You couldn’t pay me to judge that contest.
Joe: I wish I had made the decision to join earlier, I would have definitely gone to the Academy. Now I’m an old fart that is juuuuust barely at the cut-off age. Going in as enlisted, then going to try to get commissioned if I decide to be a paper pusher after a couple of years, haha. Honestly though, I’d rather be more hands-on with the job I’ll be doing… don’t want to give briefings and write reports all day when I could actually send commands to satellites or directly supervise a launch. Good luck man!!!
continued: I’m so sorry, I just remembered. He was explaining the capabilities it would have, it’s incredible. Its interior can hold up to 12 (I think) dishes to hold samples it obtains. It’s supposed to have some sort of firing mechanism that can shatter rocks and disrupt sand and other materials to an extent of several meters, and use the information to determine whether the sample is worth looking into. He explained Curiosity as being like a hybridization of a small vehicle and an excavator. There’s high hopes!
Sorry for the two long messages. I know this is a good place to share my excitement.
Joe: Not in the Air Force yet, leaving Nov.23rd. I am obviously severely skeptical of any claims of extraterrestrial encounters. Every time I hear an account of an alien spaceship, the descriptions are completely different. There is never any solid evidence, only eyewitness accounts. There are NEVER any close up photos, or photos taken with a telephoto lens, of ufo’s, nothing with any discernible detail… images always show a tiny object… which can always be easily photoshopped. After 60 years of UFO sightings, no one has been able to take a SINGLE decent photo?
Many many people, including former NASA and Air Force personnel, are capable of having delusions of grandeur, and, to be honest, I think they are mostly trying to get the attention of UFO enthusiasts so they can sell a book. Robert Salas wrote a book about his encounters. Stanton Friedman wrote several books and sells videos. It seems to me as soon as someone makes the news regarding UFO encounters, they’ve got a book deal.
I think ufologists are marketeers taking advantage of believers and paranoids for financial gain and notoriety. That’s my opinion. It makes more sense to me than actual alien contact. That opinion might very well change depending on what I see with my own eyes while I’m in the Air Force.
If you guys are interested in UFO,s give Marco’s blog a follow… looks like a good place to have an objective discussion about possible explanations of UFO activity.
Remember folks… Unidentified Flying Objects are real things… weather they are vehicles of our own design, alien space ships, or clever tricks isn’t the point… the point is they are unidentified… and they are flying :)
“I reached the main landing on Venus, March 18, terrestrial time; VI, 9 of the planet’s calendar. Being put in the main group under Miller, I received my equipment — watch tuned to Venus’s slightly quicker rotation — and went through the usual mask drill. After two days I was pronounced fit for duty.”
In January of 1936 a young man named Kenneth Sterling shared a draft of a story with H.P. Lovecraft. The story was rewritten and published after Lovecraft’s death as In the Walls of Eryx in the Weird Tales of October 1939. This story is Lovecraft’s sole Interplanetary frontier story set in the future. It details an encounter of a prospector with the aborigines of the planet Venus.
Also avilable in the book The Tomb and Other Tales.