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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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These towering tendrils of cosmic dust and gas sit at the heart of M16, or the Eagle Nebula. The aptly named Pillars of Creation, featured in this stunning Hubble image, are part of an active star-forming region within the nebula and hide newborn stars in their wispy columns.

Although this is not Hubble’s first image of this iconic feature of the Eagle Nebula, it is the most detailed. The blue colors in the image represent oxygen, red is sulfur, and green represents both nitrogen and hydrogen. The pillars are bathed in the scorching ultraviolet light from a cluster of young stars located just outside the frame. The winds from these stars are slowly eroding the towers of gas and dust.

Stretching roughly 4 to 5 light-years, the Pillars of Creation are a fascinating but relatively small feature of the entire Eagle Nebula, which spans 70 by 55 light-years. The nebula, discovered in 1745 by the Swiss astronomer Jean-Philippe Loys de Chéseaux, is located 7,000 light-years from Earth in the constellation Serpens. With an apparent magnitude of 6, the Eagle Nebula can be spotted through a small telescope and is best viewed during July. A large telescope and optimal viewing conditions are necessary to resolve the Pillars of Creation.

Credits: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Such power to astound, doth Mother Nature have.

I want to go there.

Really.

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Found this interesting topic on the ATS thread NASA Finds Perfectly Rectangular Iceberg In Antarctica As If It Was Deliberately Cut. It’s a story the OP found at Forbes in a post of nearly the same name, by Trevor Nace,
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NASA just shared a stunning image of a nearly perfect rectangular iceberg in Antarctica. The monolithic slab of ice, floating just off the Larsen C ice shelf appears quite unnatural given the 90-degree angles. NASA took the image as part of Operation IceBridge, a mission to image Earth’s polar regions in order to understand how ice (thickness, location, accumulation, etc.) has been changing in recent years. While the iceberg is quite strange to look at, it is an entirely natural phenomenon. Most of us are used to seeing pictures of angular icebergs with just a small tip jutting out of the water. However, there is an entirely different type of iceberg called tabular icebergs. Tabular icebergs have steep, nearly vertical sides and a flat plateau top. Tabular icebergs typically break off of ice shelves, which are tabular bodies of thick ice. When there is a clean calve of the iceberg, the angles can be close to 90 degrees. In this case, the iceberg is likely not very old as wind, waves and sea spray will eventually winnow away the sharp edges of this iceberg and round it out, Kelly Brunt, a NASA scientist, told Live Science.

UPDATENASA released more images of the rectangular iceberg, which you can see here.

Nifty keen, kids! These images are so strange … and quite beautiful.

Mother Nature is one stunning lady.

And here, just for fun, is a triangular iceberg. : )

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Wa hey!

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Well, this is very interesting.

The mic on the camera picks up some reasonably voluminous wind noise when pointed left but none at any other angle so it doesn’t support the wind theory much. Neither does the fact that the left swing is not doing anything at all.

The motion is quite consistent over the entire one minute nine second duration of the first video and the shorter second one, so, that also is not a plus for wind.

So, what’s happening?

A ghost? Some guy off-screen with a fishing line? Standing wave resonance? What?!

Curious minds want to know.

From LiveLeak does the ghost push the swing. Post text: “happened at village north Saudi Arabia.”

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Is St. George fighting a plesiosaur-inspired dragon in this 1678 illustration from Mundus Subterraneus? Abel (1939, also the source of this image) thought so, noting the shift towards plesiosaur-like proportions and anatomy compared to more conventional European dragon depictions of the time.

The giants and plesio-dragons of Mundus Subterraneus

Athanasius Kircher’s 1678 German textbook Mundus Subterraneus– an early thesis on geography, biology, mineralogy and geology – contains several illustrations of animals which may have been informed by fossils. They include many types of giant human, which were said to be social, cave-dwelling species based on the bones of large animals found in caves – almost certainly remnants of Pleistocene mammals. Kircher also wrote about several types of dragon, many of which were of period-typical, worm-like form, but Abel (1939) noted one unusual dragon illustration that may have been influenced by a real giant reptile: a plesiosaur.

The illustration is plesiosaur-like in many respects, with a barrel-like body, small head, long and slender neck, a true tail, and curiously small ‘paddle-like’ wings instead of broad, membranous wings typical of dragon depictions. It’s not a perfect plesiosaur depiction by any means – it also has ears, a beak, and four legs – but Abel (1939) considered this reinvention of dragon form so dramatic that it could represent the arrival of a new source of inspiration for dragon anatomy, of which plesiosaurs are a possible contender. Marine reptiles, including plesiosaurs, were almost certainly uncovered during quarrying work in the historic Swabia region (now southern Germany) as rocks we now call the Posidonia Shale were exploited to build growing settlements. The Posidonia Shale is a site of exceptional preservation with abundant invertebrate fossils and rarer, but often complete and articulated, marine reptile skeletons. Posidonia quarrying dates back to at least the 16th century and, given that the quarrying was executed by hand, 17th century quarrymen would have seen fossils of many kinds, almost certainly including some well preserved plesiosaur remains. Had these discoveries caused a stir among local learned individuals, as well a giant reptile entombed in stone might have, it’s not inconceivable to think they could have been identified as dragons, and ultimately influenced Mundus Subterraneus.

As with our discussion of cyclops art, these details are only circumstantial evidence and they do not prove beyond doubt that plesiosaurs were referenced in Kircher’s dragon art. But I find this case a little more compelling because our records of the early modern period are better, so the correlation between historic events is tighter and the contrast to other dragon illustrations more obvious. Moreover, whereas ancient cyclops art doesn’t really look like the fossils said to inspire it, I can see some obvious plesiosaur-like details in Kircher’s illustration. It’s difficult to be certain about the relevance of plesiosaurs fossils to the image but, for me, this is a possible, if unconfirmed, piece of proto-palaeoart.

Please read the rest of this wonderful piece by Mark Witton at Unicorns, dragons, monsters and giants: palaeoart before palaeontology.

Sweet! Extra sweet!

Especially as I have been enamored of a recent and quite scholarly thread on ATS called Evidence for the Co-Existence of Humans and Dinosaurs. If your interest is peaked you should have a read of that, too. It’s good! Up at 11 pages now and it’s got 108 flags. Just wonderful! You will see that the premise is exceptionally solid and you will know why, too.

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This is thrilling!

Gotta be some nifty critters over there, eh?! Bit of a hike, though.

We could get there if the world prioritizes nicely.

Like that’s gonna happen.

I’m sure it will someday.

For now, this short little clip spanning quite a few yarn will serve nicely in the Soul boosting division.

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Gabriel N. U. @SerpenIllus 10:03 AM, 12 Oct, 2018

For this #FossilFriday I bring you the archosauromorph Garjainia, who is judgmentally looking down on all of you #paleoart

Another one! Whee!

I think Gabriel has this guy pegged… I mean, just look at that look in his eye. Definite ‘tude, there, eh?

Hehehe

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Gabriel N. U. @SerpenIllus 2:57 PM, 12 Oct, 2018

Day 12 of #inktober2018 continuing with my theme of Permian Tetrapods, here is the giant parareptile Pareisaur Scutosaurus. A really armored herbivorous reptile.

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Parareptiles are where it’s at, man… I have never heard of a parareptile before, but I love the sound of it and I love this fabulous fellow. Kinda wish he wasn’t a herbivore, but hey, I love my broccoli rabe and spinach with corn, eh.

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PentaProps™ to the artist, too! Woo mad skillz!

God dayum I wish I’d kept my drawing up … cuz … I coulda done that easy. But then, I should have done so many things. Ok, imma cry now.

You’ll be seeing more stuff like this.

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This is a blast from my past… the blog is What’s All This, Then and it was May 3, 2009.

Those were heady days and I was even worse than I sometimes am today!

Apollo anomalies were all the rage and there were some really good ones.

Here goes.

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This is a crop of the somewhat notorious Apollo 17 image AS17-137-20925HR. Why notorious? It’s that green thing. Some have been so bold as to suggest it’s some sort of lifeform. Since this is the moon, I’m not too sure about that conjecture… Although it has been shown that the moon has an atmosphere and water ice, there doesn’t appear to be a heck of a lot of water around this locale. Be that as it may… there this thing is. Note that it is not at all required to do any enhancing to the original photo in order to see our green friend. Nope, it stands right out… in a pretty deep shadow no less. As if it’s actually self-luminous. High strangeness, indeed.

An unknown form of living thing is a bit more likely than some sort of alien device doing who knows what…

For the image here, I started with a version with enhanced gamma, although I don’t remember where I got it. (I have such a backlog of these things to write about… sheesh.). I elevated the brightness and contrast by 30 each to get the lighting up to snuff and approach daylight a bit. [No pixels were harmed in the making of this picture.]

Nice purple mineral it’s sitting on, by the way. Food, maybe? Like the NY Lottery ads say, “Hey, you never know.” Life out there doesn’t necessarily have to follow our dogma. If you said 50 years ago that there were creatures on Earth that live 2 miles down and eat rocks, you know what would’ve happened, right? Right.

It would be so sad if the anomaly is a film defect, but of course it could be, can’t leave that out no matter how doubtful the scenario, the film being custom made expressly for the lunar program. Nothing remotely like it has appeared before or since.

So… being the romantic nut that I am, I vote for… High Strangeness.

Update 5/20/09: added image below. For this version, only brightness was applied to the original hi-res image as released to the public. This is to better show you the very interesting colors at the tip of this object and what may well be projections in the tip area.
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And that ended the post.

I wanted to add the original photo from the mission and I wanted to use the latest Photoshop Camera Raw plug in to enhance it again, just to see. This plug in adjusts pixel levels to increase or decrease the exposure and adjust the highlights, shadows, contrast and such. What is there is there, what is not is not. Do note that the anomaly is actually visible in the raw, unaltered image in the original photograph.

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Original, untouched. 300dpi. (Thanks NASA!)

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Camera Raw to see in that hole.

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My crop and I increased dpi to 1200.

And how about them apples?

What, I still ask, in the name of God is that?

Ponder it, eh?

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15 frames from Ryugu.

Hope we get some without the Sun trying the cameras exposure systems.

MINERVA-II1 rovers send images from asteroid Ryugu

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Published on Sep 27, 2018

JAXA’s Asteroid Explorer “Hayabusa2” deployed the MINERVA-II1 rovers to explore the surface of asteroid Ryugu on 21 September 2018. The MINERVA-II1 consists of two rovers, Rover-1A and Rover-1B, both landed on the surface of asteroid Ryugu and sent back images and a short movie. Credit : JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, Aizu University, AIST

So nice… so very, very nice. =D

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The one above has been corrected for angle and another parameter I can’t think of right now by Jason Major for JAXA.

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All images by JAXA.

These are the first set of images taken of the surface of an asteroid … from the surface of the asteroid!

Asteroid Ryugu, to be precise, an oddly cube-shaped rock. There are two rovers… see my previous post.

I am excited to say the least.

I hope you are, too!

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Mysterious Purple Orb | Nautilus Live

EVNautilus
Published on Jul 25, 2016

During our initial observations in NOAA Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, a snail-like foot and no visible shell suggested the sphere might be a pleurobranch sea slug. Upon more well-rounded review by our research partners at Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology, it is now thought the orb belongs to another distantly related group of snails–the velutinids. Modern techniques, including microCT scanning and RNA sequencing, are being used to describe this very likely new species of velutinid.

E/V Nautilus is exploring the ocean studying biology, geology, archeology, and more. Watch http://www.nautiluslive.org for live video from the ocean floor.

For live dive updates follow along on social media at www.facebook.com/nautiluslive and www.twitter.com/evnautilus on Twitter. For more photos from our dives, check out our Instagram @nautiluslive.

The mysterious and the unknown are the most important (and thrilling) things on Earth. Even Albert Einstein said so… and Al was right!

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Credit: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin

Recent tectonics on Mars

The prominent trenches that can be seen in this Mars Express image of the Cerberus Fossae system in the Elysium Planitia region, were formed by faults that pulled the planet’s surface apart less than 10 million years ago.

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Source: esa.int

I love Mars. I’d rather be there than here. Humans are an unpleasant lifeform.

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GREETINGS FROM RYUGU One of the MINERVA-II1 rovers snapped this picture while hopping across the surface of asteroid Ryugu on September 21. The gray material is the asteroid, and the bright spot is sunlight.

The first rovers to explore the surface of an asteroid have landed. After touching down September 21, the vehicles took pictures of asteroid Ryugu and at least one hopped around.

Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft, which arrived at the near-Earth asteroid on June 27 after a journey of more than three years, released the MINERVA-II1 container from a height of about 60 meters (SN Online: 6/27/18). The container then released two 18-centimeter-wide, cylindrical rovers. Because Ryugu’s gravity is so weak, the rovers can hop using rotating motors that generate a torque and send them airborne for about 15 minutes.

Japan’s Aerospace Exploration Agency released the first blurry, otherworldly pictures from the rovers on September 22. One image appears to have been taken midhop.

Japan sent its first MINERVA rover with the original Hayabusa mission, which reached asteroid Itokawa in 2005, but that rover missed the asteroid and was lost in space. “I was so moved to see these small rovers successfully explore an asteroid surface because we could not achieve this at the time of Hayabusa 13 years ago,” wrote Hayabusa2’s project mission manager, Makoto Yoshikawa, on the mission’s webpage.

A German and French rover, also aboard Hayabusa2, is set to deploy to Ryugu on October 4. MASCOT will join the MINERVA-II1 rovers in measuring the asteroid’s composition, temperature and magnetic properties. A third MINERVA-II rover is scheduled to land sometime in 2019.

Later in October, the Hayabusa2 spacecraft is scheduled to touch down at a spot near the asteroid’s equator to gather a sample of dust, before returning to orbit. Depending on how that sample collection goes, the craft may try to collect two more samples from different parts of the asteroid. If successful, the spacecraft will send the asteroid dust back to Earth, to arrive in 2020.

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TWO OF A KIND The twin MINERVA-II1 rovers, called Rover-1A (back) and Rover-1B (foreground), are shown exploring Ryugu in this illustration.

Hayabusa2 Project.

L. Grossman. Here’s where the Hayabusa2 spacecraft will land on the asteroid Ryugu. Science News Online, August 23, 2018.

M. Temming. Japan’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft arrives at the asteroid Ryugu. Science News Online, June 27, 2018.

Ooh I am loving this! The exploration of space has been entrenched in my core and Soul since I was a very young boy and it is never going to stop thrilling my bones.

Space!

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NASA’s Opportunity rover appears as a blip in the center of this square. This image taken by HiRISE, a high-resolution camera onboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, shows the dust storm over Perseverance Valley has substantially cleared. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona
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NASA still hasn’t heard from the Opportunity rover, but at least we can see it again.

A new image produced by HiRISE, a high-resolution camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), shows a small object on the slopes of the Red Planet’s Perseverance Valley. That object is Opportunity, which was descending into the Martian valley when a dust storm swept over the region a little more than 100 days ago.

The storm was one of several that stirred up enough dust to enshroud most of the Red Planet and block sunlight from reaching the surface. The lack of sunlight caused the solar-powered Opportunity to go into hibernation.

The rover’s team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, hasn’t heard from it since. On Sept. 11, JPL began increasing the frequency of commands it beams to the 14-year-old rover.

The tau — a measurement of how much sunlight reaches the surface — over Opportunity was estimated to be a little higher than 10 during some points during the dust storm. The tau has steadily fallen in the last several months. On Thursday, Sept. 20, when this image was taken, tau was estimated to be about 1.3 by MRO’s Mars Color Imager camera.

This image was produced from about 166 miles (267 kilometers) above the Martian surface. The white box marks a 154-foot-wide (47-meter-wide) area centered on the rover.

The University of Arizona in Tucson operates HiRISE, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., in Boulder, Colorado. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of Caltech in Pasadena, California, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

For more, visit:
https://www.uahirise.org/ESP_056955_1775

Updates about Opportunity can be found here:
https://mars.nasa.gov/mer/mission/status.html

News Media Contact

Andrew Good
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
818-393-2433
[email protected]

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Oh, man, I do hope my lil buddy comes back to life!

Fabulous news! And it’s going to return samples!

Here’s a little quickie for ya…

Japanese Probe Deploys Robots to Land on Asteroid Ryugu

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Published on Sep 21, 2018

JAXA’s Hayabusa2 spacecraft deployed two little “rovers” called MINERVA-II1A and MINERVA-II1B to land on the surface of asteroid Ryugu on Sept. 21, 2018. — Full Story: https://www.space.com/41898-hayabusa2… Credit: Space.com / footage coutesy: JAXA / produced and edited by Steve Spaleta

This one’s got a lot more mission details and a timeline of events:

JAPAN LANDS 2 MINI ROVERS ON ASTEROID RYUGU

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Published on Sep 20, 2018

The Hayabusa2 spacecraft dropped two mini rovers onto the asteroid Ryugu this week. The Hayabusa2 team began prepping seriously for the epic maneuver last week. The current schedule calls for the mother ship to descend toward Ryugu and for the two little disk-shaped robots, known as MINERVA-II1A and MINERVA-II1B, to deploy. sources: space.com global.jaxa.jp nasa.gov music: Long Note Two by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/…) Source: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-… Artist: http://incompetech.com/

Ooh, this is gonna be good … and it also gives me reason to stay amongst the living. Because space!

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The Great Global Warming Swindle – Full Documentary HD

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Published on Aug 19, 2018

The Great Global Warming Swindle caused controversy in the UK when it premiered March 8, 2007 on British Channel 4. A documentary, by British television producer Martin Durkin, which argues against the virtually unchallenged consensus that global warming is man-made. A statement from the makers of this film asserts that the scientific theory of anthropogenic global warming could very well be “the biggest scam of modern times.” According to Martin Durkin the chief cause of climate change is not human activity but changes in radiation from the sun. Some have called The Great Global Warming Swindle the definitive retort to Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. Using a comprehensive range of evidence it’s claimed that warming over the past 300 years represents a natural recovery from a ‘little ice age’.

According to the program humans do have an effect on climate but it’s infinitesimally small compared with the vast natural forces which are constantly pushing global temperatures this way and that. From melting glaciers and rising sea levels, The Great Global Warming Swindle debunks the myths, and exposes what may well prove to be the darkest chapter in the history of mankind. According to a group of leading scientists brought together by documentary maker Martin Durkin everything you’ve ever been told about global warming is probably untrue. Just as we’ve begun to take it for granted that climate change is a man-made phenomenon, Durkin’s documentary slays the whole premise of global warming.

“Global warming has become a story of huge political significance; environmental activists using scare tactics to further their cause; scientists adding credence to secure billions of dollars in research money; politicians after headlines and a media happy to play along. No-one dares speak against it for risk of being unpopular, losing funds and jeopardizing careers.”

Yes, the climate is changing. Obviously. It is not, however, a man-made problem. The climate has been changing ever since there has been climate. Continuously. Constantly. It is the way of things.

The unfortunate indoctrinated masses are both not able to see this and unwilling to accept facts — or any information that does not come from those that feed their religion. That’s what it is, really, a religion. One based on false prophets, sadly, perhaps the falsest in history, or, good contenders for that rank, anyway. These poor folk cannot even see the incredible bullcrap of the “carbon credits” scheme, thinking it will save the world, whereas in reality it just has the polluters pay money to Gore — and they are then allowed to keep on polluting. You can’t make this stuff up.

The climate will change into whatever state nature wills for it. Period.

Of course, if there are ways to get the job done without polluting, those ways should be implemented. A cleaner place is nice to be in. The Gulf of Mexico disaster had an effect by stopping the current — that current controlled the behavior of el Niño, but this is a mere pimple on a planetary scale.  And pursuant to that note that nothing is done to clean up the plastic in the oceans. Or to clean up anything, really. There’s no profit in it, you see.

Did you know that every single grain of sea salt now contains plastic? Every single grain. Nice, huh? Enjoy.

Anyway…

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A wonderful old Martian favorite. It is intriguing, don’tcha think?

Is it? Or is it not? I really want to know. Really.

And I am more confident than ever that someday we will know.

Hopefully I’ll be around to get the update.

I love Mars. It’s just so full of wonder, how could one not?

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Happy 100th birthday to Katherine Johnson!

Johnson is an black American mathematician who’s work with orbital mechanics proved critical to the success of early NASA missions.  Her work included calculating trajectories, launch windows, and emergency return paths for Project Mercury, the rendezvous paths for the Apollo Command and Lunar Module on it’s trip to the Moon, and her work was pivotal during the development of the Space Shuttle program.

She was initially hired on at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) as a human computer, but her knowledge of analytic geometry helped her move up to an aerospace technologist.  Once NACA was folded into NASA in 1958, Johnson worked in the Spacecraft Controls Branch, and she was often called by management to verify electronic computations.

In 2015, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama for her instrumental work with NASA.  In 2016, a brand new building at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, was named after her.  The Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility began operations in 2017.

This lovely genius taught von Braun’s boffins how to fly! LOLOLOL — How cool is that?

I salute you, dear Lady!

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The blue spots are areas of water ice on the surface of the moon. Image credit NASA/JPL.

Pleased as punch to see that there are quite a few of them… and that bodes well for manned exploration and base stations in the future.

The image shows the distribution of surface ice at the Moon’s south pole (left) and north pole (right), detected by NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument. Blue represents the ice locations, plotted over an image of the lunar surface, where the gray scale corresponds to surface temperature (darker representing colder areas and lighter shades indicating warmer zones). The ice is concentrated at the darkest and coldest locations, in the shadows of craters. This is the first time scientists have directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon’s surface.

This post is basically the article at JPL, which is linked below.

NEWS | AUGUST 20, 2018

Ice Confirmed at the Moon’s Poles

In the darkest and coldest parts of its polar regions, a team of scientists has directly observed definitive evidence of water ice on the Moon’s surface. These ice deposits are patchily distributed and could possibly be ancient. At the southern pole, most of the ice is concentrated at lunar craters, while the northern pole’s ice is more widely, but sparsely spread.

A team of scientists, led by Shuai Li of the University of Hawaii and Brown University and including Richard Elphic from NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley, used data from NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper (M3) instrument to identify three specific signatures that definitively prove there is water ice at the surface of the Moon.

M3, aboard the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft, launched in 2008 by the Indian Space Research Organization, was uniquely equipped to confirm the presence of solid ice on the Moon. It collected data that not only picked up the reflective properties we’d expect from ice, but was able to directly measure the distinctive way its molecules absorb infrared light, so it can differentiate between liquid water or vapor and solid ice.

Most of the newfound water ice lies in the shadows of craters near the poles, where the warmest temperatures never reach above minus 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Because of the very small tilt of the Moon’s rotation axis, sunlight never reaches these regions.

Previous observations indirectly found possible signs of surface ice at the lunar south pole, but these could have been explained by other phenomena, such as unusually reflective lunar soil.

With enough ice sitting at the surface — within the top few millimeters — water would possibly be accessible as a resource for future expeditions to explore and even stay on the Moon, and potentially easier to access than the water detected beneath the Moon’s surface.

Learning more about this ice, how it got there, and how it interacts with the larger lunar environment will be a key mission focus for NASA and commercial partners, as we endeavor to return to and explore our closest neighbor, the Moon.

The findings were published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on August 20, 2018.

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, designed and built the moon mineralogy mapper instrument and was home to its project manager.

This is excellent news!

Sorry I am a couple of days late in posting.

Forgive me, you know I ain’t right in the head…

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Possible critter remnant? Or critter byproduct remnant? Credit NASA/JPL

Tiny “terlet,” maybe? J/K. Sort of.

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The latest. Good enough for them to take a second look! Only happened once before. Credit NASA/JPL All pics here.

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Unfortunately… a false alarm… just a rock. Albeit the gol dang coolest rock we’ve seen in a long, long time!

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Nice hole, eh? Credit NASA/JPL

We need boots on the ground.

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NASA’s TESS Catches a Comet

NASA Goddard
Published on Aug 6, 2018

This video is compiled from a series of images taken on July 25 by the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite. The angular extent of the widest field of view is six degrees. Visible in the images are the comet C/2018 N1, asteroids, variable stars, asteroids and reflected light from Mars. TESS is expected to find thousands of planets around other nearby stars.

Read more: www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/…

This video is public domain and, along with supporting multimedia, may be downloaded from NASA Goddard’s Scientific Visualization Studio at: svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/13030

Video credit: Massachusetts Institute of Technology/NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Scott Wiessinger (USRA): Lead Producer Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems Inc.): Technical Support Claire Saravia (NASA/GSFC): Lead Public Affairs Officer Jeanette Kazmierczak (University of Maryland College Park): Lead Science Writer Padi Boyd (NASA/GSFC): Scientist

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This is pretty darn cool… short but jam packed with great info for our knowledge banks.

Dig it.

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Science News ‏Verified account @ScienceNews Aug 6

#OTD in 1967, Jocelyn Bell Burnell, then a graduate student, discovered pulsars. The discovery garnered a Nobel Prize just six years after it was announced in 1968 — but Burnell’s supervisor got the prize instead of her. #PulsarWeek

Another stolen prize. The supervisor needs at the very least a right solid bitchslap that would knock some common decency into the feeble excuse for a brainpan.

This genius girl did the work. She obviously has thirty or forty times the twerps brain power. And I would have loved to have known her back then. Ahem. Yes, well. But damn it I hate when there is this sort of injustice and it is rife.

But the truth is known, Ms Burnell! We know that YOU did it… not that mook.

Carry on, eh.

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As a child addicted to sci fi movies (along with the unexplained) I always wondered if critters and other things really could come back from being in a deep freeze or other seemingly impossible situations.

Well, we saw a while back that success was enjoyed in unfreezing some plants, flowers,  I think, but I’m not sure of the specifics. Sigh.

And of course there are the perfectly preserved remains of everything, everywhere in the permafrost, even to the undigested stomach contents. Ooh God, I wish my memory didn’t have such trouble… I heard recently that the inventor of our frozen food process , the head of Birdseye, had calculated some fantastically short time for mammoth freezing of hours so you know something absolutely unimaginable happened…

But getting back on track, now we have this! Scientists from several Russian schools and our own Princeton University have warmed and woken nematode worms from back in the days of the mammoths. Don’t worry, nematodes are super tiny and are still around today.

nematodes

Worms frozen in permafrost for up to 42,000 years come back to life

Nematodes moving and eating again for the first time since the Pleistocene age in major scientific breakthrough, say experts.
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Worms frozen in permafrost for up to 42,000 years come back to life
By The Siberian Times reporter
26 July 2018

Nematodes moving and eating again for the first time since the Pleistocene age in major scientific breakthrough, say experts.
Awake after 42,000 years… Picture: The Siberian Times
The roundworms from two areas of Siberia came back to life in Petri dishes, says a new scientific study.
‘We have obtained the first data demonstrating the capability of multicellular organisms for longterm cryobiosis in permafrost deposits of the Arctic,’ states a report from Russian…

The actual nematodes:
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Some corroboration…

Fox News website

The research was conducted by teams from multiple Russian institutions as well as Princeton University in New Jersey.

Interesting discussion over here, as well.

We live in such fascinating times…

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BlackFly – Flight

Opener
Published on Jul 12, 2018

For more information, visit https://opener.aero.

BlackFly – the newest flying car

BlackFly is latest attempt at flying car

Well now … maybe this one will become a viable vehicle. Time will tell, of course, but, oh man I can see myself in one of these. It would be exhilerating and maybe the thing that would stop me wanting to die so badly.

I am assuming, being that this is Western Greedland, that only the ludicrously wealthy will be able to afford one, but one never knows, do one?

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spiny

This is a crop from this shot:

spinyfar

spotted by BlueShift of ATS, I’m pretty sure, anyway, (my memory is going away), but it was a good while ago.

I will leave it up to you to have a guess as to what this, umm, “rock,” really might be.

I have some nifty thoughts tucked away. It just looks too much like a …

Dig it?

I love Mars. There are fossils layin’ out on the ground, man. I want to go there. Boots on the ground, eh. Maybe my eyes can even be fixed by then…

Prayin’ for it.

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Felix Baumgartner becoming the first skydiver to break speedofsound, reaching 833.9mph

Felix Baumgartner becoming the first skydiver to break the speed of sound, reaching a speed of 833.9mph. Wow!

via palmetto64

Wow, indeed!

Can you imagine?

I wonder if you can move your head and limbs without messing up the aerodynamics and hurting yourself?

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Man finds evidence of super massive tree w/leaves longer than the Empire State Building

MrMBB333
Published on Jun 15, 2018

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I am not sure what to make of this. My eyes aren’t helping.

Location of what looks like a 8 mile wide “ancient tree stump” – super massive

MrMBB333
Published on Jun 16, 2018

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Still not sure but grateful for the location.

This is too strange.

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Yet another medical benefit has been found!
Stolen from my interweb hangout:

trollz

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posted on Jun, 27 2018 @ 08:27 AM

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Old mice suddenly had “young” brains after receiving low doses of a THC compound found in marijuana. The discovery has huge potential for people with diseases like Alzheimer’s

Learning and memory functions improved dramatically

We had previously observed that the endocannabinoid tone declines as we age, so the levels of endogenous substances decrease in older individuals. And this means they’re present inside our bodies to begin with. So what the plant compound does is just mimic our endogenous compounds.
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Scientists have made a very interesting finding regarding the link between marijuana and brain function. It appears that ingestion of THC rejuvenates cognitive ability lost due to age. THC was administered to old mice who would normally have lowered cognitive ability, which caused the mice to be mentally rejuvenated and able to function on the same level as younger mice who were in their prime.
It’s clear to me that we need to be doing more formal studies on the medical benefits of marijuana and its compounds, especially since our bodies possess an endocannabinoid system designed to use compounds just like THC.

Hey, it’s a gift from God. It has been in use for thousands of years and is often found buried with ancient remains to ease the journey.

We can learn a lot from that.

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Oumuamua

This is Oumuamua.

A visitor from outside of our solar system. At first thought to be just a weird looking rock. Until it started to do things that rocks don’t do.

And that, as you might imagine, is music to my ears.

Sadly we will never know the reality as it is now long gone, but man… this is some awesome high strangeness!

Cigar-shaped Interstellar Object ‘Oumuamua – is Speeding Up!

CoconutScienceLab
Published on Jun 27, 2018

More space news and info at: http://www.coconutsciencelab.com – observatories including NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope found that the interstellar object named ‘Oumuamua gained an extra boost of speed, which likely comes from comet-like jets of gas. Please rate and comment, thanks! Credit: NASA GSFC, Katrina Jackson Music credit: “Midlands” by Marc Barrachina Sanchez [SGAE]; El Murmullo Sarao SGAE, Universal Sarao SGAE; SaraoMusic; Killer Tracks Production Music

Speeding up is relative, really, but it is still outside of normal behavioral bounds. And we like that. Meanwhile… They’re still struggling to comprehend what this thing was. Comet? Maybe. Maybe something else entirely.

Mysterious Oumuamua now considered a comet, not an asteroid

KHON2 News
Published on Jun 27, 2018

Months of analysis led scientists to change their mind. A paper published Wednesday announced their new assessment: Oumuamua is not an asteroid, but a comet, albeit an unusual one.

Our dear resident science boffin does a good job here explaining what was up with this… thing.

Phage

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That’s the thing though. Scientists are actually fascinated by this thing. It’s weird. It’s a visitor from “out there.” Really, really out there.

At first it looked like a rock. It sure acted like a rock. An oddly shaped rock, but a rock. Then, holy crap, it should be slowing down more than it is. What the hell?! Rocks don’t do that!

But “consumer science” sets in, and now it’s “speeding up.” Because “not speeding up like it should”, is boring. For some reason.

Or, they never took a physics class.

Phage is a good man.

It’s stuff like this that makes me want to stay amongst the living, so, Thanks, Mother Nature, keep ‘em coming.

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Ryugu

Be square!

Figure 2 shows Ryugu photographed with the ONC-T (Optical Navigation Camera – Telescopic) on June 24, at around 00:01 JST. The appearance of the surface has now become much clearer. The distance between the spacecraft and the asteroid when this photo was taken was about 40 km.

Figure 2: Asteroid Ryugu photographed by the ONC-T on June 24, 2018 at around 00:01 JST.
Credit : JAXA, University of Tokyo, Kochi University, Rikkyo University, Nagoya University, Chiba Institute of Technology, Meiji University, Aizu University, AIST

Comment by Project Manager, Yuichi Tsuda

The shape of Ryugu is now revealed. From a distance, Ryugu initially appeared round, then gradually turned into a square before becoming a beautiful shape similar to fluorite [known as the ‘firefly stone’ in Japanese]. Now, craters are visible, rocks are visible and the geographical features are seen to vary from place to place. This form of Ryugu is scientifically surprising and also poses a few engineering challenges.

First of all, the rotation axis of the asteroid is perpendicular to the orbit. This fact increases the degrees of freedom for landing and the rover decent operations. On the other hand, there is a peak in the vicinity of the equator and a number of large craters, which makes the selection of the landing points both interesting and difficult. Globally, the asteroid also has a shape like fluorite (or maybe an abacus bead?). This means we expect the direction of the gravitational force on the wide areas of the asteroid surface to not point directly down. We therefore need a detailed investigation of these properties to formulate our future operation plans.

The Project Team is fascinated by the appearance of Ryugu and morale is rising at the prospect of this challenge. Together with all of you, we have become the first eyewitnesses to see asteroid Ryugu. I feel this amazing honor as we proceed with the mission operations.

Hayabusa2 Project
2018.06.25

I can’t wait till the little rovers go down there amongst those rocks.

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PIA22512

Mars is just too cool.

The image is, of course, from NASA/JPL.

Sand dunes often accumulate in the floors of craters. In this region of Lyot Crater, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) shows a field of classic barchan dunes on Jan. 24, 2018. Just to the south of the group of barchan dunes is one large dune with a more complex structure. This particular dune, appearing like turquoise blue in enhanced color, is made of finer material and/or has a different composition than the surrounding. The map is projected above at a scale of 25 centimeters (9.8 inches) per pixel. [The original image scale is 34.7 centimeters (13.7 inches) per pixel (with 1 x 1 binning); objects on the order of 104 centimeters (40.9 inches) across are resolved.] North is up.

Learn more and get a 14MB TIFF at  www.nasa.gov…

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9/11 Father Seeks Justice | The Bobby McIlvaine Act

AE911Truth
Published on Dec 17, 2017

Support the Bobby McIlvaine Act. http://AE911Truth.org/Justice

The Bobby McIlvaine World Trade Center Investigation Act is draft legislation that would establish a Select Committee in either chamber of Congress to reinvestigate the destruction of the three World Trade Center towers on September 11, 2001.

The Act is named after Bobby McIlvaine, who was tragically killed at the age of 26 while entering the North Tower of the World Trade Center and whose father, Bob, has been an outspoken leader in advocating for a new investigation.

Mr. McIlvaine and Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth call on everyone who supports a new investigation to contact your members of Congress and urge them to introduce the Act. You can contact your members of Congress through our website at http://AE911Truth.org/Justice or directly on your own.

Contact information for your members of Congress can be found at https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials.

I would hope that readers of this blog would support this. There is nothing better than or more powerful than the truth.

Which a few of us know. We need e v e r y b o d y to know, Then they will see the world in a stark. new light. That light will prove to be a very cleansing light, for it may just be the only thing that will sufficiently enlighten the majority of people as to what has been happening in the world they thought they knew.

peace

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Well this is excellent as I have thought that they were for decades now. ‘They’ being octopi, squid and cuttlefish.

Their abilities are just way too “out there” for them to be anything even remotely ordinary.

International group of scientists suggest that octopuses might actually be aliens

Mike Wehner @MikeWehner
May 17th, 2018 at 2:56 PM

Normally when you see a story about someone claiming that aliens are hanging out here on Earth its origins can be traced to a misguided conspiracy theorist or crackpot ranting on YouTube. So, when an international group of actual scientists releases a report theorizing the existence of an alien species living right under our noses, it’s worth a look.

The paper, which was published in Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, attempts to tackle the question of how life originated here on Earth. The researchers embrace a number of different proposed explanations and discuss their implications, but one particularly interesting note is their proposal that cephalopods (squid, octopus, and cuttlefish) may have originated somewhere other than Earth. Woah.

“Evidence of the role of extraterrestrial viruses in affecting terrestrial evolution has recently been plausibly implied in the gene and transcriptome sequencing of Cephalopods,” the researchers write. “The genome of the Octopus shows a staggering level of complexity with 33,000 protein-coding genes more than is present in Homo sapiens.”

The scientists challenge that the belief that modern cephalopods evolved to their present form here on Earth and propose the possibility that those we see today are the descendants of creatures that arrived on Earth frozen in an icy comet.

“Its large brain and sophisticated nervous system, camera-like eyes, flexible bodies, instantaneous camouflage via the ability to switch color and shape are just a few of the striking features that appear suddenly on the evolutionary scene,” the paper says, pointing to the possibility that this “great leap forward” in complexity was due to “cryopreserved squid and/or octopus eggs” crashing into the ocean on comets millions of years ago.

Scientists have studied the possibility of life arriving from outer space before, and there’s no shortage of support for the idea that biological material from other worlds may have seeded a young Earth and produced everything we see today.

However, actually proving that this was the case is next to impossible, and singling out one group of animals as potentially coming from space is perhaps an even greater challenge. When the timeline is stretched to billions of years, determining whether new species resulted from gradual mutation due to evolution or arrived in frozen eggs on a comet is very difficult. Nevertheless, it’s an interesting theory, and with over 30 researchers contributing to the report it’s clear that there’s a lot of interest.

common-squid-ryan-photographicThe paper in question is:
Steele, E.J., et al., Cause of Cambrian Explosion – Terrestrial or Cosmic?, Progress in Biophysics and Molecular
Biology (2018), https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2018.03.004
You can get to it here.

Confirming the suspicions (well, kind of), of some long-lingering suspicions, (ha!), is a cool and reassuring thing.

peace

Oh, here’s that pdf. Hope your device will show it. The app shows it in the browser’s pdf reader. Doesn’t work on any of them on my Android fone.

download it here The-Cambrian-explosion_2015_Current-Biology

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Looking for Life As (we think) We Know It: Enceladus and Europa

KISSCaltech
Published on Sep 17, 2015

Watch Professor Jonathan Lunine from Cornell University talk about life in exotic non aqueous environments of Enceladus and Europa. This lecture was presented at the Keck Institute for Space Studies (Caltech) as part of “Don’t Follow (Just) the Water: Does Life Occur in Non-Aqueous Media?” workshop on September 16, 2015.

This is a hardcore science lecture… if the idea of us going there excites you like it does me; and if you are a high-ranking geek as I am, then you will dig this. YMMV

peace

 

Voyager Captures Sounds of Interstellar Space

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Published on Sep 6, 2013

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft captured these sounds of interstellar space. Voyager 1’s plasma wave instrument detected the vibrations of dense interstellar plasma, or ionized gas, from October to November 2012 and April to May 2013.

The graphic shows the frequency of the waves, which indicate the density of the plasma. Colors indicate the intensity of the waves, or how “loud” they are. Red indicates the loudest waves and blue indicates the weakest. The soundtrack reproduces the amplitude and frequency of the plasma waves as “heard” by Voyager 1.

The waves detected by the instrument antennas can be simply amplified and played through a speaker. These frequencies are within the range heard by human ears. Scientists noticed that each occurrence involved a rising tone. The dashed line indicates that the rising tones follow the same slope. This means a continuously increasing density. When scientists extrapolated this line even further back in time (not shown), they deduced that Voyager 1 first encountered interstellar plasma in August 2012.

The Voyager spacecraft were built and continue to be operated by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, Calif. Caltech manages JPL for NASA. The Voyager missions are a part of NASA’s Heliophysics System Observatory, sponsored by the Heliophysics Division of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. For more information about Voyager, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/voyager and http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Iowa

Seriously… we live in marvelous times.

Why not ban war and explore the hell out of everything?

We’re waiting…

peace

 

Randall Carlson Part 1 “Introduction to the Mysteries”

GeoCosmic REX
Published on Feb 8, 2016

Visit http://awarestate.com/exclusive to receive direct email announcements about new articles, books, classes, online appearances, videos, etc… Part 1 of 6: “The World is Not What it Appears to Be” Initiate your pursuit of the ‘Great Work’ here! How deep is that ‘rabbit hole’? Introductory monologue from the February 13, 2008 presentation “Sacred Geometry – the Architecture of Creation”. The best and most concise introduction to the in-depth studies with Randall W. Carlson. Dissipate your predispositions and expectations before clicking “Play” Lead-in music by David Walen Jr: www.soundcloud.com/davi-w-jr

Part 2 “Introduction to the Mysteries” (Hidden Architecture of Creation)

Published on Feb 26, 2016

Part 2 of 6: “Entering the Temple Through Sacred Geometry” Randall shares quotes from the great teachers including Protagoras’ “Man is the measure of all things” as related to the Divine Proportion, and from a 400+ year old Masonic lecture; addresses the symbolic use of the ‘Square and Compasses’ in ancient art with Fu Hsi and Nu Qua; references to the Great Architect of the Universe…

Part 3 “Introduction to the Mysteries” (Initiation into Symbols – Great Work)

Published on Feb 27, 2016

Part 3 of 6: “Initiation into the Symbols of the Great Work” Randall deciphers a symbolically potent diagram from medieval alchemy – ‘The Divine Consummation’ and reviews the geometric (literally ‘Earth measure’) techniques used by Eratosthenes to determine the size of our planet 2400 years ago in Egypt. Welcome in!

Part 4 “Introduction to the Mysteries“ (Significance of the Great Year)

Published on Mar 3, 2016

Part 4 of 6: “Significance of the Great Year” Depictions of Christ figure within the ‘mystic almond’ surrounded by the Lion, the Bull, the Eagle, and the Man – representing the four ‘fixed’ signs of the Zodiac, introduces the Ancients’ model of the ‘Great Year’ that conveyed the “periodicities of the great catastrophes”

Part 5 “Intro to the Mysteries” (Drowning of the World during the Age of Leo)

Published on Mar 9, 2016

Part 5 of 6: “Drowning of the World during the Age of Leo” Review the ‘Cosmic Zodiacal Clock’, identifying the winter of the Great Year as the Age of Leo, which was thoroughly catastrophic – drastic climate change and mass extinction, with flooding on an unprecedented scale. He offers perspective on modern climate fears, setting the stage for the “drowning of the world” during the unresolved ‘Energy Paradox’ Please excuse the darkness and deteriorating audio: Randall shuns the spotlight – literally, preferring the lights low to improve the projected images, and ignored the placement of the lapel microphone, which slowly made its way deeper and deeper into his chest pocket…

Part 6 “Intro to the Mysteries” (Applying the Treasure of Knowledge)

Published on Mar 12, 2016

Part 6 of 6: “Finale – Applying the Treasure of Knowledge” Defining the cosmic ‘enemy’ in preparation to mitigate ‘The Curse’. “The key to our survival is knowledge” – the great treasure preserved by the ancient orders, including the Platonic Solids that represent the measurements of space AND time… Lead-in music by David Walen Jr: http://www.soundcloud.com/davi-w-jr Please excuse the darkness and deteriorating audio

Randall Carlson is the man when it comes to interpretation of the geologic evidence left behind by the planet-wrenching cataclysm that happened a mere 12,900 years ago, give or take a 100 or so.

There is simply so much evidence on a world-wide basis that directly points to this event… and not stories… real physical evidence written into the surface of the earth.

I long to know about who came before and what they did. It is a nearly impossible dream in our current state. There remain only rare fleeting glimpses… unless we do some incredibly major digging in Bolivia, Peru, Mexico and the Middle East. Somehow it can be doubted that anything like that sort of project will occur without human society going fully over to the good side first. What little has been done has shown some truly amazing structures. The deeper you go, the more incredible the discoveries.

peace

 

Catastrophe at 12,900 BP (excerpt from Cosmic Grail series) w/ Randall Carlson (2015)

GeoCosmic REX
Published on Nov 15, 2016

Visit http://awarestate.com/exclusive to receive direct email announcements about new articles, books, classes, online appearances, videos, etc… Randall’s angle on the ‘Quest for the Holy Grail’ takes an acute diversion from the “Revealing the Cosmic Grail” topics of this 15+ hour lecture series to review the sudden and likely cyclical changes that occurred around 12,900 years ago – almost precisely one-half of a Great Year into the past…

This is more my speed and is so much more pleasureable than the previous two posts. Evil is always creepy.

Evidence is there and finally the interpretations are coming in thanks to a small group of folks of which Randall is a nicely articulate member. The only question know, I think, as a layman, is what did it.

But folks like Mr. Carlson can read the terrain and see what happened with a surprising amount of accuracy… a wonderful talent that is eye-opening to be sure. I can visualize what happened from the way he tells the story… and my goodness what a cataclysm. We squeaked by on that one. Lucky we are.

I do hope that somewhere there is an enclave that miraculously escaped the destruction, but, it is far less likely than a really unlikely thing.

peace

 

Well, not quite a Sikorsky, but drones are beautiful, too, eh! WooHoo!

NASA Mars Helicopter Technology Demonstration

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Published on May 11, 2018

The Mars Helicopter is a technology demonstration that will travel to the Red Planet with the Mars 2020 rover. It will attempt controlled flight in Mars’ thin atmosphere, which may enable more ambitious missions in the future. For more information, visit https://go.nasa.gov/2IC8tIh

I was referred to this short piece from a thread called NASA will send a Helicopter to Mars in 2020 by our gortex [Knight of Ni Member Registered: 8/16/2009 Location: Valles Marineris Mood: Variable] and since this is right up my alley as Mars might convince me to stay alive, I got excited and …from there, I found these.

Crazy Engineering: Mars Helicopter

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Published on Jan 22, 2015

JPL engineers are working on a small helicopter that could ‘scout’ a trail for future Mars rovers, but getting a chopper that could fly in the Martian atmosphere is tricky. Episode 2 of Crazy Engineering.

Crazy good stuff

Here’s what a NASA drone for Mars could look like

GeoBeats News
Published on Jan 26, 2015

Hoping to expand the range of what Mars rovers can investigate, NASA is considering equipping the intrepid explorers with helicopters. Mars rovers have done a lot of great work for NASA, but their investigative range is restricted to what can be seen via their onboard cameras. Hoping to expand the options for what the intrepid explorers can look into, the space agency is considering equipping them with helicopters. The goal isn’t to make the rovers themselves fly, but to provide them with a scout that can travel quickly and send back information. Researchers on the ground could go through the data collected, determine which areas of the Red Planet look most intriguing, and send the rover along the proper path. The detachable helicopter could also be useful in aiding the search for particular areas that offer promising opportunities for in-depth analysis and sample collection. The plan is to create a flying rover assistant that weighs about 2 pounds and has a propeller span of just over 3-and-a-half feet. A proof-of-concept prototype, which according to NASA looks kind of like a tissue box, is currently being tested at the agency’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. The next rover mission to Mars is scheduled to depart in 2020.

Sweet. Petite.

NASA’s Mars Drone Scout – Behold The Future

UPHIGH Productions
Published on Apr 7, 2017

Behold The Future…NASA’s new Mars drone to scout for human habitation sites. The way humans explore Mars could be about to take a giant leap forward with the invention of special flying drones to explore harder to reach parts of the red planet. NASA says the devices could help identify sites for human habitation.

Engineers from NASA’s Langley Research Center are developing a drone that can fly in the thin Martian atmosphere. The autonomous aircraft will team up with ground-based rovers to give researchers far greater flexibility in exploring currently inaccessible features, such as lava tubes and deep canyons.

As well as exploring hard to reach places, Langley engineers say the drones will scout the surface of Mars looking for suitable areas to build human habitats. The “Mars Electric Flyer” project focuses on lightweight structures powered by electric motors. These machines will have vertical takeoff and landing flight control, as well as autonomous navigation.

The electric-powered drones will be equipped with cutting edge motor and battery technologies so they can carry out long-range missions without human intervention. The machines will also be equipped with advanced mapping and remote sensor systems.

The plan is to send the aircraft to Mars on board one of NASA’s rovers. A concept video released by Langley shows the rover using a robotic arm to release the drone on the surface of the planet. The drone then takes off to explore caves and canyons before returning to the rover for post-mission recharging.

The autonomous aircraft, still in the prototype stage, is designed for the thin atmospheric conditions on Mars and is currently undergoing low-pressure chamber flight tests at Langley.
https://www.rt.com/viral/383127-mars-…

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NASA Langley Engineers Propose Mars Flyer Concept

Imagine being able to survey more parts of another planet like Mars than ever before. Orbiters and rovers have been successful so far but engineers keep looking for new ways to gather information. One way may be by using an unmanned aerial vehicle like this Mars Flyer concept. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xjHC…

This looks rather sporty and fleet…

Should have enough air, right?

And please,

Give my regards to the Admiral, Langley.

Mars Helicopter Scout

KISSCaltech
Published on Nov 12, 2015

MiMi Aung, the Autonomous Systems Deputy Division Manager at JPL, presented the Mars Helicopter Scout at the Keck Institute for Space Studies lecture on April 1, 2015. The Mars Helicopter Scout is a current proposal to demonstrate helicopter flight at Mars on the Mars 2020 mission.The Mars Helicopter Scout will scout ahead of a planetary surface rover to provide high-resolution aerial images of the terrain for science and operational purposes. This talk described the scope of the Mars Helicopter Scout proposal, the signficant science and operational benefits of a helicopter in planetary surface exploration, and the technical design overview of Mars Helicopter Scout. The talk concluded with examples of feedforward applications of a planetary helicopter to future missions, with an invitation for lecture attendees to join in further envisioning the much bigger, broader future applications offered by this addition of an aerial dimension to the state-of-practice surface rovers and orbiters in planetary exploration today.

And there you have it.

Exciting stuff and exciting times ahead.

You may have heard the news… plans are to get one up there in 2020… just two tiny yarn!

 

peace

 

Lophelia II 2008: Extraordinary Redeye Gaper

oceanexplorergov
Published on Dec 10, 2008

Scientist discovered a redeye gaper (Chaunax sp.) venting water at 240 meters (788 feet) depth at the Green Canyon dive site. This expedition was the first cruise of a 4-year project to explore new deepwater coral communities in the Gulf of Mexico at both natural and human-made sites. The goal of the project was to also characterize these communities in terms of coral habitat characteristics, biology, ecology, and genetic connectivity.

Video courtesy of Lophelia II 2008: Deepwater Coral Expedition: Reefs, Rigs, and Wrecks.

Source: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explora…

Sort of reminds one of a tiny rex-y kind of dinosaur, doesn’t it? It was all I could think of.

Wicked cool.

Giant Isopod: Gulf of Mexico 2017

oceanexplorergov
Published on Dec 4, 2017

On November 30, 2017, during the first dive of the Okeanos Explorer Gulf of Mexico 2017 expedition, we saw this giant deep-sea isopod (Bathynomus giganteus) at a depth of ~810 meters (2,660 feet). Measuring nearly 30 centimeters (almost one foot) long, these giant isopods are a great example of deep-sea gigantism, as most isopods in the deep sea are much smaller, about the size of your thumbnail. While we often see these giant underwater ‘pill bugs’ resting on the seafloor, we don’t always get to see them swim, so seeing this isopod come in for a landing was exciting! Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2017. Learn more about the expedition: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos…

[Source: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos…]

Being nature boy when I was a little kid I am qquite familiar with wood lice and I rather like them and think it unfortunate that they are stuck with the moniker. Lice is an unattractive name for such a neat little critter.

These things look exactly like them (well, almost exactly) but are a foot long!

That’s yuuuge.

Dumbo Octopus: Gulf of Mexico 2014

oceanexplorergov
Published on May 9, 2014

Spotted during the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Gulf of Mexico 2014 expedition and identified as the biology highlight of the cruise by many of our scientists and viewers alike, this dumbo octopus displayed a body posture that has never before been observed in cirrate octopods. Learn more about this guy and other cephalopods (squids, octopods, and their relatives) seen during the expedition: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos… Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Gulf of Mexico 2012

Source: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos…

My, oh my, the adorable level knows no bounds.

We need to spend billions on exploring the ocean. Not effing bombs. Got plenty of those.

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Calling all cryptozoologists!

I stumbled across this juicy little tidbit quite by accident the other evening via an interesting and new-to-me blog called bizarre creatures which had a December 2007 post called gobi desert creature which led to another interesting blog called Dreaming Of Danzan Ravjaa. The tagline reads: “An American Buddhist Monk in and out of Mongolia: Religion, Culture, History and Birdlife.” In a post from September 2007, we read:

I need a day or two to edit several hundred photographs, recall and refine details, and just process. But rest assured, I’ll share as much as I can this week, undoubtedly over several posts.

But in the meantime, what in the hell are these?

weird gobi creature

weird gobi creature

weird gobi creature

On the first day’s drive, we happened upon a pea-green, brackish pond, along the edges of which hundreds of these bizarre creatures were scuttling about and fighting whenever they encountered each other. I recalled at once the horseshoe crabs I used to find in childhood visits to Long Island, tales of the Mongolian Death Worm, and the hideous tracking robot that burrowed into Neo’s bellybutton in The Matrix. They’re about three inches long, and about 300 million years out of place. Please forward to friends who may be zoologists; I have no idea where to even begin researching what these are and how they came to be in a small pond smack in the middle of the Gobi Desert. I just stood there watching them, my face locked somewhere between a scowl and a gawp, contemplating karma until summoned back into the car.

Neither blog has heard one single peep from anyone since they posted in 2007.

That’s terriblecan we do better?

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This is an exciting testament to human achievement. Think about what that is. That is the view you’d have if you were sitting out in the middle of outer space – sitting on a comet.

Because that is exactly what you are looking at! Upper right dots are stars Center and left are mostly dust flying around with stars too of course… and the ground is the surface of a comet. The comet in question being 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

ETA: This explains the background better:

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Yeah, from what I can gather the particles going the same direction in a downwards trajectory in the background are all stars, and the rest of the mess going random directions in the foreground is the actual dust/debris of the comet.

You remember the Rosetta mission, hopefully. Not too long ago. It orbited that comet real close and featured a lander which went forth and is obviously working just fine. This is a stitched together sequence of frames from that lander.

A very nice composite is below for those who are freaked out by the utter awesomeness of getting such a mind stopping view.

Bravo!

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The video above is an mp4. You can also get it as a gif at imgur in Remember the Rosetta mission? This is what it looks like to BE ON A COMET!! In flipping space!!

Beyond Incredible.

Seriously.

 

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Yes! Hahahaha! Science!

Science, in the form of astronomical research, has confirmed, to the delight of little boys everywhere…

that… Uranus surrounded by fart clouds

Awesome. But, really, we all knew this, didn’t we? I think it has been known for a long time… even by the people who named the planet with such an accurate (cough, cough) description…

Uranus, the seventh planet from the sun, has held a vital (and smelly) secret of the solar system for decades. An international team of researchers reported on Monday that they’ve discovered evidence that Uranus holds one of the most unpleasant-smelling chemicals known to humankind. “They found hydrogen sulfide, the odiferous gas that most people avoid, in Uranus’s cloud tops,” according to a press release from Gemini Observatory, a high-power telescope atop a Hawaiian volcano.

Another take: www.businessinsider.com…

 

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Alien Artifacts Recovered from Crashed UFOs are NOT of This World

UAMN TV
Published on Mar 20, 2018

With a new focus on physical proof via the scientific study of known UFO crash artifacts, Jacques Vallée has been organizing isotopic and elemental analysis of evidence. Some of the samples Vallée had tested were found to be outside of the terrestrial norm, and so pure in their form that they appear to be fabricated in a method not possible on Earth.

There are many remarkable alien artifacts that have been hidden away in secret vaults, they could re-write history as we know it. These artifacts are highly controversial and need to be tested.  We are constantly finding new ufo artifacts that defy our current understanding of the universe.

Jacques has always been a hero… an astronomer, an actual scientist (as opposed to a claimed one), a computer communications visionary, buds with Hynek and a writer of tomes that are intriguing on many levels. He’s not at all like your usual ufologist. And that’s good. Real good.

1ofthe9 noted and I agree that Its pretty strange and out of character for him to do this imho.

Hoping he’s just happy about findings, seems to be. It is true that he doesn’t do this sort of thing anymore as a rule. But I will give him room … we owe him a tonne.

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It’s S T E V E !

The Aurora Named STEVE

NASA Goddard
Published on Mar 14, 2018

For the first time, scientists have ground and satellite views of STEVE (short for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement), a thin purple ribbon of light. Scientists have now learned, despite its ordinary name, that STEVE may be an extraordinary puzzle piece in painting a better picture of how Earth’s magnetic fields function and interact with charged particles in space. The Aurorasaurus team, led by Liz MacDonald, a space scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, conferred to determine the identity of this mysterious phenomenon. MacDonald and her colleague Eric Donovan at the University of Calgary in Canada talked with the amateur photographers from the Alberta Aurora Chasers, the people who first captured images of STEVE. Other collaborators on this work are: the University of Calgary, New Mexico Consortium, Boston University, Lancaster University, Athabasca University, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and the Alberta Aurora Chasers Facebook group. Watch this video on the NASA Goddard YouTube channel. Music credit: Bright Patterns by Gregg Lehrman, John Christopher Nye Complete transcript available. Read more: www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/… This video is public domain and along with other supporting visualizations can be downloaded from the Scientific Visualization Studio at: svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/12865 Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Genna Duberstein

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From another reference for which I’ve no linkages…

Unlike other aurora, this light appears as a wavering ‘picket fence’ of purple tinged with green, often occurring at lower latitudes than most of the northern lights. Observers have seen the light stick around for between 20 minutes to an hour before vanishing. The discussion among enthusiasts zoomed in on something called a proton aurora, which although not typically considered to be visible were thought to explain some of Steve’s odd characteristics.

It turns out that STEVE is a SAID – or a sub auroral ion drift. Previously described as polarisation jets, SAIDs have been known to astronomers for about forty years. They’re short-lived, supersonic flows of charged particles that form during a certain phase of an auroral substorm. Substorms occur when lines in our planet’s magnetic field suddenly reconfigure, sending showers of high energy charged particles crashing into our atmosphere.

Hey. Been getting into some strange weather / atmospheric / oceanographic / upper mantle type shite. And it certainly is pretty darn strange! Global, too. Bwahahaha hahaha hahahaaaha!

This one’s not very weird, though, so, sorry boudat… be patient eh.

Anomalies rule, baby.

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Grazing Cows Rush To Listen To Accordion Music

MichelleCobrin
Published: February 8, 2017
Updated: February 9, 2017

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Most of us have heard of the famous children’s story about the Pied Piper. In this German folklore, there was a Pied Piper who helps lead the rats out of Hamlin, Germany with his magic flute. This story was thought to be only that, a story, but it seems that it may have some merit. Animals can be fond of many different sounds and noises, so much so that they could even get attracted to them. That is exactly the case in this video as a herd of cows come over to hear accordion music played by this man in Garmisch, Germany. It’s so crazy how they truly enjoy the music!

Who would have thought that something like this could actually happen! Looks like that old story about the Piper could have had some facts in it after all. This man is a modern day Pied Piper, albeit he is playing the accordion and is attracting cows, not rats. None the less, this makes for one entertaining and interesting video.

Have you ever seen something like this? Do you know any animals that are attracted to music or a certain instrument? Let us know down in the comment section below! Please share this video with your family and friends as it is one that should not be missed!

Well, this YouTube reco turned out to be pretty interesting. It certainly does appear that these lovely milkmaids really do like the music and listening intently to same is indeed their goal.

We learned ages ago that music is built into our genes… so… maybe music, like love, is universal!

I’d be more than willing to lay odds on it.

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‘Never Cry Wolf’ w/ Jc Johnson, Cryptozoologist Sun Aug 6th 5pmPT

Beyond The Strange
Published on Aug 6, 2017

Source: https://www.spreaker.com/user/beyondt… Jc Johnson, considered by some to be the “Indiana Jones of Cryptozoology,” founded and leads a group of dozens of enthusiastic and determined researchers focused on a variety of strange and mysterious creatures in the Four Corners area of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. This group’s research includes Bigfoot, Giant Snakes, Living Dinosaurs, Werewolves, Dragons, Giant Birds, Pterodactyls, Centaurs, Native American “Skin Walkers”, and other cryptids frequently reported in this wild and remote region. Johnson has been a professional river and outdoor guide for more than 20 years. His experience, knowledge, attunement to nature and undying faith make him a driving force in the field of Cryptozoological and Paranormal research. Learn more about Jc at https://www.facebook.com/CRYPTO-FOUR-…

Rest In Peace, JC. Thank you for the dreams and inspiration. Thanks, too, for the wonderful treasure chest of works you left for us to enjoy and learn from.

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