Sunday, December 27, 2009

Saving Earth From an Asteroid Will Take Diplomats, Not Heroes

# By Alexis Madrigal
# December 16, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO — In the movie version of stopping an asteroid from hitting Earth popularized by Armageddon, a few brave Americans quickly head out to the near-Earth object and blow it up.

The reality will be far less dramatic, former astronaut Rusty Schweickart told scientists at the American Geophysical Union meeting here Wednesday. Asteroid-deflection efforts will have to start years before a prospective impact and will have to be essentially international.

“Whether or not the international community, within or outside the United Nations, can rise to the demands of such a challenge in advance of an impact … is problematic,” Schweickart summarized.

Two general strategies for deflecting asteroids are currently on the table. The first is some type of impactor or blast, possibly nuclear, that would knock the asteroid off the collision course. The second is a longer-term “shepherding” operation that would slowly morph the asteroid’s trajectory in space so that it misses Earth. Both schemes would have major international implications.

Nuclear weapons have been explicitly outlawed in space since the Partial Test Ban Treaty was negotiated in 1963. Sending a nuclear weapon into space to hit an asteroid would require modifying the treaty, which could have unforeseen negative repercussions.

“Many of us have expressed our concern about nuclear effects because of political options,” said David Morrison, an astronomer at NASA Ames Research Center who organized a session at the AGU meeting about near-Earth objects.

Schweickart’s group, The B612 Foundation, has advocated a different approach to asteroid deflection, but one that will require an equally difficult international negotiation. They propose to bump or tow an asteroid “in a controlled manner” so that it misses Earth. The only problem is that such a process would take time and as the asteroid’s trajectory changed, it would be “pointed” at different places along a horizontal plane on Earth called the risk corridor.

That’s a major geopolitical problem, Schweickart said, because it requires temporarily increasing the risk to one population — in the example above, Venezuela, or Russia — to eventually eliminate the risk for the entire Earth.

“It’s going to be slowly dragged across the Earth. That is a binary decision,” Schweickart said. “You don’t have the option of dragging it down through the Antarctic.”

Who gets to decide which way the asteroid is dragged away from an impact with Earth? The United Nations? The United States? Russia? Some independent body of astronomers and space agencies?

“What deflection technologies are OK and who says they are OK?” Schweickart asked. “Who accepts liability? How do you decide that it’s OK to endanger the people of Venezuela or the people of Kazakhstan?”

He called figuring such questions out a “geopolitical decision of the first order.” Earlier this year, the Association of Space Explorers presented a report to the U.N. Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space recommending that some international decision-making bodies be created to evaluate and respond to near-Earth object hazards.

The U.N. committee could bring some options before the General Assembly by 2012, although Schweickart has some doubts that people are politically prepared to deal with the tough decisions that humanity could face to deflect an asteroid.

“You’re going to have to make that decision when the probability is less than one, 10 or 20 years ahead of time,” he said. “That’s not easy for anyone, let alone the United Nations.”

Video: The Asteroid That Will Almost Hit Earth

# By Alexis Madrigal
# December 18, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO — Any number of undiscovered near-Earth objects could one day careen into the Earth, and there is a lot of talk here at the American Geophysical Union meeting about tracking them. So far, though, only one discovered object has seemed even mildly likely to hit our planet.

That asteroid is Apophis, a 900-foot asteroid. Calculations released on Christmas Eve 2004 appeared to show that there was a greater than 2 percent chance the asteroid would hit the Earth in 2029. The asteroid appeared ready to give the Earth its closest shave since astronomers began looking for such things. It was judged a 4 on the Torino Impact Hazard Scale for a short time, the highest rating any near-Earth object has received.

As it turned out, more precise observations brought the risk of collision down to just 1 in 250,000, but the scare sparked greater interest and study in the fields of asteroid detection and defense.

Even though the asteroid doesn’t look like it’s going to hit Earth, on April 13, 2029, it will come closer to Earth than any other near-Earth object that we know of. It will pass just 18,300 miles above the planet’s surface.

Here, we see an exclusive animation created by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory of what that approach will look like from the perspective of the asteroid. And whoo boy, does it seem close.

Saturn’s Moons Are Cuter Than Sugarplum Fairies

We love Cassini more with every amazing image the intrepid spacecraft sends back from its travels, and this latest treat is no exception.

The Cassini imaging team has assembled images of some of Saturn’s moons in action into this sequence, bringing another corner of the solar system to life for us. It’s still unclear to us whether setting the video to Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite adds to or subtracts from its appeal, but that’s what the mute button is for.

Our only complaint is that Enceladus doesn’t make an appearance, but we have a separate tribute to our favorite Saturnian moon planned, so stay tuned.


Saturday, December 26, 2009

1980 Encounter, Toronto, Canada

Published: 7:31 AM 12/21/2009

First of all, let it be known that I am not a UFO "believer" per say. Although this occurred approximately 30 years ago, I thought it's time to report to various UFO investigation organizations. I hope this is worthy. Thank you.

Around the winter of 1980, January perhaps, I just got off work at 9:30 P.M. from the auto dealership. I was a car salesman at the time. I started driving towards the city of Toronto, Canada, on the QEW (Queen Elizabeth Way) eastbound to meet some friends at a bar on the Esplanad (a street lined with nightclubs).

I didn't have anything to drink and didn't smoke any pot on that day/evening. As I was driving, I noticed a string of lights slowly rotating counter clockwise over the city of Toronto, at about the ten o'clock position from my point of view. This caught my eye because these formation of lights were very unusual.

The lights were evidently in a circular pattern with about two thirds visible as the other third rotated out of view. Imagine a pie plate with about 25 lights around the circumference of it. As this "pie plate" would revolve, a third of these lights would be hidden from view as if they were obstructed by a solid body. It was at night so all I could see was these rotating string of lights but they were definitely on a "fixed" platform as the lights were revolving in unison.

Although I've heard of UFO's and was curious, at that time in my life, I didn't really give that much thought about them. I've always been interested in nature and especially about the universe. I've seen all kinds of aircraft and advertising blimps at night before.

I drove taxi's off and on for fifteen years on the night shift and have seen countless meteors, lightening, satellites etc. On two occasions I've even seen extremely bright, slow falling, green fireball meteors lighting up the ground, for a couple of seconds, as if it was daylight . I've read, in later years, were other witnesses reported green fireballs as UFO's. I chuckled to myself thinking how easily "UFO believers" can be fooled by natural phenomenon.

Anyway, these circle of lights were slowly descending and approaching towards me (westbound), while I was driving about 115 kilometers per hour on the highway (eastbound). These lights were getting closer and closer as "we" approached each other. I recall thinking to myself that this must be some kind of advertising balloon and those lights were letters.

As I kept driving, I was paying more and more attention to this object because the closer it was getting, the more unusual it looked. I kept glancing at it, while driving, waiting until it was close enough to read what these letters were saying, still thinking it was some kind of advertising blimp. The closer it got, the more I looked at it.

Now at my nine o'clock position, the string of rotating lights appeared to started to bank left like an airplane would "turning right". Actually it wasn't banking at all. It was dipping forward pointing towards the ground. At this point, I realized that these lights were not letters at all. They were different shaped, yellowish white lights. The reason these lights were different in shape was because they were "inset" into some solid body. When the lights were seen head on, they were circular. But as they rotated out of "direct" view, they changed shape like the different crescents of the moon. That's why they appeared to be all different shapes.

During the time when this object started to bank left, or I thought from my point of view, I was struggling with myself trying to understand whether this was a plane, blimp, or a balloon. It was flying too slow for a plane, yet, too fast for a blimp. Also, it didn't appear to be flying or floating. The best way I can describe it's motion is that it looked like it was "sailing" in the sky.

What's interesting here is that the human brain tries to associate what the eyes are seeing, to something already seen or experienced before. That's why I was at war with myself trying to decide whether this object was a plane, blimp or a balloon. Every time I resigned myself to what I must be witnessing, I jumped to another conclusion. This jumping from one conclusion to another occurred during the whole experience. I was imagining all kinds of things.

For example, if it was a plane, the only way these lights could have been positioned was in a circle because this plane must have had some kind of supporting structure in a circle from wing tip to wing tip. This didn't make any sense at all. I've seen advertising planes before. This was nothing like this. Not even close. Than I was trying to imagine a "Goodyear blimp" with these letters going across it's side. This was nothing like it either.

So here I was, trying to drive and watch this object at the same time. As I was driving, I started to slow down because I kept looking at this circle of lights more than the road ahead of me. In retrospect, I don't even know how I kept my car on the road because I was so awed by this display in the sky.

Here is the killer.

As the object kept dipping forward more and more, it eventually ended up totally perpendicular to the ground! The first thing that came to mind was a big Ferris wheel rotating in the sky. At this point I slowed down to about 50 KPH (30 miles an hour in a 60 MPH highway for my American friends) and put my four way, flashing hazard lights on my car fearing that another car would crash into the back of me for going so slow on a 100 KPH highway.

Here is another shocker.

As I was mesmerized by this strange looking object, a surge of adrenaline hit me like a ton of bricks. I didn't realize how BIG this thing was. At first I thought it was the size of an airplane fairly close. IT WAS GIGANTIC! At least twice the size of a football field, bigger than an aircraft carrier!!! I don't know what gave away it's size.

Maybe the reflections of light on the ground. The best way I can relate this sudden realization is like one of those illusions most of us have seen. You know, when you look at a pixel drawing with an image you can't see until you stare at it for a while?

After a period of time, you make out the face of a women or something like that? That's kind of the transformation I experienced. At first I thought the object was the size of a large plane than suddenly I REALLY saw it. IT WAS HUGE!!! I yelled out loud to my self, "Holey F**k, IT'S HUGE!!!". I don't F***ing believe it, it's F***ing HUGE!!!. I thought it was fairly close at first, than bang!, it was much farther away and larger than my brain first comprehended it. Speaking about this surge of adrenaline.

Have you ever had a really close call having a car accident? When your heart rate skyrockets to about 180 beats per minute? That's what I felt when I realized how GARGANTUAN this object was! I could actually feel my heart pounding like crazy. To be frank, it literally scared the hell out of me, when I realized how big it was. At this point, I rolled down my window and pointed to this giant "Ferris wheel" in the sky to the other motorists, but it appeared no one seemed to notice as they screamed by me at regular highway speeds. I remember how cold it was when I rolled down my window. It was something like minus 30 Celsius below zero.

After, I don't know how long, probably only a few seconds of rotating in this perpendicular position, this thing started to climb and right itself and "sail" back to the direction it originally came from. I rolled up my window, turned off my hazard lights, and started to speed up to chase it. Still it seemed other motorists didn't notice this object.

It still irks me to this day. As I was approaching the city limits, this object was in it's flat position again climbing over the city. Then, all of a sudden, the rotating lights turned off except for a red "aircraft like" blinking light (which I never noticed before). After a few seconds, the rotating lights turned on again. It was like in the movie "Close Encounters Of The Third Kind". The lights just blasted on. Than after a few seconds they turned off again as it seemed to be right over the city. Strange behavior.

Now I was exiting off of the highway on to Spadina Rd. I lost track of these lights because of the tall buildings. When I was on the street where I was going, I saw a cop parked on the other side of the road writing a parking ticked. I stopped in the middle of the road and ran over to him. He was quite taken aback by my seemingly aggressive approach. I asked him, "how long have you been here?" I forgot what he said, but I asked, "did you see that big circle of lights flying in the sky? He said "no". After parking my car, I met my friends at the bar, "Baily's", and told them what happened but they didn't take me seriously as they've already had a few and were more interested in the ladies.

After sitting at the bar by myself for a couple of hours I went home. I was living at my parent's house at the time, temporarily, so when I got home around 1 A.M., I called the police. I didn't know who else to phone at the time. They didn't take me seriously of course so after that, I phoned the Toronto International Airport and managed to get through to Air Traffic Control and asked them if they had anyone call in with a UFO report. Nothing.

So I called the police again and convinced them to take me seriously as I wanted to make a report. They told me they can send a couple of officers to my house. As it was late and my parents were asleep, I told them I'd rather come to the station the next day to report. Next morning, when I contemplated going in I decided not to, fearing they would think I'm some kind of wacko.

As the days went by, scanning the newspapers looking for a "UFO sighting" to no avail, I started doubting myself. I was trying to convince myself that perhaps I was somehow mistaken. Maybe it was something not out of the ordinary at all. Maybe it was a balloon or airplane of some kind. Maybe like thousands of others, I witnessed something that I misinterpreted for something else. And now the conclusion.

About a week or so later, on or about the tenth page of the Toronto Star, bottom right hand corner, there it was! A short article. "Dozens of Mississauga residents reported a UFO as big as a football field!!!" I don't recall the whole article. "Finally" I said to myself. "I knew it was real", "I knew I didn't imagine this".

I'll never, ever, doubt myself again no matter how much ridicule I'll be subjected to. I have only one regret however. That is I wish I had others with me to experience this. After about 30 years, I just had to let this out.

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T. Blank

London, Ontario, Canada


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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Xmas Kremlin UFO Tonight..

Christmas UFO over the Kremlin tonight..

Have a great Festive Season no matter what your beliefs are and a better New Year.

For the Kids..
NORAD Tracks Santa in Real Time

Disclose.tv Xmas Kremlin UFO Tonight.. Video

FAA Issues Order On UFO Sightings

FAA Issues Order On UFO Sightings

FAA Issues Order On UFO Sightings
By Jesus Diaz on December 24, 2009 at 6:20 AM

Robert Bigelow is one of my personal heroes, a space man who can – and will – change the world because he believes so. Now, the FAA says that you should call one of his mysterious companies if you see an UFO.

Bigelow’s main space company – Bigelow Aerospace – already has two private test space stations in low Earth orbit: Genesis 1 and 2. His plan is to have a hotel in orbit, and he’s steadily on course to achieve his objectives. The guy and his Errol Flynn moustache may seem eccentric to some, but he means business.

But Bigelow is also a man who truly loves space, and everything that has to do with it. His multi-million dollar investment is not only about hotels in space. Another of his companies is Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies. According to the last order by Federal Aviation Administration – issued on December 10 – BAASS is now the organisation to contact if you are a pilot or an air traffic controller who gets close to an Unidentified Flying Object:

Persons wanting to report UFO/unexplained phenomena activity should contact a UFO/ unex­ plained phenomena reporting data collection centre, such as Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS) (voice: 1-877-979-7444 or e-mail: Reporting@baass.org)

They don’t list the number or email of the military, nor some special branch of the Secret Service, nor the CIA, nor NASA. But BAASS. Is this a crazy company? Hardly so. Here’s their own description:

Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS), a sister company to Bigelow Aerospace, is a newly formed research organisation that focuses on the identification, evaluation, and acquisition of novel and emerging future technologies worldwide as they specifically relate to spacecraft. BAASS is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. We are seeking experienced scientists to join our research teams. If you are an inquisitive outside of the circle thinker, who is detail oriented and who is looking for a challenge, this is a unique and exciting opportunity to advance your career and to be a part of cutting edge research.

If I had the experience they are looking for, I would love to work there, in their secretive base in the Nevada desert. There has to be something going on when they are hiring astrophysics, biochemists, microbiologists, nanotechnolgists, physicists, and propulsion and stealth technology experts. And not only that:

A Masters or PhD in a relevant field is a plus. Candidates must qualify for secret and top secret clearances and must be willing to submit to a thorough background check.

For all positions, some travel – both nationally and internationally – may be required.

UFOs Photographed Above Christmas Light Display

Disclose.tv UFOs Photographed Above Christmas Light Display Video

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Recently Found Vintage 1958 UFO Picture


Long Description of MUFON Sighting Report

1958-00-00 Photographed by my father 1958. Print found recently , ES

The print was found and a scan made 12/5/09. My father never mentioned seeing the object but when we returned to the States in 1959, I remember him being a friend of Roger Early who was somehow connected with Project Blue Book. I believe the neg may have been given to Early. I do know that from living in Torremolinos, kids back then did not play with kites, model planes or paper planes. All the kids on the beach were poor fisherman's kids. My father used a Nikon Rangefinder camera, Plus-x film and was shooting the fishing boat to use as a subject in one of his paintings. He was a famous painter (Google: Ben Stahl). The exposure seems to be f8 or 16 @ 1/250 or 1/125 because of the frozen action of the waves in the photograph and the depth of field. It's not a blur of a bird, tear on the neg or delamination on the print. The print has a fold (visible on the picture across the horizon). The surface of the original print is clean. I used "unsharp mask" in photoshop to bring the scan in better focus. This produced marking on the body of the object. Note the shadows on the object are consistent with shadows on the man behind the boat. The man is shielding his eyes and looking at something down the beach, in the sky or out at sea and not at the object overhead. Perhaps there were two objects? The object in the photograph has an odd perspective as it looks far away yet close over the shore line. Also, note the disturbance in the air at both ends of the object. It also cannot be something on the lens as this would be totally blown out of focus. I've searched other photographs and have failed to see any other object with the same shape. Bruce Maccabee saw the image and could not come up with an answer as to what it could be. Nothing in a camera, especially a SLR, can produce such an effect. If something was thrown in front of the camera it would not have produced the "air disturbance" as shown - these are not developing streaks either. Please let me know what you think. Regards, David Stahl

Mr Minister, will Planet X hit Earth?


Heard about the monster planet ‘X’ heading towards Earth at a speed of 20,00,000 miles a year and could hit anytime after 2010? Our MPs have.

On Thursday, this was one of the questions they posed to the government, which found itself at a loss for answers.

An unstarred question put up by Rajya Sabha MPs Rajkumar Dhoot (Shiv Sena) and Naresh Gujral (Shiromani Akali Dal) asked, “Whether it is a fact that planet ‘X’ is heading towards Earth at a speed of 20,00,000 miles a year and may come close or collide with it anytime after 2010 to cause destruction like earthquake and tsunami?”

Apart from details, they wanted the government to enlighten them whether this had any links with the Mayan civilisation calendar and whether the Government was taking any preventive steps.

Minister of State for Science and Technology Prithviraj Chavan’s reply was brief: “There is no factual basis for this (question).”

When asked where he got to know about such a planet, Dhoot told The Indian Express: “I saw reports about planet X in some news channels. So I thought I should ask the government.”

Gujral simply said the question was Dhoot’s idea.

Incidentally, the recent Hollywood blockbuster 2012 dealt with life coming to an end on Earth coinciding with a prediction in the Mayan calendar. And, incidentally, this wasn’t the only outer space worry that occupied MPs.

Another question put to the Science and Technology Minister by Congress’s Vijay Jawaharlal Darda and Gireesh Kumar Sanghi, was “whether the government is aware that 32 planets have been found in the solar system, thereby increasing the number of planets discovered outside the solar system to more than 400”.

They wanted the government to give supporting evidence that life could develop elsewhere in the universe and wanted to know whether the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) could include “further pursuance of this syndrome in our forthcoming space projects”.

Of this, Chavan said, the government was well informed.

“Though the number of extra planets discovered is more than 32, most of them do not have the temperature and environment conducive for possible existence of any form of life,” he said.

He also clarified that ISRO couldn’t pursue the matter because of technological problems but that ground-based observations for extra planets are being planned at Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad.

Norway Spiral from new angle

Norway Spiral from new angle is real strange. It almost shows a black hole in the image

Mystery triangle seen over Kremlin sparks UFO rumours

EXTRAORDINARY SIGHT: Video clips of this unidentified flying object above Moscow have become the most-viewed videos on Russia's YouTube. / Daily Mail


Mystery triangle seen over Kremlin sparks UFO rumours

Daily Mail

December 20, 2009 12:00am

HOVERING ominously over the city, this video of what appears to be a triangle-shaped UFO has left Russians baffled.

Sitting motionless in the sky above the Kremlin in Moscow, clips of the unexplained object have become the most-viewed videos on Russia's YouTube.

The two videos, one taken at night from a car and one during the day, were both filmed by amateurs.

The UFO hovered for several hours over Red Square in the Russian capital and was seen by hundreds of people.

The identity of the shape has not been confirmed but internet forums are buzzing with details about the sighting.

The UFO appeared on December 9, the same night a mysterious blue spiral light appeared over Norway.

That was later attributed to a failed rocket launch from Russia.

Some have likened the object to one of the spaceships from the feature film Star Wars.

But others have said it is merely a reflection from inside the cameraman's car.

If the object exists, experts estimate that it could be up to 1.6km wide.

Some commentators have reacted sceptically to the videos and have pointed out that if hundreds of people had seen the object more videos and photos would have emerged by now.

Russian reports ruled out a UFO but police have refused to comment.

Nick Pope, a former analyst with the British Ministry of Defence UFO, said it was "one of the most extraordinary UFO clips I've ever seen".

"At first I thought this was a reflection but it appears to move behind a powerline, ruling out this theory."

A spokesman for aerospace journal Jane's News said: "We have no idea what it is."

Thursday, December 17, 2009

International Experts Claim Planet is “Monitored” by Extraterrestrials

Published: 5:12 PM 12/14/2009

The Canadian National Newspaper Exopolitics Headlines

Special to The Canadian

Argentina is a vast theatre of operations for the alien civilizations that visit us. This what experts in the subject believe, and of course, the repetition of incidents that attest to this phenomenon.

Sightings of vehicles, abductions, ground evidence; bedroom visitations and other exceptional situations are described in a quotidian manner by a countless number of witnesses. This year was no exception, and up to late September, the count stood at 332 cases. All of these are under study due to their considerable credibility quotient and they make Argentina one of the areas most frequented by alien visitors.

The figure is the result of the detailed work of noted researcher Luis Burgos, president of the Fundacion Argentina de Ovnilogia, who told Expedientes Secretos that despite the high number of episodes recorded during the first nine months of 2009, “we are actually in a plateau phase, which is typical after last year’s great UFO wave, which ended with 550 reported cases.

The plateau phase is to be expected, which occurs in a slow, constant downturn.

The 2008 effect endured throughout the country in the summer, but once the fall began, the UFO phenomenon behaved as it has been expected to behave for over six decades and its activity decreased. Only those areas known as hot-spots retained their activity, although some of these also experienced a decrease [in activity].”

The Province of Buenos Aires, according to FAO study, is a key region that includes the Federal Capital area. “The Porteño region reports permanent sightings of strange flying objects, even with diurnal and nocturnal photographs and videos.

For example, the material presented by Hector Boetto, LINK. Unidentified air traffic over the Argentinean capital is still a pending matte, especially with the total passivity of the media and government authorities… The area of Vicente Lopez, to the north of the city, is one of the highest UFO manifestation areas in the entire country.

Incredibly, events are reported at different times of day in Munro, Olivos, Florida, etc. and a considerable quantity of photos of these objects are taken, such as the remarkable sightings by Matías Mannara in Munro, LINK, and Bibiana Bryson, LINK, which include unique documents showing spindle-shaped UFOs among others.

Phantom UFOs have also been picked up at Villa Ballester, near Vicente Lopez,” says Burgos in his report.

Burgos highlights in his report that “lovely Mar del Plata always surprises us with manifestations of all types, and while it isn’t the exceptional case history offered by the 1960’s to the 1990’s, in recent years, the Sierra de los Padres area has turned into a new area for “phantom UFOs”. Proof of this can be seen in the permanent records obtained by Graciela Donalisio and Leonardo Rieger.”

Source: Diario Popular

Translation (c) 2009, S. Corrales, IHU. Special thanks to Sebastian Aranguren and Pachi La Fata, Diario Popular, and to Guillermo Gimenez, Planeta UFO.

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Organics Reportedly Found on the Moon

Indian researchers say they have found organic matter on the moon.

Organics Reportedly Found on the Moon
The finding could possibly provide valuable resources for future lunar travelers.

By Irene Klotz | Wed Dec 16, 2009 06:06 AM ET

Indian researchers say they have found organic matter on the moon, a discovery that may be seconded by U.S. teams analyzing a plume of debris kicked up by the deliberate crash of a rocket body into a lunar crater.

Finding organic materials on the moon could help scientists understand the history of comet and meteorite impacts, as well as provide valuable resources for future lunar travelers or colonies.

Indian Space Research Organization scientists announced last week that a probe dispatched from the Chandrayaan-1 lunar orbiter detected chemical signatures of organic matter. The Moon Impact Probe, or MIP, separated from the Chandrayaan-1 orbiter on Nov. 14, 2008, and flew into Shackleton Crater, located on the moon's south pole.

NASA followed with a similar mission in October that excavated a much larger debris plume from the crater Cabeus, also located on the moon's south pole. Both teams reported finding water.

ISRO's Surendra Pal said at a conference in Bangalore, India, last week that MIP also found organic compounds, though scientists were still working to confirm the results.

"It is an intriguing suggestion," NASA's chief lunar scientist Michael Wargo told Discovery News. "We are certainly very interested in learning more of their results."

NASA scientists, meanwhile, are continuing to scrutinize data collected by the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite, or LCROSS, and other probes which watched as a 2.5-ton empty rocket body smashed into the floor of Cabeus, kicking soil and ice past the crater's rim and into sunlight for the first time in billions of years.

Organic compounds are composed of carbon in combination with other elements such as hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen. Although they form the building blocks of life, they do not necessarily come from actual organisms.

Instead, they could have been created in outer space through chemical reactions and later delivered to the moon by comets or meteorites. One particular type of organic compound, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, has been found in a wide variety of space environments.

NASA previously found molecules of carbon, hydrogen and nitrogen in lunar soil samples brought back to Earth during the Apollo missions of 1969 -1972, but the concentrations were extremely sparse. No complex compounds were found, although they likely were delivered to the moon by meteorites crashing into the lunar surface.

"Apparently, the harsh surface conditions destroy the more complex molecules exposed to space," Paul Spudis, senior scientist with the Houston-based Lunar and Planetary Institute, wrote in an email to Discovery News.

The moon's cold spots are different, he added.

"We've suspected that they might contain organic molecules for the same reason that water ice is there -- they are protected by the extreme cold," Spudis said.

Initial results from LCROSS show some organic material was present in the debris plume, though exactly what and how much has not yet been determined.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Indian scientists detect signs of life on Moon


Indian scientists detect signs of life on Moon
Bhargavi Kerur / DNA
Saturday, December 12, 2009

Bangalore: Scientists at the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) are on the brink of a path-breaking discovery. They may have found signs of life in some form or the other on the Moon.

They believe so because scientific instruments on India's first unmanned lunar mission, Chandrayaan-1, picked up signatures of organic matter on parts of the Moon's surface, Surendra Pal, associate director, Isro Satellite Centre (Isac), said at the international radar symposium here on Friday.

Organic matter consists of organic compounds, which consists of carbon -- the building block of life.

It indicates the formation of life or decay of a once-living matter.

Pal said the signatures were relayed back to the Bylalu deep space network station near Bangalore by the mass spectrometer on board the Indian payload, the moon impact probe (MIP), on November 14, 2008.

The relay of data happened moments before it crashed near the Moon's south pole. The MIP was the first experiment of the Chandrayaan-1 mission, which was launched on October 22, 2008.

Pal, however, did not elaborate, but concluded saying "the findings are being analysed and scrutinised for validation by Isro scientists and peer reviewers".

"It is too early to say anything," said the director of Isro's space physics laboratory R Sridharan, who is heading the team of MIP data analysis and study. He, however, did not deny the finding.

DNA later inquired with other senior Chandrayaan-1 mission scientists, who not only confirmed the finding, but gave further details.

"Certain atomic numbers were observed that indicated the presence of carbon components. This indicates the possibility of the presence of organic matter (on the Moon)," a senior scientist told DNA.

Interestingly, similar observations were made by the US's first manned Moon landing mission, the Apollo-11, in July 1969, which brought lunar soil samples back to Earth. But due to a lack of sophisticated equipment then, the scientists could not confirm the finding.

However, traces of amino acids, which are basic to life, were found in the soil retrieved by the Apollo-11 astronauts.

The Chandrayaan-1 scientists, at present, are analysing the source of origin of the Moon's organic matter. "It could be comets or meteorites which have deposited the matter on the Moon's surface; or the instrument that landed on the Moon could have left traces," a senior space scientist said.

"But the presence of large sheets of ice in the polar regions of the Moon, and the discovery of water molecules there, lend credence to the possibility of organic matter there," he said.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Russia/Norway Compared

Compare the two in the pictures and there is no where near the same look. For me the Russian one is definitely a rocket/missile. This is the test of a Russian Missile "Bulava" or something similar.

Now I have to say Norway is a completely different animal all together just in the nature of the major differences.. We are now comparing apples with oranges here.. I am no longer convinced of the excuse given for the Norway incident.

This back to back display is a clever shell game to fool the stupid and the gullible. So for me now the game is a foot. I need to know what it really was. I am not saying it wasn't a test of some kind, but I am saying it is not what we are told..

Look below at the comparison pictures, you decide..

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

NSA UFO Documents.

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The site is a treasure trove of documents that were once classified and deal with Ufology. Some very interesting information.

Also very interesting to say the least..

Key to ET messages


Intelligent UFOs are visiting Earth, says physicist

Intelligent UFOs are visiting Earth, says physicist
By: TMP Reports
Posted: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 2:41 pm

Evidence is overwhelming that intelligently controlled vehicles are visiting the Earth, which would lead to a cosmic Watergate if disclosed by the government, a nuclear physicist said Saturday in Murfreesboro.

Physicist Stanton T. Friedman said he has not seen an unidentified flying object but he hasn’t seen Tokyo either, even though he knows the city exists.

His beliefs are based on years of study and interviews with citizens who sighted UFOs.

Friedman, known as the Flying Saucer Physicist, made his remarks before 80 people during the Tennessee Mutual Unidentified Flying Object Network meeting at the Baymont Suites on Armory Drive. He is a former classmate of Carl Sagan.

During his lecture, Friedman outlined four conclusions:

• The evidence is overwhelming that Planet Earth is being visited by intelligently controlled extraterrestrial spacecraft. In other words, some UFOs are alien spacecraft. Most are not.

• The subject of flying saucers represents a kind of Cosmic Watergate, meaning that some few people in major governments have known since July, 1947, when two crashed saucers and several alien bodies were recovered in New Mexico, that indeed some UFOs are ET. As noted in 1950, it’s the most classified U.S. topic.

• None of the arguments made against the first two conclusions by a small group of debunkers such as Carl Sagan, Friedman’s University of Chicago classmate for three years, can stand up to careful scrutiny.

• The Flying Saucer story is the biggest story of the millennium: visits to Planet Earth by aliens and the U.S. government's cover-up of the best data (the bodies and wreckage) for over 50 years.

The federal government is not close to disclosure about UFOs because it would have serious implications to technology and the economy. Church attendance would increase but the stock market would decrease. Fundamentalist church groups would be upset because it would be a contradiction to their doctrine.

Also, governments fear young people will feel allegiance to the world, not their own countries. Big powers would be afraid of loss of power.

UFOs are coming to Earth using energy the world doesn’t know about now, he said. Big oil companies might feel threatened if this technology were shared with mankind.

The more education a person has, the more likely they are to believe the Earth is being visited by UFOs, Friedman said.

Friedman first became interested in UFOs after reading a book in 1958. He worked for 14 years on the development of classified, advanced nuclear and space systems for GE, General Motors, Westinghouse, McDonnell Douglas and Aerojet General Nucleonics.

He gave his first lecture in 1967 and in the mid-1970s began the civilian investigation of the recovery of crashed flying saucers near Roswell, N.M.

Friedman spoke to Jesse Marcell Sr., who was the intelligence officer at a nearby air base. Marcell went to the crash site with a rancher and viewed the debris field. Jesse Marcell Jr. later wrote “Roswell Legacy” about his father’s experiences and his recollection of his father bringing home part of the debris.

Friedman interviewed Barney and Betty Hill, who claimed they were abducted Sept. 19, 1961 while driving in New Hampshire. They went under hypnosis separately and told about their experiences.

He has published more than 90 UFO articles, co-authored “Crash at Corona: The Definitive Study of the Roswell Incident” and the new 2008 “Flying Saucers and Science.”

During the lecture, Friedman showed members a power point presentation about the Roswell investigation in 1947.

The meeting was broadcast worldwide on short wave.

Max Mitchell of Kingsport, the state chief MUFON investigator, said there have been 96 reports in 2009 of UFOs investigated by MUFON as of November in Tennessee.

Participant Don Odom of Lewisburg, a retired Tennessee Wildlife Resources Officer, said his most memorable sighting while driving. He stopped his truck and a 150-foot long object floated by. It was 300 to 500 feet away and had 22 porthole lights and strobe lights on the top and bottom. It was red, white and blue.

He is now a MUFON field investigator.

Alyson Burgess, director of public relations for Tennessee MUFON headquartered in Memphis, said the mission statement of MUFON emphasizes the scientific study of UFOs for the benefit of humanity.

“We here at Tennessee MUFON take the mission statement to heart by galvanizing our current membership and helping it to grow,” Burgess said. “We may be part of a scientific finding that may benefit mankind.”

NSA UFO Documents Index

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UFO Documents Index

Sunday, December 6, 2009

This July 4, 1984 document made available by the British National Archives shows a letter from the Wigan Ariel Phenomena Investigation Team to the British Ministry of Defense. Britain's military has closed a hotline that took reports of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, after determining that the money is better spent in Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defense says that the phone service and an associated e-mail address were taken offline earlier this week, and said Friday, Dec. 4, 2009 that 50 years of UFO sightings had not revealed any evidence of alien life or threats to the U.K. (AP Photo/British National Archives)

This May 25, 1992 document made available by the British National Archives shows a UFO sighting report. Britain's military has closed a hotline that took reports of unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, after determining that the money is better spent in Afghanistan. The Ministry of Defense says that the phone service and an associated e-mail address were taken offline earlier this week, and said Friday, Dec. 4, 2009 that 50 years of UFO sightings had not revealed any evidence of alien life or threats to the U.K. (AP Photo/British National Archives)
Hidden Territory On Mercury Revealed

December 05, 2009

The MESSENGER spacecraft's third flyby of the planet Mercury has given scientists, for the first time, an almost complete view of the planet's surface and revealed some dramatic changes in Mercury's comet-like tail.

"The new images remind us that Mercury continues to hold surprises," says Sean Solomon, principal investigator for the mission and director of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

The probe flew by Mercury on Sept. 29th, executing a critical gravity assist maneuver designed to help MESSENGER enter Mercury-orbit in 2011. Despite shutting down temporarily because of a power system switchover during a solar eclipse, the spacecraft's cameras and instruments revealed 6 percent of the planet's surface never before seen at close range, including this picturesque region pocked by impact craters and molded by volcanic activity:

Monster Tsunamis On The Sun Are Real

December 05, 2009

Sometimes you really can believe your eyes. That's what NASA's STEREO (Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory) spacecraft are telling researchers about a controversial phenomenon on the sun known as the "solar tsunami."

Years ago, when solar physicists first witnessed a towering wave of hot plasma racing along the sun's surface, they doubted their senses. The scale of the thing was staggering. It rose up higher than Earth itself and rippled out from a central point in a circular pattern millions of kilometers in circumference. Skeptical observers suggested it might be a shadow of some kind—a trick of the eye—but surely not a real wave.

"Now we know," says Joe Gurman of the Solar Physics Lab at the Goddard Space Flight Center. "Solar tsunamis are real."

The twin STEREO spacecraft confirmed their reality in February 2009 when sunspot 11012 unexpectedly erupted. The blast hurled a billion-ton cloud of gas (a "CME") into space and sent a tsunami racing along the sun's surface. STEREO recorded the wave from two positions separated by 90o, giving researchers an unprecedented view of the event:

UFO Sighting By America West Airlines Flight 564

America West Airlines Flight 564 UFO sighting
At approximately 10:30 p.m. on May 25, 1995, Capt. Gene Tollefson and First Officer John J. Waller, piloting America West Airlines Flight 564 from Tampa, Florida, to Las Vegas, Nevada saw a huge dark wingless object with a row of bright white lights near
America West Airlines Flight 564 UFO Sighting

Tucumcari, New Mexico. The silhouette of this object was only visible when lit by nearby flashes of a thunderstorm. The pilots immediately contacted the Albuquerque FAA Air Route Traffic Control Center in an attempt to identify the object. The pilots describe the object to the control center as being over 400 ft long. The entire incident was recorded by the FAA.

Is this a massive Black triangle UFO or possibly one of the huge Black Stealth Blimps the USA government uses? In Area 51 there is a new gigantic hanger newly built. Some speculate that this type of craft is being hid there. Could this craft have uses for a false flag event? Something out of The V? A huge craft that would be used to darken a city sky to look like an extraterrestrial craft?

British Defense Ministry Closes UFO Department after More Than 50 Years

Rendlesham Forest Incident, 1980


Sunday, December 06, 2009

After more than 50 years of investigations and finding no potential threats, the British government has decided to quietly shut down its UFO office. Officials with the Ministry of Defense, which housed the special investigative unit, felt there was no point in continuing to spend £50,000 (about $70,000) a year to delve into reports of UFOs appearing over the United Kingdom.

Since 1950 when the office was opened, British investigators looked into more than 12,000 reports, including 135 in 2008. Most sightings were explained as either natural or man-made phenomena, although approximately 600 over the years remained unexplained. Citizens will no longer be able to file accounts of new sightings now that the government hotline has been discontinued.
-Noel Brinkerhoff

MoD Department that Investigated UFO Sightings ‘Closed’ (by Andrew Hough, Telegraph)

Highlights Guide (National Archives UK) (pdf)

Newly Released UFO Files from the UK Government (National Archives UK)

Previously Released UFO Files (National Archives UK)

Friday, December 4, 2009

Sandtrapped Rover Makes a Big Discovery 12.02.2009


Sandtrapped Rover Makes a Big Discovery

December 2, 2009: Homer's Iliad tells the story of Troy, a city besieged by the Greeks in the Trojan War. Today, a lone robot sits besieged in the sands of Troy while engineers and scientists plot its escape.

Welcome to "Troy" – Mars style. NASA's robotic rover Spirit is bogged down on the Red Planet in a place the rover team named after the ancient city.

So why aren't scientists lamenting?

"The rover's spinning wheels have broken through a crust, and we've found something supremely interesting in the disturbed soil," says Ray Arvidson of the Washington University in St. Louis.

Spirit, like its twin rover Opportunity, has roamed the Red Planet for nearly 6 years. During that time, the rover has had some close calls and come out fighting from each. In fact, it's been driving backwards since one of its wheels jammed in 2006.


Spirit surveys its own predicament. The bright soil pictured left is loose, fluffy material churned by the rover's left-front wheel as Spirit, driving backwards, broke through a darker, crusty surface. At right is the least-embedded of the rover's six wheels.
From the beginning, the rovers' motto has been "follow the water." Both rovers have been searching Mars for minerals formed in the presence of H2O. Mars appears dry today, but minerals can provide clues that water was once there.

"It's been easy for Opportunity to find such minerals," explains Arvidson. "Opportunity landed in an ancient lake bed. Spirit has had to work much harder. Spirit landed in basaltic plains formed by lava flows chewed up by repeated meteoroid impacts. There's been little evidence of anything that was ever very wet."
But when Spirit reached an area of Mars called the "Columbia Hills," the whole complexion of the mission changed. "Spirit came across iron hydroxide, a mineral that forms in the presence of water. That alerted us to the change. We started coming across more and more rocks formed in the presence of water."

Then Spirit got stuck in a patch of loose soil on the edge of a small crater. Heavy sigh. Stuck again.

But wait!

"Spirit had to get stuck to make its next discovery," says Arvidson.

As the rover tried to break free, its wheels began to churn up the soil, uncovering sulfates underneath.

"Sulfates are minerals just beneath the surface that shout to us that they were formed in steam vents, since steam has sulfur in it. Steam is associated with hydrothermal activity – evidence of water-charged explosive volcanism. Such areas could have once supported life."

"And most amazingly, the boundary between the sulfate-rich soil and the soil with just the generic concentration of sulfates runs right down the middle of the stranded rover. Spirit is lodged on the edge of a crater -- sitting astride the boundary!"

Above: A topographic map of Spirit's surroundings at Troy. Spirit is straddling the edge of a small crater. Sulfate materials are located in the crater (from the middle of the rover and extending to the left). The topo map was generated from stereo images taken by Spirit's navigation camera when it was approaching the area in April 7, 2009.

"Also, the robot found that the top of the sulfate material is crusty. Ancient sulfates probably formed this crust as they were processed by variations in climate associated with changes in Mars' orbit over millions of years."

Here's what the scientists think: When a Martian pole faces the sun in Martian summer, it gets warmer at that pole and the water ice shifts to the equator. It even snows there! Warm dark soil under the snow causes the bottom layer of snow to melt. The water trickles into the sulfates, dissolving the water-soluble iron sulfates and forming a crust with the calcium sulfates remaining.

"By being stuck at Troy, Spirit has been able to teach us about the modern water cycle on Mars." Indeed, Spirit's saga at Troy has given scientists material evidence of past water on Mars on two time scales: ancient volcanic times, and cycles ongoing to the present day.

"We've sat here for more than 6 months. That's a long time to take measurements. We've learned a lot. Troy is a good place to be under siege, but we’re ready to leave."

Will Spirit break free to continue its incredible journey? Tune in to Science@NASA to find out if the escape plan works.

How not to report a UFO

* Nick Pope
* guardian.co.uk, Friday 4 December 2009 19.00 GMT
* Article history

British UFO sightings in the early 1990s. Photograph: guardian.co.uk

How not to report a UFO

With UFO sightings at record levels, the Ministry of Defence should not have closed its hotline. This is a sad day for science

On December 1 the Ministry of Defence terminated its UFO project. After over 50 years of investigating the phenomenon, the plug was pulled in a most unceremonious way.

The news was slipped out so as not to attract attention. An amendment was made to an existing document in the freedom of information section of the MoD website, entitled "How to report a UFO sighting". The announcement states: "In over fifty years, no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom." It goes on to say that the "MOD will no longer respond to reported UFO sightings or investigate them". When rumbled, the MoD press office implyied that the money saved (about £50,000 a year) would be spent on body armour in Afghanistan. I doubt it will be. As someone whose 21-year MoD career included a posting in a financial policy division, I suspect that's not how it works. Finance has played a part in this, I am sure. The defence budget is under huge pressure and the UFO project was doubtless an easy target for the Treasury and MoD financiers.

Between the 1950s and the present day, the MoD received around 12,000 UFO reports. While most were misidentifications of ordinary objects and phenomena, about 5% remained unexplained. These included instances where UFOs were seen by police officers and pilots, or tracked on radar.

Having worked on the UFO project from 1991 to 1994, I am very sorry to see the MoD disengage in this way. I believe that where evidence suggests that UK airspace has been penetrated by an unidentified object, this must automatically be of defence interest and should be investigated properly. Not because I believe Britain is vulnerable to an alien attack, but because "if it doesn't behave like a conventional aircraft, we're not interested" is a very dangerous mindset. Britain remains vulnerable to espionage and terrorist attack. What if the "UFO" turns out to be a prototype spyplane or drone? What if it's a hijacked aircraft with its transponder turned off? This is not the time to take our eye off the ball but this is precisely what has happened. Because of the baggage that the term "UFO" carries, the baby has been thrown out with the bathwater.

My only hope is that – away from the public gaze – sightings from pilots and uncorrelated targets tracked on radar will continue to be looked at, albeit outside of a formally constituted UFO project. But by cutting out the public, the MoD will only fuel conspiracy theories. UFO sightings are at record levels and public interest is at an all-time high. Whatever one's views about them, this is a sad day for science. One of the greatest mysteries of the modern era is now much less likely to be resolved.


Interesting development. I read this early this morning. I think the rational of the British Military/Government is correct in its conclusion that nothing has proven to be a direct threat to the Uk and its air space.. National security is the bottom line and there has been no direct threat ever recorded that is publicly known thus far. Here in ... See MoreCanada we are in the same boat as well. Our documents that were released show no threat as well. Early days there was a concern voiced about airspace and national security and was studied. Conclusions were the same as the UK. Another couple of issues are the obvious, money and the giggle factor. This also hopefully signifies a more over possibility for a complete shift and move for global disclosure, thus not needing departments to investigate and waste money on an issue that the answer is already known.There has been a wide sweeping change in direction from the more professional communities of religion and sciences towards the idea of extraterrestrial life. EG: the Vatican, Moon water, Mars water, Mars Methane, Mars Meteorite with fossilized microbes, images of other exoplanets like ours. The list continues and now several military and governments around the world coughing up their X files so to speak and now this. All individually seems like not much, but combined in a bigger picture points to something that may be profound. All we need now is SETI to come forward and spill some news of a confirmed signal.
Sorry for the long winded dribble, but I think it is a big decision and development in the world of Ufology .
Thanks Slushpup

Seen a UFO? Don't call the MoD


Hotline for UFO sightings becomes latest victim of economic downturn

The hotline for fantasists and UFO believers alike has closed. Photograph: Digital Art/ Digital Art/CORBIS

For more half a century paranoid fantasies about flying saucers, little green men and alien invasions were officially indulged by the existence of a department within the Ministry of Defence that investigated UFO sightings.

But after more than 11,000 sightings spawning countless conspiracy theories, the department has been scrapped. The UFO hotline is no more.

In these tough economic times the MoD concluded that investigating UFO sightings can no longer be justified. It was diverting resources an MoD statement said.

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The hotline for fantasists and UFO believers alike has closed. Photograph: Digital Art/ Digital Art/CORBIS

For more half a century paranoid fantasies about flying saucers, little green men and alien invasions were officially indulged by the existence of a department within the Ministry of Defence that investigated UFO sightings.

But after more than 11,000 sightings spawning countless conspiracy theories, the department has been scrapped. The UFO hotline is no more.

In these tough economic times the MoD concluded that investigating UFO sightings can no longer be justified. It was diverting resources an MoD statement said.

Are we alone in the universe? The MoD doesn't care any more. When you ring the old hotline number, you get a terse recorded message, which you can listen to here:

"Please note it is no longer MoD policy to record, respond to, or investigate UFO sightings," it says.

An MoD statement on the matter is a little more expansive. It says: "The MoD has no opinion on the existence or otherwise of extra-terrestrial life. However, in over 50 years, no UFO report has revealed any evidence of a potential threat to the United Kingdom."

Nick Pope who ran the UFO project in early 1990s said the decision to scrap it was "outrageous". Speaking to the Sun, which broke the story, he said: "We're leaving ourselves wide open to terrorist attack."

The last major UFO scare in Britain earlier this year involved claims that aliens had destroyed windturbines in Lincolnshire, after sightings of "massive balls of light". But then a "local blogger for a small newspaper group" revealed that her family had hosted a fireworks party in the area.

At the time Pope said: "Even if there is a terrestrial explanation in this case, that won't be the end of our fascination with UFOs."

The same could be said for the scrapping of the UFO project. Just don't call the MoD.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Mars Rocks Show Microbial Life.


Martians in Britain

Posted: 12:33 December 2, 2009

Close-up encounter ... pictures said to show fossilised microbacteria Slideshows 'Life' from Mars ... detailed meteorite surface

NASA scientists believe these are the first pictures of a colony of Martians - in the UK.

The microscopic aliens are on a slice of a meteorite in London's Natural History Museum.

The scientists, who used a scanning electron microscope to take snaps, say the bumpy surface resembles a fossilized colony of micro bacteria - a simple form of life.

The meteorite from Mars fell on Egypt in 1911.

This for me is now evidence that life exists beyond our own globe.. This is confirmation of something I have known all along. It is a milestone for mankind to see this, yet the mainstream media is barely covering it???? Crazy something like this says life no matter in what shape or form does exist on one of our closest neighbors.. So that says also that the possibilities are astronomical and far beyond the known and accepted drake equation. the numbers would exceed our comprehension. Microbial bacteria from Mars.. Okay it isn't an ET saying hello but it is a start. For me I can say now 100% without hesitation. We are not alone.

Vatican prepares for extraterrestrial disclosure

The Vatican has just completed a five day conference on astrobiology where scientists convened to discuss the detection and implications of extraterrestrial life. A major driving force behind the conference was the Director of the Vatican Observatory, the Jesuit priest Father Jose Gabriel Funes. In May 2008, Funes gave an interview to the Vatican’s L’Osservatore Romano newspaper saying that the existence of intelligent extraterrestrials posed no problems to Catholic theology. The conference itself was officially convened by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences, chaired by its religious leader Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, and was held on private Vatican grounds from November 6-10. Together with Funes’ 2008 interview and subsequent public comments by him, the conference demonstrates a welcome openness by the Vatican on the possibility and implications of extraterrestrial life. The Vatican’s openness to discussion of extraterrestrial life is no accident. It is part of an openness policy secretly adopted by the United Nations in February 2008. In fact, the Vatican is playing a leading role in preparing the world for extraterrestrial disclosure.

For most observers, the conference was an innovative scientific gathering sanctioned by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences to show the Holy See’s support for modern science in the detection of extraterrestrial life. The conference primarily focused on the detection of primitive extraterrestrial life forms, and featured presentations from nearly 30 international experts in astronomy, physics and biology. Marc Kaufman from the Washington Post reports:

Scientists (many of them nonbelievers) are offering presentations on subjects as varied as how life might have begun on Earth; what newly found “extremophile” microbes living in harsh places on our planet might tell us about possible life on others; and how life forms might be detected in our solar system, or how their bio-signatures might be found on and around the many distant exoplanets.

Discussion of the implications of intelligent extraterrestrial life, both scientific and theological, did not appear prominently in the conference agenda. One of the presenters, however, Prof Paul Davies commented on the religious implications of discovering intelligent extraterrestrial life: “If you look back at the history of Christian debate on this, it divides into two camps. There are those that believe that it is human destiny to bring salvation to the aliens, and those who believe in multiple incarnations,” Davies pointed out that the multiple incarnations theory, the idea that multiple examples of Jesus Christ would be found in the universe “is a heresy in Catholicism.”

The Vatican, through Funes, is supporting the idea that the incarnation of Christ is a unique event in Earth’s history tied in to humanity’s ‘fall’ and ‘original sin’. This idea was a major focus in Father Funes’ May 2008 interview which was titled “The extraterrestrial is my brother.” Funes said that intelligent extraterrestrial life may not have experienced a ‘fall’, and may be “free from Original Sin … [remaining] in full friendship with their creator.” This makes it possible to regard them as ‘our brothers’ as Funes explained:

Just as there is a multiplicity of creatures on earth, there can be other beings, even intelligent, created by God. This is not in contrast with our faith because we can’t put limits on God’s creative freedom… “Why can’t we speak of a ‘brother extraterrestrial’? It would still be part of creation…

Most importantly, Funes’ statement makes possible the idea that Christianity can be exported to extraterrestrial worlds that have not experienced a ‘fall’ and are free from original sin.

The Vatican’s new openness on extraterrestrial life is consistent with reports of secret discussions held at the United Nations that began in February 2008. The Vatican’s permanent representative to the UN, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, was reported to have attended along with a number of other prominent government officials to discuss increased UFO sightings and the implications of extraterrestrial visitation. Significantly, Migliore’s position requires that he maintains close relations with the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences. At the time of the secret UN discussions, Migliore made a presentation on moral issues associated with scientific problems such as climate change. Most importantly, the UN discussions reportedly led to a new policy of openness being adopted by approximately 30 nations that would begin in 2009.

Another noteworthy participant reported to have attended the 2008 UN discussions was Britain’s Permanent representative at the time, Sir John Sawers. Sawers was later appointed to head Britain’s prestigious foreign intelligence service MI6. The appointment of a diplomat to head an intelligence service was highly unusual. According to a BBC report: “giving the job to someone more recently associated with diplomatic service was regarded as a break from the tradition.” Seen in the context of the February UN meetings, perhaps MI6 was acknowledging the need for greater diplomacy in dealing with problems posed by a new openness policy on UFOs, and eventual disclosure of extraterrestrial life.

The Vatican sponsored astrobiology conference was a landmark event. It showed that the Vatican was willing to officially sanction public discussions on the existence of extraterrestrial life. More significantly, it showed that the Vatican was willing to initiate a comprehensive dialogue on the theological implications of the discovery of intelligent extraterrestrial life. The Vatican’s astrobiology conference is yet one more sign that major global institutions are preparing for some kind of formal disclosure concerning UFOs and/or extraterrestrial life. This is a direct outcome of a series of landmark meetings at the UN beginning in February 2008 that led to the adoption of a new openness policy.

After more than a year of openness, the Vatican is taking the openness policy to a new level, and preparing the public for some kind of formal extraterrestrial disclosure announcement. Numerous independent sources have predicted such disclosure is imminent, and that the Obama administration is expected to play a prominent role. The Vatican is also positioning itself to play a major role in such an announcement and in a post-disclosure world. Its emerging theological position that extraterrestrials “are our brothers” is a welcome departure from more hostile depictions of extraterrestrial life found in some religious denominations and in Hollywood movies. On the other hand, the idea that the Vatican could justify sending missionaries to convert extraterrestrials born without original sin, does raise major concerns. The Vatican, nevertheless, is currently playing a constructive role in preparing the public for the imminent disclosure of extraterrestrial life.

By Dr Michael Salla.