One of you is leaving for the Air Force?
That's awesome. I intend to go to the USAF academy when it comes time.
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!!!
I thought you may be interested to know that a physicist working on the Curiosity rover came to my school to discuss what it's all about. Apparently the physics department in my university attribute to a key quality of the internal mechanics of the rover, which has been used on several since it was first used. It was interesting to get an inside perspective on a huge upcoming event such as Curiosity, which funny enough was named by a little girl. They did a vote on the name, and he said the others weren't interesting at all (he couldn't remember any unfortunately.) I wish I could have obtained a copy of his slideshow. He included the video you recently posted on the possible landing, and even he thinks it's a stretch. I guess we'll see. :)
Continue the wonderful work, it's paying off.
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.
Hi guys it's me AGAIN. I must be getting on your nerves by now but I promise I'll shut up after this :) If I don't see a reply I'll just assume you guys don't want to answer this particular question for whatever reasons you may have.
I noticed your post about not ignoring questions but... mine still hasn't been answered. Since commander tobles is in the Air Force himself I'm especially interested in what your position is on the recent wave of 'going on the record' by ex-USAF personnel, ex-Army personnell (there's a lot of people that operated nuke sites that did, for example) and ex-NASA personnel about their experience with UFO's and extraterrestrials.
Is it your position that all these fine folks are lying lunatics or do you think this could mean there's something out there being withheld from the public (for now)?
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.
Hi guys it's me again.
I'd love it if you guys would want to take a look at this post I just made:
While it's impossible to run a UFO blog in a 'scientifically sound' way (I lack the equipment, hehe) I do think it can be done in a non-nutcase way. It's what I'm trying to do anyway.
I'd LOVE for you guys to keep an eye on this blog and please DO debunk things if you know you can, for example by quoting resources that provide a sound explanation.
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.
Two years after sending the first Chinese man on a spacewalk, China has launched the construction of its first manned space station, aiming for a 2020 completion. A report in the Communist Party’s official newspaper the People’s Daily, said on Wednesday that the space station project hasbeen officially launched and includes the development of a national space laboratory by 2016.
The space station’s pilot cabin and core cabin will be developed by 2020 and the station will be assembled in orbit, said the report, quoting an unnamed official of the China Manned Space Engineering Project.
On October 1, China launched Chang’e-2, its second unmanned lunar mission, to hone in on a potential landing site for its third moon probe to be launched in 2013 when India plans to launch Chandrayaan-2. China’s first moon probe was launched in 2007, a year before India’s Chandrayaan-1 liftoff. Chinese officials say a manned moon mission may be launched in 2025.
“• Only 18 percent know a scientist personally. For most, the first thing that probably comes to mind when they think “scientist” is a Hollywood stereotype—or the local TV weatherman.
• 44 percent cannot even name a scientific role model. And among those that do give a name, their top three choices—Bill Gates, Al Gore, and Albert Einstein—are either not scientists, or not alive.
• Information about science is vanishing from the national news media. According to 2008 figures from the Project for Excellence in Journalism, if you watch 5 hours of cable news, you can expect to see about a minute devoted to science and technology coverage. And no wonder: Only 13 percent of Americans now say they follow science and technology news “very closely,” and that number has been dropping in recent years. The media is giving the people what they want.
• Perhaps most disturbing: Far fewer Americans today describe scientific innovations as among the country’s top achievements—27 percent in 2009 versus 47 percent a decade earlier. The same goes for space exploration and the moon landing—far fewer rank it as our greatest overall achievement.”
And some hope:
“We need to mobilize American kids to want to be scientists; and American adults to see how science—and the policies tied to it—affect to their lives and our future. Science has to stop being something those strange other people do; it has to be something we all live and breathe.”
There’s an awesome project mentioned in this article called Rock Stars of Science. I have an idea and I might need your help … more to come later on that.
According to my tumblr crushes you're my second most loved blog and receive 9% of my love. This looks a bit underwhelming and in reality I feel like it should be higher. Finding your blog reminded me of when I was in high school and we watched 'Apollo 13' in science class and for nearly the whole school year I was convinced that becoming an astronaut would be my destiny. I may have changed my mind about that but I still love star-gazing and learning about the universe. So, yeah, I have no query for you, just wanted to say that I love your blog.