". He met a lady in
I'm very glad I went to the BUFORA 2012 50th Anniversary Conference. I met some lovely people, caught up with some old friends and made some new ones. I had some great conversations with Matt Lyons, the chairman, the German man I mentioned and another man called Bill. I also met up with some old buddies, like Colin and Dave from Probe, see: http://hpanwo-tv.blogspot.co.uk/2010/10/uk-probe-conference-2010.htmlI also saw Mike Rutter whom I interviewed at a recent Probe conference, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbKiDPHpvbUMany thanks to all the organizers and speakers for their hard work in putting together this conference and for giving us this information on stage. I must confess it was not what I expected. I said at the beginning of this report that BUFORA was "pure"; I meant that it is purely for the scientific study of the phenomenon and doesn't embrace any of the conspiracy theories related to the subject. The Exopolitics movement, on the other hand, takes a diametrically opposed position on UFO's. For them, UFO science has already done its job and generated a conclusion: UFO's exist; now what do we do about that? One thing's for certain if you're campaigning for Disclosure: There is, by definition, a conspiracy involved. My own opinion, as regular HPANWO-readers know, is that the Exopolitics movement is correct. This doesn't mean that UFOlogy has no further purpose; it does. Just because I'm certain that UFO's exist doesn't mean that the scientific investigation of them should stop; on the contrary, it is an even more urgent mission now. Therefore there is still a role for organizations like BUFORA. My concern is that the denial that a conspiracy exists could lead to them easily falling foul of one, and, as I've detailed above, the
If I met somebody right now with an emerging interest in UFO's who was thinking of going to a BUFORA event or joining BUFORA I would definitely say: "go ahead", however I would also advise them to also look into the other side of the story; go to Exopolitics events too, read UFO conspiratorial books. I know several people who feel very disillusioned by BUFORA; some have said so publicly like Richard D Hall and Simon Parkes. My own experience along with this conference comes from my submission of two sightings reports, see: http://hpanwo.blogspot.co.uk/2008/12/my-ufo-sighting-281208.htmlI have no serious criticism of how they handled my reports other than it is slightly tinged with the "looking back over their shoulder" tendency that I went into above. The email I received in reply to my Chinese lantern sighting was longer than the one about the December 2008 sighting, even though the one in 2008 was far harder to explain. I'd be more interested in that one than the Chinese lanterns and want to write more about it! I get the feeling that BUFORA, like ASSAP, quite enjoys having one foot in the Skeptic movement and rather apes them. A major hero for the speakers who was repeatedly quoted was Carl Sagan; this was man who may have started out as amenable to the prospect, but did not take the idea of UFO's seriously in his mature career. He developed a reputation as a debunker and has won several posthumous Skeptic awards. BUFORA, and also ASSAP and the CFZ (See HPANWO Links column), occupy that strange demi-monde between the two worlds; on the bridge, being shot at from both sides. On the Skeptic-believer scale this conference was one notch up from the specialist Skeptic ones like James Randi's TAM or QED. I've actually been to TAM
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For the first time, a private company has been given permission to send a robotic space craft to land on the moon. Up until now, moon landings have only been attempted by government agencies. So what could this development mean for the future of space exploration?
NEIL ARMSTRONG: That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.
In the last 47 years, mankind has walked on the moon, built space stations, sent probes to investigate far off planets and landed this little guy on an asteroid. We've even grown the first ever space veggie and eaten it in space!
REPORTER: You might think "Where could we possibly go after space lettuce?" Well there are always heaps of exciting projects in the works, but so far they've always been driven by government organisations like NASA and the European Space Agency because they have the money, resources and permission to make them happen.
But that could be about to change. Lots of private companies are making plans to lift off, whether it's to take tourists on the trip of a lifetime, or to explore distant planets. Now, one private company called `Moon ExpressÂ has become the first to be given the green light from the US government to travel beyond Earth's orbit.
The business plans to land a robotic probe on the moon in 2017 to carry out experiments and, eventually, `Moon ExpressÂ also wants to set up a mine on the moon. It would collect minerals that are rare on earth like Tantalum, a strong metal used to make electronics, Helium-3 which could be used to create clean, efficient fuel and moon cheese which is super tasty. Ok not that last one, but you never know.
REPORTER: Space mining is still a long way off but it's already raising some questions about what should and shouldn't be allowed to happen in space. Because you might not even realise, but there's already such a thing as International Space Law.
Back in the 1960s, the United Nations created the Outer Space Treaty. Basically, it says that space belongs to everyone and any country can explore it, but people aren't allowed to damage any part of the space environment and no one can use it to set up super weapons of mass destruction, like the death star - sorry Darth, not happening.
But that treaty was made a long time ago and now people are starting to wonder how things like space mining would fit within the rules. Who would get the profits if technically no one owns the moon? What would happen if companies started damaging or contaminating planets? And would it contribute to the build up of space junk that's already floating about out there from things like satellites and old missions?
Some reckon letting private companies take a slice of the space pie could open up the world to amazing new possibilities and discoveries. Others say we need to start thinking about how to keep things fair and under control as the private space race heats up.
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|Breakfast on...a Dwarf Planet?|
I for one am greatly saddened by the news that the International Astronomic Union has decided to strip Pluto of its status as a planet.Not that I give one whit about astronomical taxonomy in the clinical sense, its just our culture is losing something very real by cutting the number of planets in our solar system down to eight. That there are nine planets in the Milky Way is one of the first scientific facts most of us ever commit to memory. How many of us made models with nine planets orbiting the Sun? How many of us learned mnemonic devices to remember the nine planets? ("My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas")
It was one of the basic numbers of life: 9 planets, 12 months, 50 states. (God help us if Puerto Rico ever gains statehood!)
I know I'm being silly. There are plenty of people walking around today who were taught elementary school astronomy before Pluto was designated a planet. But what about the otherconsequences of this rash reclassification? Think of the added burden on our over-taxed school systems! Astronomy texts were probably the only books principals didn't have to reorder every few years to keep up-to-date. Now everyone's going to have to order new textbooks, models and charts. And how many planetariums will go out of business because they can't afford to hire new narrators to update their decades-old voiceovers?
Why can't we just say a planet is whatever we say it is? I mean a year has 365 days except when it has 366, right? i before e except after c? Lets make a friggin' exception here. All planets must clear the orbits of their neighboring bodies, except for Pluto. Done and done.
On a side-rant, I also have to take exception to "Xena," the common name given to 2003 UB313, the trans-Neptunian object (def.: any big piece of space junk beyond Neptune) found by astronomers at Mount Palomar Observatory three years ago. A centuries-old tradition of naming celestial orbs after Roman gods is thrown out the window so some space-Eurkel can give a shout out to his favorite syndicated sci-fi series?! I bet he's waiting by the phone, expecting a call from Lucy Lawless any moment now. Ring, damn it, ring!
|The NATURE of UFOs|
The NATURE of UFOs
Ten things that UFOs do that are not possible in the Universe as we know it.
1. Make high speed zig-zag motions
(act like light beams, not massive craft)
2. Great accelerations without sound
(no sign of energy or thrust use for acceleration)
3. Float in gravity slowly in silence
(no energy or effort to stay aloft)
4. Fly faster than sound without a sonic boom.
5. Propel themselves silently without interacting
with the environment (no visible thrust,
turbulence, heat, light)
6. Exhibit Pendulum or "Falling Leaf" Motion
7. Cause car engines and headlights to die
(there is no force on earth that can turn a car
off and on at a distance with no after effect)
8. Cause temporary paralysis
(paralysis that comes and goes with presence of UFO)
9. "Levitate" people and cause steering loss
(no electric or magnetic forces can lift human tissue
or effect steering)
10. Lift cars off the ground.
(No known force can lift a car from 20' away)
UFOs and INERTIA
UFOs is that they do not experience inertia.
Inertia is the resistance to acceleration.
Most of the amazing acrobatic feats of UFOs derive from fact that they do not experience the inherent resistance to their movement.
Fast aircraft encounter tremendous air resistance.
UFOs, however, are not effected by air resistance.
For decades it has been known that UFOs exhibit zig-zag motion.
The UFOCAT listst 720 reports of this phenomena.
Massive objects are incapable of zig-zag motion.
If a passenger falls off a cruise ship, it takes the better part of an hour for the ship to turn back. The SR-71 spy plane when it was still flying, at speed, took the territory of three states for it to make a U-turn.
UFOs, on the other hand, can change direction instantaneously
You need an infinite force to make an instantaneous change in direction.
An infinite force is not possible.
The mass in this case is the inertial mass, mi.
One can distinguish between aspects of mass.
Mass that measures the amount of matter in an object is m, the mass involved with gravitational attraction is gravitational mass, mg, and finally there is inertial mass, mi.
UFOs have no inertia because their inertial mass with respect to moving in space is essentially zero.
It is true that the American Space Shuttle, in its ascent, during its drive to reach orbit, at one point goes through a 9g acceleration.
Also fighter jets can pull 9gâs in a turn or coming out of a dive.
But that is not stop and go in level flight.
To better understand this, we should consider a more manoeuvrable vehicle like the Air Force F-22.
The F-22 Raptor has two engines, which with afterburners, produce 156 Kilo Newtons of thrust each, so the pair about 300 KN.
The empty weight of the F-22 is 20 tons and 38 tons fully loaded.
If we take the weight as 30 tons and apply Newton's Second Law, then
F = ma
300 KN = 30 tons x acceleration.
acceleration = 300 KN = 10 meters/sec/sec
= 1 g
That is, the F-22 can do a 1g acceleration in straight horizontal flight on full afterburners.
When the F-22 accelerates in level flight, the pilot will be pushed back in his seat by approximately 1 g, not 9 gâs as with the Nellis UFO.
This agrees with the fact that the F-22 can basically fly straight up, just balancing gravity.
Say the Nellis object, which appeared to be 25' in diameter had a mass of 20 tons.
Then its propulsive thrust or a 9.2g acceleration normally would have been
F = ma
= 20 tons x 9.2 x 10 meters/sec/sec
= 1840 Kilo Newtons
or nine times that of the F-22 or almost half of the Shuttle's 5400 Kilo Newtons thrust.
The problems is that it showed NO evidence of a âtrailâ from such a thrust.
What the analysis did not consider is the Second Law of Thermodynamics.
The Second Law states that energy used has to be dispersed.
The afterburners on the F-22 produce hot gas plumes and a giant roar, and rocket exhaust plumes of the Shuttle are hundreds of feet long, and can be heard up and down the Florida East Coast.
In November 1994, at the Nellis Test Range in Nevada where cameras and radar automatically track military fighters and there targets, a UFO was recorded and its motion photographed.
If you apply some simple physics, what you watch is not possible in the universe as we know it. Here is why.
The Nellis object, in its high acceleration manoeuvre not only did it not show any exhaust "trail", it also showed absolutely NO energy release of any kind.
That means that no energy was expended in the manoeuvres.
That means there was no force or "thrust' involved.
In our universe, massive objects can not make accelerations without energy or thrust.
It is expected that when the UFO makes a 9.2 g acceleration that requires half the thrust of the shuttle, that there be giant fireworks of exhaust plumes and roar.
None of that happened with the Nellis object.
The only way that could happen in our universe is that the UFO had essentially no inertial mass. That the UFO essentially did not experience inertia.
On March 30, 1990, two Belgian F-16s were scrambled by the Belgian Air Force to intercept UFOs reported by SOBEPS, the Belgian society formed to investigate the UFO wave that Belgium was experiencing during 1990 and 1991.
They made repeated brief radar contacts with the objects.
The radar was recorded on video tape. In one contact the UFO made a 22g acceleration, going from essentially zero to 500 mph in one second.
The Belgian UFOs were large black triangles. People often claimed they were 747s. A 747 weighs 200 tons empty, 387 tons full.
If we try to match the pattern of their lights by superimposing their images, we see that while much of the UFO area is solid undefined metal, most of the 747 is air behind the wings.
A conservative estimate would be for the UFO to be 400 tons, but 800 tons is more likely.
What kind of force would be needed to accelerate the 747 from zero to 500 mph in one second ?
We get an idea by calculating the amount of energy involved.
If the kinetic energy initially was small, we can calculate the final kinetic energy of the plane at 500 mph.
K.E. = 1/2 mass x (velocity)2
The mass is 400 tons = 400,000 kg
The velocity is 500 mph = 220 m/s
K.E. = 1/2 x 400,000 kg x (220 m/s)2
= (1/2) (4 x 105) (2.2 x 102)2
= 9.68 x 109 joules
the amount of kinetic energy of the 747 sized object at 500 mph. The amount of energy in one KILOTON of high explosive, 4.18 x 109 joules.
Therefore the energy that would be required to make a 747 go from zero to 500 mph in one second would be equivalent to the explosion of two kilotons of explosive, or that of a small atomic bomb.
In terms of the force required to do the 22g acceleration
F = ma
= 400 tons x 22g
= 4(10)5 kilograms x 220 m/sec2
= 8.8(10)7 newtons
= 88,000 Kilonewtons
This is 16 times the shuttleâs 5,400 Kilonewtonâs thrust.
If the massOf the UFO was 800 tons, the above figures would be doubled, or 32 times the shuttle's thrust.
We are faced with the following situation:
The radars in F-16s are designed to track and evaluate enemy craft.
They detected and recorded on tape the radar contact with the UFO.
This is what they are designed to do.
They recorded a 22g acceleration by the UFO.
The tape has been checked and the accuracy data has been verified.
This is not swamp gas. This is not some hallucination by feeble minded eye witnesses. This is hard data.
It is about as close to a controlled experiment as you are going to get.
According to the Second Law of Thermodynamics energy used has to be dispersed.
There are no exceptions.
You have heard the rumble of a jet liner taking off, the fire, smoke, and roar of a top fuel dragster, and the magnificent spectacle of the shuttle taking off with the rocket plumes hundreds of feet long and a sound that rattles windows up and down the East Coast of Florida.
The force required to produce the UFO acceleration is at least 88,000 kilonewtons.
That is 16 times that of the shuttle, but more likely 32 times.
Therefore to perform the 22g acceleration the UFO would have to create a rocket plume 16 or 32 times as large as the shuttle with 16 or 32 times the sound.
But it did not. It made no sound at all. It did the 22g maneuver in total silence.
Also nothing was visible.
The F-16s never made visual contact with the UFO.
People on the ground saw the UFO but heard and saw nothing else.
Therefore the conclusion is that by the Second Law of Thermodynamics energy used has to be dispersed.
None was seen from the UFO, therefore the energy used by the UFO to create the 22g acceleration was so small that itâs dispersal could not be seen.
The inevitable conclusion is that a 400 or 800 ton UFO has an inertial mass of 1 kg .
In brief, The Second Law of Thermodynamic implies:
silent motion = imperceptible energy use
imperceptibe energy use = minimal inertia
minimal inertia = inertial mass essentially zero.
The ultimate proof is that UFOs CANNOT make smooth turns.
They can only do sharp angle or "zig-zag" turns, for which their inertial mass has to be essentially zero.
For those of you who have heard the Dr. Einstein insisted the gravitational and inertial mass to be the same for General Relativity, you must remember that Einstein considered a universe of positive gravity only. As far as I know he never dealt with negative mass.
UFOs and the FOURTH DIMENSION
During the Hudson Valley and Belgian UFO waves, big black triangle UFOs would cruise at walking speed over the countryside in utter silence.
They would then speed up and disappear.
Where did they disappear to ?
Because of the Belgian F-16 encounters we know that UFOs reflect radar, since the fighters were able to lock on briefly.
During the waves UFOs appeared and cruised around daily, why did they not show up on radars constantly ?
And also - where did the UFOs go during daytime ?
But the question is deeper than that.
Near space is one of the most scrutinized areas of real estate in the world.
For decades the NORAD radars have been on hair-trigger alert for Russian missiles coming over the horizon.
Multiple radars constantly scan near space, keeping track of thousands of pieces of space junk so it does not collide with other spacecraft.
Therefore it would seem that the million or so visits by UFOs during the last century did not come from outer space passing through that intensely scrutinized zone, for they then would constantly have triggered alerts.
It appears that UFOs show up on radar only at about the time they actually become visible, and only when they are already fairly low in the atmosphere.
This possibly implies that they do not come from outer space.
In this case perhaps they come from another dimension where radar does not reach.
At about the turn of the Twentieth Century there was a great interest in four dimensional space, due mostly to the great influence of Einstein's 'Theory of Special Relativity'.
It was understood that a real fourth spatial dimension did not exist, because then all knots would unravel, and the inverse square law of gravity and electricity would not bind the moon in its orbit or the electrons around atoms.
A Professor of Mathematics at Brown University, H. P. Manning, wrote a mathematics text on the fourth dimension, 'Geometry of Four Dimension's.
'Scientific American' held a contest for amateurs of essay about the fourth dimension.
The volume of essays arising from the contest, was published as 'The Fourth Dimension Simply Explained' in 1910, and it was edited and with an introduction by Prof. Manning.
He established a tradition in the Brown Math department of work on the 4th dimension which exists to this day.
Notably Prof. Thomas Banchoff has produces computer programs and films on the subject and the illustrated book 'Beyond the Third Dimension'.
In one of the essays in 'The Fourth Dimension Simply Explained' the author describe what it would look like if a four dimensional object passed through our three dimensional space|:
'a four dimensional being moving steadily in the direction of the fourth-dimension might suddenly appear at our side within a room destitute of openings. Continuing this motion, the final limiting solid of this body would pass beyond our three-dimensional space into the fourth dimension, and he would disappear as suddenly and as inexplicably as he had appeared.'
In the Banchoff book there is an illustration of precisely this description.
All four dimensional objects have parts which are three dimensional objects.
A four dimensional square has 16 faces each of which is a solid three dimensional cube.
A four dimensional hollow sphere appears as two solid 3-dimensinal tori (donuts) only one of which can be seen at one time.
As the 4-dimensional figure comes through our 3-dimensional space we can only see the 3-dimensional parts.
Therefore the original statement about the 4-dimensional figure therefore also holds true for 3-dimensional ones.
If a three dimensional figure came in from another dimension it would appear exactly like the description above, except when it was in our space it would be entirely in it, with no parts still invisible.
About half the authors in 'The Fourth Dimension Explained' try to analogize the relationship between three dimensions and a fourth by considering a fictitious two-dimensional world and how it would relate to three dimensions.
In that vein, suppose a two-dimensional world consisted of the surface of a lake as viewed from the bottom. One could then see the skis of a water skier moving on the surface of the lake.
Suddenly the skier comes upon a large rectangle, and instead of crashing into it, the skier disappears, only to reappear on the other side.
Of course we know that the water skier only came up on a ski ramp and used it to leap over to the other side.
A viewer confined to two dimensions would think that the skier went through the block.
As the skier flies through the air, the tips of his skis are elevated, and when he lands, the rear edge of the skis enter the surface first, and the rest of skis settle in the water.
What we have learned from this example is this: 1) entities able to enter another dimension appear to have the ability go through objects or walls, and 2) when an object enters from another dimension, it does not do so all at once, but gradually, like the skis settling in the water.
Let us now try to make a model of the 4-dimensional case.
We will try to make this model as simple as possible.
The real world model may be much more complicated.
Suppose we have a 3-dimensional space with coordinates x, y, and z.
Let us now add a fourth coordinate p, which perpendicular to all the others.
Let us say an object, say a UFO, is in the space x-y-p.
Because the p direction is invisible to us, we can not see the UFO.
Lets now say the UFO approaches the origin of the p coordinate and then pokes its nose into our x-y-z space.
Where the origin is and how the UFO does this, we do not know.
A three dimensional object can only be in three dimensions at one time, therefore the nose of the UFO is in x-y-z space, while the rest of it is in x-y-p space.
You see that the entrance from another higher dimension into our x-y-z is piecemeal, and not all at once.
As the UFO proceeds, it now is totally in x-y-z space and not in x-y-p space.
The UFO now moves around in our world.
Why are we talking about UFOs ?
Because this is precisely what eye witnesses have reported UFOs doing.
Over 10% of witnesses said that the UFO âshrunkâ out of existence.
We know of course that large material objects like a UFO donât âshrinkâ.
Their piecemeal disappearance at night-time is merely interpreted by the eye as shrinkage. Witnesses say: âthat the UFO, the size of a football field just collapsed on itself and vanished."
They compared what they saw with âa huge telescoping antenna folding until it is very small.â
In another report: âThe lights went out one by one, and, when the last light went out, the object had vanished like the Cheshire Catâs smile.â.
The lights going out one by one is precisely what happens.
as the UFO withdraws into another dimension.
If you consider that almost all sightings are at night, it is very possible that even when a UFO is perceived to be moving away, that may be an illusion.
When something gets smaller we unconsciously think it is receding because we are used to perspective.
The reduction in size may actually be the apparent shrinking of the UFO as it enters another dimension, especially since the inevitable outcome of the motion is disappearance.
The actual percentage of shrinking disappearance may be much higher than perceived.
During the night of April 29, 1990 when the Belgian F-16s made radar contact with the UFOs, the contacts usually lasted only a few seconds, and the UFO would disappear from the screen only to reappear somewhere else a few moments later.
Why would the contacts last only a few seconds ?
One could invent various scenarios where the UFO turned sidewise, or blocked the radar. Possibly - but in the 'Hudson Valley Wave' a decade earlier the authors remarked:
âAnd there were many people who say the object simply disappear in an instant, often only to reappear a moment later in a blinding flash of light.â
An Officer Turnbull of the Greenburgh Police, and his wife, saw a UFO and the lights went out suddenly.
It was âas if the object had become invisibleâ.
Officer Turnbull searched for the shape behind the lights but could not see it.
âAbout 40 seconds later, the lights suddenly came back on, but in a different section of the sky not far from their original position.â
Since Officer could not see any shape were the lights had been perhaps we could conclude that the UFO DID disappear, and then suddenly reappeared.
And when the Belgian F-16s lost radar contact, it was not because of some radar ECM countermeasures, but that the UFO actually did disappear as in the Hudson Valley cases both from sight and radar.
This disappearance is consistent with the fact that UFOs mostly appear at fairly low altitudes, and not traversing near space where they would constantly be setting off alarms between the ICBM crews of the superpowers.
There is considerable evidence that UFOs are acutely aware of the situation on Earth, and they take great care not to cause a World War by accident.
It would seem that UFOs have the uncanny power to simply pop into our universe from another dimension, and, at will, pop out again.
|The Andromeda Strain||
author: Michael Crichton
average rating: 3.51
book published: 1969
read at: 2017/06/20
date added: 2017/07/22
shelves: speculative-fiction, thriller
"Certainly the Wildfire team was under severe stress, but they were also prepared to make mistakes. They had even predicted that this would occur. What they did not anticipate was the magnitude, the staggering dimensions of their error. They did not expect that their ultimate error would be a compound of a dozen small clues that were missed, a handful of crucial facts that were dismissed."
-- From Chapter 24, The Andromeda Strain
Michael Crichton's 1969 techno-thriller is in some ways an update of H G Wells' The War of the Worlds, but instead of invading Martians being defeated by a earth-borne microbes (or "putrefactive and disease bacteria" as Wells has it, our "microscopic allies") here it isÂ the extraterrestrial microscopic organisms that threaten humankind. Brought back to earth by aÂ Project Scoop satellite, they kill human beings by almost instantly clotting their blood. A top secret team codenamed Wildfire is tasked with retrieving, analysing, assessing and counteracting this virulent invader before it spreads to the general population. Holed up in an underground lab, they have a scant few days to come up with solutions; this being a thriller, things do not go smoothly.
Put thus baldly The Andromeda Strain appears to be a fairly humdrum novel, its premise familiar from scores of dystopic novel plotlines and SFF films and TV series. But, bearing in mindÂ the date of its releaseÂ -- at the height of a flurry of manned space missionsÂ (though just three years from the last Apollo mission to the moon) and on the crest of a wave of optimism in the march of science and technology in the face of Cold War tensions -- its then impactÂ isn't hard to imagine. The nightmare scenario of an invisible killer chimed in with fears of RussianÂ aggression -- remember, the USSR and its Warsaw Pact allies had in 1968 invaded Czechoslovakia, a country at the heart of Europe. While the US became more mired inÂ a disastrousÂ Vietnam conflict,Â despiteÂ opposing a technologically poorer nation, on the other handÂ it had sent a mission around the moon; andÂ computer sciences seemed to be announcing new advances on a daily basis.
In such anÂ extraordinary time of upheaval Crichton's novel comes as little surprise. For this work of speculative fiction he chose to write in what would now be called a creative nonfiction style, buttressing it with much that would not be unexpected in a scientific paper, such asÂ diagrams, computer print-outs andÂ an extensive academic bibliography. Though some of this material, typical of the so-called hard SF genre, has now dated, what to me seems extraordinary is that half a century later much of it is still recognisably current when compared to the less realistic SF offerings then available in popular culture, especiallyÂ in the visual media (for example TV series such asÂ Lost in Space, Star Trek and Doctor Who).
The Andromeda Strain is largely plot-driven. Few of the characters, though mostlyÂ distinctive, remain trulyÂ memorable: bacteriologist Jeremy Stone is team leader and near enough infallible; Mark Hall,Â aÂ surgeon, is accorded almost the only chance to play action hero; because of equipment failureÂ pathologist Charles Burton seems a real goner at one stage;Â andÂ microbiologist Peter Leavitt's unwillingness to face a personal truthÂ nearly puts the whole enterprise -- and the world's human population -- at risk. Otherwise their roles seem to be to, stage by stage,Â elucidateÂ for us readers the team's findings and tentative conclusions. That is, until the next crisis develops.
These crises take various forms. First there are the purely mechanicalÂ and --Â to a lesser extent -- system failures, which the team have to respond to on an ad hoc basis. Then there are the human errors, not least the release of the deadly bug in the first place.Â Some of these human errors are procedural, from not following protocols to the letter, whileÂ others are due to human failings, pure and simple, the result ofÂ fatigue andÂ stressÂ compounded by the urgency of the situation. Unless I have missed something, there doesn't appear to be a crisis engineered from sheer malice -- a relief to this reader, wary of the habitual insertion of a villainous adversary in much of the more populist examples of this genre.
In short, because of the clues presented right from the start we are aware thatÂ a crisis of globalÂ magnitude is averted, so that the jeopardy premised by the novel is ultimately averted. What Crichton only alludes toÂ without revisiting itÂ later on (leaving it to ferment in the reader's mind)Â are the habitualÂ risks taken by governments inÂ sending objects into space: the dangers of inadvertent contamination, the foolhardiness in deliberately searching for and possibly retrieving microscopic alien organisms (for what ulterior purpose?) and, most worrying,Â the potential disasters waiting from the steady and unceasing accumulation of space junk in orbit around the earth.
The catastrophic risks from these scenarios (particularly theÂ last)Â have increased, not diminished, in the five decades since the author published his fictional account; in this respect The Andromeda Strain -- while undoubtedlyÂ entertaining --Â in the final analysisÂ takes on the role of a modern Cassandra. Let's hope it's not too late.
|Robot Mechanic Could Prevent Satellites From Becoming Space Junk||DARPA plans to send a robotic service technician to repair broken satellites in geosynchronous orbit|
|Space Junk, Defensive Laser Strikes and Conspiracy Theories||Talking of garbage, pollutants and unsavoury junk swilling about where it is unwanted but where nobody is really sure what to do with it â letâs move over to the reader comments section of The Scotsman.|