Montana has a long and involved history of reported UFO sightings, unexplained crop circles and suspicious cattle mutilations. So, is the truth really out there?
“It was frustrating,” Howard says, “because we thought, ‘Boy, we’re onto something big here. We’re going to get this figured out right away.’ It went on for a year and a half or more, and to this day I don’t have a clue.”
His confusion and frustration derive from a confounding paradox: The most likely explanation he can come up with for what happened is also the most difficult explanation to prove. As far as Howard can tell, though he can’t say for certain, extraterrestrials came to Teton County in spaceships, slaughtered cattle with surgical precision, took parts of the animals’ anatomy and then vanished almost without a trace.
Montana has long been a hotbed of UFO sightings and purported extraterrestrial encounters.… Read the full article ···»
NASA Aquanauts get a view of their underwater home, 62 feet down off the Florida Keys.
NASA has thrown together four astronauts into an underwater tin can — well, OK, a habitation module — sitting on the seafloor a few miles off the Florida Keys for a nine-day stretch beginning this week.
The goal is to test some new equipment and procedures, but experts say the real payoff may be in figuring how people get along under pressure, just like a long-duration flight to Mars or beyond.
The NEEMO project (NASA Extreme Environment Missions Operation) is one of several “space analogs” or trial runs for space here on Earth. Others include installations are in Antarctica, the Arizona desert, Devon Island, Canada; and Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
“For any kind of exploration they are essential,” said John Rummel, biology professor at East Carolina University and former NASA senior astrobiologist. “You don’t want that someone going into a difficult situation without the ability of the control center to fix anything to happen for the first time on surface of the moon or Mars.”
Still, going 69 feet underwater is not like going into space. The buoyancy is different, the water provides resistance, divers are on hand to help the “aquanauts” suit up and accomplish certain tasks when they leave the module.… Read the full article ···»
News of the errant rock was announced by NASA Mars Exploration Rover lead scientist Steve Squyres of Cornell University at a special NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory “10 years of roving Mars” event at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, Calif., on Thursday night. The science star-studded public event was held in celebration of the decade since twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity landed on the Red Planet in January 2004.
While chronicling the scientific discoveries made by both rovers over the years, Squyres discussed the recent finding of suspected gypsum near the rim of Endeavour Crater — a region of Meridiani Planum that Opportunity has been studying since 2011 — and the discovery of clays that likely formed in a pH-neutral wet environment in Mars past. While these discoveries have been nothing short of groundbreaking, Squyres shared the Mars rover’s team’s excitement for that one strange rock, exclaiming: “Mars keeps throwing new stuff at us!”
In a comparison of recent photographs captured by the rover’s panoramic camera, or Pancam, on sol 3528 of the mission, only bare bedrock can be seen.… Read the full article ···»
|The Martian surface is peppered with impact craters of all shapes, sizes and ages. However, many of the craters are just plain weird.|
But just how ‘weird’ is weird?
Curious, Discovery News asked the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team which craters they considered to be the strangest. HiRISE is the most advanced camera to be put into Mars orbit. It is attached to NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and currently snapping features on the Red Planet’s surface — it has seen a ton of strange objects (sadly, it hasn’t found a top secret military base yet, despite what you may have heard to the contrary). So, let’s take a tour of some of the weirdest craters Mars has on offer…
|Crater, Horst and Graben: Is that a piece of modern art? Actually, it’s an impact crater that has been bent and twisted by tectonic processes. Along the fault line that crosses this crater, blocks of rock are forced upward (called “horst”) and downward (called “graben”). This is interesting to planetary scientists as it shows that tectonic activity was occurring after the crater was formed.|
|Rolling Stones Logo? If you squint and use a little imagination, you may see the Rolling Stones’ logo. Well, that’s what the HiRISE team told us anyway. (I’m still squinting…) In reality, it’s an impact crater on a sloping surface.|
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