NASA’S PROJECT ARTEMISApril 22, 2020
While the world is on "lockdown" because of the Fauci (rhymes with grouchy) virus, and is wondering how he knew about a plandemic in 2017, or why he decided to "outsource" corona virus research to China after the Obama Administration shut down funding for it, or exactly what his relationship with Bill Hates (rhymes with Gates) is, or why he's not facing any tough questions from the propatainment media, other things, believe it or not, have been going on.
And this story, spotted and shared by L.B., is one of them:
The article outline's NASA's three stage plan, Project Artemis, for creating an orbital station around the Moon, and a robot-based exploration of the surface of the Moon involving very small robots, supposedly designed to look for water at - here it comes - the south lunar pole:
That’s just one reason NASA is planning to build a new lunar base camp. In a report released last week, the agency laid out its multi-phase plan for what it’s calling the Artemis program, which will be the core of its spaceflight and exploration endeavors for the next decade. Artemis’s goals cover three domains: low-Earth orbit, the moon, and Mars.
It all starts with robots. In 2021, two robotic missions will deliver scientific and commercial payloads to the moon. In one of the project’s more meta aspects, a robotic mission will also deliver a new robotic lunar rover. It’s called the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER, thank goodness for acronyms), and it has the word “polar” in it because this is all going to be based at the moon’s south pole, somewhere near the 12-mile-wide by 2-mile-deep Shackleton Crater. VIPER and other lunar rovers will wander around the moon’s surface looking for resources humans will need in order to spend any significant amount of time there, like oxygen and water.
Speaking of putting humans on the moon—which is slated to happen in 2024—here’s how it would work. Four astronauts at a time would fly in an Orion spacecraft to the planned Gateway space station (sort of like the moon’s version of the International Space Station, and SpaceX will be one of various contractors bringing cargo to it). After uncrewed and crewed flight tests—Artemis I and II, respectively, whose flight distances will together total almost a million miles—Artemis III will be the mission that finally lands people on the moon.
Once they’re there, NASA envisions astronauts staying on the moon for up to a week at a time to start. The south pole base camp they’ll dock at will include a lunar terrain vehicle (if you’re picturing a moon version of an ATV, you’re probably not too far off) for them to move around in, and a “habitable mobility platform,” essentially a much larger pressurized vehicle on which astronauts could stay for 45 days at a time.
As one might imagine, I have all sorts of high octane speculations about all of this, but let's begin with the southern lunar pole, about which there appears to be a great deal of interest on the part of the space powers. India, you'll recall, recently sent a probe there which, supposedly, malfunctioned. I have suspicions about that too, but for the moment, we'll pass over them. My main focus is to recall NASA's "L-CROSS" mission of 2009. L-CROSS stood for Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite. There was a great deal of hype at the time from NASA, which promised big fireworks, because they planned to crash a component of the mission on the lunar surface near the south pole, while the orbiter did spectrographic analysis of the debris and dust kicked up by the impact. We were told that it might all be visible from the Earth and to get our popcorn and watch the show. The "event", when it occurred, was not much of a show, sort of like the firework display that didn't happen, which let everyone scratching their heads, except for Mr. Richard C. Hoagland, who offered a very plausible analysis that the impacter had in fact impacted on, and burst through into a hollow area. One other odd thing he noted was that if one crosses four L's - as in "L-CROSS", one gets a swastika. That sparked all sorts of speculations on the internet at the time, and we needn't rehearse them here. The point is that from Mr. Hoagland's point of view, it was yet another "strange message" from NASA, an agency that pretty much everyone knows was awash with Nazi scientists even before the agency was created.
It's that idea of "strange messages" that has my high octane speculation motor running in overdrive: Why Project Artemis? NASA seems oddly enamored of all sorts of mythology: Project Mercury, Project Gemini, Project Apollo and now Project Artemis . Artemis in Greek mythology is the goddess daughter of Zeus, who in turn was the chief god of the Olympian panthenon who took over from the previous chief god, Chronos/Saturn after the gigantomachy. The symbolism of Artemis for the project is therefore intriguing, for in addition to being the goddess patron of animals and virginity, she is also the goddess patron of hunting, and hence portrayed often with a bow and arrow. Presumably she was chosen as the patron of the project because NASA's robots are presumably hunting for water and oxygen, as the article states, and here again, the southern lunar pole, by most experts' reckoning, is the most likely place to find the former (in the form of ice), and if one finds the former one has, of course, found the latter.
But given all the other lunar weirdness over the past decades, including a very recent video of what appears to be UFOs or objects of some sort darting around the lunar surface and making the rounds on the internet, I cannot help but wonder if Artemis is less about hunting in the metaphorical sense of exploration, and more about hunting in an actual sense. If so, then building a manned lunar orbiter as a base camp makes an altogether different kind of sense. In short, I'm wondering if Project Artemis and all its symbolic associations to "hunting" is about more than just hunting water and oxygen, but other things - mineral deposits, "other miners" - and so on, and if in fact it's perhaps the first manifestation of Trump's newly established space force and its command structure.
See you on the flip side...