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Lockheed’s Skunk Works director on ESP and space travel: Was he serious?

Lockheed’s Skunk Works director on ESP and space travel: Was he serious?

Ben Rich was the director of Lockheed’s Skunk Works from 1975 to 1991. Skunk Works is a division of Lockheed Martin that develops super high-tech aircraft, and is responsible for developing the U-2, the SR-71 Blackbird, the F-117 Nighthawk stealth bomber, and the F-22 Raptor. In a recent interview with Open Minds, Jan Harzan, the […]

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What if all satellites stopped working?

What if all satellites stopped working?

Here is what might happen if we suddenly encountered a day without satellites… 08:00 There was nothing sudden. Planes did not fall out of the sky, the lights didn’t go out or the water supplies fail. At least, not at first. … But outside, the loss of global satellite communications was putting the world in […]

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Thunder and lightning on Saturn?

Thunder and lightning on Saturn?

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLTUION] / Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA It was one of the largest and longest lived storms ever recorded in our Solar System. First seen in late 2010, the above cloud formation in the northern hemisphere of Saturn started larger than the Earth and soon spread completely around […]

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Northeast U.S. from low Earth orbit

Northeast U.S. from low Earth orbit

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION] Credit: ISS Expedition 30, NASA On another April 12th, in 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Alexseyevich Gagarin became the first human to see planet Earth from space. Commenting on his view from orbit he reported, “The sky is very dark; the Earth is bluish.” On yet another April 12th, in […]

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Project 1794: The U.S. military’s secret flying saucer program

Project 1794: The U.S. military’s secret flying saucer program

In September 2012, Michael Rhodes, a technician at the National Declassification Center (NDC) in College Park, Md., donned white cotton gloves, entered a climate-controlled room, and opened a cardboard file box. It was time for the report inside—”Project 1794 Final Development Summary Report 2 April—30 May 1956″—to become public. He soon realized that the file […]

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The growing constellation of cosmic workhorse satellites

The growing constellation of cosmic workhorse satellites

Beyond a fertile field of satellite communication antennas at Kennedy Space Center, an Atlas V rocket streaks into orbit in this long exposure photograph. In the thoughtfully composed image recorded on the evening of Jan. 30, the antennas in the foreground bring to mind the rocket’s payload, a Tracking and Data Relay Satellite. This TDRS-K […]

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Entrepreneurs line up to try their hand at mining asteroids

Entrepreneurs line up to try their hand at mining asteroids

Deep Space Industries, Inc, announced plans to send a fleet of asteroid-prospecting to target asteroids in 2015 The first step in mining asteroids is to learn more about them. DSI aims to launch a fleet of FireFlies in 2015 to prospect promising near-Earth asteroids, determining properties such as their composition and spin rate. When Planetary […]

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Meanwhile, out of Curiosity, from Mars

Meanwhile, out of Curiosity, from Mars

[CLICK ON IMAGE FOR HIGH RESOLUTION  /  NASA, JPL-Caltech, MSSS, MAHLI] What’s in this smooth soil on Mars? In late October, NASA’s robotic Curiosity rover stopped near a place dubbed Rocknest as it continues to explore Gale Crater on Mars. Rocknest is the group of stones seen near the top left of the above image […]

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35 years and 11 billion miles later, Voyager 1 still reporting from edge of interstellar space

35 years and 11 billion miles later, Voyager 1 still reporting from edge of interstellar space

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered a new region at the far reaches of our solar system that scientists feel is the final area the spacecraft has to cross before reaching interstellar space. Scientists refer to this new region as a magnetic highway for charged particles because our sun’s magnetic field lines are connected to […]

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Engineer takes it upon himself to gear Earthlings up for space travel

Engineer takes it upon himself to gear Earthlings up for space travel

A self-proclaimed systems engineer, BTE Dan is the person behind Build the Enterprise, a website devoted to, well, building an actual, functional, space lasers ‘n all version of the USS Enterprise, the venerable pop-culture starship featured in the “Star Trek” film and television franchises. Estimated time frame? Twenty years. Suggested cost? $1 trillion. Proposed missions? […]