US President Donald Trump has announced an additional $1.6 billion in funding for NASA in order to bankroll American return to space “in a big way,” specifically naming the Moon and Mars as targets.
“We are restoring NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars,” Trump tweeted on Monday afternoon, adding that the additional funding will enable the US to “return to Space in a BIG WAY!”
Donald J. Trump
Under my Administration, we are restoring @NASA to greatness and we are going back to the Moon, then Mars. I am updating my budget to include an additional $1.6 billion so that we can return to Space in a BIG WAY!
The US currently has no vessels capable of taking astronauts into orbit, let alone the moon or another planet. The Space Shuttle program was canceled in 2011, and NASA has relied on Russia for trips to the International Space Station ever since.
Plans for manned launches using SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule have hit a bump after the vessel exploded during a test on April 20. Details about the incident remain unknown, as NASA and SpaceX have reportedly worked hard to suppress any information from leaking to the general public.
The Trump administration’s space ambitions have been in the works for a while, with Vice President Mike Pence recently announcing plans to build a station in lunar orbit and put US astronauts on the Moon by 2024.
Last week, Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos pitched cooperation with his space company Blue Origin as a way for NASA to meet that deadline. Meanwhile, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has spoken with enthusiasm about the prospect of setting up a base on the Moon and colonizing Mars – using his rockets, of course.
Trump’s interest in space has not been purely civilian, either. After months of hyping the idea of a ‘Space Force’ to defend US national interests in orbit and beyond, the president signed a decree in February it as a subsidiary of the US Air Force, rather than a separate branch of the military in its own right. International treaties dating back to the 1960s prohibit weaponization of space, but the Trump administration has scrapped numerous treaties over the past two years.
The age-old mystery, “Are we alone in the galaxy?” is now closer than ever before to being solved.
The answer is: Probably not.
In the last few days, Fox News reported a “massive” discovery regarding Mars: The Curiosity rover put there by NASA found organic molecules on the ‘red planet.’
“We found organic molecules in rocks from an ancient lake bed,” said Jen Eigenbrode, research scientist at Goddard Flight Center in Goddard, Md., at a press conference simultaneously held at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. A variety of molecules were identified, she noted further.
According to the space agency, the rocks are billions of years old. And, while scientists painstakingly attempted to explain that “life” had not been found on Mars, organic molecules could not have existed in a vacuum. Organic suggests ‘life form.’
What’s more, scientists explained that the molecules they discovered could provide additional clues as to what they belong to.
“Organic compounds are fundamental to our search for life,” said Paul Mahaffy, director of the Solar System Exploration Division at Goddard.
Fox News noted further:
Described as the most technologically advanced rover ever built, Curiosity launched on Nov. 26, 2011. The rover landed on Mars’ Gale Crate on Aug. 6, 2012, with the goal of determining whether Mars was ever able to support microbial life.
Eigenbrode told reporters that the organic molecules “could have come from things that are non-biological,” but that’s a technical explanation — something she has to say because NASA doesn’t have the body of something to show the world.
“All life that we know of is based on organic molecules,” said Eigenbrode. “There’s a whole suite of chemical and physical things that we could measure to find signatures of life.”
Other signs of alien life
The Curiosity rover has already made interesting life-related discoveries on the red planet. For instance, in 2013 it found a rock sample showing that ancient Mars could have supported living microbes. And, in 2014, the rover measured a tenfold spike in methane, which is an organic byproduct, in the atmosphere surrounding it. And, at that time, the probe detected additional organic molecules in a sample of rock and power collected by its drill.
Scientists confirmed Thursday that the rover is providing them with additional details surrounding Mars’ methane-laced atmosphere. The machine has discovered “a repeatable, identifiable pattern in the methane measurement,” Chris Webster, a senior research fellow at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, told reporters. He added that this could be “key to unlocking the mysteries associated with Mars methane.”
Other indications that ‘we’re not alone’ have been revealed recently as well.
As The National Sentinelreports, a once-secret report written by the Pentagon in 2009 contained details of contact between carrier-based U.S. Navy F/A-18s and an unidentified flying object off the coast of California in 2004.
The planes, flying from the USS Nimitz, were in contact with the craft repeatedly over a two-week period in November of that year.
The report noted that pilots witnessed a “tic-tac” shaped object that could travel at “ballistic missile” speeds and then immediately stop to hover.
Radar operators aboard the Nimitz and one of its escort ships, the USS Princeton, were able to track the object, but they were never able to ‘lock on’ to it (meaning they could never have targeted the object).
It’s not “proof” of alien life but it’s the closest thing to it. Kind of like discovering “organic molecules” on a nearby planet.
Read more about space-related discoveries at Space.news.
What do we call these volunteers? Fools or heroes?
16 Apr 2018
Life on Mars is being simulated by NASA, via an isolated habitat in Hawaii. For eight-month periods, a group of six volunteers travels to the shoulder of Mauna Loa — an active volcano on the Island of Hawaii — to imitate the living conditions they’d experience on Mars. To keep the experience authentic, the crew filmed all their interviews for CBC News, and all communication was done on a time delay. The experiment is funded by NASA, as it considers a real mission to Mars.
Here’s yet another curious find on the surface of the red planet. It looks like three towers spaced equidistant from one another in the same pattern as the pyramids at Giza or the belt in the constellation Orion.
Here’s the original YouTube video from user Mundodesconocido discussing the find:
Investigating on some Mars images, we have recently found a row of huge towers located in the Martian area of Terra Meridiani. Due to their peculiar features, we believe that they have an artificial origin. In the following video, we will show you all the amazing information, evidences as well as animated 3D models that will allow you to evaluate correctly the information we propose.
And here’s another one more to the point with the specific picture from the NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor: MOC (Mars Orbiter Camera).
They do look kind of familiar in a way.
Thoughts? Something about this definitely does not look natural…
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