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‘Human Skull Found In Mars’ Hoax: Is It Alien Bones, UFO, Or Just Another Rock?

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A recently discovered NASA photograph of what looks like a human skull lying on the surface of Mars has intrigued many people with a lot of buzz on social media platforms. 

  The image was reportedly taken by the panoramic camera on the Spirit rover in the planet a few years ago, but gained notice recently after the Paranormal Crucible website posted a YouTube video of the image with digital alterations to make it look even more like a skull.

Although the digitally altered picture of the image appears to push the theory that Alien creatures could have lived in the red planet, the image itself does not seem to be convincing enough to draw any conclusion. Many would only argue that it is nothing more than just another rock in the planet.”

 

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Look At What Two Years On Mars Did To The Curiosity Rover

 

 

 

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” NASA’s Curiosity rover just recently finished its second year exploring Mars, and the red planet’s harsh environment has taken its toll. Rocky terrain, tricky sand dunes, and exposure to Martian dust storms have left the SUV-sized robot looking a little worse for wear as it continues its march towards its eventual goal, Mount Sharp.

  Below is a before-and-after look at a variety of instruments and features on Curiosity and the wear they’ve endured during the rover’s first two years, made from images uploaded by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Each image is either from the MAHLI imager or the Mastcam, and is also labeled with the Sol number (sol = one Martian solar day, the mission is currently on Sol 724) during which each image was taken.”

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Countdown Commences For India’s Mars Orbiter Mission

” The countdown has commenced and the excitement is building for India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) – which will conduct a detailed study of the Martian atmosphere and is the nation’s first ever mission to the Red Planet.”

” The 56 hour 30 min countdown started at 6:06 a.m. IST today (Nov. 3), according to an official statement from the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) leading to liftoff on Tuesday, Nov 5, from a seaside launch pad in Srihanikota, India.”

Unveiling a breathtaking view of the majestic Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV C25 with its passenger, the Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO's) Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft inside. The Mobile service tower is also seen in the background.  Credit: IRSO

” MOM is the first of two new Mars orbiter science probes from Earth set to blast off for the Red Planet this November. Half a globe away, NASA’s MAVEN orbiter remains on target to launch barely two weeks after MOM on Nov. 18 – from the Florida Space Coast.”

Daily Video 9.25.13

Curiosity Rover Report (Sept. 19, 2013): Leave the Driving to Autonav

 

 

Published on Sep 19, 2013

” As NASA’s Curiosity heads to Mount Sharp, the rover is using autonomous navigation to pick the best route.”

Robot Snakes On Mars

 

 

 

” The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking into the idea of sending a snake to Mars in order to help scientists deepen their knowledge about the Red Planet.

Researchers are reportedly developing a snake-like robot that could be paired up with a rover to help future explorers investigate regions that are typically inaccessible. NASA’s Curiosity and Opportunity rovers have had great success helping scientists gather more data about Mars, but clunky wheels prevent the Martian vehicles from exploring nooks and crannies that may hide secrets about the Red Planet’s past. A more versatile snake robot could be the key in attempting to go where no rover has gone before.

“One option is to make the robot into one of the vehicle’s arms, with the ability to disconnect and reconnect itself, so that it can be lowered to the ground, where it can crawl about independently.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Daily Video 8.23.13

Curiosity Rover Report (08.22.13): The Odometer Keeps Turning

Meprolight MOR Reflex Sight

 

 

” Since MAC started to review the new IMI Tavor, he has been searching for the perfect optic for the Israeli bullpup. It just so happens that I have a Meprolight MOR on T&E from The Mako Group, the official importer of all the Meprolight optics for the North American market and the optic of choice by IDF Special Forces.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were one of the first militaries to understand the importance of an optic equipped rifle for every infantryman. The standard reflex sight of the IDF is the Meprolight M21, but a select few in each unit are issued a specialized reflex sight with a built-in laser designator. The first in this new class of sights was the MARS (Multi-purpose Aiming Reflex Sight). The MARS integrated an AA battery-powered red reflex sight, dual laser designators and a tethered pressure switch for activation in a single unit.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Mars Rat’ Spied By NASA’s Curiosity Rover

 

 

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” Is that a rat on Mars?

A photo from the mast camera on NASA’s Curiosity rover reveals the dusty orange, rock-strewn surface of the Red Planet — and what starry-eyed enthusiasts claim is a dusty orange rodent hiding among the stones.

The photo, taken Sept. 28, 2012, depicts the “Rocknest” site, where NASA’s rover took a scoopful of sand, tasted it, and determined it was full of weathered basaltic materials — not unlike Hawaii, the space agency’s scientists said last year.

The “creature” was identified on the UFO Sightings Daily website, where its finder, ScottCWaring, held tight to his opinion: That’s one darn cute rodent on Mars.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2013 Guide To The Five Visible Planets

 

 

Planetary trio bedecks western sky after sunset May 25.

 

” Venus and Jupiter are both now visible after sunset. Venus is buried in deep twilight in mid-May but will become more visible as the month passes. Later in May, the planet Mercury will climb up out of the glare of sunset, to appear low in the west at dusk. In the last week of May, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury will form a spectacular planetary trio. Meanwhile, Saturn – shines noticeably bright in the May 2013 evening sky all month long. And Mars is officially in the morning sky in May 2013, but not visible, having passed behind the sun from Earth last month.”

 

 

 

Planetary Alignment Peaks With Celestial Show This Weekend

 

 

 

” Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets in the sky this month, will be joined by tiny Mercury for a rare celestial show this weekend.

Typically, Venus, the second-closest planet to the sun, and Jupiter, which orbits beyond Mars, are tens of millions of miles apart. But they have been cycling together while moving ever closer to each other this month, joined by the innermost planet Mercury.

The celestial show peaks on Sunday when the trio will appear as a bright triangle of light in the western sky beginning about 30 minutes after sunset.

Triple conjunctions are relatively rare, according to NASA. The last one was in May 2011 and the next one will not occur until October 2015.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mars One Says 80,000 Have Applied For One-Way Mission To Red Planet

 

 

” Almost 80,000 people have applied to take part in a one-way mission to Mars, each of them completing a rigorous application that stresses the need for a “Can Do!” attitude, asks individuals about their sense of humour and requires the submission of an application fee that can be as much as $75.

Mars One, the Dutch company behind the proposed mission, says it has received applications from more than 120 countries. It also says that the role of Mars explorer/guinea pig is “the most desired job in history”. More than 17,000 of the applicants are from the US – the most of any country so far.

“These numbers put us right on track for our goal of half a million applicants,” said the founder of Mars One, Bas Lansdorp. “Mars One is a mission representing all humanity and its true spirit will be justified only if people from the entire world are represented. I’m proud that this is exactly what we see happening.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Manned Mars Mission Draws Flood Of Applicants

 

 

 

 

 

” COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — They’ll be crammed into a space the size of an RV for more than a year, breathing recycled air, subsisting on dehydrated food and drinking their purified urine. If they die, they’ll be freeze-dried in a body bag. And if they survive, they’ll have to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere at a screaming 8.8 miles (14.2 kilometers) per second.

But the applications are already rolling in for the first manned mission to Mars, the project team said Thursday (April 11).

Speaking at the National Space Symposium here, members of the Inspiration Mars Foundationdescribed the challenges inherent in launching two humans on a 501-day flyby journey to the Red Planet and back in January 2018, but remained optimistic that those challenges aren’t insurmountable.

“So far, we haven’t come up with any show-stoppers, so that’s exciting,” said Jane Poynter, president of the Paragon Space Development Corp., which has partnered with Inspiration Mars.

Millionaire Dennis Tito, who became the first space tourist in 2001, unveiled Inspiration Mars’ “Mission for America” in February.

The goal is to send two people (a man and a woman, possibly a married couple) on a 501-day there-and-back flyby around Mars in January 2018. The positions of Earth and Mars are then ideal for such a quick trip; the next such opportunity won’t come around until 2031.

The goal of the mission is to inspire the public — and Congress — to recommit to long-distance space travel, Tito said at the National Space Symposium.” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Has the Right To Mine An Asteroid?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” As PopMech has relentlessly covered, the race is on to tap the mineral wealth tucked away in the asteroids. But are these big space rocks free for the taking, or will asteroid miners find themselves bogged down in outer space red tape? Instapundit blogger and resident contrarian Glenn Harlan Reynolds investigates.

Suddenly, the idea of asteroid mining is everywhere. As a recent feature here in Popular Mechanics noted, asteroid mining has gone from a “someday” idea to a business plan for more than one company. As a professor who’s been writing, teaching, and practicing space law since the 1980s, I say, why not? Asteroids are valuable, they’re out there, and they are free for the taking.

Or are they?

Asteroids are certainly available, and they’re valuable. More than 750,000 asteroids measure at least 1 kilometer across, and millions of smaller objects are scattered throughout the solar system, mostly in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. Even a comparatively small asteroid is potentially quite valuable, both on Earth and in space.

A 79-foot-wide M-type (metallic) asteroid could hold 33,000 tons of extractable metals, including $50 million in platinum alone. A 23-foot-diameter C-type (carbonaceous) asteroid can hold 24,000 gallons of water, useful for generating fuel and oxygen. Even 1 gallon of water, at 8.33 pounds per, can cost tens of thousands of dollars to launch into Earth orbit. Prices will probably come down now that SpaceX and other private launch companies are in the game. But the numbers would need to improve a lot for water launched from Earth to compete with water that’s already floating in space. “

 

 

 

Crash

Watch NASA Crash Two Orbiters Into the Moon

” It wasn’t quite the jubilation we saw this summer when NASA landed the Curiosity Rover on Mars, but scientists behind the GRAIL mission congratulated each other on a job well done this afternoon after the two orbiters successfully smashed into the moon. Afterward, project head Maria Zuber said NASA plans to name the impact site after the late Sally Ride. Her sister, Karen “Bear” Ride, said now “there’s a little corner of the moon that’s named for Sally. As for GRAIL, Zuber says the orbiters Ebb and Flow “have removed the viel from the moon,” and their data will inform research into the history of our natural satellite for years to come. “

Curiosity Finds Simple Organics, But Big Questions

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 ” The Curiosity rover has detected organic compounds on Mars, NASA scientists announced at a press conference today. But the source of these carbon-containing molecules, which are essential to sustaining life, is still up in the air. Using Curiosity’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) suite of instruments, researchers found traces of water, sulfur, and small amounts of organics in the form chlorine-containing compounds, though the researchers were quick to point out that they’re still trying to determine the source of the organics—they could very well could be from residual earth contaminants, the scientists warned. “[SAM] has made this detection of simple, organic compounds; we just don’t know if they’re indigenous to Mars or not,” said project scientist John Grotzinger. “

Tracking Mars

Curiosity Makes Its Mark on the Red Planet

 

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” Unlike the Apollo astronauts’ footprints on the moon, Curiosity’s trails will probably be wiped away by the planet’s frequent wind and sand storms. But there is still something so incredible about these little ephemeral marks we are making on another world. “

Speculation Centers on Organic Molecules

 

 ” Much of the internet isbuzzing over upcoming “big news” from NASA’s Curiosity rover, but the space agency’s scientists are keeping quiet about the details.

The report comes by way of the rover’s principal investigator, geologist John Grotzinger of Caltech, who said that Curiosity has uncovered exciting new results from a sample of Martian soil recently scooped up and placed in the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument.

“This data is gonna be one for the history books. It’s looking really good,” Grotzinger told NPR in an segment published Nov. 20. Curiosity’s SAM instrument contains a vast array of tools that can vaporize soil and rocks to analyze them and measure the abundances of certain light elements such as carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen – chemicals typically associated with life. “

  “NASA’s Curiosity, a 2,000-pound super-rover, has found proof that water was on Mars, ranging from ankle to waist deep. This is based on images showing what looks like an ancient gravel stream bed, with Curiosity using one contaminated drill bit.
 
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The evidence of water on Mars is not new evidence, as NASA has found previous signs of water on the Red Planet. NASA’s rover Spirit had discovered sulfate-rich soil beneath the Martian surface, which suggested an earlier presence of liquid water. Also, NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbit probed and found water ice in areas that were far away from the Martian polar caps. “

  With NASA’s budget being cut by 20% so Obama can by more votes the future of American space exploration is in doubt .

Popular Mechanics

“Less than two weeks from now, the Mars Science Laboratory will reach the Red Planet. After scientists hold their breath through the sophisticated but terrifying landing procedure , the car-size Curiosity rover should be
in position to explore new regions of our neighboring world. “

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