Archive for December 22nd, 2011
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Defense says Manning victim of military overreach
Atlanta Journal Constitution
21, 2011, after a military hearing that will determine if he should face court-martial for his alleged role in the WikiLeaks classified leaks case went on recess for the day. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, center, …
The first official trailer for Ridley Scott’s upcoming movie Prometheus debuted today. As we reported earlier this week, the first footage from the upcoming film was released on Monday in the form of a small clip that served as a teaser for the official movie trailer released today.
The Hollywood Reporter describes the newly released trailer as being “filled with quick cuts of space crafts, planetary landscapes, all-terrain vehicles, the interior of either a space craft or a space station and Charlize Theron running for her life.”
The plot of the movie revolves around a team of explorers who discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth. The tagline that concludes the trailer reads, “They went looking for our beginning, what they found could be our end.”
Watch the Prometheus trailer below.
Can you see the face in this UFO? Unbelievable… This is no BS Check it out!
NASA Kepler Mission – Kepler-22b Planet. Released to the public on December 5th, 2011 – but found by the NASA Kepler Telescope over 2 years ago. Kepler-22b is located over 600 light years away and NASA even went on to say, that it could have “Continents, Oceans and Creatures already living on it.” What do you think? *Photo Art of Kepler-22b is owned and all copyrights go to NASA and the Kepler Mission Research Program*
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The "UFO" that panicked Kansas
Is it any wonder that slightly cowed Cowleyites believed this to be a UFO? Because technology lies at the very heart of Kansas–why, Sprint is headquartered there–the locals filmed this troubling sight. The saucer must have been at least 30 feet wide. …
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A study of the way our planet temporarily captures asteroids suggests that Earth should have at least one extra moon at any one time
(Technologyreview.com) Back in 2006, the Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona noticed that a mysterious body had begun orbiting the Earth. This object had a spectrum that was remarkably similar to the titanium white paint used on Saturn V rocket stages and, indeed, a number of rocket stages are known to orbit the Sun close to Earth.
But this was not an object of ours. Instead, 2006 RH120, as it became known, turned out to be a tiny asteroid just a few metres across–a natural satellite like the Moon. It was captured by Earth’s gravity in September 2006 and orbited us until June 2007 when it wandered off into the Solar System in search of a more interesting neighbour.
2006 RH120 was the first reliably documented example of a temporary moon.
But there should be many more examples, say Mikael Granvik and buddies at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu. Today these guys say they have modelled the way the Earth-Moon system captures these objects to understand how frequently we can expect to have additional moons and how long they should stay in orbit.
The answer is straightforward to state. “At any given time, there should be at least one natural Earth satellite of 1-meter diameter orbiting the Earth,” say Granvik and co. These objects should hang around for about 10 months and make about three revolutions of the planet. That means Earth ought to have a metre-sized moon right now.
This is of more than academic interest. NASA has repeatedly said it is interested in sending humans to a near Earth asteroid. What better than to kick off with one that is in orbit here?
Finding a suitable candidate will be tricky though. Asteroids that are likely to become temporary satellites in the near future will be small and therefore hard to see. What’s more, they will be subject to many forces pushing and pulling them so that predicting when and if they will ever be captured will be next to impossible.
But improved monitoring might help spot them when they get here, which might allow a launch to be planned in advance. Granvik and co conclude: “The scientific potential of being able to ?rst remotely characterize a meteoroid and then visit and bring it back to Earth would be unprecedented.”
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Note: What if some of those “moons” aren’t asteroids at all? -SW
Prosecutor says Manning defied US trust
| AP FORT MEADE, Md. – An Army intelligence analyst defied the nation's trust by indiscriminately pulling more than 700000 documents from a supposedly secure computer network and giving reams of national secrets to WikiLeaks, a military prosecutor …