In Search Of Our Cosmic Origins

The movie ALMA — In Search of our Cosmic Origins

I have posted about this very large telescope before, but it is now the culmination of decades of work and the site has officially been inaugurated by the president of Chile. I for one will be looking forward to the new data coming our way from this very large telescope ALMA.

This 16-minute video presents the history of ALMA from the origins of the project several decades ago to the recent first science results. Illustrated by dramatic helicopter footage, the movie takes you on a journey to the 5000-metre-high Chajnantor Plateau, where ALMA stands, in the unique environment of the Atacama Desert of Chile.

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The ALMA Inauguration

This is an incredible site.This inauguration ceremony is a milestone for ESO.
These 66 antennae working as one will give us the most accurate data to date. Share the excitement of the inauguration ceremony and contemplate the breathtaking images from ALMA itself and views of its unique environment in the Atacama Desert. This event marks the completion of all the major systems of the giant telescope and the formal transition from a construction project to a fully fledged observatory. ALMA is a partnership between Europe, North America and East Asia in cooperation with the Republic of Chile.

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Spacecraft Found on Mars

Alien Spacecraft Found on Mars

This image has been around since 1976.It has caused many discussions and debates.
Some of the images in this video were released years after they were received. NASA had to be threatened by a US senator to be convinced to release the material.
This video with the new photos from the Mars surface, show tunnel tubes, more structures, an alien ship and and another face upon it’s surface.As always you decide. To believe or not to believe.

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Rover Hits Paydirt

Here is what Joel Hurowitz, a scientist with the surface sampling system team has to say this week about the Curiosity rover report.

This week the Curiosity science team released its initial findings from its first ever drilled sample on Mars. This sample was collected from the “John Klein” drill site, which is located about 500 meters east of where we landed about 7 months ago. Curiosity obtained her first drill sample and passed that sample on to her onboard analytical lab instruments, called CheMin and SAM. These powerful instruments tell us about what minerals are present in these rocks and whether they contain the ingredients necessary to sustain life as we know it. What the Curiosity team has found is incredibly exciting. When we combine what we have learned from our remote sensing and contact science instruments with the data that’s coming in from CheMin and SAM, we get a picture of an ancient watery environment, which would have been habitable had life been present in it. As an example, the information that we’re getting from the CheMin instrument, tells us that the minerals that are present in this lakebed sedimentary rock at John Klein are very different from just about anything we’ve ever analyzed before on Mars. And they tell us that the John Klein rock was deposited in a fresh water environment. This is an important contrast with other sedimentary environments that we’ve visited on Mars, like the Meridiani Planum landing site where the Mars Exploration Rover, Opportunity, has been operating since 2004.

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Shedding Light On The Dark Side Of The Moon

The Moon’s Permanently Shadowed Regions

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter,gives us very detailed photos of the dark side of the moon. These areas have always been hidden from Earth, but with this new technology we have a clear view of the Poles of the Moon.

As you watch the Moon over the course of a month, you’ll notice that different features are illuminated by the Sun at different times. However, there are some parts of the Moon that never see sunlight. These areas are called permanently shadowed regions, and they appear dark because unlike on the Earth, the axis of the Moon is nearly perpendicular to the direction of the sun’s light. The result is that the bottoms of certain craters are never pointed toward the Sun, with some remaining dark for over two billion years. However, thanks to new data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, we can now see into these dark craters in incredible detail.

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