The New Space Race (and the Strange New Certainty about Aliens)

Maybe "Half-Billion miles from Earth" wasn't an error after all...

A lot of you probably saw this story, coming on the heels of a story circulating in April that scientists were "certain" of finding evidence of extraterrestrial civilizations by 2025. Now no less a luminary than Stephen Hawking (hawks again...) has been recruited for a new Super-SETI, one that promises results with all the gusto of a Silicon Valley startup:
LONDON: Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian-born billionaire Yuri Milner* on Monday announced an ambitious bid to combine vast computing capacity with the world's most powerful telescopes to intensify the so far fruitless search for extraterrestrial life. 
Hawking, who speaks using a computer-generated voice due to the effects of motor neuron disease, explained the reason for the $100 million project: "We are alive. We are intelligent. We must know." 
"The scope of our search will be unprecedented: a million nearby stars, the galactic center, the entire plane of the Milky Way and 100 nearby galaxies," Milner told a packed press conference at the Royal Society in London. 
Milner plans to back the program for at least 10 years although scientists agree it may take longer to find proof that alien life exists. 
Hawking said the new program should succeed because it has ample resources: access to time on major telescopes, a huge data capacity, and a long-term financial commitment that will not be withdrawn.
Those of us whose attention was piqued by the New Horizons mission's takeoff for Nibiru's neighborhood probably remembered this very strange story, yet another example of the many certain pronouncements made by scientists about aliens (do a search- scientists seem to be talking about them all the time these days), always with evidence they don't seem to want to share:

Alien beings just might be quite a bit larger than humans, or at least that is the conclusion drawn by one cosmologist working out of the University of Barcelona. According to his calculations, the average alien would not only be larger but, if given dimensions like a humanoid, would stand taller than the tallest man who ever lived. 
Huffington Post reported April 9 that Dr. Fergus Simpson noted in a new paper -- published at -- that most intelligent extraterrestrials would tip the scales at an average of 300 kilograms (661 pounds), or roughly the size of polar bears. But, Simpson postulated, if given human proportions, the same polar bear-sized aliens would stand taller than Robert Wadlow, the tallest man in recorded history, who stood just one inch shy of nine feet. 
And that would be most intelligent aliens. That would make human beings the runts of the Milky Way and perhaps the universe, if one adheres to the theory that there is abundant life in the cosmos and that, given the amount of possible habitable planets (by human standards), there is the occasional species that might rise to sentience.
Here's another bold, assertive statement about aliens, just up today:
A scientist responsible for finding signs of life on other planets has warned that human beings should probably think twice before making contact with aliens. 
Professor Matthew Bailes is based at Swinburne University in Melbourne - and is leading Australia's efforts to find signs of extra-terrestrial life. 
But he warned that making contact with aliens capable of transmitting powerful signals to Earth over tens of thousands of light years could lead humanity into disaster, because they're likely to be so much more advanced.
Surely aliens tens of thousands of light years away can't possibly harm us. I don't care what kind of warpdrive they have. Or are these aliens closer to home he's concerned about?

Either way, there are bold new plans to return to the Moon and put permanent bases there. A new working group has laid a strategy to return to space, this time for good:
Humans could return to the Moon in the next decade and live there a decade after, a new study claims. The announcement was made on the 46th anniversary of the Apollo 11 crew's first steps on the lunar surface. 
The study, performed by NexGen Space LLC and partly funded by NASA, concludes that the space agency could land humans on the Moon in the next five to seven years, build a permanent base 10 to 12 years after that, and do it all within the existing budget for human spaceflight. The way for NASA to do this is to adopt the same practice that it's using for resupplying the International Space Station (and will eventually use for crew transport) — public-private partnerships with companies like SpaceX, Orbital ATK, or the United Launch Alliance.
But hold on- read the fine print:
A number of obvious risks are addressed in the study. For one, the cost and risk of developing a lunar base is far beyond that what is considered acceptable for businesses looking for a return on their investment. The study also lays out strategies for how to respond to things like the loss of a launch vehicle, loss of lander vehicles, and even loss of crew.
And talk about buzzkill- the walking space buzzkill, Buzz Aldrin, shows up to splash some cold water in the face of serious space watchers. If ol' Buzz is involved, I'd advise you don't bet the farm on this particular venture:
Building a base on the moon would both prepare humans for the technical challenges of long-term space travel and teach them "how we would assemble a base on Mars," former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, one of the pioneers who made that historic journey for America in 1969, said during a press call on Monday. A return to the moon can be funded within NASA's existing budget, he said.
But maybe the new Cold War is at the center of this new Space Race, in much the same way the old Cold War was before. And this time there's a tangible motive- growing shortages of rare earth minerals, resources that China is flush with and not big on sharing. Scientists believe there are plenty to be found on the moon.

But how do we get there? We've seen a series of disasters in rocketry recently and America has no working rocket program to speak of. Well, here comes Captain Tomorrow with his wonder science!
A big part of the reason that it’s so expensive to send objects into space is that in order to get them there, we currently use messy, chemically-powered rockets that shed pieces all over the place on their way into orbit, and then smash themselves to bits on their way back down. A much more cost-effective (and elegant) solution would be a reusable single stage vehicle that goes up and comes right back down intact and ready to be refueled and reused. 
To accomplish that, a more efficient source of power is needed. Rockets that have to haul their own fuel and oxidizer just aren’t going to cut it. Escape Dynamics thinks it has a solution in the form of a spaceplane that can launch vertically and make it to orbit in one shot, and is powered entirely by microwaves beamed from the ground.
Oh, but wait- as with every scientific miracle headline, there's a huge caveat waiting in the fine print:
From the sound of things, this launch system isn’t intended for heavy lifting. The maximum payload that it’ll be taking into orbit is just 200 kg. And the development won’t be cheap, either. It’s estimated that it will require about a billion dollars to take the project from its current state to a prototype spaceplane in orbit.
Just remember, it's a big ol' Solar System. Estimates range between a light year and two light years. Unfathomably enormous. So while one hand has SuperSETI looking out for aliens dialing us up on the ol' Marconi wireless doodad, the hidden hand has an impressive probe out there scouring the dim outer regions of our own neighborhood for...what?

Maybe there's a very, very good reason these scientists are so confident about finding extraterrestrial intelligence- giants, yet!- within the next ten years. Maybe they'll be found right down the ol' cosmic block....

UPDATE: The new Space gold rush:

Silicon Valley venture capitalists are betting big, pouring $1.7 billion into space-related companies this year, according to CB Insights. Even if you exclude the $1 billion of that raised just by SpaceX, the market has still attracted almost twice as much money in 2015 as in the past three years combined. Planet Labs closed a $118 million round in April. 
Google, of course, is firmly in the mix. The Web giant shelled out $500 million last year for satellite maker Skybox Imaging, a venture-backed start-up whose technology can bolster products like search, maps and Google Earth. 
"There are going to be a number of companies built upon the back of all this fundamental technology," said Peter Hebert, co-founder of Lux Capital, a Silicon Valley venture firm that's investing heavily against that thesis. "This is a huge wave that's going to play out over decades."

*Hawking and Milner- hawk, falcon (Horus) and Milner=miller=green, grain (Osiris). What a coincidence!

Pluto's Republic: The New Horus-Zone Mission

NASA's latest ritual working mission is rife with the dominant theme of our times, Death.

Death is everywhere these days, and the threat of all kinds of wars, civil and otherwise, is looming over our heads every day. It only makes sense that the ritualists at NASA would choose to pay homage to Death,  though perhaps for reasons we may not anticipate. This tribute to King Hell may have another, occulted reason behind it.

 As you would expect NASA's "New Horizons" mission is replete with the usual ersatz-Egyptian-via-occult-Freemasonry symbolism, a habit that's been so exhaustively documented it doesn't need to be explained to regular readers of this blog. 

But it's also filled with curious details, ones that make even the most jaded NASA-watcher scratch their heads and wonder just what is going on. To start with, there's this odd story:
Artist's Decades-Old Painting of Pluto Is Eerily Accurate 
NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is currently sending back the most detailed pictures of Pluto ever taken. But if the images from the historic flyby look just a little familiar to you, there might be a good reason why. 
A new image of the dwarf planet tweeted by NASA yesterday bears a striking resemblance to a painting of Pluto created in 1979 – before any detailed information about this far-off celestial body was known and it was nothing more than a tiny blur through even the best telescopes.
Longtime readers know that 1979 was a touchstone year for high strangeness so what this particular artist was tapping into is anyone's guess. Of course, hardcore NASA skeptics will argue that this proves yet again that this is just more smoke and mirrors, and they leaked this story before they got caught out on the fakery. I have no idea what to make of it at the moment.

Tombaugh had his own close encounters

That this is an obvious and explicit ritual, aside from whatever its value as a mission, should be apparent from the fact that the remains of the astronomer who discovered Pluto were inserted to the "New Horizons" ("New Horus-Zones," which we'll get to shortly) vehicle:
When a NASA probe whizzed past Pluto on Tuesday, the man who discovered the dwarf planet 85 years ago was there. 
A small amount of the ashes of American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh are on board the New Horizons spacecraft, which has spent more than nine years traveling to the outer reaches of the solar system.
And just as the dead had obols (today thought of as pennies) placed over their eyes (or in the mouth) to pay their way to the Underworld in ancient times, Tombaugh's remains were accompanied by two quarters (among many other hidden symbols). Our modern knowledge of these kinds of customs (many of which were tinged with influences from the Mysteries) was revived by a group of scholars known as the Cambridge Ritualists, who were greatly influenced by Freemasons like James Frazer.

According to the must-read Tellers of Weird Tales blog, there's a link between Pluto and astronomy buff H.P. Lovecraft, with many Lovecraft fans citing Pluto as Yuggoth, even though the distant planetling hadn't yet been discovered when the story in question was written. More Plutonian remote viewing? You decide:
At about the same time that Tombaugh was poring over photographic plates in search of the elusive Planet X, a writer was at work on a new story in faraway Providence, Rhode Island. The writer was Howard Phillips Lovecraft, then in his fortieth year and enjoying some success as an author of pulp fiction. His story progressed through the year 1930 and was finally finished in September. A year later, in the same month that Lovecraft turned forty-one, the magazine Weird Tales published "The Whisperer in Darkness."  
"[T]he dark planet Yuggoth, at the rim of the solar system" would seem to refer to the newly discovered Pluto. Lovecraft is supposed to have suggested as much. Yet the concept of Yuggoth predates the discovery of the planet, for Lovecraft penned a series of sonnets, entitled "The Fungi from Yuggoth," between December 27, 1929, and January 4, 1930.  
As it happens, Lovecraftian themes have reared their heads again in relation to Pluto, this time in the naming process for topographical features there. From a story on the process:
Places on Pluto are Being Named for Your Darkest Imaginings
Meng-p’o: Buddhist goddess of forgetfulness and amnesia, tasked in the underworld with ensuring reincarnated souls will not remember their previous lives. Cthulhu: an elder god from HP Lovecraft mixing features of man, octopus, and dragon. Krun: one of five Mandaean lords of the underworld, nicknamed “Mountain-of-Flesh” Ala: Odianai goddess of earth, morality, fertility, and creativity. Balrog: monster able to shroud itself in fire, darkness, and shadow, and the apparent killer of Galdalf the Grey in the Lord of the Rings. Vucub-Came and Hun-Came: Mayan hero-twins and death gods
This is nothing new, as the symbolism of death and Hell already permeates the planet and its satellites.
Each of the mini-moons have their own already-announced themes. Styx, river the dead cross into the underworld, will be collecting river gods. Nix, personification of the night itself, will take on all the other night deities. Kerbeos, the hellhound of Hades, will be collecting canines from literature, mythology, and history. 
Kerebeos, aka Cerberus, is worth mentioning given this latest story from the New Horizons team on a curious feature they've claimed to have sighted:
NASA and the team behind its New Horizons spacecraft announced today that Pluto — the dwarf planet — has a giant tail. 
One also wonders if the lighting of the Empire State Building on the 17th, ostensibly to mark the end of Ramadan, didn't have an entirely different meaning altogether. One highly significant to the Pluto mission.

Pluto was the lord of death and the Underworld in Roman mythology, a role filled by Osiris, the green man, in Egyptian mythology. 

The Empire State Building is inarguably a Masonic landmark, lying as it does on the corner of 33rd St. and Fifth Ave (the five-pointed star being sacred to Masons). Osiris died on the 17th,  leading to the drama involving the fashioning of an artificial phallus to conceive his son Horus. Now take another look at the picture of the ESB again and ask if there was not an occult significance at work.

We now find out that Pluto has water ice and Osiris was represented by water in all its forms. That NASA openly reveres Osiris is blatantly obvious by this tortured acronym. 

"New Horizons" is another double entendre, in that the root word of horizon in the Greek is horos, and in his most important incarnation, Horus was formally known as Horakthy (alternately Ra-Horakthy), or Horus of the Two Horizons.

 But there was another strange detail to this mission, one that also ties it directly back to Horus. A picture taken of Pluto showed this heart-shape, which will remind Secret Sun readers of the identical image in the movie Hancock, in which superhero Will Smith creates a red heart on the Moon for Jason Bateman's character, Ray.

Ray's name in the original screenplay was Horus. 

For my part I can't help but wonder if the Pluto dog and pony show isn't a distraction. This is nothing but the vaguest hunch but I can't help but wonder if this is just a fly-by for the media and the real target of this mission lies in the space beyond. 

We're starting to hear serious people talk about Planet X again, even in the context of there being a Planet X and a brown dwarf. From
Search for Potential 'Planet X' Far From Over 
The hunt for the hypothetical "Planet X" has been fruitless so far, but that doesn't mean astronomers are calling it off. 
A new analysis of data collected by NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft revealed no sign of the mysterious Planet X hypothesized to exist in the outer solar system. But scientists are keeping up the search for a planet or dim star far from the sun.
That this is being published at all indicates that there's more than speculation going on behind closed doors. And if in fact these objects do have idiosyncratic orbits and periodically enter the outskirts of our cosmic neighborhood, that would make a lot of people very nervous.

It could well be that there is concern about serious trouble (maybe even a potential extinction-level event) in some quarters, and that this signaling behavior is the oldest kind of petition to the oldest kind of gods. If indeed this probe's real mission is much, much further out than Pluto, I won't be surprised. I don't believe anything NASA says about anything anymore.

UPDATE: Apparently, a search for Planet X was brought up in regards to this mission. I'd say that that information was publicized at all is an excellent indicator that that is exactly what this thing was designed to do.

UPDATE: Re: the Chattanooga massacre on the 16th- an apocryphal Cherokee legend has it that Chattanooga's name means "Hawk's Nest," being named for a mythical, warlike hawk native to the area. Make of that strange synchronicity what you will.

UPDATE: We see Hades, what about Demeter? Demetria "Demi" Moore makes the news today, with a death in her swimming pool after a party in her home in Benedict Canyon. Demi Moore was born in Roswell, NM.  However, the unfortunate victim in this case was male. Still a bizarre sync nonetheless, especially in light of the connections between the Demeter and Isis-Osiris Mysteries.

UPDATE: First we see anomalous lights near the International Space Station, then there is an emergency evacuation as a "mysterious object approaches?"

UPDATE: NASA skeptic or septic Nazi? The "Flat Earth movement" is already in tatters, its leader outing himself as a Hitler fetishist, condemning all his peers as shills. I'll spare you the link.

UPDATE: Scientists continue to talk a LOT about aliens these days and now 100 million big ones gets tagged for a new search for ET.

UPDATE 7/21: Reader Michael points out that there are all kinds of objects that New Horizons could look for, the question is what is most compelling? I was just watching a video on George W Bush's Constellation announcement from way back when, plans that never materialized (nor will these plans floated from some random study group today).

Sure, looking at Pluto is interesting, but at this point in time you have to assume that there is a compelling reason for this kind of mission, and it doesn't include looking at a bunch of rocks and ice. I believe it's about the safety and security of the planet, not just scientific curiosity. It's why we will see a moon mission only when there is a compelling need to do so, perhaps when there is a rare earth shortage here or helium-3 suddenly becomes an important resource.

UPDATE: Looks like I'm not the only one speculating on this.
According to the emerging conspiracy theory, NASA embarked on the New Horizons project two years after the 1988 publication revealed the existence of Planet X. The final destination of New Horizons is Planet X, but to prevent mass panic, NASA pretended that the destination of the space probe is Pluto and the Kuiper belt. 
In the 1990s, the agency pretended it had abandoned the search for Planet X by leaking false information that the latest measurements by Voyager 2 proved that Planet X does not exist. According to NASA at the time, measurements taken by Voyager 2 showed that the alleged irregularities in the orbits of Uranus and Neptune which led to the Planet X hypothesis were due to overestimation of the mass of Neptune. 
But according to conspiracy theorists, the claim by NASA scientists was a deliberate ruse to cover-up the actual destination of New Horizons beyond Pluto and the Kuiper belt – Planet X.
I'd say apocalyptic scenarios are premature- if these objects were to cause major problems we'd probably see them already. But I do think someone wants a serious look out there.

UPDATE: My post is being misinterpreted on Inquistr. I don't think we are looking at certain, sudden doom. Someone would have seen this object (or objects) by now. I do think there is real concern, as I said before. I also did not say that those Pluto images necessarily indicate a forgery. I do believe there is such a thing as remote viewing.

UPDATE: HuffpostUK claims that authorities have concluded that there is no such thing as Planet X, while linking to this article. This same article that links to a Space. com article that shows that the search for major TransPlutonian bodies is very much an active enterprise. There is also the Rodney Gomes data from 2012 as well as another project that is looking for Planet X, from an article this past February. 

The fact that government-controlled media like HuffPost are using ad hominem attack and ridicule to quash debate is pretty solid confirmation that NASA is out there looking for something big.

Sci-Fi and Paganism: The Secret History

I touched ever so briefly on this connection in Our Gods Wear Spandex, drawing on a quote from Lucky Mojo owner and former Eclipse Comics editor Cat Yronwode, who credited sci-fi fandom for the rise of modern paganism. Here Secret Sun ally Cat Vincent (ah, those cats) explores the topic in depth, unearthing a fascinating secret history that really cuts straight to the occult-culture matrix that this blog cut its teeth on.

Paganism and Wicca were only recently seen as spent mindfuel.  But neopaganism is not even close to dead, but is on the rise again, flying under the radar of the psy-cops and other Obsidian Orders of the endless Kardashian occupation.

Neopaganism and its tributaries are very much not my cup of camomile personally, but any resistance to the deadening and death-making mechanistic mindset of the oligarchy is a chip in the edifice- however small- of the robotic rationalists and their anthrocide agenda.

This talk covers all the bases and covers some ground that even seasoned wayfarers of the Wyrd may not have traveled and as such comes with the highest possible recommendation. This may not be for purists or puritans of the Pagan variety, but will certainly feed the brains of regular readers of The Secret Sol.