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  2. Perhaps one could live in an L5 orbit around the planet and have Scoop Ships dip down into the atmosphere at high speed to get raw materials! ... might be a good place to get reaction mass for those fusion engines, and warp drive it would take to get there in less than several tens of thousands of years at sub-light speeds.
  3. I missed that part.... I guess they will need to redefine the word "habitable" for these type of searches and proclamations
  4. Oh Joy! A planet with 6.1 times the mass of the Earth ! That means I will weigh almost a full ton! Oh Joy!
  5. By the way .. there is no such thing as " the dark side of the moon, any more that Africa can be referred to as "the dark Continent", meaning it lacks sunlight. The Moon rotates on it's axis about once every 28 days, as it is tideally locked with the Earth, but the BACK side of the moon gets as much light as the side that we see. China is the first to land on the dark side of the moon , is a common misnomer. They were the first to land on the BACK side of the Moon, as seen from Earth.
  6. If you are taking a picture of a Surfer on a beach, with the sun behind him, by using different focal length lenses, you can change the effect of how large the sun is behind the surfer, from a brilliant speck, to a disc as big as a steering wheel. People ignorant of photographic effects and technology often have very strong opinions about things they know NOTHING about.
  7. This is silly ... and as valid as Monty Python's "Life of Brian", or other "documentaries". Everyone KNOWS the entire trip to the moon, and moon landing was done on a movie set and sound stage on Mars.
  8. I hope we are once again in a "Space Race" ... with the moon program of yesteryear, every dollar invested in technology and research shot into space yielded a HUNDRED FOLD, and more, wide range of benefits on Earth. Short-sighted, uneducated people do not know, or understand this. The classic example is it took about 200,000 people in Tennessee, and Washington State, and New Mexico, and many other places to develop the Atomic Bomb. About 350,000 people were killed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and in building and testing the Bomb. Since 1945 ... Perhaps a hundred million people's lives have been saved by doctors using the tools developed by being able to understand radiation as a new tool. The computer and monitor you are reading this on was developed using things learned when they needed... needed to invent integrated circuits for the Apollo Space Craft navigation computers, because transistors were just too big. I remember when the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, in a publication we studied in the "Tuesday Night Book-Study" in the 60's said that computers would NEVER have the power that even your Smart Phone has now ... BECAUSE it would take all the water that goes over Niagara Falls to keep it cool. All that happened because of the moon program, of yesteryear.
  9. They are trying to steal the thunder from the Chinese.... literally hours before.... history repeating itself... I think we are back in a space race...
  10. End of June we await the largest lunar eclipse EVER...., Solar and Lunar Eclipses in 2019 There'll be something for everybody in 2019, with total, annular, and partial solar eclipses — and total and partial lunar eclipses to look forward to. Up to seven eclipses of the Sun and Moon can take place in one year, though the last time that happened was 1982, and the fewest possible is four. The mix of five events occurring in 2019 is especially interesting, because no two will be alike! There'll be three different types of solar eclipse — one each of partial, annular, and total — along with a total and a partial lunar eclipse. It's been more than three years since everyone in the U.S. has experienced a total lunar eclipse — the last one was September 27–28, 2015 — and skygazers are hungry for another! As the graphic at right shows, the eclipse will last almost 3½ hours from the beginning of the partial phase at 3:34 UT until it ends at 6:51 UT. Totality lasts 63 minutes, from 4:41 to 5:44 UT. The timing of this one, with mid-eclipse at 5:12 UT, gives everyone in North America a ringside seat — though it'll be a late night for anyone on the East Coast. As veteran skywatcher Joe Rao notes in Sky & Telescope's January issue, the eclipsed Moon will appear high in a mid-winter sky, and this event occurs on the Sunday night of a 3-day holiday weekend in the U.S. So if it's clear that night, you'll have no (good) excuse for skipping this wonderful celestial event. The diagram at upper right and the table below show you what to look for and when (UT times are all for January 21st; local times are on the 20th if "p.m." and the 21st if "a.m."):
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  11. if there is a smoking gun, that would be Bert Sibrel’s film A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Moon, wherein the date stamp is July 19th, and Apollo 11 is clearly in low earth orbit, and the guys are trying to fake a shot, making the earth look farther away. there is no way to honestly explain that sequence. For those of you who are about to attack me, please focus on the arguments and refrain fro ad hominem attacks, as all moon supporters use. “You’ve got to be crazy to believe that. It has been proven beyond all shadow of a doubt!”
  12. “All Truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, Then it is violently opposed, Finally it is accepted as self-evident.” -Arthur Schopenhauer- “In an age of universal deceit, telling the Truth is a revolutionary act.” “Whoever controls the past, controls the future.” -George Orwell- “One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the Truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back.” -Carl Sagan- “It is easier to fool people, than to convince them that they have been fooled.” -Mark Twain- Award winning filmmaker Bart Sibrel (Sibrel.com) presents his highly acclaimed (and much hated) controversial documentary showcasing newly discovered behind-the-scenes out-takes from the first mission to the moon, proving conclusively that the crew never left earth orbit. Never before in all of recorded aviation has a flying machine worked on its very first attempt, much less the most complicated one ever created, landing on another planet on its maiden voyage and returning roundtrip with a crew that lived to tell, all with antiquated 1960's technology, even though the feat cannot be repeated today, by any nation on earth, with 50 years more technological advancements in rockets and computers, thus failing the simplest of scientific protocols, that of independent verification and duplication. Religious attachment to this blasphemous lie, clouds most peoples' perception of the deplorability reality, that of a government deception, on a universal scale, to boost domestic morale during a time of unprecedented civil unrest from the vastly unpopular Vietnam War, all during the notorious Nixon administration. Ever wonder why they claimed to have walked on the moon, on the very first attempt (even though, right here on earth, Mt. Everest and the South Pole took numerous tries before success), allegedly accomplishing this amazing feat with very rudimentary 1960's technology (a cell phone has one million times the computing power than all of NASA in 1969), yet 50 years later, the farthest an astronaut can travel from the Earth to the moon is only 1 / 1000th the distance as they claimed 5 decades ago with antique equipment on their very first try? In this newly discovered, unedited, behind-the-scenes footage of outtakes from the first "mission to the moon", the crew is seen using a one foot diameter model of the earth, from earth orbit, in order to create the false illusion for the television viewers that they are half way to the moon, when in fact, they never left earth orbit, which is exactly the farthest limit that NASA can send astronauts today, with 50 years better rocket and computer technology. The CIA is even heard on a private, third audio channel, prompting the crew to respond to Mission Control only after four seconds have elapsed, in order to create the false impression of an increased radio delay, so as to appear farther from the earth than they really were. According to William Kaysing, a senior 6 year NASA contractor for the "Apollo" missions, who had the highest of security clearances, a classified interdepartmental memo rated the odds of a survivable manned lunar mission, on its first attempt with primitive 1960's technology, at only one in ten thousand. The only way to assure success, and not risk killing the crew on live international television, was an artful bluff by the shrewd Nixon administration, along with their well acquainted counterparts in the CIA. Sibrel has been interviewed, and his documentary about the moon landings have been featured on, The Tonight Show, The Daily Show, Geraldo at Large, The Abrams Report, Coast to Coast, NBC, CNN, FOX, Time Magazine, The New York Times, The L.A. Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today.
  13. (CNN) Planets, like people, go through phases. We try new things. And right now, astronomers are watching Saturn, our gassy neighbor in the sky, give one of its poles a seasonal makeover. Its hexagon cloud-like barrier, that once posed for NASA pictures as blue, is appearing in Cassini spacecraft photos a shade of sunshine gold. And, of course, these types of changes intrigue academics for reasons complex and esoteric. "Scientists are investigating potential causes for the change in color of the region inside the north-polar hexagon on Saturn," NASA reported. "The color change is thought to be an effect of Saturn's seasons," the US space agency said. This change is complicated. But here's what's up, literally: What happened? Saturn has four seasons. They last about seven Earth years. The planet has photochemical haze, or particles in its atmosphere. Between November 1995 and August 2009, Saturn underwent a "winter polar darkness," according to Hampton University Assistant Professor Kunio Sayanagi. Saturn a few years back, when there was a lot less action going on. What does this do? Well, the northern cloud-like barrier, which scientists call a six-sided jet stream, is affected. During the winter, particles are not produced. There's no sunshine. They can't reach the hexagonic jet stream. And the jet stream itself blocks them. It goes blue. "The hexagon jet acts as a barrier and when when there is nothing produced inside, the atmosphere clears up and the inside looks blue," Sayanagi explained. Summer is slowly approaching (May 2017) for the ringed sixth planet. Inside the jet stream, particles are building up. It's turning gold. The folks at NASA say, "Since the planet experienced equinox in August 2009, the polar atmosphere has been basking in continuous sunshine, and aerosols are being produced inside of the hexagon, around the north pole, making the polar atmosphere appear hazy ... " In other words, Saturn's getting a tan. CNN's Sophie Lewis contributed to this report.
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