Tag Archive: space


singularity-syncronicity haiku

perspective haiku

Transient lunar phenomena (TLPs) are described as short-lived changes in the  brightness of patches on the face of the Moon.  They last anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours and can grow from less than a few to a hundred kilometers in size.  Most instances of TLPs are described as increases  in the overall luminosity of a spot on the Moon; however, sometimes observers report a decrease in a region’s brightness or even a change in its color to  red or violet.  Reports of TLPs have described them as “mists”, “clouds”,  “volcanoes”, among other provocative terms.  Even today, they are poorly  understood.

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On October 29, 1963, two Aeronautical Chart and Information Center cartographers, James A. Greenacre and Edward Barr,[9] at the Lowell Observatory, Flagstaff, Arizona, manually recorded very bright red, orange, and pink colour phenomena on the southwest side of Cobra Head; a hill southeast of the lunar valley Vallis Schröteri; and the southwest interior rim of the Aristarchus crater.[10] This event sparked a major change in attitude towards TLP reports. According to Willy Ley: “The first reaction in professional circles was, naturally, surprise, and hard on the heels of the surprise there followed an apologetic attitude, the apologies being directed at a long-dead great astronomer, Sir William Herschel

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“the only color we see is what we bring or the Earth, which is looking down  upon us all the time. And to find orange soil on the moon was a surprise”

Capt. Eugene Cernan, last man to walk on the moon.

 

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Can you identify this object?

http://science1.nasa.gov/media/medialibrary/2007/01/23/23jan_ltps_resources/lunarairplane_23dec06.avi

30 days to mars

A VISUALISATION OF MARS CREATED FROM SPACECRAFT IMAGERY.

A brilliant combination of solar power and magnetism firing a Fusion Driven Rocket Engine being developed at the University of Washington could get a human to Mars in 30 days, according to researchers.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/10/nasa_fusion_engine_fast_mars_trip/

“Using existing rocket fuels, it’s nearly impossible for humans to explore much beyond Earth,” said lead researcher John Slough, a UW research associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics in a statement. “We are hoping to give us a much more powerful source of energy in space that could eventually lead to making interplanetary travel commonplace.”

The proposed Fusion Driven Rocket (FDR) is a 150-ton system that uses magnetism to compress lithium or aluminum metal bands around a deuterium-tritium fuel pellet to initiate fusion. The resultant microsecond reaction forces the propellant mass out at 30 kilometers per second.”

Dr. Anthony Pancotti, an advanced propulsion engineer with the team, told The Register that the advantages of magnetic inertial confinement fusion (over that requiring massive lasers, for example) mean that the spacecraft could power itself on solar energy alone.

“It’s very scalable; we can achieve fusion at a much smaller scale,” he said. “We could run the designed engine off 200KW of solar panels, which is about the same power as generated by the panels around the International Space Station”

“Such a motor would also be considerably cheaper to launch than a chemical rocket system, since there is much less fuel to hoist out of the gravity well before it starts a trip. The proposed design for a 150-ton spacecraft would allow around a third of that mass to be used for cargo – human or otherwise – and the reduced flight time would reduce the exposure of astronauts to the effects of solar radiation.”

“The 30-day trip would require three days of engine operation to get the spacecraft up to speed and another three to slow it down into orbit around Mars. The FDR engine has the potential to make chemical or ion drives for spacecraft as obsolete as the steam engine for earth-bound transportation. “

God Is an Astronaut

“If we’ve learned anything about life on Earth, it’s that where there’s liquid water, there’s generally life,”

“And of course our ocean is a nice, salty ocean. Perhaps Europa’s salty ocean is also a wonderful place for life.”

Scientists are pretty confident Europa is home to a vast subterranean ocean, but could it have any water on its surface? According to a new study, maybe yes. That’s big news for anyone hoping to send a robotic explorer to the icy moon. And it could be big news for anyone interested in the possibility of life on that Jovian satellite.

Salty water from Europa’s 60-mile-thick ocean makes its way to the surface somehow through cracks in its ice sheet, according to new research. Once it’s there, it is exposed to sulfur from the neighboring moon Io, Jupiter’s largest. Magnesium chloride in the water interacts with the sulfur and produces magnesium sulfate, according to an analysis by astronomers Mike Brown of Caltech and Kevin Hand of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

This is interesting because it shows that Europa has some kind of chemical activity and energy transfer at its surface, the astronomers note in a new paper. That’s important for life-hunters because any alien creatures living on the frigid moon would need an energy source–the sun is far too dim at that distance to really do anything.

“The self and the world are not seperate”.

In February, 1971, Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell experienced the little understood phenomenon sometimes called the “Overview Effect”. He describes being completely engulfed by a profound sense of universal connectedness. Without warning, he says, a feeing of bliss, timelessness, and connectedness began to overwhelm him. He describes becoming instantly and profoundly aware that each of his constituent atoms were connected to the fragile planet he saw in the window and to every other atom in the Universe. He described experiencing an intense awareness that Earth, with its humans, other animal species, and systems were all one synergistic whole. He says the feeling that rushed over him was a sense of interconnected euphoria. He was not the first—nor the last—to experience this strange “cosmic connection”.

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