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:
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.
"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...