THE SPACE SCRAPBOOK: RUSSIAN SPACE BUDGET TO INCLUDE FUNDING FOR ...
In case you haven't noticed lately, the news about space has been... well, strange, and there has been also an unusual pattern to it (well, at least in my opinion). There have been the usual articles about budget matters, goals, mission protocols, new technologies... all the usual and bland stuff. Yet, there have been articles that, notwithstanding the attempt to dress them up in the clothes of ordinary "calm discourse," seem rather odd, and which cast an odd shadow or strange presence in the whole proceeding. It's like finding one of Wagner's Valkyrie in full costume in the middle of a Mozart opera. And so, this article, submitted by Ms. P.H. - who also noticed the incongruity posed by the context - raises certain questions within the context of our previous week's blogs about that strange article from Russia Today (RT), and its very strange phrasing about finding spy satellites disguised as space junk that were "state affiliated."
It was a curious turn of phrase, in my opinion, and though some people who read that blog thought that I was parsing things too closley and reading too much into it, I still maintain my position. The Russians could have said that the satellites-cum-space-junk "belonged to an unnamed nation" or "a nation we choose not to disclose at present." Instead, they used a highly suggestive turn of phrase: the satellites-cum-space-junk were only "state affiliated," leaving one to guess "what state" and "what's the nature of the affiliation: corporate? religious? or even, perhaps, 'allied with'?"
Now Ms. P.H. has shared this article with us, again, from the English language journal Sputnik:
On its face, there's absolutely nothing unusual about the Russians (or anyone else with a space program) budgeting money to search for extra-terrestrial life. But in the context of "state affiliated" spy satellites-cum-space junk, the article raises certain questions. As Ms. P.H. put it in her email to me, "is ET code for state affiliation?" In other words, might the Russians be looking, not for ET, but for whoever they suspect is behind the "space junk spy satellites"? Or, (logically just a plausible), could "state affiliation" be code for "ET", perhaps "affiliated" with or "allied with" a particular terrestrial nation? Either way one reads it, we now have to address a peculiarity in the Sputnik article itself. It begins by establishing the context: a search for extraterrestrial life:
"MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Projects for searching for extraterrestial life forms, studying climate changes on Earth, and defining the level of threat from dangerous comets and asteroids have been included in Russia’s space program for 2016-2025, according to a copy of the Federal Space Program’s document."
Projects will include sending satellites and interplanetary laboratories into orbit around Mars and Earth’s moon.
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