Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Seen From Space: Xmas Eve Earthrise (UPDATED)

Film taken by Japanese Probe Selene

Ahhh, so now we know why the Apollo 8 story got such play on CNN this week.

"...On Christmas Eve 1968, none of the astronauts on board Apollo 8 were ready for the opportunity to witness their own Earthrise.

In all the months of training and preparation which had preceded the mission, no-one had thought to schedule an attempt for the crew to glimpse and record the most moving of sights, as their jewel of a home planet, suspended in the blackness of space, rose from behind the barren lunar horizon." - BBC

Apparently, Apollo 8 is considered the most significant of the entire program. There was also a Christmas Eve broadcast where the astronauts read the first 10 verses of Genesis.

What's even more interesting is that the Apollo 8 landing module splashed down near Hawaii on re-entry, and is now kept in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry. Forty years later, our President-elect- who rose to prominence in Chicago- is vacationing in Hawaii.

Lots more on that coincidence in the days to come...

UPDATE: Actually, in the days behind as well. I don't know how I missed this one, but there was a 6 hour US/Russia spacewalk on the International Space Station (ISiS), the day after the Winter Solstice, as -get this- astronauts and cosmonauts worked to lubricate the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint.

Now, this absolutely was not some kind of Masonic ritual based on the Delta Cycle meant to replay the copulation of Isis and Osiris via artificial means to conceive the sun god Horus, who was then born on December 25th.

And it probably had no connection to a similar ritual-like event in Star Trek: First Contact where Picard, Worf and "Lt. Hawk" try to prevent the Borg from appropriating a solar disk so that the cruise missile-turned-spaceship Phoenix can achieve Earth's first warp-drive flight, resulting in Horus Lt. Hawk's assimilation and subsequent "fall" to Earth.

What a fantastically entertaining year this has been.

UPDATE II: Oh dear. Did you know that every Christmas Eve floor traders at the New York Stock Exchange stop and sing "Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie?" Interesting enough as it is, but the song's composer, Harry Von Tilzer, died on that magic day for the space program and global governance, January 10, 1946.


  1. Apollo 8 and Jules Verne (about 1865)-

    Jules Verne's spacecraft was launched in December, from latitude 27 deg 7 min North, 82 deg 9 min West Longitude. After a journey of 242 hours 31 minutes, including 48 hours in lunar orbit, the spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 20 deg 7 min North, 118 deg 39 min West, and was recovered by the US Navy vessel Susquehanna.

    The crew of Apollo 8 was launched in December 100 years later, from latitude 28 deg 27 min North, longitude 80 deg 36 min W (132 miles / 213 km from Verne's site). After a journey of 147 hours 1 minute, including 20 hours 10 minutes in lunar orbit. The spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean (8 deg 10 min North, 165 deg 00 min West) and was recovered by the US Navy vessel Hornet.

    and from Crystallinks:

    One of the most interesting people to write about the Prieure may be Michael Lamy. He claims that Jules Verne was a member of both the Prieure and the Illuminati. Further, he maintains that the Prieure's politics must be understood as Orleanist, which he describes as "aristocratic, anarchistic, and Nietzchean." Perhaps it all becomes most clear when Lamy reveals to the reader that the true secret of the village of Rennes-le-Chateau is that the extinct volcano Mount Bugarach leads down into the hollow earth to a realm of supermen.


    on the page in the link above we see the future Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite SJ, C.Fred Kleinknecht in a picture next to his brother Kenneth S. Kleinknecht.

    Kenneth S. Kleinknecht is most famous for his instrumental involvement in NASA's APOLLO Space Program.

    Another interesting read is here

  3. Excellent background material- thanks to both of these anonymous posters.

  4. ill have to add

    referring to the crystalinks url th article talks about "The Money Pit".

    well i thought of the movie....with tom hanks and shelly long

    shelly long plays a character called "Anna Crowley Beissart / Anna Fielding"

    be isis art? crowley?

    heh funny

    some quotes snatched from imdb:

    "From The Money Pit (1986)
    Estelle: You think you know somebody after 25 years. And then one day, Israeli Intelligence comes to the door.
    Anna: "Israeli Intelligence".
    Estelle: Last Tuesday. That's why I've gotta sell the house. It turns out, Carlos was Hitler's pool man."

    i just thought that was interesting and it could really be nothing


  5. Christopher-I saw your response in the comments section of another blog-you are great! realized that yours was one of the blogs I accidentally deleted(i have done this twice when trying to add a new blog -delete the whole list-seems pretty hard to do but if there is a way to mess something up tech or net wise I will find it)-you are back in your rightful place and when I am not so ill I will come back and get caught up!