Archive for November, 2014

Monday 24th November 2014

Posted in Stuffed. on November 24, 2014 by uppyalf

Rosetta comet is an alien ship, and 5 other space conspiracies

Philae lander descending onto the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet
Nasa has been busy covering up an alien discovery and guarding humans from the edge of the Earth

The Rosetta mission made history last week when its lander Philae became the first spacecraft to touchdown on a comet – but conspiracy theorists are saying it is all a guise for something even more extraordinary.

An email published on UFOSightingsDaily.com suggests that Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko is actually some sort of alien spaceship. The sender, who claims to be a whistle-blower from the European Space Agency, accuses the ESA and Nasa of “blatant cover-ups” and insists that “Comet 67P is NOT a Comet”. The writer claims that the Rosetta mission is concealing a secret exploration of the mystery object, which has apparently been transmitting radio signals for years and can change trajectory at will.

“ESA’S confirmation that the comet had been emitting a ‘mystery song’ has fuelled theories that it is in fact an alien ship and the warbling is an extra-terrestrial attempt at communication,” writes The Guardian. It is certainly not the first conspiracy theory about space…

Moon landing
The idea that Nasa faked the first moon landing continues to be one of the biggest conspiracy theories about space. Those who think the Apollo astronauts did not land on the moon in 1969 frequently point out that there are no stars in the photographs, that shadows fall in strange directions and that Buzz Aldrin’s American flag appears to be flapping as if there is wind on the airless lunar surface. Many scientific commentators have published detailed rebuttals to the hoax claims, but the theories continue to circulate.

Roswell
Roswell is often described as the ultimate landmark event in UFO history and has fuelled speculation about alien life for decades. It began with a press release from Roswell Army Air Field, which reported that a “flying disk” had crashed on a ranch in July 1947, but the story quickly changed and it was soon claimed that the object was just a weather balloon. One of the military officers involved later claimed the wreckage was “not of this world” and believed his superiors were covering up an alien spacecraft. Another man claimed his friend had witnessed doctors at the time examining three creatures with small bodies, spindly arms and giant bald heads.

Nibiru
Nasa went to some lengths to debunk the idea that a planet called Nibiru would swing in from the outskirts of our solar system, crash into Earth and wipe out humanity in 2012. The idea was first proposed in 1995 by Nancy Lieder, from Wisconsin, who claimed she could contact aliens from the “Zeta Reticuli” star system. Lieder warned that Nibiru would collide with Earth in May 2003, but when no cataclysmic event occurred her followers chose December 2012 as the new date for a collision, neatly coinciding with the end of the Mayan calendar. Two years later, the Earth is still intact and a giant rogue planet is yet to be spotted.

The Earth is flat
There was a general consensus that the world was flat, before the ancient Greeks figured out it was likely to be round. Yet thousands of years later, in 1956, Englishman Samuel Shenton started an organisation called Flat Earth Society claiming that the Earth was not spherical after all. His son Daniel continues the society today, with 554 members. The leading flat-earth theory is that our planet is a disc with the North Pole at the centre and Antarctica a 150ft wall of ice around the rim. Nasa employees are said to guard the wall to stop people from climbing over and falling off the world.

The face of Mars
Two Nasa missions to Mars in the 1970s sent back images of an area of the planet’s surface that looked vaguely like a face. Author Richard Hoagland became convinced that it was a face – evidence that aliens had landed on Mars and built a city. When new satellite images revealed that it was just an elevated area of land that had eroded, Hoagland argued that Nasa had doctored the pictures. Commentators suggested Hoagland’s theory was an example of pareidolia, the human tendency to read significance into random or vague stimuli – which happens when humans see faces in clouds or Jesus in toast. ·

 

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Thursday 20th November 2014

Posted in Stuffed. on November 20, 2014 by uppyalf

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Rosetta mission lander detects organic molecules on surface of comet

Philae spacecraft beams back evidence of carbon and hydrogen that could provide clues about origins of life on Earth

Philae worked for more than 60 hours on the comet, which is more than 500m miles from Earth, before hibernating. Photograph: ESA/Rosetta/NavCam/PA

The Philae lander has found organic molecules – which are essential for life – on the surface of the comet where it touched down last week.

The spacecraft managed to beam back evidence of the carbon and hydrogen–containing chemicals shortly before it entered hibernation mode to conserve falling power supplies.

Although scientists are still to reveal what kind of molecules have been found on comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the discovery could provide new clues about how the early chemical ingredients that led to life on Earth arrived on the planet.

Many scientists believe they may have been carried here on an asteroid or comet that collided with the Earth during its early history.

The DLR German Aerospace Centre, which built the Cosac instrument, confirmed it had found organic molecules.

It said in a statement: “Cosac was able to ‘sniff’ the atmosphere and detect the first organic molecules after landing. Analysis of the spectra and the identification of the molecules are continuing.”

The compounds were picked up by the instrument, which is designed to “sniff” the comet’s thin atmosphere, shortly before the lander was powered down.

It is believed that attempts to analyse soil drilled from the comet’s surface with Cosac were not successful.

Philae was able to work for more than 60 hours on the comet, which is more than 500m miles from Earth, before entering hibernation.

“We currently have no information on the quantity and weight of the soil sample,” said Fred Goesmann principal investigator on the Cosac instrument at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research.

Goesmann said his team were still trying to interpret the results, which will hopefully reveal whether the molecules contain other chemical elements deemed important for life.

Professor John Zarnecki, a space scientist at the Open University who was the deputy principal investigator on another of Philae’s instruments, described the discovery as “fascinating”.

“There has long been indirect evidence of organic molecules on comets as carbon, hydrogen and oxygen atoms have been found in comet dust,” he said.

“It has not been possible to see if these are forming complex compounds before and if this is what has been found then it is a tremendous discovery.”

Organic molecules, which are chemical compounds that contain carbon and hydrogen, form the basic building blocks of all living organisms on Earth.

They can take many forms from simple small molecules like methane gas to complex amino acids that make up proteins.

Philae landed on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko after a 10-year journey through space aboard the Rosetta space probe. Philae’s initial attempt to touch down on the comet’s surface were unsuccessful when it failed to anchor itself properly, causing it to bounce back into space twice before finally coming to rest.

It meant the lander’s final resting place was about half a mile from the initial landing site and left Philae lying at an angle and its solar panels partially obscured.

In a desperate attempt to get as much science from the lander as possible before its meagre battery reserves ran out, scientists deployed a drill to bore down into the comet surface.

It is thought, however, that the drilling was unsuccessful and it failed to make contact with the comet.

But other findings from instruments on the lander, which were beamed back shortly before it powered down into a hibernation mode, suggest that the comet is largely composed of water ice that is covered in a thin layer of dust.

Preliminary results from the Mupus instrument, which deployed a hammer to the comet after Philae’s landing, suggest there is a layer of dust 10-20cm thick on the surface.

Beneath that is very hard water ice, which Mupus data suggests is possibly as hard as sandstone.

“It’s within a very broad spectrum of ice models. It was harder than expected at that location, but it’s still within bounds,” said Professor Mark McCaughrean, senior science adviser to Esa.

“You can’t rule out rock, but if you look at the global story, we know the overall density of the comet is 0.4g/cubic cm. There’s no way the thing’s made of rock.”

At Philae’s final landing spot, the Mupus probe recorded a temperature of –153°C before it was deployed and then once it was deployed the sensors cooled further by 10°C within half an hour.

“If we compare the data with laboratory measurements, we think that the probe encountered a hard surface with strength comparable to that of solid ice,” said Tilman Spohn, principal investigator for Mupus. Scientists hope that as comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko moves closer to the sun in the next few months, some light will start to reach Philae’s solar panels again, giving it enough power to come out of hibernation.

This could allow further analysis to take place on the surface.

“Until then we are going to have to make do with the data we have got,” said Zarnecki.

We have been in the north. The land of ice and fire. Iceland.

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Thursday 13th November 2014

Posted in Stuffed. on November 13, 2014 by uppyalf

Is There a UFO on Comet 67P?

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The robot probe Philae that made a historic comet landing is now stable after initially failing to attach to the surface, and is sending pictures.

Efforts are now being made to locate the precise position of the European Space Agency probe on the comet.

Engineers say it may have bounced hundreds of metres back off the surface after first touching down.

Scientists hope the probe will analyse the comet’s surface to yield insights into the origins of our Solar System.

The Esa’s Rosetta satellite carried Philae on a 6.4 billion-km (4bn-mile) journey to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

The robot probe, the size of a washing machine, was dropped from the satellite on Wednesday and spent seven hours travelling down to the icy body.

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This image is travelling around the Internet.The European Space Agency released an image of Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko, Comet 67P for short, taken by the Rosetta space probe as it gets closer to its landing on the surface in November. Do you see what lot of people are seeing and no one at ESA or NASA is confirming? Is that a UFO on the surface of Comet 67P?

Rosetta was launched on March 2, 2004 and made its initial rendezvous on August 6, 2014. On September 15, ESA announced that the landing site for Rosetta’s Philae probewill be “Site J” on the so-called head of the comet.

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Site J, the planned landing site of the Philae probe.
The photo of the possible UFO was released with a batch of other images on September 10. At the time, Rosetta was approximately 27.8 km from Comet 67P. The object appears to be metallic and quite different from a rock next to it. The rock appears darker while the object is reflecting brightly even though both appear to be at the same angle to the sun. The shadow of the object matches its size and angle but it appears longer than that of the rock because the slope of the ground behind it is different.

The high resolution images of Comet 67P being taken by Rosetta are truly amazing, so there’s some hope that better shots of the alleged UFO will surface. On the other hand, maybe ESA and NASA don’t want anyone to see the object.

Is it a UFO? If not, what’s a metallic object doing on a comet? Does it have anything to do with why Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko was selected for the landing?

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Eternity Road

The Moody Blues

Hark listen here he comes
Hark listen here he comes
Turning, spinning, catherine wheeling
For ever changing
There’s no beginning
Speeding through a charcoal sky
Observe the truth we cannot hide

Travelling eternity road
What will you find there?
Carrying your heavy load
Searching to find a piece of mind.

You’ll see us all around
You’ll see us all around
Turning, spinning, catherine wheeling
For ever changing
There’s no beginning
You’re so very far from home
And so very much alone

Travelling eternity road
What will you find there?
Carrying your heavy load
Searching to find a piece of mind.

Travelling eternity road
What will you find there?
Carrying your heavy load
Searching to find a piece of mind.

Gypsy

The Moody Blues

A  gypsy of a strange and distant time
Travelling in panic all direction blind
Aching for the warmth of a burning sun
Freezing in the emptiness of where he’d come from
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Left without a hope of coming home

Speeding through a shadow of a million years
Darkness is the only sound to reach his ears
Frightening him with the visions of eternity
Screaming for a future that can never be
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Left without a hope of coming home

A gypsy of a strange and distant time
Travelling in panic all direction blind
Aching for the warmth of a burning sun
Freezing in the emptiness of where he’d come from
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh, oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
Left without a hope of coming home

Tuesday 4th November 2014

Posted in Stuffed. on November 4, 2014 by uppyalf

Why the French state has a team of UFO hunters

Chris BockmanToulouse, France

Thousands of UFO sightings are reported every year but not many countries are willing to spend money investigating them – there is just one dedicated state-run team left in Europe. Is France onto something?
You don’t need a time machine when you visit the French Space Centre headquarters in Toulouse – it’s already a throwback to the 1970s. Green lawns sweep onto to wide boulevards with stout long rectangular office blocks on either side.
It’s almost Soviet-style in the heart of southern France. There are few signs of life even though 1,500 people, most of them civil servants, work in boxy offices along narrow unappealing corridors.
France has the biggest space agency in Europe – the result of the 1960s space race and President Charles de Gaulle’s grand determination to keep France independent of the US by building its own satellites, rocket launchers and providing elite space research.
An offshoot of all that – France is the only country in Europe to maintain a full-time state-run UFO (unidentified flying objects) department. There used to be one in the UK and another in Denmark but they closed down years ago due to budget cuts.
France’s UFO unit consists of four staff, and about a dozen volunteers who get their expenses paid to go on site and look into reports of strange sightings in the skies.

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The team is called Geipan. That’s a French acronym for Study Group and Information on Non-Identified Aerospace Phenomenon.
Its boss is Xavier Passot. Surrounded by dozens of books on UFOs, and stacks of documents, he tells me his mission is to be as transparent as possible about strange sightings and to follow up on each one that his team receives.
If someone claims to have seen strange lights in the skies, the UFO team might go online to see whether the observation took place on a flight path – it can trace commercial air traffic going back more than a week.
The team also has access to military flight paths and is in touch with the air force and air traffic controllers.
Sometimes if its staff are really intrigued by photos they have seen or if there have been several witnesses to the same sighting, they will call the local police to ask whether they can be considered credible.
They might even check with neighbours to see whether they were out drinking that night or perhaps smoking something other than cigarettes.
Passot says many of the people who get in touch are smokers, puffing away outside bars or their own homes at night, gazing at the stars.
One of the boxy offices houses yellowing archives going back to the 1950s. The papers I look at contain eerie accounts of strange things encountered in the skies by fighter pilots on routine reconnaissance missions.

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For what it’s worth and for those who suspect there’s conspiracy afoot, Passot tells me he has never covered up a UFO sighting.
I take a look at some amazing photos of strange lights and circular forms caught on camera. One, taken by a motorist, of a white ring shape above Marseille is particularly grabbing (the image at the top of this page). But the team figured that one out – it wasn’t invaders from Mars, just the reflection of a small interior overhead light in the car.
In fact, the department can explain away nearly all these phenomena and, believe it or not, the most common culprits are Chinese lanterns sent up at night during parties. The investigators often telephone the local town hall to ask if, perhaps, there had been a wedding going on at the time.
Balloons and kites floating in the skies also get mistaken for alien craft, and space debris and falling meteorites giving off strange lights are more common than one might think.

But there are around 400 UFO sightings going back to the 1970s that the French team cannot explain. One, an alleged flying saucer landing near Aix-en-Provence in 1981, they take very seriously – there were landing marks and multiple witnesses.
So are there really little green men? Well, the jury’s out on the colour but there are many working here, as well as others around the world, who are convinced there is some life out there.
And does the use of French taxpayers’ money on UFO research make sense, particularly in these times of budgetary constraint?
That probably depends on whether you just saw an alien and, in the words of those Ghostbusters, who you gonna call?

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