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Feds and Utilities Argue Over Electromagnetic Pulse Threat Coming in 2014

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 in - NASA / Space Exploration, Emergency Preparedness & Survival

Kevin Hayden – TruthisTreason.net

Source: Business Insider

As scientists warn of an impending solar storm between now and 2014 that could collapse the national power grid, thrusting millions into darkness instantly, a debate has flared up between utilities and the government on the severity of such an event.

NASA and the National Academy of Sciences previously confirmed that an electromagnetic pulse event from an intense solar storm could occur any time between now and 2014.

They say it could have the effect of frying electronics and knocking out transformers in the national electric grid system.

But in February, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, which represents the power industry, issued a stunning report asserting that a worst-case geomagnetic “super storm” like the 1859 Carrington event likely wouldn’t damage most power grid transformers. Instead, it would cause voltage instability and possibly result in blackouts lasting only a few hours or days, but not months and years.

Hayden’s Note:

Hah!  Riiiiight.  Keep thinking that.  And good luck.

I strongly believe that our government is aware of an imminent threat coming in the next 24 months and is preparing for it.  

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Near-Earth Threats, NASA and Elenin – a Civilized Analysis

Posted on Sep 05, 2011 in - NASA / Space Exploration, Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Featured Articles

Kevin Hayden - TruthisTreason.net

Recently, there has been quite a bit of talk about a comet or celestial body named Elenin (or C/2010x) that has entered our solar system and will be making a close pass of the Earth soon.  At first, I assumed it was simply the talk of fanciful amateur astronomers and that, at most, it might offer an interesting night-sight for Earth’s inhabitants, much like Haley’s Comet and many others.

But as I continued hearing more and more about this “Elenin object,” I started to realize this was no mere comet.  And perhaps, just maybe, it could have something to do with the famed Planet-X first reported about back in 1983 by the Washington Post.  Unfortunately, it seemed as though most of what I could find was wild speculation and fanatical rantings about the end of the world.  I had discovered only a handful of articles that offered any sort of rational information.  It seemed as though the only thing everyone could agree on is the fact that an object is approaching planet Earth but there are dozens of different theories regarding trajectories, size and just how close it will come.  ...

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Preparing for the Next Big Solar Storm

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 in - NASA / Space Exploration

TruthisTreason.net – Kevin Hayden

Source: NASA .gov

In Sept. 1859, on the eve of a below-average1 solar cycle, the sun unleashed one of the most powerful storms in centuries. The underlying flare was so unusual, researchers still aren’t sure how to categorize it.  The blast peppered Earth with the most energetic protons in half-a-millennium, induced electrical currents that set telegraph offices on fire, and sparked Northern Lights over Cuba and Hawaii.

This week, officials have gathered at the National Press Club in Washington DC to ask themselves a simple question: What if it happens again?

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“A similar storm today might knock us for a loop,” says Lika Guhathakurta, a solar physicist at NASA headquarters. “Modern society depends on high-tech systems such as smart power grids, GPS, and satellite communications–all of which are vulnerable to solar storms.”

Hayden’s Note:

I’ve been noticing a LOT of activity and talk about solar storms, emergency preparedness and disaster contingency directly from NASA lately.  A LOT. 

She and more than a hundred others are attending the fifth annual Space Weather Enterprise Forum—”SWEF” for short. ...

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SpaceX Rocket Company Books Flight in Google’s $20 Million Lunar X-Prize Contest

Posted on Feb 08, 2011 in - NASA / Space Exploration

Source: Discovery News

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SpaceX, the rocket company headed by serial entrepreneur Elon Musk, sold its first launch to the moon, a mission that gives Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic Technology, a Carnegie Mellon University spin-off, an early lead in a $32 million race to land a privately owned rover on the lunar surface.

The contract, announced Sunday, reserves a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket to fly Astrobotic Technology’s lander and rover to the moon as early as December 2013.

“For every hundred technology developments there is one that has a ride booked. It’s a real distinguishing factor,” David Gump, president of Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic Technology, told Discovery News.

There’s room aboard the Falcon 9 for another 240 pounds of additional cargo, space Astrobotic Technology is selling for $700,000 per pound, plus a $250,000-per-payoad fee for integration, communications and other support services.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9, which has made two successful flights, is the same rocket NASA is buying to fly cargo — and perhaps eventually astronauts — to the International Space Station after the shuttles are retired in about six months.

Aside from adjusting navigation software, Falcon 9 doesn’t need any modifications to reach lunar orbit, Musk wrote in an email to Discovery News....

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DARPA’s Secret Unmanned X-37B Craft Will Return to Earth Soon

Posted on Dec 01, 2010 in - NASA / Space Exploration

Source: Space.com

The U.S. military’s mysterious X-37B space plane will complete its maiden voyage with a return to Earth as early as Friday (Dec. 3), Air Force officials said today.

Personnel at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California are preparing for the return of the unmanned X-37B space plane, which has been aloft on its classified debut spaceflight since April, officials with the Air Force Space Command said in a statement released today (Nov. 30).

“While the exact landing date and time will depend on technical and weather considerations, it is expected to occur between Friday, December 3, and Monday, December 6,” Air Force officials said in the statement. [Video of the X-37B in space]

The X-37B, also known as the Orbital Test Vehicle 1, launched atop an Atlas 5 rocket on April 22. Since then, it has been circling the Earth performing a mission that has been shrouded in secrecy. What the reusable spacecraft has actually been doing is classified, as is its mission’s cost, Air Force officials have said.

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Microbes Survive a Year and a Half in Space

Posted on Aug 25, 2010 in - NASA / Space Exploration, - Physics & the Universe

Source: PhysOrg

Bacteria collected from rocks taken from the cliffs at the tiny English fishing village of Beer in Devon, have survived on the outside surface of the International Space Station for 553 days. The bacteria, known as OU-20, resemble cyanobacteria called Gloeocapsa.

The rocks were placed on the outside of the European Space Agency’s technology exposure facility at one end of the . The small chunks of Beer cliff had microbes inside and on the outside of the rocks. During their year and a half outside the space station they would have had to endure extreme shifts in temperature, exposure to and . Not only is the environment anaerobic, but the vacuum of space would also have caused all the water in the rocks to boil away.

Professor Charles Cockwell of the Open University (OU) Planetary and Space Sciences Research Institute, which ran the experiment, said said the Beer rocks contained a range of “everyday organisms,” but part of the reason the OU-20 microbes survived could be that they form a multi-celled colony that would protect the cells in the center....

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NASA Flight Director Confirms 9/11 Aircraft Speed As The “Elephant In The Room”

Posted on Jul 14, 2010 in - NASA / Space Exploration

Source: Pilots for 9/11 Truth

Recently Pilots For 9/11 Truth have analyzed the speeds reported for the aircraft utilized on 9/11. Numerous aviation experts have voiced their concerns regarding the extremely excessive speeds reported above Maximum Operating for the 757 and 767, particularly, United and American Airlines 757/767 Captains who have actual flight time in all 4 aircraft reportedly used on 9/11. These experts state the speeds are impossible to achieve near sea level in thick air if the aircraft were a standard 757/767 as reported. Combined with the fact the airplane which was reported to strike the south tower of the World Trade Center was also producing high G Loading while turning and pulling out from a dive, the whole issue becomes incomprehensible to fathom a standard 767 can perform such maneuvers at such intense speeds exceeding Maximum Operating limits of the aircraft. Especially for those who research the topic thoroughly and have expertise in aviation.

Co-Founder of Pilots For 9/11 Truth Rob Balsamo recently interviewed a former NASA Flight Director in charge of flight control systems at the NASA Dryden Flight Research facility who is also speaking out after viewing the latest presentation by Pilots For 9/11 Truth – “9/11: World Trade Center Attack”....

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Exoplanet Spotted in Motion Around Its ‘Sun’

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 in - NASA / Space Exploration

Source: BBC

Astronomers say they have followed, for the first time, an extra-solar planet in orbit around a young white star.

The team used the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile to track the motion of a gas giant Beta Pictoris b.

The planet’s “sun” is also believed to be the youngest star to host a planet.

The find shows that Jupiter-like giants can form near stars in much shorter time-spans than previously thought, the scientists report in Science journal.

Astronomers have so far spotted some 450 extra-solar planets (exoplanets).

But Beta Pictoris b, a gas giant about nine times the mass of Jupiter, is one of only a few to be detected by direct imaging.

It is also the youngest of them, a co-author of the study, Dr Markus Kasper from the European Southern Observatory, told BBC News.

Its host star, which has a similar name, Beta Pictoris, is very young as well, he said.

It is believed to be around 12 million years old, less than three-thousandths of the age of our Sun.

The new find has the smallest orbit of all known exoplanets and is located at a distance of 8-15 AU (Astronomical Units) from its parent star – equivalent to the distance of Saturn from the Sun....

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As the Sun Awakens, NASA Keeps a Wary Eye on Space Weather

Posted on Jun 08, 2010 in - NASA / Space Exploration

Source: NASA.gov

To see the accompanying videos and pictures, hit the source link.

Earth and space are about to come into contact in a way that’s new to human history. To make preparations, authorities in Washington DC are holding a meeting: The Space Weather Enterprise Forum at the National Press Club on June 8th.

Richard Fisher, head of NASA’s Heliophysics Division, explains what it’s all about:

“The sun is waking up from a deep slumber, and in the next few years we expect to see much higher levels of solar activity. At the same time, our technological society has developed an unprecedented sensitivity to solar storms. The intersection of these two issues is what we’re getting together to discuss.”

The National Academy of Sciences framed the problem two years ago in a landmark report entitled “Severe Space Weather Events—Societal and Economic Impacts.” It noted how people of the 21st-century rely on high-tech systems for the basics of daily life. Smart power grids, GPS navigation, air travel, financial services and emergency radio communications can all be knocked out by intense solar activity....

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Japan Set to Launch Solar Sail-Powered Spacecraft – The Ikaros

Posted on May 18, 2010 in - NASA / Space Exploration

Source: Telegraph

Ikaros – which stands for Interplanetary Kite-Craft Accelerated by Radiation of the Sun – works on the same principle as a yacht, according to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

It will be launched from the island of Tanegashima aboard an H-IIA rocket before unfurling its ultra-thin membrane “sail” – half the thickness of a human hair – once it is in space.

Solar particles emitted by the sun will hit the 66ft sail to propel it through space towards Venus. Photons bounce off thousands of tiny mirrors to push it through the resistance-free environment.

And as the force acts continuously, a solar sail will eventually be able to reach speeds that are up to ten times greater than any rocket powered by conventional chemicals.

The 307kg craft also has engines that draw their energy from solar cells on the craft and act as a “hybrid” engine, primarily for steering it on its mission.

Yuichi Tsuda, deputy manager for the project, said: “We believe Ikaros will take six months to reach Venus, which we will use to test the craft and its responses, but after that we want it continue to fly for as long and as far as possible.”

The team hopes to be able to operate the vehicle for at least one year after which they expect to lose contact....

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Large Solar Prominence, Blow to Earth’s Magnetic Field Today

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 in - NASA / Space Exploration

Source: Boing Boing & SpaceWeather

Space Weather reports that one of the largest solar prominences in years erupted from the sun’s northwestern limb yesterday, April 13. “The massive plasma-filled structure rose up and burst during a ~2 hour period around 0900 UT on April 13th.” Observers in Europe had the best view, and this photo was shot by Jo Dahlmans of Ulestraten, Netherlands, using his Coronado Personal Solar Telescope. “The eruption hurled a bright coronal mass ejection (CME, movie) into space. The expanding cloud could deliver a glancing blow to Earth’s magnetic field around April 15th. NOAA forecasters estimate a 35% chance of polar geomagnetic activity when the CME arrives.”

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Astronomers Discover an Earth-like Extra Solar Planet

Posted on Dec 16, 2009 in - NASA / Space Exploration

Astronomers said Wednesday that they had discovered a planet composed mostly of water.

You would not want to live there. In addition to the heat — 400 degrees Fahrenheit on the ocean surface — the planet is probably cloaked in a crushingly dank and dark fog of superheated steam and other gases. But its discovery has encouraged a growing feeling among astronomers that they are on the verge of a breakthrough and getting closer to finding a planet something could live on.

“This probably is not habitable, but it didn’t miss the habitable zone by that much,” said David Charbonneau of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, who led the team that discovered the new planet and will reports its findings on Thursday in the journal Nature.

Geoffrey W. Marcy, a planet hunter from the University of California, Berkeley, wrote in an accompanying article in Nature that the new work provided “the most watertight evidence so far for a planet that is something like our own Earth, outside our solar system.”

Only 2.7 times the size of Earth and 6.6 times as massive, the new planet takes 38 hours to circle a dim red star, GJ 1214, in the constellation Ophiuchus — about 40 light-years from here....

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Superconductor Magnet Spacecraft Heat Shield Being Developed

Posted on Nov 26, 2009 in - NASA / Space Exploration, - Physics & the Universe

article_shuttle_heat_shield(PhysOrg.com) — European space agencies and an aerospace giant are developing a new re-entry heat shield that will use superconductor magnets to generate a magnetic field strong enough to deflect the superhot plasma formed during re-entry of returning spacecraft. They plan to test the new technology by attaching a test module to a missile and using a Russian submarine to fire it into space.

As spacecraft re-enter the Earth’s atmosphere at high speeds super-hot temperatures are produced through friction. Traditional heat shields use temperature-resistant ablative coatings that burn off on re-entry, or tough insulating materials, such as the tiles used on the space shuttle. If the new magnetic shielding is successful it could be more reliable and make the craft lighter and easier to re-use, since it would reduce or eliminate the need for other shielding materials.

The project is being run cooperatively by the European Space Agency, EADS Astrium, and the German aerospace center, DLR (Deutschen Zentrums for Luft- und Raumfahrt). The idea is to use a superconducting coil at front of the craft to generate a strong magnetic field projecting beyond the front of the craft....

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NASA says Significant Amount of Water on Moon

Posted on Nov 13, 2009 in - NASA / Space Exploration

WASHINGTON (AFP) – A “significant amount” of frozen water has been found on the moon, the US space agency said Friday heralding a giant leap forward in space exploration and boosting hopes of a permanent lunar base.

Preliminary data from a dramatic experiment on the moon “indicates the mission successfully uncovered water in a permanently shadowed lunar crater,” NASA said in a statement.

“The discovery opens a new chapter in our understanding of the moon,” it added, as ecstatic scientists celebrated the landmark discovery.

“Yes indeed we found water and we did not find only a little bit but a significant amount,” said Anthony Colaprete, project scientist and principal investigator for the 79-million-dollar LCROSS mission.

The data was found after NASA sent two spacecraft crashing into the lunar surface last month in a dramatic experiment to probe Earth’s nearest neighbor for water.

One rocket slammed into the Cabeus crater, near the lunar southern pole, at around 5,600 miles (9,000 kilometers) per hour.

Moon holds key to solar system’s secrets

The rocket was followed four minutes later by a spacecraft equipped with cameras to record the impact which sent a huge plume of material billowing up from the bottom of the crater, untouched by sunlight for billions of years....

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