July 23rd, 2014
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INDIA’S MARS PROBE APPROXIMATELY 100 MILLION KILOMETERS FROM ORBITAL INSERTION

Mr. S.D. shared this one, and in the light of our concentration on space news on this site lately, it’s an important article to ponder:

India’s 1st Mars Mission Celebrates 100 Days and 100 Million Kilometers from Mars Orbit Insertion Firing – Cruising Right behind NASA’s MAVEN

As I’ve suggested elsewhere, the European Space Agency’s G. Neukum has been releasing photographs of what its probes to Mars have pictured, oftentimes of a provocative nature, and in some cases without much commentary. In this context, the article notes that if India’s probe is successful, India will be the fourth major space power, after the USA, USSR/Russia, and the European Space Agency, to have a successful Mars probe mission.

But there is a curious statement in this article, and it occurs in an even more curious context:

“Both MAVEN and MOM’s goal is to study the Martian atmosphere, unlock the mysteries of its current atmosphere and determine how, why and when the atmosphere and liquid water was lost – and how this transformed Mars climate into its cold, desiccated state of today.

“Together, MOM and MAVEN will fortify Earth’s invasion fleet at Mars. They join 3 current orbiters from NASA and ESA as well as NASA’s pair of sister surface rovers Curiosity and Opportunity.

“Although they were developed independently and have different suites of scientific instruments, the MAVEN and MOM science teams will “work together” to unlock the secrets of Mars atmosphere and climate history, MAVEN’s top scientist told Universe Today.”

At first glance, the two probes in question, NASA’s MAVEN and India’s MOM are designed to do atmospheric testing to demonstrate the history of Mars’ past. In and of itself this will be a significant study which could shed light on various catastrophist models of the Martian past, or call those models into question.

But as readers here know, I deal often in texts, and in dealing with texts, one notices the occurrence of unusual language and diction. And here, the article does not disappoint, for the article notes that “MOM and MAVEN will fortify the Earth’s invasion fleet at Mars.” Of course, such a statement could simply be ascribed to the use of metaphor and hyperbole. But of course by the same token it might not. Invasion fleets imply the normal round of military operations: reconnaissance, mapping terrain, and both invaders and those places and/or people to be invaded. In the context of remarks about Mars probes designed to do atmospheric and other studies, it seems to this author at least a rather oddly out of place remark.

Given our speculations earlier on this website concerning the testing of NASA’s Orion capsule and its implied use in manned missions to Mars or, even more astonishingly, to asteroids, thus use of such language is not only suggestive, but ultimately, disturbing.

See you on the flip side…

MARS, NASA’S ORION, AND A PROBLEM…

This little article from CNN was shared with us by Mr. P.T., a regular reader here, and in his email, he asked a significant question, one that I’m going to pass along to you, along with my usual red-faced flush of high octane speculation. But first, the article: NASA’s deep-space craft readying for launch As[More...]

NASA AND FRANCE SIGN MARS SPACE MISSION AGREEMENT

This story was shared by Mr. S.D., and given its intrinsic interest in the aftermath of the Secret Space Program conference, not to mention its implications in the current geopolitical atmosphere, it’s worth drawing attention to this one: NASA and French Space Agency Sign Agreement for Mars Mission Now, before we turn to a consideration[More...]

JAPAN WANTS INTERNATIONAL MISSION TO MARS

Prior to the Secret Space Program conference, Mr. Henrik Palmgren of Red Ice Creations radio interviewed me about the conference and other space matters, and one of the things we both talked about during that interview, was the prediction of an increase in indicators of international efforts in space. No sooner said than done, as[More...]

ASTROPHYSICIST: WE MUST COLONIZE OTHER PLANETS OR FACE EXTINCTION

Here’s a rather thought-provoking article that appeared on the Huffington Post. It seems the call to colonize other planets “or face extinction” may be the newest meme being promoted. But there’s a twist, as one will discover when one reads the article: We Must Colonize Other Planets Before We Go Extinct, Says Astrophysicist The article, which[More...]

NEW NASA REPORT RECOMMENDS FOCUSING ON MANNED MARS MISSION

Mr. S.D., a regular reader here, shared this article from the UK’s Guardian, concerning a recent NASA report with its recommendations, and with the secret space program conference looming, it’s worth our attention: Nasa should ditch ‘flexible approach’ and focus on manned mission to Mars Notably the report was composed by a committee co-chaired by former[More...]

3D PRINTING AND SPACE EXPLORATION

Already we’ve seen the application of 3-D printing to space exploration, when recently NASA allegedly scanned a Martian rock and printed it back on Earth to have a closer look. Now, if you’re like me, you probably don’t for a minute believe NASA went to all that trouble over a mere rock, but probably wanted[More...]

THE MOON, MARS, NASA, AND THE INTERNET

Now, while we’re on the subject of “strange space news,” many of you sent me these articles, and I freely confess that I had to think about them for a long time before blogging about their contents. I do so today, not because my thoughts have achieved any state of consistency or organization, but because[More...]

TORAH MEETS SELENE: THE MOON AS ARCHIVE

While we’re on the subject of space news, there is once again more high strangeness coming out about the subject, in addition to the high strangeness of building bigger rockets. As we noted in the past three days’ blogs, the Orion project appears slated to continue, for the foreseeable and near future, the theater of[More...]

NO SOONER SAID THAN DONE: PART THREE: LAVIOLETTE’S BLACK HOLE AT NASA

Dr. Paul A. LaViolette, as we have discovered in our blogs of the past two days, made submissions to NASA when it sent out requests for “the best and most innovative” ideas in the country to make possible the space vision outlined by then President G.H.W. Bush, who wanted to be on Mars(this year, incidentally)[More...]