Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top Scientific Discoveries of 2011, Pictures

Top Ten Discoveries of 2011

Lost Mayan City Discovered

Archaeologist Brigitte Kovacevich crouches near a looters' tunnel inside the pyramid at the Head of Stone, an ancient Maya city that's finally coming into focus.

Three-dimensional mapping "erased" centuries of Guatemalan jungle growth, revealing the rough contours of nearly a hundred buildings, according to research presented in April. (See National Geographic pictures of excavated Maya cities.)

Using GPS and electronic distance-measurement technology, the researchers plotted the locations and elevations of a seven-story-tall pyramid, an astronomical observatory, a ritual ball court, several stone residences, and other structures.

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Largest Great White Shark Discovered and Released


Talk about a big fish: An expedition crew hauled up—and released—the biggestgreat white shark yet caught, a team said in May.The 17.9-foot-long (5.5-meter-long) male behemoth was found off Mexico'sGuadalupe Island (map) in fall 2009.

The animal breaks the team's previous record of 16.8 feet (5.1 meters), set when they caught a female great white named Kimel. (Both records are unofficial and not maintained by a formal organization.)

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Yellowstone Super-volcano Bulge Discovered

Yellowstone National Park's supervolcano recently took a deep "breath," causing miles of ground to rise dramatically, scientists reported in January.

The simmering volcano has produced major eruptions—each a thousand times more powerful than Mount St. Helens's 1980 eruption—three times in the past 2.1 million years.

Yellowstone's caldera, which covers a 25-by-37-mile (40-by-60-kilometer) swath of Wyoming, is an ancient crater formed after the last big blast, some 640,000 years ago. (See "When Yellowstone Explodes" in National Geographicmagazine.)

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Fungi Discovered that Creates Zombies

A stalk of the newfound fungus species Ophiocordyceps camponoti-balzanigrows out of a "zombie" ant's head in a Brazilian rain forest.

Originally thought to be a single species, called Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, the fungus is actually four distinct species—all of which can "mind control" ants—scientists announced in March.

The fungus species can infect an ant, take over its brain, and then kill the insect once it moves to a location ideal for the fungi to grow and spread their spores.

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Rare Cyclops Shark Discovered

An extremely rare cyclops shark has been confirmed in Mexico, scientists announced in October.

The 22-inch-long (56-centimeter-long) fetus has a single, functioning eye at the front of its head. The eye is a hallmark of a congenital condition called cyclopia, which occurs in several animal species, including humans. (See "Cyclops Myth Spurred by 'One-Eyed' Fossils?")

Scientists have documented cyclops shark embryos a few times before, saidJim Gelsleichter, a shark biologist at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. The fact that none have been caught outside the womb suggests cyclops sharks don't survive long in the wild.

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Area 51 Crash Discovered



Suspended upside down, a titanium A-12 spy-plane prototype is prepped for radar testing at Area 51 in the late 1950s.

After a rash of declassifications, details of Cold War workings at the Nevada base, which to this day does not officially exist, are coming to light—including never before released images of an A-12 crash and its cover-up, National Geographic News reported in May.

(Also see "Revealed: How Area 51 Hid Secret Craft.")

Area 51 was created so that U.S. Cold Warriors with the highest security clearances could pursue cutting-edge aeronautical projects away from prying eyes. During the 1950s and '60s, Area 51's top-secret OXCART program developed the A-12 as the successor to the U-2 spy plane.

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Largest Crocodile Discovered and Caught

Caught alive after a three-week hunt, a roughly 21-foot-long (6.4-meter-long)saltwater crocodile caught in the Philippines may be the largest crocodile yet captured, officials said in September.

The 2,369-pound (1,075-kilogram) crocodile is suspected of attacking several people and killing two. The animal, named Lolong, survived capture and was held in a temporary enclosure near Bunawan township (map).

Guinness World Records in September listed a 17.97-foot-long (5.48-meter-long), Australian-caught saltwater crocodile as the largest in captivity. According to zoologist Adam Britton, Guinness rules specify that Lolong will need to wait till at least March 2012 for a shot at the "official" record.

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Blackbeard's Sword Discovered

Could this partly gilded hilt have held Blackbeard's sword? There's no way to know for sure, though it was found amid the North Carolina wreck of the Queen Anne's Revenge, the flagship of the infamous 18th-century pirate.

Since 1997, archaeologists have been excavating the Queen Anne's Revenge. The sword hilt—found in pieces but reassembled for this picture—was among the latest finds revealed to the public in January. (Related: exclusive pictures of Blackbeard pirate relics and gold.)

Full story >>


Earth-like Planet Discovered

A new planet found about 36 light-years away could be one of the most Earthlike worlds yet—if it has enough clouds. The rocky planet's discovery became the tenth most visited National Geographic News story of 2011.

The unpoetically named HD85512b was discovered orbiting in the habitable zone of an orange dwarf star in the constellation Vela, according to an August study.

Astronomers found the planet using the European Southern Observatory's High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher, or HARPS, instrument in Chile.

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Friday, December 30, 2011

Recent UFO Sightings in Ireland Increase 70%, Reports are Confidential

Ireland,  70% Increase in UFO Sightings 

The number of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) spotted across Ireland has increased by nearly 70% in just three years.


The UFO Research Association of Ireland revealed that 59 incidents were reported in 2011, compared with 42 the year before and just 35 in 2009.
Association founder Adam Tallon suggested people are becoming more open to the possibility of UFOs and therefore feel more comfortable reporting a sighting to its website.
"I would like to believe that there is life out in the universe somewhere, whether it's walking or talking beings or microscopic bacteria I don't know," said Mr Tallon.
The association has been able to attribute most sightings to ball lighting and Chinese lanterns but its main interests lie in UFOs that cannot be explained by conventional means.
According to its website, these include incidents where the objects seem to be intelligently controlled or have been seen carrying out precise manoeuvres that are impossible for any known air or space crafts.
"As a young child I saw something strange in the night sky," said Mr Tallon. "But as I was young it's very possible that the incident was embellished over the years and was nothing more then a meteor or some other natural phenomena."
Mr Tallon founded the group in 2005 but it officially became the UFO Research Association of Ireland in 2008 when it adopted its current system to track reported incidents.
"There is a slow but gradual increase in incidents being reported which I would attribute to two things," Mr Tallon went on. "The first that there wasn't really any place to report incidents prior to our organisation and secondly I would attribute the increase to people being more comfortable reporting an incident compared to say 10 years ago."
Mr Tallon said people are not required to give any personal information to report a UFO which can be done through ufoi.org - the organisation's website. He suggested it is this confidentiality that encourages people who may otherwise have been unsure or embarrassed to report a UFO.

NASA Blast Off To the Moon

NASA probes may find remnants of moon's lost sibling

It has been more than forty years since man has been to the moon and now there seems to be a particular fascination with it. This fascination is being shared by the Americans, Russians, Chinese and the Indians. What is causing this sudden interest and why aren't these countries pooling their technological and financial resources. It almost appears that whatever is there these countries want to claim as their own. It makes little sense but it does warrant keeping an eye on the peculiar space race. 



Two identical NASA space probes are due to arrive at the moon this weekend to learn what is inside Earth's companion and how it formed.

Among the most interesting questions scientists will attempt to answer is if our moon holds the wrecked body of a lost sibling body.
Evidence of the crash, if it occurred, should be buried inside the moon, in the form of remnant radioactive materials, like uranium and thorium, which would have been heated in the smash-up.

NEWS: Earth Must Have Another Moon, Say Astronomers


According to a recently published paper, scientists suspect a second moon once circled Earth in the same orbit and at roughly the same speed as our moon. It eventually bumped into its companion, but instead of causing an impact crater, the second moon stuck and made a mountain. That feature today would be the lunar highlands located on the side of the moon that permanently faces away from Earth.

"One prediction of this model is that the whole exterior of the moon was once molten, and it started to cool off — actually cooled from the outside in — so you were left with a molten channel in the base of the moon's crust," said Maria Zuber, a planetary scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



Simulations show that when the second moon hit our moon, the molten material was pushed around to the near side, traces of which should remain today.

"We're looking for layering in the lower crust," said Zuber, who is the lead researcher on NASA's Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory mission. The $496 mission is also known by its acronym, Grail.

ANALYSIS: Could Galactic Cataclysms Be Recorded on the Moon?

Flying in formation 34 miles above the lunar surface, the two Grail spacecraft will map the moon's gravity down to fractions of a micron. A micron is about thewidth of red blood cells.


VIDEO: NASA smashes LCROSS and spent Centaur rocket into moon in search of water.
Scientists can use the precise measurements to model the moon's interior, a key piece of data missing despite more than 100 previous missions to the moon, including excursions made by NASA astronauts during the six Apollo moon landings between 1969 and 1972.

"We believe the moon formed from the impact of a Mars-sized object with Earth, but we understand little really of how this formation happened and how it cooled off after the violent event," Zuber said.

"One fundamental thing that we don't know about the moon — shockingly after all these missions that have gone to the moon — is why the near side of the moon is different than the far side," she added.

NEWS: Earth May Have Swirled Moon's Core

Grail-A is due to begin a 40-minute braking maneuver to put itself into orbit around the moon at 4:21 p.m. ET on Saturday. Grail-B arrives 25 hours later on New Year's Day.

Both spacecraft are needed to complete the mapping mission, which is scheduled to last 82 days.

"We won't be celebrating a lot until after we get Grail-B into orbit," said projectmanager David Lehman, with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif.

It will take two months for the spacecraft to move themselves from their initial lunar orbits into position to begin mapping. If the battery-powered probes survive the nextlunar eclipse, scientists want to move them even closer to the moon for a follow-on mission that would provide even more precise measurements.

How and When to View First Meteor Shower of 2012, No Moon, Photos

First meteor shower of 2012 comes next week

You need to be very specific on your date and time for viewing this spectacular meteor shower. You will find the info below but it is also advisable to be outside for about 30 minutes prior to peak viewing time to adjust your eyes to the darkness. Expect the meteors to come in bunches and enjoy! 

The Quadrantid Meteor Shower

In 2011, most of the best meteor showers occurred when the moon was close to full. This natural "light pollution" made the fainter meteors impossible to see.

But 2012 starts out with a great meteor shower, the Quadrantids, with absolutely no moon to interfere with the viewing. The Quadrantid meteor shower will peak on Jan. 4 at about 2 a.m. EST (0700 GMT).

Meteor showers occur when the Earth passes through fields of debris left behind by comets or asteroids in the past. The result is that, instead of the handful of meteors, or "shooting stars," which can be seen any clear night, we get a "shower" of meteors: dozens or even hundreds of meteors over the course of an evening.

The best known meteor shower of the year is the Perseids, which normally occurs in the second week of August. The other two most reliable meteor showers are the Geminids in mid-December and the Quadrantids in early January. [ Amazing Perseid meteor photos ]

Most meteor showers are named for the constellations in which their "radiants" are located. These are the points in the sky from which the meteors appear to streak. When we look at the radiant of a meteor shower, we are essentially looking up the track upon which the meteors arrive at Earth, just as we would watch a train coming down a railroad track.

But after what constellation is the Quadrantid meteor shower named?

Strangely enough, it is named for a constellation which no longer exists, Quadrans Muralis, the wall quadrant. This was an instrument used by early astronomers to measure positions in the sky. If you've ever seen a picture of the famous Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe, you've probably seen his wall quadrant. This constellation was named in 1795 by French astronomer Jérôme Lalande, who had a wall quadrant of his own which he decided to immortalize in the sky.



Meteor over Iran


Quadrans Muralis consisted of a faint group of stars between the top of Bootes and the handle of the BigDipper, now completely forgotten except for its survival in the name of this meteor shower. Thesky map of the 2012 Quadrantid meteor shower included with this article shows where to look to see the shooting star display.

The comet which created this meteor shower has not been identified for certain, but may have been a comet observed in 1490 by Chinese, Korean, and Japanese astronomers.

Observing a meteor shower is a naked-eye pursuit. The meteors move too fast to be tracked with telescopes or even binoculars. The best way to observe them is to dress warmly and lie back on a deck chair or chaise longue to get as wide a view of the sky as possible.

It’s not necessary to know where the radiant is located, as the meteors can be seen anywhere in the sky. The only important thing is that the radiant be above the horizon. This is not a problem for most observers in North America or Europe since the Quadrantid radiant is circumpolar: it circles the celestial pole and never sets.
Meteor Shower, 19th Century Engraving
You will see more meteors after midnight because of the motion of the Earth. Be sure to protect your eyes from direct light and give your eyes plenty of time to adapt to the darkness, at least 20 minutes.

You may see nothing for some time, but be patient and the meteors will come. Meteors often come in bunches so, if you see one, watch that area more carefully. If you've never observed meteors before, you may think you’re "seeing things" at first, because they often move very fast, and are gone before you can turn your eyes on them.

The Quadrantid shower is unusual for having a very sharp "peak" around 2 a.m. on Jan. 4. Thus it's important to try to observe on this particular date, as the next night will be too late.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

NASA's Best Pictures of 2011, Photo's. Video

NASA's Best Photo's of 2011


Cosmic Ornament

With the holiday season in full swing, a new image from an assembly of telescopes reveals a pulsar that appears like a spinning cosmic ornament. Combined data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton were used in the discovery of a young pulsar in the remains of a supernova located in the Small Magellanic Cloud, or SMC. This is the first time a pulsar, which is a spinning, ultra-dense star, has been found in a supernova remnant 





Comet Lovejoy

Comet Lovejoy as seen by the Solar Optical Telescope (SOT) on Hinode as it approached the sun early on 16 December 2011. Hinode purposely adjusted its instruments during this time period to observer the side of the sun and track the comet. Scientists were rewarded with two images, taken 30 seconds apart before Comet Lovejoy vanished into the glare of scattered light from the sun. Using these images, scientists believe the coma -- the visible cloud of ice and dust surrounding the comet -- is about 450 miles across. Since the comet is so much fainter than the sun, the SOT's original image showed a saturated, over bright sun next to the comet; this image has been processed with a replacement, less bright image of the sun that was captured simultaneously. 

Credit: JAXA/Hinode/LMSAL






High Resolution Map of the Far Side of the Moon

A team of scientists at Arizona State University in Tempe has used a wide-angle camera aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to create what the space agency says is "the highest-resolution near-global topographic map of the moon ever created." And the results are absolutely stunning. 





Best Seat in the Cupola

NASA astronaut Mike Fossum gazes through a window in the International Space Station's "cupola"—an observation module—in September. Earth's horizon interrupts the blackness of space at the top of the frame. Credit NASA







Saturn's Northern Storm

The image was taken on Jan. 12, 2011, over about one hour at a distance of approximately 684,000 miles (1.1 million kilometers) from Saturn and at a sun-Saturn-spacecraft, or phase, angle of 52 degrees. The image was re-projected to the same viewing geometry, so that scale in this final mosaic is 76 miles (122 kilometers) per pixel.  

Image Credit:NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute 







Orion Drop Test, Deep Space Water Landing?

The amazing thing is not necessarily the photo itself but the fact that NASA has invested so much time, effort and money in deep space water landings. To date we only have speculation that water is in the universe and even then it is in a frozen form. Engineers at NASA Langley conducted the third drop test of the Orion test article as part of Phase 1 water impact testing on Nov. 8. The capsule was hoisted about 20 feet above the ground with a pitch of 17 degrees. It reached a horizontal velocity of about 22 mph before splashing into the Hydro Impact Basin (see video). Test conditions represented stable seas. Image Credit: NASA/Sean Smith






NPP Launch Arc

The On Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, an arc of light illuminates the pre-dawn sky at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., as a Delta II rocket launches with the NPOESS Preparatory Project (NPP) spacecraft payload. NPP carries five science instruments, including four new state-of-the-art sensors, which will provide critical data to help scientists understand the dynamics of long-term climate patterns and help meteorologists improve short-term weather forecasts. 

Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls  






Reflections and Final Lift Off

This image of space shuttle Atlantis was taken shortly after the rotating service structure was rolled back at Launch Pad 39A, Thursday, July 7, 2011. Atlantis  lifted-off, Friday, July 8, on the final flight of the Space Shuttle Program. 

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls





A Flame

Fire acts differently in space than on Earth. Sandra Olson, an aerospace engineer at NASA's Glenn Research Center, demonstrates just how differently. Each image is of flame spread over cellulose paper in a spacecraft ventilation flow in microgravity. The different colors represent different chemical reactions within the flame. The blue areas are caused by chemiluminescence (light produced by a chemical reaction.) The white, yellow and orange regions are due to glowing soot within the flame zone.This image won first place in the 2011 Combustion Art Competition,Image 

Credit: NASA





Solar Loop

When a loop of plasma erupted from the sun in March, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft was there to capture the action.Known as a prominence, the escaping cloud of charged gas is pictured tethered to the sun at two ends by magnetic forces, but it eventually became unstable and broke free, twisting away into space. 

Credit SDO/NASA




Hubble 20th Anniversary Photo

Image credit; NASA, ESA, M. Livio and the Hubble 20th Anniversary Team (STScI) Published December 1, 2011






The Osprey Has Landed

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, an adult osprey guards its young in a nest built on a platform in the Press Site parking lot. In the background is the 12,300-square-foot NASA logo painted on the side of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). The VAB and Press Site are located at the Turn Basin in Launch Complex 39, making it an ideal osprey nesting place. The Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge overlaps with Kennedy Space Center property and provides a habitat for many types of wildlife, including the osprey, and 330 species of birds. For information on the refuge, visithttp://www.fws.gov/merrittisland/Index.

Image Credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller






Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Santa Soyuz Rocket Reentry Over Germany Dec 24, 2011, UFO Video


SANTA SOYUZ? ROCKET REENTRY DAZZLES EUROPE CHRISTMAS EVE

THE GIST


  • Saturday's sighting is believed to have been the reentering third stage of a Russian Soyuz rocket.
  • The rocket successfully delivered three astronauts to the space station -- they docked on Friday.
  • Also on Friday, debris from another (unmanned) Soyuz rocket ironically hit a house on "Cosmonaut Street" in central Siberia.
  • A ball of light streaking across the night sky in northern Europe on Saturday at a time when many imagined that Santa Claus was doing his rounds was nothing more than Soyuz rocket debris, Belgian experts say.
  • "The fireball observed above Belgium, the Netherlands, France and Germany on December 24 around 17h30, was the re-entry of the third stage of the Soyuz rocket that transported the Dutch astronaut André Kuipers to the ISS," Belgium's Royal Observatory said Sunday
  • Videos nearly 30 seconds long were posted on the Internet showing the ball of light trailing a long tail, seen at dusk Saturday in southern Belgium, northern France and many parts of Germany.

ANALYSIS: Space Junk Problem Reaches 'Tipping Point'

Astronomers concerned with unidentified flying objects at a center in Mannheim, southwestern Germany, were swamped with telephone calls, and they initially thought it was a meteorite.

The Belgian observatory solved the mystery on Sunday when it linked the sighting to the recent successful launch of three astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS)


Watch a video of Saturday's reentry of the Soyuz third stage over Germany: 



Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA's Don Pettit and the European Space Agency's André Kuipers blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday. The trio docked with the ISS on Friday.

Unfortunately, also on Friday, an unmanned Russian rocket launch resulted in failure.

The Soyuz-2 rocket was carrying a military communications satellite before it crashed into Siberia minutes after launch.

Its fragments crashed into the Novosibirsk region of central Siberia and were found in the Ordynsk district around 60 miles south of the regional capital Novosibirsk.

NEWS: Russia Botches Another Rocket Launch

"A sphere was found, around 50 centimeters (20 inches) in diameter, which crashed into the roof of a house in the village of Vagaitsevo" in the Ordynsk district, an official in the local security services told the Interfax news agency.

In an extraordinary irony, the official said that the house was located on Cosmonaut Street, named after the heroic spacemen of the Soviet and Russian space program.

Santa Soyuz Rocket Reentry Over Germany Dec 24, 2011, UFO Video

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

UFO Disclosure Petition Update, Dec 27, 2011, Rockefeller Intiative

We The People, Not getting a great reception from the White House




Disclosure Petition II - the Rockefeller Initiative
www.disclosurepetition.info
www.whitehouse.gov/petitions

Notice: Throughout December the White House "We the People" website experienced significant technical difficulties. Many thousands of people had problems creating an account and/or logging in and/or signing a petition. PRG received scores of emails from angry and frustrated potential petition signers. Furthermore, the "We the People" section was frequently down for maintenance. Consequently, all petitions submitted in December had little chance of reaching the 25,000 signature threshold for a formal response - Disclosure Petition II included. PRG has confirmed these problems with a White House staffer and has been told they are being fixed.

Therefore, "Disclosure Petition II - the Rockefeller Initiative" will be resubmitted to "We the People" sometime in January accompanied by a considerable amount of media and web promotion. [Note: the resubmitted petition will have anew direct link.] This petition is specifically formulated to challenge the White House formal statement of November 4, 2011 that,"The U.S. government has no evidence that any life exists outside our planet, or that an extraterrestrial presence has contacted or engaged any member of the human race. In addition, there is no credible information to suggest that any evidence is being hidden from the public's eye."

Disclosure Petition I and the White House response generated more media coverage worldwide than all other posted petitions combined. The political media have taken notice. Should Disclosure Petition II quickly acquire the needed 25,000 signatures, the impact on the Disclosure process could be dramatic. But this depends upon you.

If you already have an account open at "We the People," get ready to sign Disclosure Petition II and the Need to Know petition in January. If you do not yet have an account, go to www.whitehouse.gov/petitions and create one now. Anyone from any nation can open an account and sign petitions.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Australia is Target for Russian Mars Probe Coming a 18K MPH with Poison Gas

Australia Prepares for Deadly Encounter as Russian Mars Probe Screams Toward Earth

Many have wondered and others have asked what will 2012 bring, it appears the first thing it will bring us (some of us) is a Russian Mars Probe laden with toxic fuel heading directly towards  Australia at more than 18,000 MPH. 
Richard

Artist impression of the size of the debris field surrounding earth.

Australians have been put on alert for a deadly alien encounter.

According to a reports Tuesday, a failed Russian Mars probe laden with toxic fuel may soon crash land in Australia.

A scientist have been quoted  calling the Phobos-Grunt — an 8.5 tonne spacecraft fueled by a "poisonous propellant consisting of unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine and dinitrogen tetroxide" — the most toxic falling satellite. Ever.

Phobos-Grunt was supposed to land on the larger of Mars' two moons, Phobos, and gather rock samples to study back on Earth.

However, after suffering "total battery failure" in November, it's wound up hurtling toward Earth at 18,640 miles per hour instead.

And while Russia's space agency (Roscosmos) has already said the toxic fuel on board will likely burn up on re-entry, 20-30 fragments of the spacecraft — around 440 pounds worth — are expected to survive to the surface, the 
BBC reported earlier this month.

Optimistically, the beeb wrote that:

With more than 70 percent of the Earth's surface covered by water, the chances are that any fragments that do survive the fiery re-entry will end up in the ocean.
However, News.com.au rains on that parade, reporting that:
Phobos-Grunt is moving around Earth at an altitude between 201km and 275km, meaning it will fall anywhere between latitude 51 degrees north and latitude 51 degrees south, which encompasses all of Australia.

Reentry is reportedly expected between Jan. 6 and 9

If a piece of space junk is going to land anywhere and miss major population centers, it may as well be Australia: according to research by migration consultants ASA, 97 percent of land Down Under remains uninhabited — or virtually so — mainly due to it being uninhabitable (ie. desert).

To put it another way, about 90 percent of the population lives in about 3 per cent of the land area, and that's mainly around the coast.

Besides which, Australia's Spaceinfo.com.au editor Jonathan Nally reportedly says the toxic stuff should burn up as the probe fell through Earth's atmosphere.

"These chemicals are just lethal, very nasty, but we should be safe from them because of the incredible heat of re-entry," he reportedly said. "After all, this stuff is meant to burn and this probe doesn't have heat shields."

Then there's this reassuring thought from Nally:

"It's orbiting at 30,000 kilometers [18,640 miles] per hour, that's traveling 10,000 kilometers [6,214 miles] every 20 minutes, so if someone's calculations are out by just 20 minutes that means where they predict the probe will fall could be [6,214 miles] out."

Who knows — Los Angeles is around 11,000 miles from Sydney, so if calculations are 40 minutes out... You do the math.

Australia is Target for Russian Mars Probe Coming a 18K MPH with Poison Gas

UFO Hunting With Digital Night Vision Pays Off Big, Video

The Benefits of Digital Night Vision Capabilities are many when hunting UFOs

Digital Night Vision allows many to see UFOs in the sky that they would otherwise not detect. 


   

UFOs seen with Night Vision are Plentiful and Seen Most Clear Nights, Video

Sunday, December 25, 2011

PBS, Prairie Home Companion Opens UFO Cover up to Wider Audience, Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor slips in history of U.S. Government UFO cover-up in his Writer’s Almanac for December 2011
This just in from my fellow ET compatriot, Joan Bird. (See this, for an example of her reports on UFO presentations.) Joan is writing a book about UFO encounters in Montana. Below her intro I include the excerpt from the Writer’s Almanac  to which she refers.


UFO List – Following is Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac for December 2011 [which includes] an excellent summary of the government investigations of UFOs. I am (still) working on a chapter about the 1950 Mariana UFO film, whose story is interwoven with Projects Grudge and Blue Book, so I was delighted to see this piece.



I am also amazed to see this story in G.K.’s writer’s almanac, though it fits for me. Maybe he is priming other writers to pay attention. When Garrison Keillor starts inserting this kind of information into his public offerings, I believe it says something about where we as a society are in the acceptance of the UFO phenomenon, regardless of the U.S. Government’s official position. (Many other governments are much further along in public disclosure.)
I find it incredibly encouraging that the truth is being disseminated in places I never would have guessed, and through widely distributed, highly trusted, and publicly beloved sources. — Joan
The United States government officially closed “Project Blue Book” on this date in 1969. It was the latest in a series of Air Force projects established to study unidentified flying objects. The first of these, Project Sign, began in 1947 after a succession of high-profile UFO sightings began to worry the military. The investigators’ official report, published in the summer of 1948, concluded that UFOs were real craft, and were quite possibly extraterrestrial in origin. Project Sign was followed by Project Grudge at the end of 1948. Because of the lack of physical evidence, Grudge’s mandate was to debunk any UFO reports. The investigators were unable to explain almost a quarter of the sightings; the rest were almost all ruled “natural phenomena.” Project Grudge was closed at the end of 1951, to be replaced by Project Blue Book in 1952.
Project Blue Book’s original mission was two-fold: first, to determine whether unidentified flying objects were a threat to national security; and second, to analyze the reports scientifically in an attempt to explain them. Edward Ruppelt was the first leader of the project, and he required his staff to take all reports seriously. He developed an objective questionnaire to give to all witnesses, fired people if they became too entrenched in a particular theory or viewpoint, and established a Blue Book officer at every U. S. Air Force base. His investigators were not required to follow the standard chain of command, and could interview anyone at any rank. The project received so many reports that investigators became bogged down; alarmed at the volume, the Central Intelligence Agency formed an oversight committee of scientists to evaluate the project. The Robertson Committee’s report advised the Air Force to back off and not only work to debunk the reports that came in, but also actively use the media and scientific experts to ridicule the mere idea of UFOs. They also recommended treating civilian UFO groups with extreme suspicion. Ruppelt soon found his staff cut by 80 percent, and all unsolved cases became classified. By 1955, Project Blue Book was no longer an investigative body, but a debunking and public relations one. By the mid-1960s, the project was trying so hard to debunk any sightings that they became an object of public ridicule. In one case, several police officers in Ohio reported chasing a low-flying, lighted object for 30 minutes and over 85 miles, only to be told that they had probably been confused by the Moon, or possibly Venus, (You can view several of those reports by clicking here). The project was finally formally closed in 1969, and its case files — more than 12,000 in all — were sent to storage at an Air Force base in Alabama.
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