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10 Terrifying PREHISTORIC BUGS And INSECTS

Mega Top Tens
Published on Aug 2, 2017

In this video we will explore 10 bugs, insects and invertebrates from the dinosaur times…

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Number 10. Giant Trilobite. No, this is not the Indominus Rex from Jurassic World, the I-Rex was actually a prehistoric trilobite species… At more than 60 cm in length, the ‘Isotelus rex’ was the largest species of trilobite ever known – scavenging the ocean floor during the Paleozoic Era 500 million years ago… A specimen of Isotelus rex, from Churchill, Manitoba, is the largest complete trilobite ever found. It measured 72 cm in length and 40 cm in width… Trilobites were simple and adaptable organisms, managing to survive for 300 million years. Number 9. Giant Shrimp. Anomalocaris canadensis – say that three times fast – looked like a blend of giant squid and shrimp… It was around a meter long with a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth. Fossils found in China show that it was a massive undersea arthropod that lived 500 million years ago… It propelled itself through the water by undulating the flexible lobes on the sides of its body. Each side acted as a single ‘fin’, maximising swimming efficiency… Its powerful mandibles were used to catch large prey. It ate using its ‘serrated cigar cutter’ teeth…

O.o I enjoyed this! If you dig bugs, you will, too.

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Hitler’s Hideout 12 is missing.

Hitler’s Hideout

Sharkhunters International
Published circa Jun 28, 2018

The estate known as Inalco where Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun-Hitler lived from 1945 to 1955. It is located about 800 miles southwest of Buenos Aires – far from civilization in 1945.

Into the basement. (#6)

Touring the kitchen. (#7)

We walk around the grounds at Inalco. (#8)

We walk through the property to the one remaining guest house. Is this house where Don Angel Alcazar de Velasco (Sharkhunters Member #158) stayed when he came here to meet with Adolf Hitler in 1952? It is all in the book Hitler in Argentina. (#9)

We walk some 50 yards along what was one a beautiful beach to the boathouse, now in disrepair.
email to [email protected] for current issue of our magazine delivered electronically. It is free! (#10)

We walk on the beach at Hitler’s estate – well, it used to be a beautiful golden sandy beach. It now looks like a lunar landscape. (#11)

There is no 12 : (

We have a walk around tour of Inalco and the grounds – let your footsteps take you back into history. (#13)

Continuing our tour of Inalco. (#14)

We tour the ruins of the power generating shack. (#15)

…..continuing our walking tour. (#16-18)

Let’s take a walking tour of the ruins of the dock and seaplane ramp at Inalco. Back then the only way to get here was by boat or seaplane. (#19)

Reflections in front of Hitler’s fireplace. (#20)

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Wow!

Gawd, I wish I could go. It is a tragedy that it is in the state it is. I have seen the old vids and like Harry says it was beautiful and was maintained. I agree that it was the volcano erupting that did it in. The ash was pretty deep. Everywhere. It likely overwhelmed and inundated the owner̻s budget and hope was just given up.

Anyway, be well, eh.

 

This just in! Received from the boffins…

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NASA’s Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space

For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA’s Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere – the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun.

Members of NASA’s Voyager team will discuss the findings at a news conference at 11 a.m. EST (8 a.m. PST) today at the meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in Washington. The news conference will stream live on the agency’s website.

Comparing data from different instruments aboard the trailblazing spacecraft, mission scientists determined the probe crossed the outer edge of the heliosphere on Nov. 5. This boundary, called the heliopause, is where the tenuous, hot solar wind meets the cold, dense interstellar medium. Its twin, Voyager 1, crossed this boundary in 2012, but Voyager 2 carries a working instrument that will provide first-of-its-kind observations of the nature of this gateway into interstellar space.

Voyager 2 now is slightly more than 11 billion miles (18 billion kilometers) from Earth. Mission operators still can communicate with Voyager 2 as it enters this new phase of its journey, but information – moving at the speed of light – takes about 16.5 hours to travel from the spacecraft to Earth. By comparison, light traveling from the Sun takes about eight minutes to reach Earth.

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Artist’s concept of Voyager 2 with 9 facts listed around it. Image Credit: NASA
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The most compelling evidence of Voyager 2’s exit from the heliosphere came from its onboard Plasma Science Experiment (PLS), an instrument that stopped working on Voyager 1 in 1980, long before that probe crossed the heliopause. Until recently, the space surrounding Voyager 2 was filled predominantly with plasma flowing out from our Sun. This outflow, called the solar wind, creates a bubble – the heliosphere – that envelopes the planets in our solar system. The PLS uses the electrical current of the plasma to detect the speed, density, temperature, pressure and flux of the solar wind. The PLS aboard Voyager 2 observed a steep decline in the speed of the solar wind particles on Nov. 5. Since that date, the plasma instrument has observed no solar wind flow in the environment around Voyager 2, which makes mission scientists confident the probe has left the heliosphere.

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Animated gif showing the plasma data. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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“Working on Voyager makes me feel like an explorer, because everything we’re seeing is new,” said John Richardson, principal investigator for the PLS instrument and a principal research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. “Even though Voyager 1 crossed the heliopause in 2012, it did so at a different place and a different time, and without the PLS data. So we’re still seeing things that no one has seen before.”

In addition to the plasma data, Voyager’s science team members have seen evidence from three other onboard instruments – the cosmic ray subsystem, the low energy charged particle instrument and the magnetometer – that is consistent with the conclusion that Voyager 2 has crossed the heliopause. Voyager’s team members are eager to continue to study the data from these other onboard instruments to get a clearer picture of the environment through which Voyager 2 is traveling.

“There is still a lot to learn about the region of interstellar space immediately beyond the heliopause,” said Ed Stone, Voyager project scientist based at Caltech in Pasadena, California.

Together, the two Voyagers provide a detailed glimpse of how our heliosphere interacts with the constant interstellar wind flowing from beyond. Their observations complement data from NASA’s Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), a mission that is remotely sensing that boundary. NASA also is preparing an additional mission – the upcoming Interstellar Mapping and Acceleration Probe (IMAP), due to launch in 2024 – to capitalize on the Voyagers’ observations.

“Voyager has a very special place for us in our heliophysics fleet,” said Nicola Fox, director of the Heliophysics Division at NASA Headquarters. “Our studies start at the Sun and extend out to everything the solar wind touches. To have the Voyagers sending back information about the edge of the Sun’s influence gives us an unprecedented glimpse of truly uncharted territory.”

While the probes have left the heliosphere, Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 have not yet left the solar system, and won’t be leaving anytime soon. The boundary of the solar system is considered to be beyond the outer edge of the Oort Cloud, a collection of small objects that are still under the influence of the Sun’s gravity. The width of the Oort Cloud is not known precisely, but it is estimated to begin at about 1,000 astronomical units (AU) from the Sun and to extend to about 100,000 AU. One AU is the distance from the Sun to Earth. It will take about 300 years for Voyager 2 to reach the inner edge of the Oort Cloud and possibly 30,000 years to fly beyond it.

The Voyager probes are powered using heat from the decay of radioactive material, contained in a device called a radioisotope thermal generator (RTG). The power output of the RTGs diminishes by about four watts per year, which means that various parts of the Voyagers, including the cameras on both spacecraft, have been turned off over time to manage power.

“I think we’re all happy and relieved that the Voyager probes have both operated long enough to make it past this milestone,” said Suzanne Dodd, Voyager project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. “This is what we’ve all been waiting for. Now we’re looking forward to what we’ll be able to learn from having both probes outside the heliopause.”

Voyager 2 launched in 1977, 16 days before Voyager 1, and both have traveled well beyond their original destinations. The spacecraft were built to last five years and conduct close-up studies of Jupiter and Saturn. However, as the mission continued, additional flybys of the two outermost giant planets, Uranus and Neptune, proved possible. As the spacecraft flew across the solar system, remote-control reprogramming was used to endow the Voyagers with greater capabilities than they possessed when they left Earth. Their two-planet mission became a four-planet mission. Their five-year lifespans have stretched to 41 years, making Voyager 2 NASA’s longest running mission.

The Voyager story has impacted not only generations of current and future scientists and engineers, but also Earth’s culture, including film, art and music. Each spacecraft carries a Golden Record of Earth sounds, pictures and messages. Since the spacecraft could last billions of years, these circular time capsules could one day be the only traces of human civilization.

Voyager’s mission controllers communicate with the probes using NASA’s Deep Space Network (DSN), a global system for communicating with interplanetary spacecraft. The DSN consists of three clusters of antennas inGoldstone, California; Madrid, Spain; and Canberra, Australia.

The Voyager Interstellar Mission is a part of NASA’s Heliophysics System Observatory, sponsored by the Heliophysics Division of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. JPL built and operates the twin Voyager spacecraft. NASA’s DSN, managed by JPL, is an international network of antennas that supports interplanetary spacecraft missions and radio and radar astronomy observations for the exploration of the solar system and the universe. The network also supports selected Earth-orbiting missions. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia’s national science agency, operates both the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex, part of the DSN, and the Parkes Observatory, which NASA has been using to downlink data from Voyager 2 since Nov. 8.

For more information about the Voyager mission, visit:

www.nasa.gov/voyager

More information about NASA’s Heliophysics missions is available online at:

www.nasa.gov/sunearth

Hahaha, Vger has left the building! Now they’re both out there.

This is so cool, this is seriously exciting to me.

Now we’ll be able to clearly see the real makeup of space and be free of the noise of the heliosphere. There will be revelations and discoveries and wondrous new surprises. I have learned in my decades that the farther out you go, the weirder it gets.

Of this there is no doubt and for this we are grateful.

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Raw Sounds from InSight’s Seismometer on Mars

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Uploaded on Dec 7, 2018

Listen to raw, unprocessed data from the seismometer on NASA’s InSight spacecraft of vibrations caused by wind moving over the solar panels on Mars. A subwoofer or earphones are needed to hear this clip. The sounds were recorded by two of the three short-period sensors on the seismometer (SEIS). The audio is available for download at NASA.gov/sounds. JPL manages InSight for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. InSight is part of NASA’s Discovery Program, managed by the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. France’s national space agency, Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES), Paris, leads the consortium that provided SEIS. The principal investigator for SEIS is Philippe Lognonné of the Institute of Earth Physics of Paris (Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, or IPGP). Imperial College, London, and Oxford University made the short-period sensors.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/CNES/UKSA/Imperial College London/Oxford/ETH

For years I have anxiously awaited audio from Mars. And I am smitten… regardless of the fact that this is from a seismometer and not a microphone.

I seem to recall being told a good while back that there’s a mic on Curiosity, but I am not sure, now, as we’ve certainly not heard a peep from it if it exists.

The .wav files below are from Insight Mars Wind.

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More Audible Sounds from InSight’s Seismometer on Mars

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Uploaded on Dec 7, 2018

More Audible Sounds from InSight’s Seismometer on Mars Listen to data from the seismometer on NASA’s InSight spacecraft of vibrations caused by Martian wind moving over the lander’s solar panels. In this version, the data have been processed to raise the frequencies by two octaves to make them more audible. Both the processed and unprocessed audio are available for download at nasa.gov/sounds.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/CNES/UKSA/Imperial College London/Oxford/ETH

better bass:

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Sounds from InSight’s Pressure Sensor on Mars

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Uploaded on Dec 7, 2018

Listen to data from the air pressure sensor on NASA’s InSight lander, indicating wind blowing by on Mars. The data were sped up by a factor of 100, shortening the duration of the recording and shifting it up in frequency 100 times (a little more than six octaves).

For more information on the InSight mission, visit https://mars.nasa.gov/insight

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/CNES/Cornell

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WooHoo! It’s new and it’s a biggun!

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What has two short, chunky arms, a mane of feathery gills, and a sleek, green-marbled, eel-like body as long as your leg? No guesses? Meet the reticulated siren, a massive, two and a half foot-long salamander, described for the first time in a paper published today in the journal PLOS ONE, hailing from the remote, secluded wilds of *checks notes* southern Alabama and the Florida Panhandle.

Sirens are a small family of unusual salamanders found throughout the Southeastern U.S. and parts of Mexico. They are entirely aquatic, living in swamps and ponds and keeping their bushy external gills through adulthood. Ranging from a few inches to over three feet long, sirens have shrimpy forelimbs, and have ditched their hindlimbs altogether, leaving only a long, eel-like body and tail fin. Their name comes from their mermaid-adjacent body plan and their occasional “singing” and croaking.

Knowledge of the reticulated siren didn’t just spring into being overnight. For decades, the salamander had an almost mythical status in herpetology circles.

Sean Graham, a biologist at Sul Ross State University, author of American Snakes, and lead author on the new study, first heard about the enigmatic “leopard eel” in the early 2000s. “It was almost a rumored thing, almost like a unicorn,” he recounted. “Some biologists were familiar with it and had seen it.”

Hearing those biologists’ stories and seeing the handful of preserved specimens that were collected years ago left an impression. “I thought ‘holy crap, this is a big siren species that’s really obviously different,’ boldly colored and crazy looking!” Graham said. About ten years ago, while in graduate school at Auburn University, he mentioned the siren’s possible existence to then-fellow student David Steen, now a research ecologist at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and coauthor on the study.

“We wanted to describe this mysterious siren that others had noted as occurring in southern Alabama,” Steen said. “But we had no real claim to the project; we knew that if we wanted to work on this species we had to find one in the wild ourselves.”

Graham and Steen periodically visited the salamander’s purported turf, but came back empty handed every time. Then, in 2009, Steen captured one in the Florida Panhandle.

Read the rest and find out how they did it…
Nearly Mythical 3-Foot-Long Swamp Salamander Is Officially a Real Species

I have loved salamanders ever since I started exploring the woods… well before my 10th. They’re just neat.

I dig this newly categorized Siren reticulata fellow. Nifty keen! And nice and big… a meter is big, eh?

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Westall teacher discussing the UFO encounter – Andrew Greenwood testimony 1966 [QUFOSR]

QUFOSR
Published on Nov 15, 2018

This video contains audio of James E McDonald interviewing Westall high school teacher Andrew Greenwood who witnessed the UFO on April 6 1966. The interview occured on June 28 1967. This is the only known sighting report by an adult regarding the infamous Westall UFO incident. I don’t think this has ever been posted online before and it is a huge piece of evidence for the case. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westall… www.qufosr.com

As regulars will know, Westall is one of my favorite cases.

This is a truly fabulous find and resource. This is what really happened in that schoolyard. Simply amazing in the level of detail presented.

It doesn’t get any better than this, folks.

From the ATS thread Teacher Andrew Greenwood’s Actual 1967 Audio Testimony On The 1966 Westall UFO Sighting where I found this (edited):

June 28, 1967, was that historic day when Dr. James E. McDonald, an American physicist, interviewed Andrew Greenwood, a science teacher present at Westall High School in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on April 6, 1966, that even more historic day when all this happened.

The basic story:

…A school girl raced into Greenwood’s class and said there was a UFO hovering outside the school
…At first he didn’t think nothing of it, but eventually went outside, a short time later, during a recess break
…There were @300 school children already outside observing this UFO
…It took a while for Greenwood to see the craft because it was silvery gray in color and matched the overcast sky
…It was a cylindrical, cigar shaped object, that had a “bulge” in the middle and appeared to be 2/3 the length of a Cessna light aircraft
…From where he was standing, the object was @1/2 mile away, at its farthest point, but eventually traveled within 1/4 mile from the witnesses
…As the UFO hovered, it appeared to move up and down. It would accelerate and disappear out of sight and then reappear in another part of the sky
…Greenwood saw a small, light aircraft approach the UFO and the craft appeared to play “cat and mouse” with it
…Greenwood and the students saw 5 additional light aircraft flying in the air, at the time of this sighting, but a nearby airport denied that there were any planes in the sky
…The UFO seemed to travel behind a tall row of pine trees @600 yards away from the witnesses
…Some of the faculty and school children went towards this area
…Some claimed the UFO landed behind the row of pine trees and a school girl stated that she saw windows on the craft
…The UFO was in sight for @25 minutes, before accelerating so fast that it seemed to disappear
…Some teachers, who saw the UFO, kept quiet about what they saw, after a headmaster claimed the UFO sighting was “a lot of nonsense” at a school assembly
…An Air Force officer came to the school two to three days after the sighting to investigate

Yay! This is such an important piece of evidence. The level of detail is simply fabulous and I am so pleased someone has found and shared it.

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Andrewsarchus

weird lookin’ critter!

Andrewsarchus—the World’s Largest Predatory Mammal

by Bob Strauss
Updated September 25, 2018

Andrewsarchus is one of the world’s most tantalizing prehistoric animals: its three-foot-long, toothstudded skull indicates that it was a giant predator, but the fact is that we have no idea what the rest of this mammal’s body looked like.

Andrewsarchus Is Known by a Single Skull

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All we know about Andrewsarchus amounts to a single, three-foot-long, vaguely wolf-shaped skull, discovered in Mongolia in 1923. While the skull clearly belongs to some type of mammal—there are obvious diagnostic markers by which paleontologists can distinguish between reptilian and mammalian bones—the lack of an accompanying skeleton has resulted in nearly a century of confusion, and debate, about what type of animal Andrewsarchus really was.

Andrewsarchus is one of the world’s most tantalizing prehistoric animals: its three-foot-long, toothstudded skull indicates that it was a giant predator, but the fact is that we have no idea what the rest of this mammal’s body looked like.

All we know about Andrewsarchus amounts to a single, three-foot-long, vaguely wolf-shaped skull, discovered in Mongolia in 1923. While the skull clearly belongs to some type of mammal—there are obvious diagnostic markers by which paleontologists can distinguish between reptilian and mammalian bones—the lack of an accompanying skeleton has resulted in nearly a century of confusion, and debate, about what type of animal Andrewsarchus really was.

The Fossil of Andrewsarchus Was Discovered by Roy Chapman Andrews (My Hero!)

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During the 1920’s, the swashbuckling paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews, sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, embarked on a series of well-publicized fossil-hunting expeditions to central Asia (then, as it still is now, one of the most remote regions on earth). After its discovery, Andrewsarchus (“Andrews’ ruler”) was named in his honor, though it’s unclear whether Andrews bestowed this name himself or left the task to other members of his team.

Wonderful, wonderful!

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deer eating a bird

Linda Loo
Published on May 16, 2010

Birds were flying in and running into the head of this young buck in our front yard. I was watching through the window, and I didn’t know why the birds were attacking him. Then, I saw the little bird on the ground. The other birds had only been trying to distract the deer. I decided not to exchange the audio with music because when I played the video back, I realized my overly dramatic reaction was funny. Yes, I know I have a country accent. Please be kind in your comments! I own the rights to this video. RIP Michael, my amazing husband. I miss your laugh! 12/06/60 – 08/10/18

Got the link to this from Dr. Karl Shuker’s blog… I mean, how could I have resisted clicking on ‘Bird-eating Deer’? Seriously.

And there it was! I’ve never heard of this behavior before, but obviously if this one did it, then I’m sure millions of others have, too. Gosh, do adult deer also eat birds? Or, omg, babies?!

Yikes!

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Progress launch timelapse seen from space

European Space Agency, ESA
Published on Nov 22, 2018

Timelapse of the Russian Progress MS-10 cargo spacecraft launched on 16 November 2018 at
18:14 GMT from Baikonur cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, taken by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station. The spacecraft was launched atop a Soyuz rocket with 2564 kg of cargo and supplies. Flying at 28 800 km/h, 400 km high, the International Space Station requires regular supplies from Earth such as this Progress launch. Spacecraft are launched after the Space Station flies overhead so they catch up with the orbital outpost to dock, in this case two days later on 18 November 2018. The images were taken from the European-built Cupola module with a camera set to take pictures at regular intervals. The pictures are then played quickly after each other at 8 to 16 times normal speed. The video shows around 15 minutes of the launch at normal speed. The Progress spacecraft delivered food, fuel and supplies, including about 750 kg of propellant, 75 kg of oxygen and air and 440 l of water.

Some notable moments in this video are:
00:07 Soyuz-FG rocket booster separation.

00:19 Core stage separation.

00:34:05 Core stage starts burning in the atmosphere as it returns to Earth after having spent all its fuel.

00:34:19 Progress spacecraft separates from rocket and enters orbit to catch up with the International Space Station.

Download the video: bit.ly/ProgressLaunchTimelapse…

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My eyes have difficulties nowadays with this sort of thing, but it looks spectacular, just the same!

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Sol 0: Instrument Context Camera (ICC)

NASA’s InSight Mars lander acquired this image of the area in front of the lander using its lander-mounted, Instrument Context Camera (ICC).

This image was acquired on November 26, 2018, Sol 0 of the InSight mission where the local mean solar time for the image exposures was 13:34:21. Each ICC image has a field of view of 124 x 124 degrees.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Oh my yes, more please!

Bravo NASA teams!

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NASA InSight Lander Arrives on Martian Surface

Mars has just received its newest robotic resident. NASA’s Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) lander successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile (458-million-kilometer) journey from Earth.

InSight’s two-year mission will be to study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all celestial bodies with rocky surfaces, including Earth and the Moon, formed.

InSight launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California May 5. The lander touched down Monday, Nov. 26, near Mars’ equator on the western side of a flat, smooth expanse of lava called Elysium Planitia, with a signal affirming a completed landing sequence at 11:52:59 a.m. PST (2:52:59 p.m. EST).

“Today, we successfully landed on Mars for the eighth time in human history,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. “InSight will study the interior of Mars and will teach us valuable science as we prepare to send astronauts to the Moon and later to Mars. This accomplishment represents the ingenuity of America and our international partners, and it serves as a testament to the dedication and perseverance of our team. The best of NASA is yet to come, and it is coming soon.”

The landing signal was relayed to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, via NASA’s two small experimental Mars Cube One (MarCO) CubeSats, which launched on the same rocket as InSight and followed the lander to Mars. They are the first CubeSats sent into deep space. After successfully carrying out a number of communications and in-flight navigation experiments, the twin MarCOs were set in position to receive transmissions during InSight’s entry, descent and landing.

From Fast to Slow

“We hit the Martian atmosphere at 12,300 mph (19,800 kilometers per hour), and the whole sequence to touching down on the surface took only six-and-a-half minutes,” said InSight project manager Tom Hoffman at JPL. “During that short span of time, InSight had to autonomously perform dozens of operations and do them flawlessly – and by all indications that is exactly what our spacecraft did.”

Confirmation of a successful touchdown is not the end of the challenges of landing on the Red Planet. InSight’s surface-operations phase began a minute after touchdown. One of its first tasks is to deploy its two decagonal solar arrays, which will provide power. That process begins 16 minutes after landing and takes another 16 minutes to complete.

The InSight team expects a confirmation later Monday that the spacecraft’s solar panels successfully deployed. Verification will come from NASA’s Odyssey spacecraft, currently orbiting Mars. That signal is expected to reach InSight’s mission control at JPL about five-and-a-half hours after landing.

“We are solar powered, so getting the arrays out and operating is a big deal,” said Tom Hoffman at JPL. “With the arrays providing the energy we need to start the cool science operations, we are well on our way to thoroughly investigate what’s inside of Mars for the very first time.”

InSight will begin to collect science data within the first week after landing, though the teams will focus mainly on preparing to set InSight’s instruments on the Martian ground. At least two days after touchdown, the engineering team will begin to deploy InSight’s 5.9-foot-long (1.8-meter-long) robotic arm so that it can take images of the landscape.

“Landing was thrilling, but I’m looking forward to the drilling,” said InSight principal investigator Bruce Banerdt of JPL. “When the first images come down, our engineering and science teams will hit the ground running, beginning to plan where to deploy our science instruments. Within two or three months, the arm will deploy the mission’s main science instruments, the Seismic Experiment for Interior Structure (SEIS) and Heat Flow and Physical Properties Package (HP3) instruments.”

InSight will operate on the surface for one Martian year, plus 40 Martian days, or sols, until Nov. 24, 2020. The mission objectives of the two small MarCOs which relayed InSight’s telemetry was completed after their Martian flyby.

“That’s one giant leap for our intrepid, briefcase-sized robotic explorers,” said Joel Krajewski, MarCO project manager at JPL. “I think CubeSats have a big future beyond Earth’s orbit, and the MarCO team is happy to trailblaze the way.”

With InSight’s landing at Elysium Planitia, NASA has successfully soft-landed a vehicle on the Red Planet eight times.

“Every Mars landing is daunting, but now with InSight safely on the surface we get to do a unique kind of science on Mars,” said JPL director Michael Watkins. “The experimental MarCO CubeSats have also opened a new door to smaller planetary spacecraft. The success of these two unique missions is a tribute to the hundreds of talented engineers and scientists who put their genius and labor into making this a great day.”

JPL manages InSight for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. InSight is part of NASA’s Discovery Program, managed by the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The MarCO CubeSats were built and managed by JPL. Lockheed Martin Space in Denver built the InSight spacecraft, including its cruise stage and lander, and supports spacecraft operations for the mission.

A number of European partners, including France’s Centre National d’Études Spatiales (CNES) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR), are supporting the InSight mission. CNES, and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP), provided the SEIS instrument, with significant contributions from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research (MPS) in Germany, the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) in Switzerland, Imperial College and Oxford University in the United Kingdom, and JPL. DLR provided the HP3 instrument, with significant contributions from the Space Research Center (CBK) of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Astronika in Poland. Spain’s Centro de Astrobiología (CAB) supplied the wind sensors.

For more information about InSight, visit:

www.nasa.gov/insight/

For more information about MarCO, visit:

www.jpl.nasa.gov/cubesat/missions/marco.php

For more information about NASA’s Mars missions, go to:

www.nasa.gov/mars

Wa hey we’re on the way!

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Tree in the farm yardPaul Gauguin

Medium: oil,canvas

www.wikiart.org/en/paul-gauguin/tree-in-the-farm-yard-1874-1

via artist-gauguin

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Tree Pareidolia by unexplained-events

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A world famous incident from the past and one of the most bizarre things you’ll ever hear of. Interesting in that some things are like in other stories, such as the probings, but the protagonists are quite unusual and, well, listen and take it all in.

UFO Radio : New Interview with Calvin Parker – The Pascagoula UFO Incident

Thread by gortex, a Knight of Ni Member Registered: 8/16/2009 Location: Valles Marineris Mood: Variable Member is offline.
posted on Nov, 21 2018 @ 06:30 AM
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The Pascagoula UFO Incident is one of my few remaining favourite cases mainly because the story is so out there it could just be true , Calvin Parker and his friend Charlie Hickson claim to have had an encounter with a UFO and strange robotic creatures in 1973 while fishing the Pascagoula River.

Charlie Hickson wanted answers but Calvin Parker just wanted to forget about it and move on with his life.

The interview was aired yesterday and starts at about 25 min on the video.

Open Minds UFO Radio: Calvin Parker – The Pascagoula UFO Incident

OpenMindsTV
Published on Nov 20, 2018

Open Minds UFO Radio: Calvin Parker was 19 years old in 1973 when he and his friend Charles Hickson witnessed a UFO while fishing in Pascagoula Mississippi. They reported seeing strange creatures that took them into the craft and examined them. Terrified, they went to the police. Their story leaked, and the incident made headlines. Hickson, 42 years old at the time, was a family friend who had just gotten Parker a job. However, Parker wanted nothing to do with the publicity they were receiving and left town. He rarely spoke of the incident until now. With the release of his new book telling his side of the story, he is now doing interviews and a few appearances before he goes back to focusing on retirement and fishing.

Those who know the case may be interested in hearing the account of the incident from Calvin Parker while those who are new to it may be interested in the strangeness of the encounter.

Here’s a thread by karl 12 with some background on the incident for those new to the case.
www.abovetopsecret.com…

Copy of the recording of the pair discussing the incident between themselves recorded in secret by the police at the police station.

“They’re going to believe it one of these days. They’re going to believe it one of these days but it might be too late.”
This is the original recording where law enforcement officers let a tape recorder continue to record after these two men had given their incredible story. They did not know the recorder was running and the idea was to try to capture them in a lie by letting them continue to talk to each other in private.

Truth or fiction , you decide.

edit on 21-11-2018 by gortex because: (no reason given)

How ‘bout them apples? The man is so lovely, so genuine, how could anyone refute what he says?

And then there’s this juicy bit below… which just adds more sauce 🙂 Yum.

The actual secret recording of Hickson/Parker of the Pascagoula UFO Incident

Yaneverknow
Published on Sep 1, 2016

“They’re going to believe it one of these days. They’re going to believe it one of these days but it might be too late.” This is the original recording where law enforcement officers let a tape recorder continue to record after these two men had given their incredible story. They did not know the recorder was running and the idea was to try to capture them in a lie by letting them continue to talk to each other in private. It did not work out the way they thought it would. The recording was really poor quality and what you hear is an attempt to clean up as much as possible. The day started off just like any other for Charles Hickson, 42, and Calvin Parker, Jr., 19. The men were co-workers at the nearby shipyard and planned to go fishing after work. At around 9 pm, while fishing off the west bank of the Pascagoula River, Hickson and Parker’s strange ordeal began.

Nifty keen, huh kids?!

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woodwose

Hans Burgkmair I
German, 1473 – 1531
The Fight in the Forest
c. 1500/1503
pen and black ink on laid paper
Overall: 21 x 28.6 cm (8 1/4 x 11 1/4 in.)
support: 26.7 x 35.7 cm (10 1/2 x 14 1/16 in.)
Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund
1978.77.1
Not on View

This is an illustration oft used to describe the creature known as Woodwose.

I don’t often think of woodwoses, but when I do, it’s not usually with implements. But that’s just me.

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mbb

God, I would love to know where this is. To get a pic of my own!

Looks to be a right amiable chap. So, yeah sounds good.

I wonder if there was a time when something along these lines would have been a normal occurrence. I bet there was, way back when. Or not. I want to know!

 

jd

The Juno spacecraft, owned by NASA and operated by JPL-Caltech, SwRI and MSSS, captured this stupendous image of Jupiter whilst under the control of Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran.

Its been going viral as the clods at this moment are a hotbed of pareidolian heaven. Some see a reclining lady, some see a squid and others… see other patterns.

Whatever you see, it is undeniable that the beauty is breathtaking, to say the least.

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ftf

3. From the Fog, by Holly Humphries (HolBolDoArt), via DeviantArt.

Watching this thing eat is a trip, man... it gets over you, then the big legs bend and it drops and the mouth tentacles engulf you.

H.P. would be proud.

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Lost Footage of Africa Found That Proves An Advanced Civilization Has Been Hidden for Centuries

Zohar StarGate Ancient Discoveries
Published on Sep 5, 2018

Contrary to popular belief, some ancient African civilizations were highly advanced and capable of spectacular engineering accomplishments. Many of these ancient societies built architectural wonders using construction expertise that has stumped civil engineers and historians until recent years.

Could the Atlantean civilization have finally passed some secrets on to civilizations in Africa? Considering the degree of scientific and technological development that we have reached in only three thousand years, we can easily imagine the amount of knowledge accumulated by previous ancient civilization.

This is not at all what I expected… no, it’s much more and contains much info that I was not aware of. Including how it relates to our modern times. I was impressed with this and I think you will be too.

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Tigbanua

quarkmaster

Tigbanua

another one for my personal project
a Tigbanua, a Ogre-like, Cyclops-like creature from Filipino Mythology
(that’s their nose by the way, not their eyes, hehehe)

Brian Valeza

Looks like a critter that would not be a pleasure to engage in any way.

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5 Unexplained Sea Monsters That May Exist

Unexplained Mysteries
Published on Mar 29, 2017

5 unexplained sea monsters that may exist. In this video we countdown 5 unexplained sea monster that may exist. Whether they were real or legends, stories about sea monsters have always captured our imagination. Sea monsters are beings from folklore believed to dwell in the sea and often imagined to be of immense size. Marine monsters can take many forms, including sea dragons, sea serpents, or multi-armed beasts. In this video we countdown 5 sea monsters that may exist. Number 5 – Wollowa Lake Monster Number 4 – Varberg Fortress Monster Number 3 – The Seal Rock Monster Oregon Number 2 – Gloucester Sea Monster Number 1 – Lliamna Sea Monster Thank you for watching!

5 Unexplained Sea Monsters That May Exist #2

Unexplained Mysteries
Published on Sep 25, 2017

5 unexplained sea monsters that may exist. We take a look at 5 unexplained sea monsters that may exist. Whether they were real or legends, stories about sea monsters have always captured our imagination. Sea monsters are beings from folklore believed to dwell in the sea and often imagined to be of immense size. Marine monsters can take many forms, including sea dragons, sea serpents, or multi-armed beasts. In this video we countdown 5 sea monsters that may exist. Thank you for watching! Thank you to CO.AG for the background music!

5 Unexplained Sea Monsters That May Exist #3

Unexplained Mysteries
Published on Nov 22, 2017

5 unexplained sea monsters that may exist. In this video we take a look at 5 unexplained sea monsters that may exist. An aquatic environment consist of an ecosystem dependent or partially independent of some body of water. The two main types of aquatic ecosystems are marine ecosystems and freshwater ecosystems. An aquatic cryptid is a creature which lives in water for most or all of its life. In this video we take a look at 5 unexplained sea monsters that may exist. Thank you for watching!

I like this guy and his vids. I am not aware, however, of any diving going on in Lake Vostok, as it’s a couple miles down and the hole is just big enough for instruments. So… that one I don’t subscribe to at all. Russians have been bullshitting the unexplained since I was in my twenties, at least, if not more. The other ones though… could be fake news… there was a ton of that in those times… but could also be quite real, so I can get behind those. Hey 14 out of 15 is pretty good, eh?

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witch

“If I only could…”
And exactly at this point,
Marysia decided who she wants to be when she grows up! 🙂

work process: www.artstation.com/artwork/VdgDGR
prints: society6.com/product/if-i-only-could_print?sku=s6-9955726p4a1v45

#witchcraft #witch #magic #dark fantasy #jakub rozalski #mr.werewolf

via Jakub Rozalski

Neat, eh? A Witch!

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scs

The first mention of the Loch Ness monster creature is from the story of the life St. Columba in 565 AD. The saint rescued a man from the monster and banished it.

— bigfootin, (not so scholarly a site, I’m afraid.).

This is true… it was reported that way, but, we wonder, just what the man saw and how exactly he “banished” it. We also wonder whether it actually happened, of course… who knows if it did, but something like it did, I’d bet.

The critter isn’t one of my top concerns these days. There once was a time though.

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Echoes of old Earth Graham Hancock 2018 Unknown Humans From The Past

Jayson
Published on Aug 28, 2018

Echoes of old Earth Graham Hancock 2018 Unknown Humans From The Past and maybe he’s right. This is a new Graham Hancock 2018 update and he nails it. I’m still NOT A FAN of the 10’s and 100’s of thousands of years (dates) and whatnot but that aside this is a darn good video.

I can not be convinced that there were no advanced civilizations in prehistoric times. We’ve been around as we are now for over 200,000 years – at least. With all the brainpower we have now. To me, the idea that everyone before us never used that brainpower is the most heinous of insults. Seriously. It’s beyond ludicrous. And I am sure several of them surpassed us in every way… ending with the people who built the Giza pyramids, the structures in Lebanon, in Turkey and in Peru. And the places that are yet to be discovered.

Puhleeeeze!

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New DAVID PAULIDES Missing People That the Parks Don’t Want You to Know About [FULL VIDEO]

UAMN TV
Published on Jan 11, 2017

David Paulides presented some of the most mysterious cases he’s encountered, and spoke of some missing people who are never seen again remember. Paulides, a former lawman turned investigative journalist and Bigfoot researcher to discuss more missing person cases from national parks and forests that government agencies seem to be less than interested in seriously investigating.

At this point, David looked at some 600-650 disappearances from national parks and open spaces in North America, and found around 34 clusters, which involve three or more people missing in geographical proximity to each other. The cases often involve children, who sometimes disappear along with a dog– many times if they are found alive, they can’t speak or recall what happened to them.. . .
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Yup, more Paulides. I realized I had posted the one in the previous post before, but hey, spine-chills win.

Okay, so… The very first case in this lecture is what really caught my attention… it’s concerning a 77 year old lady who was on her cellphone – with the copsas it happened – and they heard her scream! Unfortunately that didnt help the investigation one bit. These things are simply incomprehensible.

What in the actual f%#k is going on? Will we ever know? What does the FBI know? Or the other Feds like the Parks people? I am sure glad we’ve got David on this, I will say that. He is so different from your usual paranormal investigator. Facts, baby, only facts. That is key.

God, these things are so scary, in a very real sense. Jesus H. Christ in the Andes…

David Paulides’ website The CanAm Missing Project.

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New David Paulides More Evidence of Strange Disappearances [FULL VIDEO]

UAMN TV
Published on Nov 24, 2016

This is the Latest David Paulides lecture on the subject of missing people. Paulides, who has become an expert in the large number of mysterious disappearances happening in American national parks and forests, discussed cases and the unusual patterns that appear with many of them.

Often bad weather suddenly appears after a disappearance such as fog or snow, and this serves to inhibit the searchers. Some recovered in water are an even greater mystery. In several cases, they have found that while the person may have disappeared several days ago and was only in the water for two days, Paulides explained. Perhaps even stranger is that no cause can be determined. According to Paulides, a similar string have also occurred in the canals of Manchester, UK. He questioned how investigators there have been unable to connect the cases. Paulides also commented on a movie based on his Missing 411 book series as well as provided updates on several individual disappearances. . .
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Well, it was the latest at the end of 2016. But, be that as it may, it’s pretty much irrelevant as these cases are continually plaguing the earth and they don’t give any indication of even slowing down.

Quite possibly the creepiest thing in all of Forteana — because these are real people going missing and no one knows what happens to them, as only a measly few are found and the majority of those are dead. I assure you it’s more than capable of scaring the living sh!t out of even the hardiest folk.

Some of them really do send a serious shiver up the spine.

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