1962 Mars landing (Alternative 3)
Mar 26, 2009
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This is amongst my favorite classic pieces. So well done, it just makes you smile.
This is so totally awesome!
Just out today!
September 14, 2020.
“The best evidence for life beyond Earth has been found in the most surprising of places – the atmosphere of Venus.
A team led by Jane Greaves, who is a professor at Cardiff University, has detected the presence of phosphine gas in Venus’ clouds. The intriguing thing about phosphine, which is a molecule formed of three hydrogen atoms and one phosphorous atom, is that on Earth its only natural source is from some anaerobic (i.e., non-oxygen breathing) microbial lifeforms. No known geological mechanism or non-biological chemical reaction produces it on our planet, although it is produced deep inside gas giants like Jupiter and Saturn where hydrogen is plentiful and the temperature and pressure extremely high.”
Here we go!
Tomorrow, July 30 at approximately 7:50 a.m. EDT, NASA is planning to launch a mission to take the Perseverance rover to Mars. Settled among the millions of dollars of high-tech space equipment is a DPA 4006 Omnidirectional Microphone, an MMA-A Digital Audio Interface and an MMP-G Modular Active Cable, which will act as an ultra-transparent preamplifier.
The off-the-shelf microphone and audio interface will be the rover’s “ears” and the auditory part of the “brain” during the demanding and dangerous entry, descent and landing (EDL) part of the trip. The microphone’s mission is to capture sounds as the rover enters the Martian atmosphere and makes its way down to the planet surface.
Watch history in the making, live!
Follow the countdown and make sure to check out the other fun and educational information on NASA’s Mars 2020 mission page. You can even watch NASA’s Perseverance rover Launch to Mars on the NASA YouTube channel.
Let’s help give the 4006 (and the entire Perseverance rover) a proper send off and wish it well on its long and lonely 7-month journey!
Exploring the sounds of Mars
DPA Microphones is hitching a ride with the Mars 2020 Rover. What do we expect to hear?
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Exploring the sounds of Mars
Jan 8, 2019
DPA Microphones is hitching a ride with the Mars 2020 Rover. What do we expect to hear?
Dear readers, my dream has come true!
When I made enquiry a while ago, I was told they were going to put a mic up. And they have! BRAVO!
I am thrilled! Oh, yes, I am!
Ta da, the logo of the new United States Space Force… it’s more than a bit Star Trekkie; and the motto of the new Force is – “Semper Supra” (Always Above)…
which is is somewhat similar to the National Reconnaissance Office’s motto “Supra Et Ultra” (Above & Beyond).
I love that we have the tech to do this, to gaze upon planets far, far from home. Yes, this is fantastic.
This just in [from]:
It’s the first ever direct image of two large exo planets around a star similar to our own. It’s pretty awesome to get to see a real image of planets outside our solar system.
The European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (ESO’s VLT) has taken the first ever image of a young, Sun-like star accompanied by two giant exoplanets. Images of systems with multiple exoplanets are extremely rare, and — until now — astronomers had never directly observed more than one planet orbiting a star similar to the Sun. The observations can help astronomers understand how planets formed and evolved around our own Sun.
Even though astronomers have indirectly detected thousands of planets in our galaxy, only a tiny fraction of these exoplanets have been directly imaged,” says co-author Matthew Kenworthy, Associate Professor at Leiden University, adding that “direct observations are important in the search for environments that can support life.” The direct imaging of two or more exoplanets around the same star is even more rare; only two such systems have been directly observed so far, both around stars markedly different from our Sun. The new ESO’s VLT image is the first direct image of more than one exoplanet around a Sun-like star. ESO’s VLT was also the first telescope to directly image an exoplanet, back in 2004, when it captured a speck of light around a brown dwarf, a type of ‘failed’ star.
Bravo, boffins, jolly good show, what?!
It won’t be long now till we’re out there. I am sure of it. Toddlers today will live it.
Should we survive, of course.
Stole this post from ATS, another terrific thread by Gortex that is right up my alley and hopefully yours.
Enhanced by AI , Moon Landing Footage like You’ve Never Seen
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posted on Jul, 19 2020 @ 02:02 PM
Take a ride on the Lunar Rover as it traverses the Moon in 60fps restored footage.
The clarity of the restored images and frame rate make it look like it was filmed yesterday.
A photo and film restoration specialist, who goes by the name of DutchSteamMachine, has worked some AI magic to enhance original Apollo film, creating strikingly clear and vivid video clips and images.
“I really wanted to provide an experience on this old footage that has not been seen before,” he told Universe Today.
Take a look at this enhanced footage from an Apollo 16 lunar rover traverse with Charlie Duke and John Young, where the footage that was originally shot with 12 frames per second (FPS) has been increased to 60 FPS:
Hats off to Dutchsteammachine , great job.
Apollo 15 in 60fps: Lunar Landing
Jun 17, 2020
Support content like this and more at my Patreon: www.patreon.com/dutchsteammac… Join the Discord Server: discord.gg/zm3rmRq The complete Apollo 15 Ascent in 4K 60fps from a HD source. Rendertime: 5 hours. Enjoy 16mm, Panorama’s & Audio: NASA 16mm processing: Dutchsteammachine
Apollo 16 in 60fps: Rover Traverse To Station 13
Jul 7, 2020
Apollo 16 Rover Traverse to Station 13 16mm footage interpolated from 12fps to 60fps with DAIN-AI. Colour corrected and synchronized with audio. Artefacts caused by interpolation. Raw 16mm film, 70mm stills & Audio: NASA Video & Audio Processing: Dutchsteammachine Patron Credit: Generaljohnson Burke Burnett Joshua Lennen
Apollo 16 in 60fps: Rover Traverse to Station 4
Jun 27, 2020
Apollo 16 Rover Traverse to Station 4 16mm footage interpolated from 12fps to 60fps with DAIN-AI. Colour corrected and synchronized with audio. Raw 16mm film & Audio: NASA Video & Audio Processing: Dutchsteammachine
Photo #MR-1A-9186-266 – This appears to be the first photo of the object, and it appears towards the lower left side of the frame.
Photo #MR-1A-9186-267 – Nothing anomalous appears to be in this frame, but it is included for research.
Photo #MR-1A-9186-268 – Here, what appears to be an object, appears towards the top left. Although not significant, when coupled with the next frame, it seems like the object is flying towards the Mercury-Redstone spacecraft. Illusion?
Photo #MR-1A-9186-269 – Here is the most important, and clearest frame. The object now appears again towards the lower left side of the frame.
Unknown Object in 1960 Photographs from Mercury-Redstone 1A
by Administrator on June 7, 2020
Case File Status: Unidentified
Originally Published: April 30, 2015. Updated June 7, 2020
Case File Summary
What are we looking at?: This is a photo taken by the Mercury Redstone 1A Mission launched on December 19, 1960.
Out of the 420 photos archived in ASU’s collection, there are multiple photos that capture, what appears to be, an unknown object, or possibly a craft, that shouldn’t be there.
In 1960, there wasn’t much in space, so what could this mysterious object be?
After posting this case file, I received a lot of feedback. Those skeptical on the case proposed that it was a reflection of something inside the craft. So, I did a bit of analysis to see if that theory holds water.
I used 2 photos from the string above. Photo #MR-1A-9186-266 (B&W) and also Photo #MR-1A-9186-269 (Red Tint). I feel that you can discount this theory of a reflection, due to the fact the “reflection” does not appear in 2 of the photos in between these two frames in or near the spot, and also the theory ignores Photo #MR-1A-9186-268 which may show the object much farther in the background.
But, for sake of argument, we will dismiss those photos and deal with the two argued as a reflection. I used, what I believe, is the only constant (non-moving) object in the frame of photos – the reflection of the mission clock. The spacecraft is moving, so therefore, objects on the outside of the spacecraft would be moving their position in the frame as well. Matching the clock on the photos, would show what was constant inside the craft as it would appear in the same exact position, and what was ‘moving’ outside the craft therefore being in different positions as the spacecraft moved.
Please read the rest of the article … and view the analytical photos … at The Black Vault.
I love this sort of stuff!
There is nothing better than the unknown!
Rocket Men – Wernher von Braun poses with Austrian-Hungarian rocket pioneer Hermann Oberth, Ernst Stuhlinger, U.S. General Holger Toftoy, Robert Lusser, and models of missiles he helped design. 1956.
Hermann Oberth (center), was the mentor of Wernher von Braun (second from right).
(Image credit: NASA)
I love this picture!
ESA/Hubble Flashback: Saturn In Natural Colours.
The ring swirling around Saturn consists of chunks of ice and dust. Saturn itself is made of ammonia ice and methane gas. The little dark spot on Saturn is the shadow from Saturn’s moon Enceladus.
View larger image at: www.spacetelescope.org/images/opo9828c/
Credit: Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA/ESA)
Hubble Space Telescope is 30 Today and to Celebrate it’s Taken a Picture of the Cosmic Reef
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posted on Apr, 24 2020 @ 02:49 PM
30 years ago today the Hubble telescope took its place in space as our eye in the sky peering out into the Universe , 30 years of discovery and mind boggling pictures from the dawn of creation , to celebrate the anniversary the Hubble team have imaged the “Cosmic Reef” , two Stellar nebulae in our neighboring Large Magellanic Cloud.
The accompanying video takes a closer look
This science visualization presents the dramatic landscape of two nebulas in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The video, based on images by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, takes viewers on a close-up tour of the nebulas’ three-dimensional structures, as envisioned by scientists and artists.
The movie begins with the Hubble view of NGC 2014 (lower left) and NGC 2020 (upper right). The region has been nicknamed the “Cosmic Reef,” because of its resemblance to an undersea world. The camera then flies past myriad stars for a close-up look at NGC 2014. The first stop is the bubble of hot gas on the left that has a coral-like appearance. Energetic ultraviolet light from the system’s most massive stars has heated the gas, while strong stellar winds (streams of charged particles) help create its bubble structure.
The journey continues into the heart of the nebula, home to extraordinarily massive and bright stars. The glowing gas in this region is bathed in the stars’ intense luminosity. In contrast, the dark, denser gas is resisting that radiation, and is blown back to form craggy, mountainous shapes. The virtual flight moves past ridges, valleys, and pockets of new star formation.
The camera then rises up and over a ridge of NGC 2014, revealing the three-dimensional structure of neighboring NGC 2020. The Wolf-Rayet star at its core is the mammoth, intensely hot source of this nebula. Episodes of outbursts from the young star have produced cloudy rings and clumps in the bright blue gas. While Hubble views NGC 2020 looking down the axis of the stellar outflows, the visualization finishes with a side view that illustrates the nebula’s double-lobed structure.
Cosmic Reef: NGC 2014 & NGC 2020
Hubble Space Telescope
Apr 24, 2020
This science visualization presents the dramatic landscape of two nebulas in the Large Magellanic Cloud. The video, based on images by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, takes viewers on a close-up tour of the nebulas’ three-dimensional structures, as envisioned by scientists and artists. The movie begins with the Hubble view of NGC 2014 (lower left) and NGC 2020 (upper right). The region has been nicknamed the “Cosmic Reef,” because of its resemblance to an undersea world. The camera then flies past myriad stars for a close-up look at NGC 2014. The first stop is the bubble of hot gas on the left that has a coral-like appearance. Energetic ultraviolet light from the system’s most massive stars has heated the gas, while strong stellar winds (streams of charged particles) help create its bubble structure. The journey continues into the heart of the nebula, home to extraordinarily massive and bright stars. The glowing gas in this region is bathed in the stars’ intense luminosity. In contrast, the dark, denser gas is resisting that radiation, and is blown back to form craggy, mountainous shapes. The virtual flight moves past ridges, valleys, and pockets of new star formation. The camera then rises up and over a ridge of NGC 2014, revealing the three-dimensional structure of neighboring NGC 2020. The Wolf-Rayet star at its core is the mammoth, intensely hot source of this nebula. Episodes of outbursts from the young star have produced cloudy rings and clumps in the bright blue gas. While Hubble views NGC 2020 looking down the axis of the stellar outflows, the visualization finishes with a side view that illustrates the nebula’s double-lobed structure. Credit: NASA, ESA, G. Bacon, J. DePasquale, L. Hustak, J. Olmstead, A. Pagan, D. Player, and F. Summers (STScI) Music: “Cosmic Reef” by J. DePasquale (STScI)
Happy Anniversary Hubble team , here’s to many many more.
In space, no-one can hear you sneeze.
While we’ve been pre-occupied with medical matters other science continues. The BepiColombo probe swung by us in a gravity assist manoeuvre on its way to Mercury, capturing some cool views on the way:
I love views from space…
Earth rotates as BepiColombo flies by
Apr 12, 2020
As the ESA’s BepiColombo probe flew past Earth on its gravity assist slingshot to Mercury it took some photographs. I lined up the Earth part and size adjusted them to make this view of Earth rotating in space.
Original imagery and more information here sci.esa.int/web/bepicolombo/-…
By #Tim White
Boris Vallejo cover art for Berserker by Fred Saberhagen, Ace Books, 1978.
True Facts – True Facts About The Octopus
Octopi and the rest of the cephalopods are profoundly fascinating creatures who’s intelligence is legend and who’s shapeshifting and camouflage abilities put our Odo to shame. The makeup, including their unique gene structure — have compelled many learned scholars and researchers to conclude that they did not originate on this earth
Which is the coolest thing out there, as far as I’m concerned.
The Death of Comet 332P
NASA’s Juno spacecraft captured the image on Feb. 17, 2020 and sent it back nearly 500 million miles for us to marvel at.
At the time of the picture the spacecraft was around 15,000 miles from the cloud tops.
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Some notable features in this view are the long, thin bands that run through the center of the image from top to bottom. Juno has observed these long streaks since its first close pass by Jupiter in 2016. The streaks are layers of haze particles that float above the underlying cloud features. Scientists don’t yet know exactly what these hazes are made of or how they form. Two jet streams in Jupiter’s atmosphere flank either side of the region where the narrow bands of haze typically appear, and some researchers speculate those jet streams may influence the formation of the high hazes.
The streaks are layers of haze particles that float above the underlying cloud features. Scientists don’t yet know exactly what these hazes are made of or how they form.
For me the most intriguing part of the picture are the streaks that form in the upper atmosphere , it has been theorised that life could exist in the cloud layers of Jupiter feeding on the chemicals in the cloud layers and gaining access to precious Sunlight , perhaps the streaks are something akin to algal bloom seen in Earths oceans , it could be the streaks are our first look at Jovian life.
Just a thought.
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Comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko, taken on March 27, 2020 by the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft.
The probe was 329 km away from the comet, which was lined up perfectly with the Sun
Credit ESA / Rosetta NavCam CC BY-SA IGO 3.0
It is truly awesome that we can have the thrill of looking at images like this from deep space. I love it.
This is a wonderfully organic-looking anomaly just found on Mars! Me likey. I so hope it is an exciting thing rather than a mundane thing.
The panorama is at this link – www.nasa.gov…
A special tool allows viewers to zoom into this panorama … use it by clicking HERE.
NASA’s Curiosity rover captured its highest-resolution panorama yet of the Martian surface between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 2019. A version without the rover contains nearly 1.8 billion pixels; a version with the rover contains nearly 650 million pixels. Both versions are composed of more than 1,000 images that were carefully assembled over the following months.
The rover’s Mast Camera, or Mastcam, used its telephoto lens to produce the panorama and relied on its medium-angle lens to produce a lower-resolution panorama that includes the rover’s deck and robotic arm.
Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego built and operates Mastcam. A division of Caltech, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Mars Science Laboratory mission for the agency’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington and built the Curiosity rover.
Curiosity Mars Rover Snaps 1.8 Billion-Pixel Panorama (narrated video)
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Mar 4, 2020
NASA Curiosity Project Scientist Ashwin Vasavada guides this tour of the rover’s view of the Martian surface. This panorama showcases “Glen Torridon,” a region on the side of Mount Sharp that Curiosity is exploring. The panorama was taken between Nov. 24 and Dec. 1, 2019, when the Curiosity team was out for the Thanksgiving holiday. Since the rover would be sitting still with few other tasks to do while it waited for the team to return and provide its next commands, the rover had a rare chance to image its surroundings several days in a row without moving. Composed of more than 1,000 images and carefully assembled over the ensuing months, the larger version of this composite contains nearly 1.8 billion pixels of Martian landscape.
Explore more in this 360 video: youtu.be/0fva2pH41FM
For more about the mission, visit mars.nasa.gov/msl
Oh, Lordy, I do love space exploration so … it thrills me no end!
What an absolutely fantastic person! A total treasure. Rest in Peace, dear heart.
Scientist Predicts Higher Forms Of Alien Life on Europa
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posted on Feb, 9 2020 @ 03:29 AM
It’s ‘almost a racing certainty’ there’s alien life on Jupiter’s moon Europa—and Mars could be hiding primitive microorganisms, too. That’s the view of leading British space scientist Professor Monica Grady, who says the notion of undiscovered life in our galaxy isn’t nearly as far-fetched as we might expect.
Professor Grady, a Professor of Planetary and Space Science, says the frigid seas beneath Europa’s ice sheets could harbor ‘octopus’ like creatures. Meanwhile the deep caverns and caves found on Mars may also hide subterranean life-forms—as they offer shelter from intense solar radiation while also potentially boasting remnants of ice.
Professor Grady was speaking at Liverpool Hope University, where she’s just been installed as Chancellor, and revealed: “When it comes to the prospects of life beyond Earth, it’s almost a racing certainty that there’s life beneath the ice on Europa.”
“Elsewhere, if there’s going to be life on Mars, it’s going to be under the surface of the planet. “There you’re protected from solar radiation. And that means there’s the possibility of ice remaining in the pores of the rocks, which could act as a source of water.”
“If there is something on Mars, it’s likely to be very small—bacteria.”
“But I think we’ve got a better chance of having slightly higher forms of life on Europa, perhaps similar to the intelligence of an octopus.”
Well, if that’s the case then the universe could be teeming with life and probably advanced civilizations far ahead of us in technology that would perhaps seem like magic to us. One scientist said that there are more advanced civilizations partying around the universe than there are grains of sand on planet earth!!
I wouldn’t go that far but there is probably more life out there than we can ever imagine!
I would go that far. Life teems. It’s the only thing life knows how to do. Just look at our own world, there’s life deep underground…inside the rocks…and they just found life inside the Chernobyl reactor that eats the radiation.
So, yes, absolutely, life is everywhere — and I use the word everywhere quite literally.
I love this stuff. We need to stop killing each other and get out in space! And hey, there is also Enceladus!
Astronaut Eannarino takes a break after suiting up.
Photo credit: Josh White
Damn… she’s Hot!
Sun’s surface captured in highest resolution yet
Jan 29, 2020
The highest resolution imagery of the sun to date has been captured bye the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope. Story: World’s largest solar telescope produces never-before-seen image of our star www.space.com/first-sun-image…
Credit: Space.com / footage courtesy: NSO/NSF/AURA / produced & edited by Steve Spaleta (www.twitter.com/stevespaleta
This is SO cool! Whee!
The boiling surface of the sun in 4K
Jan 29, 2020
Each of these little cells is the size of Texas, for reference. First images from the National Science Foundation’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope reveal unprecedented detail of the Sun’s surface and preview the world-class products to come from this preeminent 4-meter solar telescope. Full story: newatlas.com/space/boiling-su…
The first images and videos are in from the National Science Foundation’s Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope, and they show the bubbling, explosive surface of our sun in unprecedented detail. The sheer scale, beauty and violence is breathtaking.
The telescope, positioned on the summit of Mt. Haleakala in Hawaii, has been a 10-year planning and construction project. It uses a huge 13-foot (4 m) mirror, the biggest ever used on a solar telescope, and its curved shape and other optical elements focus a huge 13 kilowatts of solar power, creating enormous heat. Cooling is provided by a “liquid-cooled metal donut,” and it features adaptive optics designed to compensate for the blurring introduced by the Earth’s atmosphere at high resolutions.
As a result, it’s the most advanced solar telescope ever built, and capable of rendering clear images of solar features as small as 20-30 km (12-18 mi) in size. Now, the first images are out, and they show the turbulent plasma of the sun’s surface in magnificent detail.
Each of the cell-like structures in the images and video shown here is around the size of Texas, or about 700 miles (~1,100 km) across. The video at the bottom of the page shows how they rise and fall in the space of just 10 minutes. For a sense of scale, that video covers a width of the solar surface equal to about one and a half times the diameter of the Earth, or about 1/73rd of the diameter of the sun itself.
And not for nothin:’
UNCUT STS-48 UFO “event”
May 16, 2009
This is for the researcher who wants to see this “legendary” clip in full. It goes from “normal” at night, to the 1st NASA shuttle video to show a UFO!
Relive the ‘buildup,’ not expecting anything as thunderstorms are being observed.
From Martyn Stubbs’ NASA UFO Archives.
These were heady times. These were good times.
I miss the old days.
Pan across the Milky Way’s central region
European Southern Observatory (ESO)
Dec 16, 2019
This video pans across the central regions of the Milky Way, newly observed with the HAWK-I instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in the Chilean Atacama Desert. This stunning view shows the Milky Way’s central region with an angular resolution of 0.2 arcseconds.
More information and download options: www.eso.org/public/videos/eso1… Credit: ESO/Nogueras-Lara et al.
Very Large Telescope images stunning central region of the Milky Way
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posted on Dec, 17 2019 @ 02:19 PM
Astronomers at the European Southern Observatory based in in northern Chile have released high resolution images and the video below of the central region of our Galaxy , the observations give a new take for astronomers on the rate of Star formation in the early Galaxy and challenge the accepted theory that Star formation has been continuous throughout the history of the Milky way.
“Contrary to what had been accepted up to now, we found that the formation of stars has not been continuous,” adds Francisco Nogueras-Lara, who led two new studies of the Milky Way central region while at the same institute in Granada.
In the study, published today in Nature Astronomy, the team found that about 80% of the stars in the Milky Way central region formed in the earliest years of our galaxy, between eight and 13.5 billion years ago. This initial period of star formation was followed by about six billion years during which very few stars were born. This was brought to an end by an intense burst of star formation around one billion years ago when, over a period of less than 100 million years, stars with a combined mass possibly as high as a few tens of million Suns formed in this central region.
“The conditions in the studied region during this burst of activity must have resembled those in ‘starburst’ galaxies, which form stars at rates of more than 100 solar masses per year,” says Nogueras-Lara, who is now based at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany. At present, the whole Milky Way is forming stars at a rate of about one or two solar masses per year.
“This burst of activity, which must have resulted in the explosion of more than a hundred thousand supernovae, was probably one of the most energetic events in the whole history of the Milky Way,” he adds. During a starburst, many massive stars are created; since they have shorter lifespans than lower-mass stars, they reach the end of their lives much faster, dying in violent supernova explosions.
So wonderful. Such wonders. Makes the mind explode with pure awe. Makes you want to go there and fly around amongst those bodies of stars and things we cannot even imagine.
The Secret Failed Soviet Moon Landing
Oct 16, 2019
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At the height of the Space Race, the United States and the Soviet Union bitterly tried to outdo one another, each attempting to be the first to succeed in a number of scientific and exploratory challenges. In the beginning the Soviets won many of the ‘firsts’, such as launching the first craft to enter Earth’s orbit, Sputnik 1 in October 1957, sending to space the first living animal, Laika, on Sputnik 2 in November 1957, and putting the first man in orbit with Yuri Gagarin’s mission in April 1961.
In fact, by most accounts, the USSR was even ahead of the United States in sending the first man to the moon by the time US president John F. Kennedy’s famous “We choose to go” speech in 1962. The Soviets had already landed the Luna 2 probe on the moon’s surface in 1959, and they were in the middle of developing a manned-mission that was strikingly similar to the US effort. Yet, that early success would eventually be forgotten as the Soviet Union buried their final moon missions in secrecy. Because just as Neil Armstrong was setting foot on the lunar surface on July 20, 1969, the Luna 15 lander was crashing into the other side of the moon. It is a story the Soviets did not want the world to know…
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Aww, poor Commies. Much respect for those who perished. I had no idea that this happened.
⭐ ➡️ ? A Chandra supernova in the sky… This image by our Chandra X-ray Observatory captures a star in the constellation Cassiopeia that was obliterated by an explosion, leaving behind this three-dimensional object: the remnant of a supernova. What was revealed by its pattern of debris: go.nasa.gov/2W3LpGx
Bravo Chandra ! Bravo Chandra Team !
USS Enterprise NCC-1701-F
The clouds of Venus in infrared
Something yoy don’t see everyday.
In a measurement taken on Wednesday, NASA’s Curiosity rover discovered startlingly high amounts of methane in the Martian air, a gas that on Earth is usually produced by living things. The data arrived back on Earth on Thursday, and by Friday, scientists working on the mission were excitedly discussing the news, which has not yet been announced by NASA.
Methane has been detected by multiple craft on or at Mars multiple times. The speculation is it could be coming from life under the Martian soil, volcanoes or the rover itself. Methane does not last long in the atmosphere, so any that is detected has been released into the atmosphere relatively recently.
This is pretty old now, June 22, eh, but it was apparently a big one and noteworthily so.
All I know is that I am really digging the phrase, “startlingly high amounts.” Startling! Yes, sirree, I like that a lot.
Solar system wonderment…!
Some sort of a heat wave warms the rings of Uranus, even though the planet orbits far away from the sun.
New heat images of the planet, obtained by two telescopes in Chile, reveal the temperature of the rings for the first time: minus 320 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 195 degrees Celsius), or the boiling temperature of liquid nitrogen.
While that sounds cold by Earthly standards, consider that most of space is much colder, approaching a temperature at which atoms stop moving. This point is called absolute zero, which is roughly minus 460 F (minus 273 C).
The scientists who captured the new images said they aren’t sure what’s causing the relative warmth. But the weird temperature proves that the brightest and densest ring at Uranus (also known as the epsilon ring) is very different from other ring systems in our solar system.
This is way cool and rather shocking. At least to me. I would think the rings would be colder, but, like humanity, what do I know? Ha! Napundivricuala, that’s what!
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posted on Aug, 30 2019 @ 02:57 PM
China’s Chang’e-4 lunar rover is currently exploring the Far Side of the Moon , all was going as expected until on July 28th when preparing to power the rover down one of the Chang’e-4 team noticed something peculiar , a different coloured area in a crater.
The team decided to change their plan and drive over to the area to investigate , they discovered an unusually coloured “substance” in the crater.
The drive team, excited by the discovery, called in their lunar scientists. Together, the teams decided to postpone Yutu-2’s plans to continue west and instead ordered the rover to check out the strange material
With the help of obstacle-avoidance cameras, Yutu-2 carefully approached the crater and then targeted the unusually colored material and its surroundings. The rover examined both areas with its Visible and Near-Infrared Spectrometer (VNIS), which detects light that is scattered or reflected off materials to reveal their makeup.
So far, mission scientists haven’t offered any indication as to the nature of the colored substance and have said only that it is “gel-like” and has an “unusual color.” One possible explanation, outside researchers suggested, is that the substance is melt glass created from meteorites striking the surface of the moon.
Anyone remember the film “The Blob” ?
edit on 30-8-2019 by gortex because: (no reason given)
life is postponed for the future
one is educated to live in the future and not to live in today….Live in the present.
Even though I can’t really see what they’re talking about in this particular photo.
Does “gel-like” mean something got lost in translation, or, does it mean just what it says?
And if it does mean gel-like… then, whoa!
NASA Will Fly Quadcopter On Saturn’s Largest Moon Looking For Signs Of Life
The quadcopter will be looking for prebiotic chemical processes common on both Titan and Earth. Dragonfly will be the first time NASA operates a multi-rotor vehicle for space exploration on another planet; it is classified as rotorcraft, has eight rotors and flies like a drone. Flying will be difficult and will use a lot of energy. This is because of Titan’s atmosphere is four times thicker than Earth’s.
Sometime in 2034, Dragonfly will land at the equatorial “Shangri-La” dune fields, which are similar to dunes in Namibia in southern Africa. For the next three years, Dragonfly will leapfrog around the moon, 5 miles at a time. At the end of its mission, it will reach the Selk impact crater, where there could be evidence of water and possible life.
I expect they want a safe landing spot thus what they are calling a desert is their first drop off point?
NASA has announced that our next destination in the solar system is the unique, richly organic world Titan. Advancing our search for the building blocks of life, the Dragonfly mission will fly multiple sorties to sample and examine sites around Saturn’s icy moon.
Dragonfly will launch in 2026 and arrive in 2034. The rotorcraft will fly to dozens of promising locations on Titan looking for prebiotic chemical processes common on both Titan and Earth. Dragonfly marks the first time NASA will fly a multi-rotor vehicle for science on another planet; it has eight rotors and flies like a large drone. It will take advantage of Titan’s dense atmosphere – four times denser than Earth’s – to become the first vehicle ever to fly its entire science payload to new places for repeatable and targeted access to surface materials.
Titan is an analog to the very early Earth, and can provide clues to how life may have arisen on our planet. During its 2.7-year baseline mission, Dragonfly will explore diverse environments from organic dunes to the floor of an impact crater where liquid water and complex organic materials key to life once existed together for possibly tens of thousands of years. Its instruments will study how far prebiotic chemistry may have progressed. They also will investigate the moon’s atmospheric and surface properties and its subsurface ocean and liquid reservoirs. Additionally, instruments will search for chemical evidence of past or extant life.
“With the Dragonfly mission, NASA will once again do what no one else can do,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.
NASA Announces DragonFly Mission to Titan
Published on Jun 27, 2019
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I bet you we see creatures!
NASA’s Alien Anomalies caught on film – A compilation of stunning UFO footage from NASA’s archives
Published on Mar 24, 2009
This compilation includes many of my favorite NASA UFO encounters/sightings that I have archived over the years. All of these examples (with the exception of the second-to-last one) were captured on film by NASA astronauts or Russian Cosmonauts over the past half-century – showing many amazing examples from different eras – Gemini, Apollo, Apollo/Soyuz Test Project, Skylab, STS, the ISS, plus a couple Russian-source additions from their unmanned Zond and Mir Space Station programs as well thrown in to round things out.
The second last example is the only one in the compilation that features footage that was not taken in space and is not official-source (NASA or Soviet/Russian Space Agency). That clip shows an LTP (Lunar Transient Phenomenon) event captured through a camera connected to the eyepiece of a terrestrial-based telescope that luckily was being focused on the Moon at the time. In this case, the LTP manifests as an object transiting across the face of the lunar disc. Many thanks to amateur astronomer Alberto Mayer of Italy for doing a wonderful job of filming this stunning event (and for stacking the footage for us all to see).
While the examples you will see here captured on film can all be “officially” classified as “unidentified” objects, that absolutely does NOT mean that NASA, the DoD, and certain elements within the scientific community worldwide are completely in the dark as to what these things you are seeing are. Make no mistake: The Powers That Be are indeed aware of far more about our mysterious Universe than they are ever willing to admit to us. We, the plebeian masses of this planet, are being held in a state of enforced ignorance, deemed not worthy of knowing the full truth by those who are REALLY “running the show” down here on Earth. As this video shows over and over again however, there are indeed snippets of that amazing truth that have been left scattered about the official government archives over the decades, there for us to find so we may begin to educate ourselves about what is the most monumental coverup in human history – where the only thing more incredible than the lies is the truth!
Also, be sure to check out Jose Escamilla’s new motion picture documentary “MOON RISING,” where we go into much further depth about what is, without exaggeration, the most monumental coverup in human history. You have NO idea what you have been missing!
Luna! Great guy! We were buds years back, but I said stuff abot José, so, it faded out. I’ve put his Alien in quotes, because, well, that’s a jump, but, still, some of them certainly do make one wonder. Several of these have been sorted in he intervening years, like the Zond image, but most of them have not.
All good stuff assembled with a passion.
These are among my favorite photographs of all time. I loved them years ago and they still command my awe and wonder.
Here they are now, from the archives of the wonderful Soviet Moon Images website, still up after all these years:
On December 24, 1966, Luna-13 made the second Soviet landing on the Moon. It transmitted 5 cycloramas over a period of several days (note shadows becoming less elongated).
These are huge so click em to see them full size. In the past, due to my senior moments I have referred to these images as being from the Lunakhod mission(s), but they are not, they are from Luna, which took place well before Lunakhod. So embarrassing.
Once we finally get up there again, I would urge those lucky enough to be there to inspect this site. It will be profound … of this I am certain and I just feel it in my bones.
My question remains the same, however. What are these things. I have, in the past, spent many hours repeatedly looking over the exploded drawings of and the engineering plans for this craft. The result of all that looking was and remains that the objects of interest that appear in these images are simply not parts of the Luna-13 spacecraft. Seriously. They are not.
Let this sink in.
A Field Guide to Shells and Lifeforms on Mars, part 1
Published on Oct 23, 2015
This is a video by Tim Beech, the owner of the now 22 year old Life On Mars website established in 1997 as The Peculiar Rocks of Mars. There’s only a single video on his YouTube channel, this one, so it looks like the series he speaks of never happened.
Maybe Tim just got disillusioned in his quest? These things are unknown. But this video has mighty few views for being up for four years.
I think the similarity in pattern and shape is quite interesting, but they could actually be just rocks in odd lighting… So many minerals form perfect geometric shapes here at home, so minerals would on Mars, too. Although these examples are not rigidly similar at all, some are rounded and well, it could be something. So there.
Yes… the more I think about it the minerals are out, (noting that rocks are lumps of minerals), but although “I Want To Believe,” it might be that while it’s certainly plausible, it is certainly not probable.
The movement clip (see sidebar) that Tim discovered does still intrigue me, though. The resolution he was working with for all of these shown here is just barely adequate for pleasant viewing, let alone analysis, so, yeah, illusion and pareidolia abound. Having said that, however, note that a few of them are still — of interest. And we mustn’t forget the myriad of fantastic “rocks” that our modern rovers have happened upon. And driven past.
Hey, here’s a link to Tim’s Martian Lifeforms forum. Not a lot there, though.
NASA’s Curiosity rover has come a long way since touching down on Mars seven years ago. It has traveled a total of 13 miles (21 kilometers) and ascended 1,207 feet (368 meters) to its current location. Along the way, Curiosity discovered Mars had the conditions to support microbial life in the ancient past, among other things.
And the rover is far from done, having just drilled its 22nd sample from the Martian surface. It has a few more years before its nuclear power system degrades enough to significantly limit operations. After that, careful budgeting of its power will allow the rover to keep studying the Red Planet.
Curiosity is now halfway through a region scientists call the “clay-bearing unit” on the side of Mount Sharp, inside of Gale Crater. Billions of years ago, there were streams and lakes within the crater. Water altered the sediment deposited within the lakes, leaving behind lots of clay minerals in the region. That clay signal was first detected from space by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) a few years before Curiosity launched.
“This area is one of the reasons we came to Gale Crater,” said Kristen Bennett of the U.S. Geological Survey, one of the co-leads for Curiosity’s clay-unit campaign. “We’ve been studying orbiter images of this area for 10 years, and we’re finally able to take a look up close.”
Rock samples that the rover has drilled here have revealed the highest amounts of clay minerals found during the mission. But Curiosity has detected similarly high amounts of clay on other parts of Mount Sharp, including in areas where MRO didn’t detect clay. That’s led scientists to wonder what is causing the findings from orbit and the surface to differ.
The science team is thinking through possible reasons as to why the clay minerals here stood out to MRO. The rover encountered a “parking lot full of gravel and pebbles” when it first entered the area, said the campaign’s other co-lead, Valerie Fox of Caltech. One idea is that the pebbles are the key: Although the individual pebbles are too small for MRO to see, they may collectively appear to the orbiter as a single clay signal scattered across the area. Dust also settles more readily over flat rocks than it does over the pebbles; that same dust can obscure the signals seen from space. The pebbles were too small for Curiosity to drill into, so the science team is looking for other clues to solve this puzzle.
Curiosity exited the pebble parking lot back in June and started to encounter more complex geologic features. It stopped to take a 360-degree panorama at an outcrop called “Teal Ridge.” More recently, it took detailed images of “Strathdon,” a rock made of dozens of sediment layers that have hardened into a brittle, wavy heap. Unlike the thin, flat layers associated with lake sediments Curiosity has studied, the wavy layers in these features suggest a more dynamic environment. Wind, flowing water or both could have shaped this area.
Both Teal Ridge and Strathdon represent changes in the landscape. “We’re seeing an evolution in the ancient lake environment recorded in these rocks,” said Fox. “It wasn’t just a static lake. It’s helping us move from a simplistic view of Mars going from wet to dry. Instead of a linear process, the history of water was more complicated.”
Curiosity is discovering a richer, more complex story behind the water on Mount Sharp – a process Fox likened to finally being able to read the paragraphs in a book – a dense book, with pages torn out, but a fascinating tale to piece together.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, leads the Mars Science Laboratory mission that includes Curiosity.
For more about NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover mission, visit:
The rovers thrill me no end.
Having grown up with space exploration always in the news, sometimes in the most exciting of ways, any such efforts are almost Holy, being that exploration is in our blood and in our genes, it’s kind of an inevitable given.
I hope it goes on until we land folks there so it can record it.
This is an official US government illustration from back in the day, the 40s and 50s, for a reactor on the moon to power a military moon base.
There is some evidence, much of it discovered by the late, great Ron Schmidt, a.k.a. zorgon, that there may actually be one or more of these on the moon as I type this. No, really, there is. It would be buried, though, in reality, for protection from meteorites, both micro and not. For me, a lot of little loose ends would finally get tied.
I find this case to be absolutely fascinating and just had to share it with thee and thine and with thy mind. Yup, it’s neat.
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Props to our shawmanfromny for finding this. I doubt I would have known of it if he hadn’t.
First, his report…
Luminous UAP Captured On The Moon’s Surface On July 24
A Spirit In A Flesh Suit
Location: Upstate NY
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I just saw an interesting YouTube video clip on reddit and decided to check out the original source.
The edited clip, posted on reddit here, was credited to UFOvni2012, a YouTube channel that posts videos on astronomy and astrophotography. This person also posts a lot of photos and video clips of anomalies on the Moon’s surface, that he claims are either “alien structures,” or “alien craft.” I checked out a few of those videos and I think he overreaches on his conclusions concerning these anomalies…probably for views. However, he does have some interesting clips of orbs/UAPs that appear on the Moon’s surface.
This particular object, suddenly appears over the Moon’s surface. At first, I thought that it was just some sort of luminous gas exhaust from an underground vent, but then, the UAP does appear to move. If this object was just a capture of a satellite in Earth’s orbit, or of a bird in flight at night, it wouldn’t appear to be stationary. Instead, it would be seen as a small, dark object that’s moving in front of the Moon’s field of view, like what’s shown in the following clips:
However, this object is luminous and at first remains static, before it starts to move. Here’s a screen shot of the object from the original video clip. In the upper right is a superimposed close up.
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Video clip that I watched on reddit, which was edited from the original source I posted above:
Activity on the Moon 4K – 2019
Unidentified Aerial Phenomena
Published on Jul 25, 2019
Flashes on the moon: phys.org/news/2019-05-moon.html www.uni-wuerzburg.de/en/news-…
Weird Flashes Keep Appearing on the Moon and Scientists Don’t Know Why: futurism.com/the-byte/flashes…
What causes flashes on the moon? earthsky.org/astronomy-essent…
What are those mysterious flashes on the moon? eu.usatoday.com/story/news/na…
FBI Memo: vault.fbi.gov/hottel_guy/Guy%…
General Twining Letter: www.nicap.org/twining_letter_d…
declassified USAFE 14 doc: www.nicap.org/docs/481104usafe…
paper – physical evidence: t.co/Lo5ZJRbKAX
UK Files: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ufos/
UK Reports: www.gov.uk/government/publica…
French Files: archive.org/details/FrenchUFO…
Spain Files: bibliotecavirtualdefensa.es/BV…
Canada Files: www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/d…
Australian Files: www.naa.gov.au/collection/a-z/…
Brazil Files: archive.org/details/Brazilian…
Denmark Files archive.org/details/DanishUFO…
New Zealand Files: archive.org/details/NewZealan…
200 cases in Spain and Portugal: cufos.org/books/Catalogue_of_2…
Cases involving vehicle interference: www.cufos.org/books/UFO_REPORT…
The Hynek Ufo Report: www.cufos.org/books/The_Hynek_…
Cases with Physical Traces: www.cufos.org/books/Physical_T…
A Study on secondary Effects: www.cufos.org/books/A_Study_of…
CIA Remote viewing Mars: www.cia.gov/library/readingro…
If you are an experiencer I would love to hear your story! UAP1949@protonmail.com
This has really put a tight grip on my grey matter.
Having said that, I am referring to the object featured out in the second video and referenced with timestamps in the first. I am not supporting the so-called “alien structures” in any way, shape or form. Silliness, to the max. There is no resolution available yo support those claims and there are, of course, hi-res photos of the area available from NASA from various missions and craft. And no one has said a word.
It just appears, as if by wizardry. Or, rather, it’s luminosity just appears, as if, to get all anthropomorphic, it just got “turned on.” And then… it just sits there. For a good, long while. This is not the behavior of the latest hoax project of some basement dwelling kid. The flickering it displays is a bit odd to my neurons, but not awfully so. Can’t think of a good cause for it except sputtering exhaust. There are, actually, comments that it might be gas escaping and somehow being excited into luminosity, which is quite plausible.
But, it stays coherent and…
… it starts to move!
In a way that gas venting from the surface is not going to be able to do, in reference to the subsequent path that’s taken by the light.
Still flickering, it travels at a moderate pace in a reasonably straight line at what appears to be level flight, in front of the little crater it first appeared next to, following along what looks like a ridge line. It then stops and seems to “shut off.”
Regarding the shutting down of the flickering light, note that in the big inset in the top video, which is (said to be the original), I note what seems to be non-luminous “roiling,” of the surface, or the object, between 4:38 and 4:59.
I dearly wish that the resolution was much higher. Even with a 4K sensor, there just aren’t enough pixels on duty in this tiny section of the frame. Everything is just a blur. Ha! Like the old days! But these shots wouldn’t have been possible not that long ago. Perhaps a more powerful eyepiece for his video camera to peer through. Then again, big scopes are big money. Hey, 8K will be the norm soon.
Tell me, what do you think of this? Please leave a comment, as I would love to know your thoughts on this.
The full frame from NASA.
And now, from:
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Just thought I’d throw this in here, rather than my “interesting rocks” thread, since it doesn’t really have to do with rocks. Anyway, here’s a .gif made with some Curiosity Right Navcam images taken 13 seconds apart. Unfortunately, it appears that the Left Navcam apparently wasn’t taking pictures at the time. I guess they don’t do that all the time anymore. Anyway, it’s like that bright spot that showed up on one of the images a few weeks back, except that it’s black and kind of looks like one of those “tic-tac” deals that are so popular these days.
Aerial anomalies on Mars are a treat for me.
This one, of course, since it’s only on one frame from one camera, could be the old cosmic ray strike and that’s been trotted out for it. Of course.
But, then again, it doesn’t really look like a cosmic ray strike, so… who knows what it is?
Naturally, my preference is a device of some sort. Or, even better, a critter! Now, that’s unlikely!
Which leads all the way back to my yoot, when a glowing orange aerial anomaly first triggered my deep interest in all things Forteana.
I love this stuff…
And, again, as noted, it really doesn’t look like a cosmic ray strike. Just look at that shape. Ya dig? Seriously, now.
Hey, hey, it’s the Bunny!
GIF courtesy of the inimitable ArMaP.
One of the first up-close anomalies ever received from Mars — and to this day one of the most intriguing. NASA says it’s nowt more than a bit if cloth from the landing balloons just passing through in the breeze. Yeah. Right.
I have always maintained that that attempt was just beyond ludicrous, a modern day ‘swamp gas’ salute. Only one of the appendages moves with said ’breeze.’ It simply doesn’t add up. Let’s just say that I would be even more surprised to learn that it was a piece of the airbag than if it was a living creature.
Space art circa 2017 by Space Age Bohemia
Astronauts David Scott, Neil Armstrong and Roger Chaffee with Geologist Joel Watkins during training in New Mexico in June, 1964.
I wonder if they felt overflowing emotion regarding the amazing mission that they were about to embark on. I bet they did, but their training and professionalism made it easy to get past.
Historic Landing of Falcon 9 First Stage at Landing Zone 1
Published on Dec 21, 2015
The very first Falcon 9 first stage has successfully landed at Landing Zone 1, formally Launch Complex 13, of Cape Canaveral after launching as part of the OG-2 return to flight mission from Space Launch Complex 40 just 10 minutes before landing.
VIDEO CREDITS: SpaceX
I am so glad this has come about in my lifetime. I was beginning to wonder…
The event is historic because this is the first time an orbital rocket has ever landed after being launched.
This is huge. This is good.
We are one step closer to hanging out in space. That feels good.
How long before the Nostromo launches?