Thursday, April 2, 2015

MARS: The Next Frontier - NASA Testing "Flying Saucer" Mars Lander!


April 1, 2015 -  MARS - Humanity may one day be landing on Mars in flying saucers, if NASA’s test of the new lander design proves successful. A rocket-powered disc with an inflatable donut-shaped balloon on top is intended to replace the 1970s landing technology.

Dubbed the “Low Density Supersonic Decelerator” (LDSD), the vehicle is supposed to make it possible to “safely land heavier spacecraft on Mars.” The idea is to use the balloon cover as a “drag device,” to safely decelerate in the thin Martian atmosphere from almost hypersonic speeds to twice the speed of sound (Mach 2). A parachute would then slow the LDSD down to subsonic speeds, and it would land using stabilizer rockets.

The four stabilizer rockets will be tried out in Tuesday’s “spin-table” test, at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

WATCH: NASA Mars Lander Test.


Current technology, first used in the 1970s to land the Viking probes, can only land about one metric ton on Mars at a time. More capacity is needed to establish any sort of long-term human presence on the Red Planet.

The new drag devices are one of the first steps on the technology path to landing humans, habitats and return rockets safely on Mars,” NASA said in a statement. Testing will be conducted through 2015, with potential launch to Mars as early as 2020.

NASA describes the drag devices as “very large, durable, balloon-like pressure vessels that inflate around the entry vehicle,” slowing it down from speeds over Mach 3.5 to Mach 2 or lower, whereupon a parachute 30.5 meters in diameter would deploy and slow the entry vehicle down to subsonic speeds.

Two of the inflatable cover designs, one with a diameter of 6 meters, another with a diameter of 8 meters, are currently undergoing testing. If Tuesday’s stabilizer test is successful, the next step would be sending the vessel to orbit from a test facility in Hawaii. - RT.

CONTACT: SETI Scientist Wants To Contact Extraterrestrials - Plans To Beam The Entire Internet Into Space!

April 2, 2015 -  UNITED STATES - If you could send a message to a planet of intelligent aliens, what would you say?

One scientist at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, doesn't want to send just one message: He wants to broadcast billions of messages by transmitting the entire internet into space.

"Such a large corpus — with its text, pictures, videos and sounds — would allow clever extraterrestrials to decipher much about our society, and even formulate questions that could be answered with the material in hand," Seth Shostak wrote on March 27 in the opinion section of The New York Times.

Shostak is a senior astronomer and director of the Center for SETI Research. His article "Should We Keep a Low Profile in Space?" explores the controversial issue of whether we should deliberately try to make contact with aliens.

So far, the only effort humankind has made to contact aliens is to listen and search for messages traveling through space that look as if they were sent by an intelligent species.

If ET is out there, it seems as if they are not announcing their existence, at least not to us. The search has turned up nothing throughout the many decades of searching with SETI's series of telescopes. Shostak and his colleagues at SETI think it's time to step up and make our presence in the universe known to any species out there listening.

"It may be that signaling of our intention to make contact is what's really required to trigger a response," director of SETI's interstellar message composition, Douglas A. Vakoch, told Business Insider.

Judging from what he wrote, we think that it's Shostak's plan to transmit the entire internet into space, and while that would certainly send a message, would it be the right one?

Any alien civilization capable of decrypting a memo like that would have everything they need in order to make contact, annihilate our species, or both.

Equally bad would be if they took one glance at the number of puppy videos, porn sites, and other perpetual nonsense circulating the wires and decided we're not ready for contact.

On the other hand, Shostak has good reason to suggest the entire internet — puppy, porn, and all — instead of just a single message.

"Simple back-and-forth exchanges would take decades. This suggests that we should abandon the 'greeting card' format of previous signaling schemes, and offer the aliens Big Data," he writes.

Regardless of whether we should or should not transmit the Internet, we have the technology to do it.

"Sending the web on its way would take months if a radio transmitter we used," Shostak writes in his article.

"A powerful laser, conveying bits much like an optical fiber, could launch these data in a few days."

Would you send the Internet into space? If not the internet, what do you think we should say? - Business Insider.

UFO INCIDENTS: Close UFO Encounter Of Japan Airlines Flight 1628 - 1986!

April 2, 2015 -  JAPAN
 - Although it's not uncommon for pilots to witness UFOs, the sightings of Japan Air Lines flight 1628 are remarkable for a involving a prolonged and dramatic close encounter that was corroborated by multiple radar systems.

The sightings, which spanned more than 40 minutes in total, quickly attracted media and government interest.

The resulting FAA investigation unearthed a wealth of solid evidence, including extensive radar data and radio transcripts, that documents official handling of the situation.

These documents offer a revealing look into the way that UFO reports are processed by airline officials and exposes the ongoing interest of some of the most clandestine parties within the U.S. government.

WATCH: UFO Case Review - Japan Air Lines Flight 1628.

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