Wednesday, March 27

Alien Creature Swims Past International Space Station


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I find this incredibly difficult to believe but I did see it with my own eyes. I have also read quotes and stories from astronauts who have been up there in the station and have said some strange things about alien life forms.

The hard part is getting any of them to talk about it. Astronauts are very tight lipped about unusual things they see in space. And most of them will take those stories to the grave with them.

Not all astronauts have their lips sewn shut about alien creatures. This is what Astronaut Gordon Cooper had to say about it; "I believe that these extra-terrestrial vehicles and their crews are visiting this planet from other planets. Most astronauts were reluctant to discuss UFOs." Astronaut Gordon Cooper lived from 1927-2004.

Since Cooper passed on I could find no more references to aliens made by astronauts. I even looked up quotes from a bunch of other astronauts and the quotes were great but no go on the alien sightings or conjuncture.

Take a look and tell me what you see.


Source: StephenHannardADGUK

Published on Mar 15, 2013

Incredible footage of a translucent type entity caught briefly on NASA's live stream of the International Space Station. The footage cuts off due to NASA pulling the plug on the transmission and replacing it with the infamous static bar screen. If this is genuine footage then it proves yet again that NASA have failed to inform the people of the world that life exists outside planet Earth, albeit in this case, a possible protean life form or invertebrate. Footage submitted via my website by Henry Grantham.

The first thing I noticed is the sound was bad on this video. Sorry about the obnoxious buzz this causes. You don’t need the sound on anyway there’s no speaking.

Whatever it is in the video, it swims in space like a fish. So it would be swimming in a vacuum with no air and it’s freezing cold in space. These aren’t the only things that bother me about it.

Needless to say I’m underwhelmed. I would like to hear what you think about it and if you do indeed believe in alien’s from outer space? Why haven’t the astronauts met them yet? Even on the moon they found signs of no life forms.

What if one of these days we did find a life form in space (alien or otherwise?) How exciting that would be! For now I’m still an unbeliever about extraterrestrials in space but I will wait and see.

“When you head on out to the Moon, in very short order you get a chance to look back at the Earth, that horizon slowly curves around in upon himself, and all of sudden you're looking at something that is very strange, but yet is very, very familiar, because you're beginning to see the Earth evolve.” Astronaut: Gene Cernan

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Sunday, March 24

Learning To Fly


I remember when I first heard this song. What a feeling came over me and still does to this day. When I was a child I used to dream about flying all of the time and in my own mind, I really could fly!

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.” Muhammad Ali

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Learning To Fly Lyrics

Into the distance, a ribbon of black
Stretched to the point of no turning back
A flight of fancy on a windswept field
Standing alone my senses reeled
A fatal attraction is holding me fast
How can I escape this irresistible grasp?
Can't keep my eyes from the circling sky
Tongue-tied and twisted just an earthbound misfit, I
Ice is forming on the tips of my wings
Unheeded warnings, I thought I thought of everything
No navigator to find my way home
Unleadened, empty and turned to stone
A soul in tension, is learning to fly
Condition grounded but determined to try
Can't keep my eyes from the circling skies
Tongue-tied and twisted just an earthbound misfit, I
Friction lock...
Set...Mixture...Rich propellers...Fully forward flaps...Set...Ten degrees...
Full gauges and suction-check
Gas set to maximum percent-recheck
Flight instruments...
Altimeters-check both
Navigation lights–on
Perimeter lights-on
Confirm 3-8 Echo ready for departure
Hello again, this is now 129.4
129.4, its to go.
You make commence your take-off, winds over 10 knots.
Easy on the brakes. Take it easy, it's gonna roll this time: just handle the power gradually, and it...
Above the planet on a wing and a prayer,
My grubby halo, a vapor trail in the empty air
Across the clouds I see my shadow fly
Out of the corner of my watering eye
A dream unthreatened by the morning light
Could blow this soul right through the roof of the night
There's no sensation to compare with this
Suspended animation, a state of bliss
Can't keep my mind from the circling skies
Tongue-tied and twisted just an earthbound misfit, I

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While daydreaming (which was most of the time) the thought never occurred to me that it was impossible to fly. I had a vivid imagination where I could not only imagine things but “see them” and although it got me in trouble plenty of times it took me places that I will never be able to go again as an adult.

I spent many a day lying in the grass staring at the clouds and flying my flight of fancy. If anyone cared, I was indeed soaring with the birds.

I only wish now that I could go into space and spend just a moment on the International Space Station so that I could see what all who went before me saw; the Earth as it really is; the not so big blue marble in spinning in space.

With all of my talents and thirst for learning I could have been an astronaut and learned to really fly but unfortunately my parents never mentioned the word “college” nor did I ever receive much encouragement to do anything with my life. I left home early but I was resourceful and took care of those things myself. Now at my age the imagination part still works but it’s much too late for me to become an astronaut.

I’m glad we have the astronaut’s knowledge to fall back on, they have really been “up there” and reading their experiences and listening to their stories make flying (or at least imagining what it’s like,) possible for us all.

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.” Albert Einstein

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Sources: YouTube, BrainyQuote, Internet

Due to sound quality I picked a video with no picture on purpose.

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Tuesday, March 12

Curiosity Finds Signs Of Life On Mars



NASA’s Curiosity rover holding the first sample of powered rock. 

At 1pm today there was a press conference by NASA LIVE stream about a rock that Curiosity Rover drilled into, that they think may now show that at one time there was indeed primitive life on the surface of Mars.

On Feb. 8th Curiosity, using it’s arm mounted hammering drill, drilled deeper into the rock at the John Klein outcrop then any robot had ever drilled before on the surface of Mars.


The area within Gale Crater where Curiosity collected it’s first sample by John Klein Rock.

The sample was collected from the 2.5 inch hole and two weeks later the rover transferred the gray rock powder into the 2 onboard instruments called Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) and Sample Analysis at Mars (or SAM.)

What was in the sample was exhilarating because some of the key ingredients for life was found. These new findings and what it could mean has everyone talking anew about life on Mars. This is something NASA scientists have been searching for, after much debate on the subject in the past. Now, it looks like they have their proof.

The rock dust sample shows traces of sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon. The fine grained rock also contains clay minerals, suggesting a long ago ocean that was salty and neutral, a place that was habitable. A place that had everything that primitive microbes needed to live.

Due to problems with the A and B side computer modules and a Mars bound solar eruption, further analysis of the rock powder sample has had to be put on hold. Engineers plan to upload two software patches later this week, then reassess when full mission operations can resume, officials said.

On August 5th Curiosity landed inside the Gale Crater starting on a two year surface mission to determine if Mars could have ever supported microbial life on it’s surface. It’s main destination is rock deposits at the base of Mount Sharp.

Mars Rover announcement at 1pm, NASA live press conference.

My hope is the same as NASA’s, that they find even more signs of life on Mars and I can’t wait to see what else they find out about this new and exciting discovery and what it might mean to us.

“Mars is there, waiting to be reached.” Buzz Aldrin

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Friday, March 8

International Women’s Day



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Happy International Women’s Day to all of my fellow women near and far! Although women’s rights have made leaps and bounds in my lifetime I still don’t feel we are making the strides that we should to be equal to men.

Why don’t we have a woman as president yet? Maybe when we finally have a woman in the White House will I feel better about the way things still stand. To me, the presidency is a “man’s club” and I don’t think I will live long enough to see a woman president but I hope to.

When I look back at the last year one thing that comes to mind is we finally saw women in the military get full combat duty. Women are sorely needed in the military yet it’s also been “male orientated” since the beginning of time. Being in combat wouldn’t be something I’d want to do but the important thing is that we have the right to do so.

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What is International Women’s Day? I’m glad you asked.  

After more than 100 years, International Women’s Day draws millions to commemorate the advancements made in human rights and to discuss the challenges women continue to face in politics, education, employment, and other areas of daily life.

However, International Women’s Day originally was a communist movement and commemorated the working rights protests led by female garment workers. Many seem to forget the holiday’s ties to the working rights movement in the United States and the Socialist Party.

The origins of the holiday can be traced back to March 8, 1857, when garment workers in New York City staged a protest against inhumane working conditions and low wages. The police attacked the protesters and dispersed them, but the movement continued and led to the creation of the first women’s labor union.

Fast forward to March 8, 1908: 15,000 women marched in New York City for shorter work hours, better pay, voting rights, and an end to child labor. The slogan “Bread and Roses” emerged, with bread symbolizing economic security and roses for better living standards.

In May of 1908, the Socialist Party of America declared that the last Sunday in February would be National Women’s Day. The first National Women’s Day was celebrated on Feb. 28, 1909 in the United States.

International Women’s Day (then International Working Women’s Day) was introduced during the International Conference of Working Women in Copenhagen, Denmark. Clara Zetkin, a German socialist, suggested a holiday honoring the strike of garment workers in the United States. The proposal received unanimous approval from the 100 women from 17 countries.

The proposal did not give a fixed date of observance, but in the first years International Women’s Day was observed on different days in March. In 1911, Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland supported the holiday on March 19, with more than a million men and women rallying.

In New York on March 25th, 1911 there was a fire at The Triangle Waist Company killing 146 young immigrant workers. The silent protest march gathered more than 100,000 people. The incident led to the creation of the Factory Investigating Commission, which included Francis Perkins, who would become the first female secretary of labor, and labor union activists.

International Women’s Day was first celebrated in 1911 in four European countries, which held rallies drawing thousands of supporters. Until the 1970s, the day was largely recognized in Europe, but the significance of the day began expanding after 1975, when the United Nations made March 8 the official date.

In the US there will be races, walks and celebrations of all sorts in almost every state, but although it’s a national holiday women will still be expected to go to work today or play hooky. Although celebrated this holiday is not listed on calendars and I had to add it myself.

In Washington at 11am there will be a parade to commemorate those lost in the War on Women, to be followed by a tribute to those still stationed overseas in the Mommy Wars. There will be a tug of war, the burning of the bras, cake and all kinds of celebratory fun.

Many women in China will have a half-day off of work in honor of International Women’s Day, and some employers even shower their female employees with gifts.

In Indonesia, one local organizer is sharing a song she wrote called More than a Diamond, which celebrates Indonesian women. The idea is to have young students learn the song, and sing it together every March 8 and April 21, the dates of Indonesia’s Women’s Day.

In Fiji, women’s rights organizations are bringing together young girls to talk about the importance of strong female characters in popular culture and fiction.

The University of Canterbury in New Zealand, meanwhile, will host a breadth of panel discussions, open to the public, on women in the media, politics, and business to honor the date.

So all you guys out there, come and celebrate our greatness with us! Remember that without us, this world would be a lot less exciting and very empty.

Source: Wikipedia, Christian Monitor, NY Times, Google

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Wednesday, March 6

An Overview Of Earth 2011

Either at night or during the day the view of Earth from onboard the International Space Station looks spectacular. The lights, the storms, the sparkling water, it’s fortunate that the astronauts witness this so that we may see and hear about it.
We can watch this for ourselves and even if not comprehending the full meaning of the overview effect, at least we can say we saw what it was like on video.

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Time lapse sequences of photographs taken with a special low-light 4K-camera
by the crew of expedition 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from
August to October, 2011.
Shooting locations in order of appearance:
1. Aurora Borealis pass over the United States at night.
2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at night.
3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia.
4. Aurora Australis south of Australia.
5. Northwest coast of United States to central South America at night.
6. Aurora Australis from the southern to the northern Pacific Ocean.
7. Halfway around the world.
8. Night pass over central Africa and the Middle East.
9. Evening pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East.
10. Pass over Canada and central United States at night.
11. Pass over southern California to Hudson Bay.
12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at night.
13. Pass over eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam.
14. Views of the Mideast at night.
15. Night pass over Mediterranean Sea.
16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at night.
17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean.
18. Eastern Europe to southeastern Asia at night.
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I thought we could compare the same type of earth surface footage only digital, by Adobe Aftereffects-Realistic Earth.
A video with some rotating earth footage. The pictures were 6400x3200 pixels large. For the Flares I used, video copilots optical flares and for the music, Pro Scores.
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I like to see the Earth spinning with the clouds passing over it as the land spins underneath. The lights are just fantastic, especially when seeing one side of the Earth dark and the other with the Sun on it.
I get dizzy watching these videos so as much as I’d like to experience space it’s better left to professionals like the astronauts. It makes me wonder though, how long before a person will be able to go up in space for a few hours for the view?
Source: YouTube & Wikipedia
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Tuesday, March 5

Beautiful Weather Above


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The atmosphere is made up of several layers and the layer closest to Earth is the troposphere. Most of the clouds you see in the sky are found in the troposphere, and this is the layer of the atmosphere we associate with weather.
Extending up to 10 miles above Earth's surface, the troposphere contains a variety of gases: water vapor, carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and others. These gases help retain heat, a portion of which is then radiated back to warm the surface of Earth.
The term weather is the state of the atmosphere at a given time, place and geographic location. Weather forecasts provide an estimate of the conditions we expect to experience in the near future and are based on statistical computer models of similar conditions from previous weather events.
Temperature, amount and form of airborne moisture, cloudiness, and strength of wind are all different components of our weather. When the gases in the troposphere have light from the Sun pass through them we get a glimpse of unusual weather and light phenomena that can be colorful and extreme.


Mirages occur when light is refracted to produce an image of an object or the sky where it is not. It is most commonly seen on hot surfaces, such as the pavement, or in a desert.


Moon Bow

A moon bow is like a rainbow only much rarer, only seen at night when the moon is low and full to almost full. They are also called lunar rainbows and there can be double moon bows. Moon bows are created by the light of the moon and water droplets which is why they need an almost full moon to be viewed. They form on the part of the sky opposite from the moon, and are often faint compared to other rainbows.


Like rainbows haloes are formed around the Sun due to moisture (in this case ice crystals) being refracted from the Sun’s rays in the upper atmosphere. Sometimes two or more areas of the circle or arcs surrounding the Sun will be brighter, forming what we call Sun Dogs. Haloes can also form around the Moon, and occasionally around the brighter stars and planets like Venus.

Pyro Cumulus Clouds
Another heat related phenomenon, pyro cumulus clouds form the fast and intense heating of an area to create conjecture, which in turn creates a cumulus cloud. Volcanoes, forest fires, and nuclear explosion (in the form of a mushroom cloud) are all prime examples of pyro cumulus clouds.
Belt Of Venus
The belt of Venus is a phenomenon that occurs during dusty evenings, or from pollution when a band of pinkish or brownish sky will appear between the sky and the horizon.
Fire Rainbow
A fire rainbow is an extremely rare phenomenon that occurs only when the Sun is high allowing it’s light to pass through high-altitude cirrus clouds with a high content of ice crystals.
Noctilucent Clouds
Noctilucent clouds are atmospherically high clouds that refract light at dusk when the Sun has already set, illuminating the sky with no seeming light source.

Colored Moon
Due to different atmospheric issues, the moon will occasionally appear tinged with a color, such as blue, orange, or red. Excess smoke, dust, and eclipses can cause the moon to change color.
Aurora Borealis
Aurora Borealis are charged particles from the Sun that have reached the Earth's upper atmosphere and become excited. They are more typically seen closer to the poles and during the equinoxes of the year.
Green Ray
Also known as the Green Flash. This occurs very briefly before total sunset and after sunrise. It appears as a green flash above the Sun that lasts very briefly, generally only a few moments. It is caused by refraction of light in the astrosphere.
Mamalus Clouds
These odd-shaped clouds are often associated with a storm front, especially one involving a thunderstorm. It's not completely understood how they form, but they are beautiful to behold. They almost looks like waves, as if you were under the water looking up at the waves breaking overhead.

To see a rainbow we need sunshine and falling rain. A rainbow is caused by the Sun shinning on moisture droplets, most commonly in a post-rain atmosphere. Early morning and late afternoon are the best times to see them because the Sun must not be too high. Rainbows are always opposite the Sun and their centers are below the horizon at the antisolar point. The lower the Sun the higher is the bow.


Kelvin-Helmhltz Clouds
Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds resemble breaking waves in the ocean. They are usually the most developed near mountains or large hills. Wind deflected up and over a barrier, like a mountain, continues flowing through the air in a wavelike pattern.
Hurricanes form in the tropics over warm ocean water and die down when they move over land or out of the tropics. These storms are called hurricanes in the Atlantic and typhoons or tropical cyclones in other areas of the world.
Cumulonimbus Clouds
During thunderstorms, very warm, moist air rises into cold air and as this humid air rises, water vapor condenses, and forms huge cumulonimbus clouds. You can see clouds like this from very far away.
A tornado begins in a severe thunderstorm called a super cell. The wind coming into the storm starts to swirl and forms a funnel. Also called twisters or cyclones the air in the funnel spins faster and faster and creates a very low pressure area which touches the Earth and is often encircled by a cloud of debris and dust.


Lenticular Clouds
Lenticular clouds seem to stay in one place. Air moves up and over a mountain, and at the point where the air goes past the mountaintop the lenticular cloud forms, and then the air evaporates on the side farther away from the mountains.
There are too many types of clouds, weather and atmospheric anomalies to mention here but I hope you learned something along the way. We deal with weather everyday on our planet and weather can be deadly but also beautiful.


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Sunday, March 3

Our Solar System

The Helical Model-Part One
Made with 3DsMax. DjSadhu
The maker of this video acknowledged he messed up two of the orbits but it’s still a spectacular model to watch.
It seems so calm, (except for weather) on the surface of the Earth and too easy to forget that we are flying through space at phenomenal speeds as we sit reading this post.

“It's a brilliant surface in that sunlight. The horizon seems quite close to you because the curvature is so much more pronounced than here on earth. It's an interesting place to be. I recommend it.” Neil Armstrong

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The Helical Model-Part Two

Made with 3DsMax. DjSadhu
In this second video the publisher had to speed up the rotation of the planets in order to show motion. The planets would be invisible if this was to scale.
“Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand.” Neil Armstrong
Things become much more amazing and even smaller as we take in the overview.
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The Solar Systems Motion Through Space

This simple animation was created by Nassim Haramein and The Resonance Project Foundation.

The solar system is something that every person should have some knowledge about. With all of the budget cuts in schools and the space race at a stand still, it’s a wonder that kids learn even the basics about science and our place in it.

“There's a need for accepting responsibility-for a person's life and making choices that are not just ones for immediate short-term comfort. You need to make an investment, and the investment is in health and education.” Buzz Aldrin

This video shows the motion of our planets around the other planets, and the sun in our solar system. Watching these, it’s easy to imagine how one small meteor in the right place could really cause some major problems. Not just like the one over Russia recently, but much more sinister.

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These videos were made to attempt to represent a view from space that we will never hope to see in our lifetimes. By learning about our solar system we stand to gain so much about something we really know so little about, and think about even less.

By now most of us know that we have to clean up the planet, that more animal species are becoming extinct in our time, good jobs are hard to come by, the pope stepped down from office early, and Beyoncé lip synced at the presidential Inauguration.

What do we really know about the one thing that makes everything else possible? Only one planet; planet Earth. It’s all we have. 

The astronauts train so that everything they have to do in space becomes a mote point. Every action is planned and practiced until it can be done automatically, like breathing itself. The one thing they weren’t planning on was the extreme feelings of how it felt to be looking at our solar system from space. The Overview Effect.

“We can continue to try and clean up the gutters all over the world and spend all of our resources looking at just the dirty spots and trying to make them clean. Or we can lift our eyes up and look into the skies and move forward in an evolutionary way.” Buzz Aldrin

I think we owe it to ourselves as a race of “intelligent” beings to get more educated and aware of what each of us can do to make this a better world for all. 

“Problems look mighty small from 150 miles up.” Roger B. Chaffee

Sources: Brainy Quote, Avoision, YouTube, Science & Earth Communities@Google Plus.

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