The American flag heralds the flight of Apollo 11, the first Lunar landing mission. The Apollo 11 Saturn V space vehicle lifted off with astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin E. Aldrin, Jr., at 9:32 am EDT on July 16, 1969, from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A.
Heroe’s Heroes, these brave men.
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!
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
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.
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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.
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.
I can’t wait till the little rovers go down there amongst those rocks.
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…
The ultramarine waters of Lake Cuowomo add color to the landscape in Ngamring County, a remote section of the Tibet Autonomous Region in China. This lake, among others in Tibet, were favorite sites of NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly during his “Year in Space” mission in 2015-16.
Source imagery: DigitalGlobe
I am a sciency git, then.
Looking for Life As (we think) We Know It: Enceladus and Europa
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
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?
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
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.
NASA’s Mars Drone Scout – Behold The Future
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.
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?
Give my regards to the Admiral, Langley.
Mars Helicopter Scout
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!
Near perfect edge on view of Saturn’s rings via the spacecraft known primarily as Cassini.
The things we have achieved!
How beautiful is this vision? Hmmm?
Postcard from the ring plane. In 2006, Cassini’s narrow-angle camera captured Saturn and its rings, seen here nearly edge on, and a gathering of three moons. https://go.nasa.gov/2wktulF
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.
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!!
Yes! Hahahaha! Science!
Science, in the form of astronomical research, has confirmed, to the delight of little boys everywhere…
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…
Alien Artifacts Recovered from Crashed UFOs are NOT of This World
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.
It’s S T E V E !
The Aurora Named STEVE
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.
Hubble Verified account
#HubbleFriday Several stars are visible in front of galaxy cluster PLCK G004.5-19.5 — recognizable by their diffraction spikes — but aside from these, all other visible objects in this image are distant galaxies: http://go.nasa.gov/2BzNcLp
There are no numbers high enough. It is endless.
The bolding of the words… I did that for emphasis.
And to think that this is only a narrow telescopic view … within our universe … of just one of many such clusters.
It has been shown that there are other Universes.
So wonderful. I hope it’s not too late.
Sometimes life feels like this:
At other times it almost feels “like it’s supposed to…”
I recorded some yammerings in audio.
Didn’t get all that far but got a good start…
Will need to cut into pieces as the files were way over the limits for upload here, which is 100MB. The main one is 384MB for about 15 minutes of Igular utterances. Soon… soon… tomorrow eve probably.
Note: I will stick them on here where they are supposed to be.
OK, fair warning… these are 100% unedited and will no doubt be borderline excruciatingly awful to listen to. But That is, in essence, what an Ig is. Learn why I only half a handful of friends. Learn why even uncontacted tribes in remote forests want me dead.
Well, there’s 15 minutes of not a lot. I will get the hang of it eventually, I would imagine.
Moon Anomaly 2015
Published on Sep 4, 2017
A strange little video I filmed back in 2015. I’m not too sure what is happening here but I thought I would share it anyway.
Wow. Well, this is a WTF moment if ever there was one.
I am not sure what’s going on either. Something bouncing off? Or taking off? Or what?
But I find it fascinating.
Filmed by ATS member Leeyum and there is a nice discussion going on here.
That is the enormous and enormously famous star Antares.
And that is also the highest resolution photo of the surface of a star other than our own Sun. Yes, photo, not CGI.
The yurroboffins did it with a fabulous array of scopes which together equal massive light gathering capabilities.
What a glorious time we live in!
Dr. Robert Schoch
Fascinating findings and it is truly a tragedy so many are completely oblivious to this. No surprise of course, but when you really grasp it and realize the scale and scope of what came before, the mind is inevitably blown to smithereens.
I’ve spoken to Robert. Robert is Good People. If he says it, you count on it. No BS and no Woo here, thank God.
The work he is doing is unprecedented in it’s thoroughness and scalar diversity and nothing short of brilliant.
Dig it, man.
Astonishing Evidence of Lost Civilizations – Brilliant ! Dr Robert Schoch
I never realized there were so many of these shows on. Glad that there are so more people can learn. Some woofolk scattered here and there but not much which is a good sign, too.
Demise Of The Ice-Age Civilization (Part 1 & 2) – A conversation with Robert Schoch
The Sphinx, Gobekli Tepe, Ancient Catastrophes Dr Robert Schoch
We need to come up with a time machine. Soon.
It is the only way, thanks to the destructive power of Mother Nature, that we will ever know what we were before.
I am rooting for “In My Lifetime.”
So they better hurry up.
It is! Chock full of really interesting stuff, this place. And lots of stuff gets a “fascinating.”
That’s a nice one.
True color by my buddy Charles Schults!
Pan of Gusev
Those are some nice looking plains.
Look at that. That looks fine. Like somewhere I would want to walk around and check out.
Glad we are going up!
The official conclusion was that this was a piece of airbag material from the landing that had just happened.
That official opinion was based on the proximity in time combined with the movement ‘in the light breeze’ and the yellowish coloration. They did, however, to their credit, say that it was an inconclusive finding and they couldn’t truly say exactly what it was. They kept an eye on it and it appeared next under the edge of the lander. It was not seen again, sadly.
I have always had a problem with the airbag conclusion, despite it’s theoretical plausibility. Do notice that only one “ear” moves. If it was light airbag material, would only the one move? And … how exactly would the two “ears” stand up like that? They could well be right, but to my eye —it simply doesn’t look like what they are saying— it just seems “wrong.”
Think on that a while…
Marias Pass, Mars
Yellowknife Bay, Mars
Southern Flank of Husband Hill, Mars
Credit for these videos being available to us plebes goes to the user sittingduck at Unmanned Spaceflight, a project of The Planetary Society, which has some rather dedicated people who document Curiosity’s activities in detail on a sol-to-sol basis. Very cool. The necessary software to do this was created by Rob Haarsma. See above for the link.
This kind of immersion is possible by creating a 3D mesh from the stereo views of Curiosity’s navigation cameras (greyscale). This means that the shapes and general dimensions of the rocks and landscape are amazingly accurate. The whole scene has been imported into Blender (a free 3D editing program), merged with high-resolution color images from Curiosity’s MastCam and all that was finally compiled into a video.
I do believe we are on our way!
And I don’t think it gets any better than that.
Joe Rogan Experience #872 – Graham Hancock & Randall Carlson
I was looking for a similar one, more recent issue of the wonderful Joe Rogan show, one where these two great minds go up against the willfully ignorant but quite smart Michael Shermer, Super Skeptic. But I admit to being absolutely thrilled that I found this one! It’s three and a half hours long—and I could not stop watching it. Couldn’t!
This particular podcast has within it what has got to be the single most awesome and profound revelation of reality—REAL reality—that has ever hit my mind. And oh Lordy do the pieces ever fit. Perfectly. All of them. Mind : Blown. To freakin’ smithereens, man. This has got to be what happened. There is no way anyone can ever pull me back.
Not that I was ever far… I knew there was an advanced civilization that ended and we are the scraggly survivors… but… to see the evidence… yes, evidence… testifying in unequivocal and unerasable style as to what happened to them… it is just profound and quite frankly stunning. It can take a bit, because the scale is so vast that it is almost inconceivable.
So many disciplines come together to tell the story. But we are just at the tip of the iceberg in understanding our past. It is also important to realize that the same thing can happen to us. It is not speculation, more a matter of when. And if we get on the stick we, with our present day resources and going forward can come up with a solution. It is thankfully, quite likely that the corporate world can be convinced to solve it, because doing so will allow them to collect vast riches in the near future, something they are known to have at least a passing interest in.
Please take the time to watch it. If you are on this blog you will very likely love it and be as gob-smacked as I am.
Hail to the Heretic!
Please Support the John Anthony West Project. It’s working! He is kicking Cancer’s ass!
Woo Hoo ! Personally, this development is simply too fabulous for my feeble mind to contain and I do believe my cranium will explode in 3…2…1… -… -… -… oh wait, I’m okay now… but, I mean, whoa!
We are concerned here with the three objects in the image above. They are on the Moon, this is a hi-res Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter photo. It is zoomed in as far as it will go. Technically there are four, but the other is little and just out of frame at the top. Oh well.
Note: This photo, while not only nifty, but keen as well, is not what has caused the roiling pressure cooker in me ‘ead, though. No, we’ll get to that. This pic is so you know what of we speak. Click it to enlarge.
They are of interest beyond the fact that they do have a strikingly building-like appearance, but, as we are well aware, that don’t necessarily mean jack. Pareidolia can be immensely realistic. But these features do, to me, look like buildings. OK, cool. So… now what?
Well! So many memories and warm thoughts of the innocently naive and ever-so-powerful enthusiasm of the past (what happened to that?) came flooding back when I saw the latest work of long-time space image researcher and hey, man, Pioneer, even, Dr. Mark J Carlotto. He did so much awesome work using his mastery of analysis to great advantage when all these Moon and Mars anomalies were brand spankin’ new and floodin’ in to the delightfully astounded balls of our eyes.
Something I had no idea of is the apparent fact that artificial things, things we make like buildings and cars and the like create what are called anisotropies when they are rendered in two dimensions. At least they do here on Earth.
- noun form of anisotropic
physics (of an object or substance) having a physical property that has a different value when measured in different directions. A simple example is wood, which is stronger along the grain than across it
(of a property or phenomenon) varying in magnitude according to the direction of measurement.
This software is used by law enforcement, search and rescue and who knows what other corporate needs there are, (insurance fraud?), in addition to scientific research.
Mr Carlotto decided to try it on these two objects, which, you might agree just kind of ask for it. =) You can see the result for this image below, which compares the wares working on a typical Earth satellite image and the image shown above of our rectangular lovelies..
I think it speaks for itself.
That’s what we want… that right there… on the right.
If it looks like a duck…
Let us get our butts up to Mars AND the Moon!
ETA: UH OH !! RED FLAG
From friend of WATT, the well-grounded Kandinsky:
Jeez, Mark J. Carlotto is a blast from the past and not a good one either! This guy used to have a page in a magazine I read in the mid-1990s. He wrote about Cydonia and ancient civilisations on Mars.
He taught me the valuable, embarrassing lesson that being a Dr. doesn’t inoculate against credulousness. I was showing friends and family his Mars imagery and all the impressive measurements. They’re laughing it off and I’m all, “Wait and see! He’s a real scientist! Look! A doctor! These are NASA images!” Of course, the Mars Observer disproved all of his ratios, claims and patterns.
Here he is doing the same thing.
Jeep3r, Carlotto and Brandenburg are not bad guys, but they will take you on a wild goose chase based on no more than their wild imaginations. Enjoy the ride and expect the end to be a teachable moment.
oh dear – I am thinking my brain needs a restart really badly!
More from wildespace…
I just came across this post at the Unmanned Spaceflight forum (where the participants are very knowlegeable, or even involved in the actual space missions or working with the data) – www.unmannedspaceflight.com…
Based on the tiny craters that are actually on the surface of these objects, they conclude that those objects are very old, being there since around the time the crater formed. So, these indeed seem to be slabs of rock thrown up by the impact that created the crater. In the LROC image, will also see some boulders just lying there in clusters, as if someone brought them there. But again, I think they are the impact ejecta.
Oh dear oh me oh my.
Cool rock slabs, though, eh?
But — what about all that anisotropy stuff, then?
The image was compiled by space enthusiast Jason Major from raw images captured by Cassini this week on its latest ring-grazing orbit.
Major compiled the image from raw data that was posted to Cassini’s image archive yesterday. “If I see something interesting and it also happens to have been captures in visible-light color channels, I assemble a color version in Photoshop to see what the awesome level is,” Major told Gizmodo over Twitter DM. “That vortex pic was a 10.”
At a talk I attended at the American Geophysical Union’s annual conference in San Francisco last December, Hampton University planetary scientist John Blalock reaffirmed that while Saturn’s north polar vortex is indeed blue, the rest of the hexagon is definitely yellow these days.
“When we look from 2012 to 2016, [the] hexagon is maybe a little brighter, but the interior and especially the doughnut region [at the center] looks brighter,” Blalock said, adding later in the talk that the “brightening is consistent with an increase in the production of photochemical haze products in the upper atmosphere.”
Saturn’s Pole is blue and there’s nothing we can do ..dan der dan der dan dan.
Gortex always has the heads up on this sort of thing. For this I thank him.
A Stunning Video of Mars That Took Three Months to Stitch Together—by Hand
This is from Wired magazine via Russ Hudson, who will receive PentaProps™!
IF YOU SHOULD one day find yourself in a spacecraft circling Mars, don’t count on a good view. The Red Planet’s dusty atmosphere will probably obscure any window-seat vistas of its deep valleys and soaring mesas. “The best way to see the planet’s surface would be to take a digital image and enhance it on your computer,” says planetary geologist Alfred McEwen, principle investigator on NASA’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment. He would know: In the past 12 years, the powerful HiRISE camera has snapped 50,000 spectacular, high-resolution stereo images of the Martian terrain from the planet’s orbit, creating anaglyphs that anyone can view in 3D using special glasses. The highly detailed stereograms depict the planet’s surface in remarkable detail—but 3D glasses aren’t always handy, and still images can only convey so much about Mars’ varied topography.
To fully appreciate the Martian landscape, one needs dimension and movement. In the video you see here, Finnish filmmaker Jan Fröjdman transformed HiRISE imagery into a dynamic, three-dimensional, overhead view of the Red Planet—no glasses required.
For Fröjdman, creating the flyover effect was like assembling a puzzle. He began by colorizing the photographs (HiRISE captures images in grayscale). He then identified distinctive features in each of the anaglyphs—craters, canyons, mountains–and matched them between image pairs. To create the panning 3-D effect, he stitched the images together along his reference points and rendered them as frames in a video. “It was a very slow process,” he says.
I’m lovin’ it!
I want to GO there … and if I can get myself on one of Elon Musk’s upcoming ships I WILL!
Full circle, eh?
Or something like that…
This image of another round rock, taken by Curiosity on Sol 1555, has been debayered, enlarged and cropped, by, I imagine, LookingAtMars, Member, who posted it and said it had been.
Yes, there are others, too!
You can find most of them here.
I found this particular one here.
Here is the link to the pic.
A world o’ wonder, I tell ya.
Actually, the important thing here is that the pattern of interest is easily discernible in the full, uncropped view.
It must be so cool up there.
Reminds me of the Old Man In The Mountain in New Hampshire. I was sad when he passed and glad I had the chance to see the old coot.
Let’s all push for finding out for sure on schedule or better, okay?
It’s the right thing to do.
A new earth has been found at a neighborly star. I like that. A nice-looking artist’s impression is above.
So earlier I see this thread on ATS reporting the reporting of a considered conclusion that this place is a lot like here.
It’s only four light years away.
Here is the OP of the thread (Sorry ATS, but hardly anybody clicks things around here. You’ll see.)
Member is offline.posted on Oct, 6 2016 @ 02:01 PMHi, there!
We all know the potentially Earth-like Planet that was found in the habitable zone of Proxima Centauri, our neighbour sun, in August this year, Proxima B
So, looks like scientists are as interested as we are on this guy.
A team including CNRS astrophysicists have calculated the size and surface properties of the planet dubbed Proxima b, and concluded it may be an “ocean planet” similar to Earth.
The planet orbits within a “temperate” zone from its host star Proxima Centauri, some four light years from us.
“Contrary to what one might expect, such proximity does not necessarily mean that Proxima b’s surface is too hot” for water to exist in liquid form, said a CNRS statement.
Ok, it’s just a “may be”, but if they’re dropping these infos, it must be something!
Proxima Centauri is smaller and 1,000 times weaker than our Sun, which means Proxima b is at exactly the right distance for conditions to be potentially habitable
“The planet may very well host liquid water on its surface, and therefore also some forms of life,” the statement said.
They dropped a few numbers and calculations, that you can all check in Here, but this got my attention.
“In this case, Proxima b would be covered by a single, liquid ocean 200 km deep,” said the CNRS.
“In both cases, a thin, gassy atmosphere could surround the planet, like on Earth, rendering Proxima b potentially habitable,” it concluded.Oceans.Atmosphere.Say no more!This feels good. This is exactly the sort of stuff I need to make it through.“Cap’n, there be whales here!”Peace
Mars is raising some eyebrows again and for this I am grateful.
It’s been a long time!
Actually, the poster noted that the irascible Tom Van Flandern had seen these forms back in 1999 (on the bottom picture) and had them on his site.
He was a cool one. Wonder what he’s up to.
Could this be natural? Of course. But it has so many of the features that it’d need to have if it wasn’t and it is in such a confined area… the heart sings!
And hey, I guess we’ll all be going up there soon (Go Muskies!) so maybe we will get to see this place for real, up close and personal. Note to self: It is worth staying alive for. Even if it’s just rocks.
But hooodoggy, it sure looks good from up here, doesn’t it?
They need to get that hi res 30cm per pixel camera overhead pronto! C’mon NASA! That’ll fix it!
Imaged in April 2009 via the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s CTX Context Camera, here’s a cropped image showing a small section of the area, slightly contrast-enhanced.
The big picture from whence the top one is cropped, imaged via the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter CTX Context Camera in April 2009.
Above image acquired by the MOC camera on the Mars Global Surveyor in 1999. It is at a slightly lower resolution.
There’s a nice discussion at Strange Terraced Features on Mars Reminiscent of Megalithic Structures.
It is where I first saw this.
NASA has released spectacular images of Juno’s first close flyby of Jupiter. The flyby was a success and the results are intense.
Bravo to the heroes who are our Magellan, our Columbus. Just look at this stuff and let your mind fly.
Going in then leaving the area.
Whoa. Nice! This one is when the probe was just 4,200km above the planet.
The South Polar aurora in infrared.
The pictures show the swirling clouds of the gas giant at both its poles – views that no previous mission has managed to acquire in such detail.
Juno captured the data last weekend as it made its first close approach to the planet since going into orbit in July. The flyby took the spacecraft just 4,200km above Jupiter’s multi-coloured atmosphere. The 6MB of data gathered by Juno is still being analysed, but principal investigator Scott Bolton said new things were already obvious. “First glimpse of Jupiter’s north pole, and it looks like nothing we have seen or imagined before,” the Southwest Research Institute scientist said in a Nasa statement. “It’s bluer in colour up there than other parts of the planet, and there are a lot of storms. ”
There is no sign of the latitudinal bands or zones and belts that we are used to – this image is hardly recognisable as Jupiter. “We’re seeing signs that the clouds have shadows, possibly indicating that the clouds are at a higher altitude than other features.”
Maybe it will happen in my lifetime. God, I hope so.
SETI researchers say an intriguing radio spike was detected last year by the RATAN-600 radio telescope. (Credit: SAO RAS)
SETI researchers are buzzing about a strong spike in radio signals that seemed to come from the direction of a sunlike star in the constellation Hercules, known as HD 164595.
The signal conceivably fits the profile for an intentional transmission from an extraterrestrial source – but it could also be a case of earthly radio interference, or a microlensing event in which the star’s gravitational field focused stray signals coming from much farther away.
In any case, the blip is interesting enough to merit discussion by those who specialize in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, or SETI – including Centauri Dreams’ Paul Gilster, who brought the case into the public eye this weekend.
Gilster reports that the signal spike was detected more than a year ago, on May 15, 2015, by the RATAN-600 radio telescope in Zelenchukskaya. That facility is in the Russian republic of Karachay-Cherkessia, not far from the Georgian border.
The apparent source of the signal, HD 164595, is interesting for a couple of reasons: It’s a sunlike star, about 95 light-years away from Earth, and it’s already known to have at least one “warm Neptune” planet called HD 164595 b. “There could, of course, be other planets still undetected in this system,” Gilster says.
A more detailed article: An Interesting SETI Candidate in Hercules
The professional SETI researchers are really taking it quite seriously so we all need to keep an eye and an ear out for updates!
Hey, here’s Giorgio!
Imagine what’s out there!
Imagine who’s out there!