The magic of the Moon has once again captured the imagination of politicians and scientists around the world.The question is raised yet again: what's so compelling about the Moon now, particularly as the worldwide economic infrastructure is unraveling? What's the big attraction with outer space all of a sudden? When you look at all that is going on in space and take into account all of the pyramids and obelisks being put up all over the world, a very strange picture comes into focus. One not unlike the must-see visionary Masonic landscapes painted by former NASA artist Robert McCall.
Forty years ago, the largest TV audience in history tuned in to watch the Apollo 8 crew reach lunar orbit. It was during this mission that the famous "Earthrise" image was captured, changing forever our perception of the planet and its place in space.
And in July 1969, a small step by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission guaranteed his place in human history as the first person to set foot on another world. These pioneering missions captivated everyone's attention and seemed to herald a brave new world.
But wait, there's more!
I'm sure many of you have run across the strange and enigmatic videos of British amateur astronomer John Lenard Walson. And I'm sure a lot of you probably experience the same eerie, dislocated sensation that I do after watching them. There's been a lot of controversy- even within the UFO community- as to their credibility. But when faced with one of these unsolvable enigmas dealing with black ops and mysteries in space, the first thing I ask is, "Yes, but is it Art?" Then, of course, I ask "Yes, but where are the synchs?"
The video above seems to be of structures built into impact craters on the face of the moon. I don't have the credentials to vouch for their veracity, but taken as psychic artifacts of this disjointed age, they are pretty potent stuff (here's another interesting video showing what looks like a giant cuboid structure on the Moon).
Walson's work first came to my attention with some videos of alleged secret orbital installations, which looked more like Lovecraftian space demons. They ignited a firestorm of controversy, as you might expect. I'm not exactly sure why, considering that there's a whole host of objects floating above our heads we're only dimly aware of. It might have something to do with the fact that most "skeptics" these days seem to possess the social skills and maturity level of an anonymous poster on a World of Warcraft message board.
In addition to the big NASA missions we heard about and the covert ones we don't, there are any number of private companies launching strange things into orbit (as we looked at a couple weeks back). The BBC has a nice puff-piece on this new commerical space program:
...when the ageing space shuttle fleet is retired in 2010, the US space agency (Nasa) will lose a principal means of ferrying crew and cargo to the ISS. The shuttle's replacement - Ares-Orion - will not enter service until 2015 at the earliest...One of these companies is SpaceX, a startup created by Elon Musk, who made his fortune selling PayPal to Ebay:
That leaves the US dependent on European and Japanese spacecraft for delivering supplies to the space station. But Nasa has also been pursuing a commercial approach. Three years ago, the space agency took the unprecedented step of fostering the development of private spacecraft designed to carry crew and cargo to the ISS.
"The Falcon 9-Dragon System is intended to replace the function of the space shuttle when that retires in 2010," says Musk.But SpaceX isn't the only new name in the space game:
And when you consider the pile of high weirdness that Gene Roddenberry stepped in back in the 70s it's worth noting that there's a new private "space habitat" named in honor of one of his failed 70s pilots.
The other winning bid in Nasa's cargo re-supply contract was made by Orbital Sciences Corporation, based in Dulles, Virginia.Orbital's vehicle consists of a medium-lift rocket called Taurus 2 which will be used to launch the Cygnus capsule.
Genesis II is the second experimental space habitat designed and built by the private American firm Bigelow Aerospace, and was launched in 2007. As the second module sent into orbit by the company, this spacecraft builds on the data and experience gleaned from its previously orbited sister-ship Genesis I to continue testing the viability of long-term inflatable space structures. Like its sister-ship and other modules being designed by Bigelow Aerospace, this spacecraft is based on the NASA Transhab design, which provides increased interior volume and reduced launch diameter along with potentially reduced mass compared to traditional rigid structures.Given all of this private hardware I guess it's no surprise that Obama keeps fighting with NASA over budget cuts. But they're also fighting because Obama is in a big hurry to get to the Moon, and is using the old "we gotta beat the Commies in the space race" routine:
As with Genesis I, it was launched aboard an ISC Kosmotras Dnepr rocket from Dombarovskiy missile base near Yasniy, Russia. It successfully reached orbit after separation from the rocket at 15:16 UTC. - Wikipedia
President-elect Barack Obama will probably tear down long-standing barriers between the U.S.’s civilian and military space programs to speed up a amid the prospect of a new space race with China.
Obama’s transition team is considering a collaboration between the Defense Department and the because military rockets may be cheaper and ready sooner than the space agency’s planned launch vehicle, which isn’t slated to fly until 2015, according to people who’ve discussed the idea with the Obama team.
The potential change comes as Pentagon concerns are rising over China’s space ambitions because of what is perceived as an eventual threat to U.S. defense satellites, the lofty battlefield eyes of the military.