NASA – Not Always Scientifically Accurate

Geostationaryjava3D (1)Satellite Internet access is Internet access provided through communications satellites. Modern consumer grade satellite Internet service is typically provided to individual users through geostationary satellites that can offer relatively high data speeds, with newer satellites using K-band to achieve downstream data speeds up to 50 Mbps. A geostationary orbit, geostationary Earth orbit or geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO) is a circular orbit 35,786 kilometres (22,236 miles) above the Earth’s equator and following the direction of the Earth’s rotation. An object in such an orbit has an orbital period equal to the Earth’s rotational period (one sidereal day) and thus appears motionless, at a fixed position in the sky, to ground observers.

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A Van Allen radiation belt is a zone of energetic charged particles, most of which originate from the solar wind that is captured by and held around a planet by that planet’s magnetic field. The Earth has two such belts and sometimes others may be temporarily created. The discovery of the belts is credited to James Van Allen, and as a result the Earth’s belts are known as the Van Allen belts. Earth’s two main belts extend from an altitude of about 500 to 58,000 kilometers (300 to 36,000 miles) above the surface in which region radiation levels vary. Most of the particles that form the belts are thought to come from solar wind and other particles by cosmic rays. By trapping the solar wind, the magnetic field deflects those energetic particles and protects the Earth’s atmosphere from destruction.

Quote from the Above Video: “Radiation like this could harm the guidance systems, on-board computers, or other electronics on Orion“.

Now, with that in mind… here we are at the end of 2017 and the Orion capsule has still not been sent up to take its readings while also testing to see what affects the radiation will have on the electronics of the craft. With that, Syncom 2 was the first geosynchronous communications satellite. The satellite was launched by NASA on July 26, 1963 with the Delta B #20 launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral.

Here is my questionHow are we to believe that there are thirty so called geosynchronous communications satellites currently in deep orbit parked right smack dab in the middle of the Van Allen Radiation Belt, and still… in 2017 we have no readings on the affects of this radiation on guidance systems or the computers and electronic components of a man made object?

This makes absolutely no sense.

We have supposedly had man made computer based guidance system electronics in geosynchronous orbit for almost 55 years, and here we have NASA admitting they still don’t know what to expect? Those geosynchronous communications satellites have essentially been parked up there in the thick of that radiation for more than 5 decades and NASA is just now deciding to send up Orion in 2018 to take readings that we clearly should already have.

Hhmmmm…

Seems legit.

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SpaceX to the rescue!!!

Yesterday SpaceX launched a Russian Cargo craft which plans to dock with the ISS within two days after launch. The Progress carried almost three tons of food, fuel and supplies for the Expedition 53 crew on the station. The spacecraft is scheduled to make a quick, two-orbit journey to the station.

Now, I’m no expert… but seriously, if anyone watches this video and still thinks it is real… wow, just wow.

But, for those of you that don’t feel the need to watch a 10 minute video of the most recent SpaceX launch, here are some quick little screen captured snippets from that video. It’s pretty much the most majestic thing I have ever seen.

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Let’s totally disregard the fact that the live footage clearly shows the rocket only reaching an altitude of about 20 miles maximum before changing its trajectory from an upward assent to a horizontal then downward one before the feed changes to that pure gold CGI.

Wow… I am literally at a loss for words here. This has got to be the most realistic thing I have ever seen (of course only if it’s 1998 and you are playing a PlayStation One, of course).

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How in the mess is anyone buying this junk? SpaceX needs to hire some of the guys that have done more recent work for things like the PS4.

I think it might be a good move… just saying.

NASA – Net Allocation Sorely Abused

When I woke up this morning and saw that this mess was on the top 3 for today’s headlines in science I just had to chime in. This is ridiculous. Then again, maybe it isn’t when you consider all the facts. Last night astronauts filmed a “trick video” using a fidget spinner on the ISS.

With that said, let’s take a look at the facts. I can’t help but wonder how much it cost to get that fidget spinner up there in the first place. Not to mention the fact that it is a “custom” fidget spinner (so, there was already some money spent there). Depending on what method was used, the cost per pound for NASA to send anything to the International Space Station is pretty ridiculous. It can cost anywhere from $2,000 per pound or as high as $13,000 per pound. Needless to say, getting cargo to the crew is expensive.

From what I could find on the web, the average “custom” fidget spinner weighs about 70 grams. So, let’s do the math.

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If you think I am making those numbers up, then here is a 2016 Business Insider article that covers some of those allocated costs for any given trip to the ISS. The cost for sending things into space is preposterous.

Setting all of this aside, let’s be generous here and give good ol’ NASA the benefit of the doubt. Let’s assume that since the fidget spinner is custom, it cost $20 while also going with the lowest possible cargo cost. Up front, this little “trick video” cost $350 right out of the gate (and again, that is being generous).

Part of me wants to get aggravated at this, but then again… we need to review all of the facts, remember?

So… with that, I can’t help but ask what the purpose of a fidget spinner might be. This Live Science article from August of 2017 hit the nail right on the head. Here is a quote from that article.

There’s no doubt that toys that allow kids to fidget can benefit kids with autism. Occupational therapists often use sensory toys like tactile discs, Koosh balls and even putties or clays to soothe kids who have sensory-processing issues. Similarly, research has shown that movement can help kids with ADHD to focus. 

Maybe the title of my post is wrong. Maybe, just maybe… it was money well spent after all. Because let’s face it, you never actually see any real science taking place on the ISS. It’s always just them doing flips, spinning their microphone, or flying. Maybe NASA sent that fidget spinner for a reason (to help these kids focus and get back on task).

But seriously though, space is fake and it doesn’t cost a dime to send anything up there. All of those cargo costs is just one way for the government to funnel massive lumps of money.

Because, at the end of it all this isn’t about 350 dollars. It is about 1.5 billion dollars per cargo shipment (which includes every time we send man as part of that cargo shipment).

But, who are we kidding… I am ignorant. Don’t listen to me.

SpaceX: more like FakeX

I’m sorry, but SpaceX is a joke.

Yesterday evening and into the night they launched yet again another SAT into geostationary orbit. Good for them. I have watched every single launch. And when I have had the opportunity I have watched them live. And sadly, I am surprised to see that more people are not realizing that it is all a bunch of nonsense. This company is using sleight of hand to trick people into thinking they are doing something they are not. Every single launch they have done shows the exact same type of footage to the letter. When the reusable capsule rocket ascends for landing the camera goes out (either in total or just long enough to disrupt the landing sequence). When the SAT is released and opens up it is only shown for a split second with an excited crowd cheering in the audio background noise. The shot is just long enough that you don’t see anything at all.

It is all a joke.

And if you think I am just full of it, look at the following launch images from SpaceX and ask yourself, do you honestly see these images and think to yourself that these rockets left the atmosphere?

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I think not. They launch up, reach roughly 20 miles high and then careen downward (not up and away, but rather; around and down). If you look at those shots and can honestly tell yourself that these rockets reached beyond the exosphere then you are in denial. That arch is literally taking place in the stratosphere, people.

And all I can say to that is this;

2 Peter 3:2-7That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

But, don’t take my word for it. Just ask good ol’ Bill what he thinks.

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New in the realm of Fake Space Exploration

So, I decided to take a quick look at what new topics are being ramped up in the space community today just for the heck of it. And as always there is a lot going on. Something new is always being invented, proposed, or funded.

Just for starters, we have the Hubble spotting a comet. Then there is the unveiling of a Mars Space Station. Not to mention the proposal for a Pluto booster Lander. I think my favorite one however has to be the idea that Russia and America plan to build a station in orbit around the moon.

Hubble Spots Farthest-Ever Incoming Active Comet (This is a drawing)

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Lockheed Martin unveils Mars space station and surface Lander (This is a drawing)

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Space visionaries boost Pluto lander (This is a drawing)

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NASA teams up with Russia for new station near the moon. (This is a drawing)

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I find it funny how so many of us take the time to defend the idea of space exploration as if it were some truly real thing that could ever actually be possible. Space is fake and the only thing you need to do to realize this truth is to open your eyes and take an honest look. The only thing that is ever put in front of the public regarding space exploration is mere cartoons, drawings, photoshop renderings, CGI, and speculative imagination. That is all it has ever been and that is all it will ever be. The date for pressing beyond the exosphere with a manned mission continues to get pushed back. And it will always get pushed back, because at the end of the day the billions of trillions of dollars spent on these types of programs only ends up producing imagination and illustration.

But don’t take my tinfoil hat wearing word for it. Just take an honest unbiased step back and genuinely look at what you are being presented. You are being spoon fed cartoons. That is all the space community ever presents. And it is all they will ever continue to present.

The farthest man has ever gone is 400 miles up. And even at that height the radiation levels are so high that it is a health risk to travel to that altitude.

But who are we kidding right? I clearly am the one who is ignorant here… And not the millions of people around the world who chose to continue to believe that one day this endless stream of CGI and photoshop illustration nonsense will become a reality.

The funny thing is, this list actually could go on and on, but I chose to just show a few examples. You should take the time to go look at Elon Musk’s city to city travel proposal. It is hilarious nonsensical CGI and everyone is buying it.

Space is fake.

 

The Selective Affects of Zero Gravity

With the recent return of the Soyuz, I wanted to talk about fluid distribution and the affects of the body in extended periods of zero gravity… while at the same time presenting one little question I have at the end.

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Exercise is an important part of the daily routine for astronauts aboard the station to prevent bone and muscle loss. On average, astronauts exercise two hours per day. Since there is no gravity pulling down on them they exert a lot less energy while performing daily tasks. This can result in muscle loss. According to Chis, the affects are so drastic that your bones will literally start to reabsorb back into your body. A large part of why they excersize is so that the muscle loss doesn’t affect them as greatly once they have returned home.

Now… even though the astroNots are keeping themselves strong and fit (in the words of good ol’ Chris), we are still presented with a major issue.

This form of workout still doesn’t help with the displacement of internal fluids within the body. I find this to be rather disconcerting when we stop and consider the fact that the human body is more than 65% water. You have fluid moving all over the place inside the body while in long durations of zero gravity.

NASA worded it like this: More than half of American astronauts experience vision changes and anatomical alterations to parts of their eyes during and after long-duration space flight. It is hypothesized that the headward fluid shift that occurs during space flight leads to increased pressure in the brain, which may push on the back of the eye, causing it to change shape.  The Fluid Shifts Before, During, and After Prolonged Space Flight and Their Association with Intracranial Pressure and Visual Impairment (Fluid Shifts) investigation measures how much fluid shifts from the lower body to the upper body, in or out of cells and blood vessels, and determines the impact these shifts have on fluid pressure in the head, changes in vision and eye structures.

You can look further into this and will find that fluid is shifting in all parts of the body (not just inside the head and brain). Fluids inside the legs can make their way upward and vise versa.

Now, having personally been affected by pneumothorax… this shifting of the fluids causes me to ask, what about the lungs?

But first, what is pneumothorax?

Well, it is the presence of air or gas in the cavity between the lungs and the chest wall, causing collapse of the lung (ie; a shifting of gasses or fluids in the body that could create pressure on the lungs resulting in collapse). Sounds a lot like the displacement affects of zero gravity to me.

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Now, if we place the exact same gravitational laws of force on the body to the inside of the body as well, then wouldn’t it stand to reason that breathing on the ISS would require less work also?

With that, what excurses are they doing while in zero gravity to keep the lungs worked up and ready for that return trip? It seems to me that a long duration of zero gravity would prevent the lungs from working as hard as they need to in order to maintain the simple task of breathing while under the regular pressure of actual gravity. When we stop and consider the fact that Valeri Polyakov stayed in zero gravity for 437 days and 18 hours, I have to stop and ask myself… what method did he use to maintain healthy, strong lungs, the same way that you would your muscles with their cheesy workout equipment on the ISS?

What about G-Force of the body (otherwise known as gravitational force)? The return home seems like it would be pretty brutal.

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On Earth, gravity gives weight to physical objects and causes the ocean tides. The force of Earth’s gravity is the result of the planets mass and density. This results in Earth having a gravitational strength of 9.8 m/s² close to the surface (also known as 1 g).

One G is the force of Earth’s gravity — it is this force that determines how much we weigh. At 5 Gs, a driver experiences a force equal to five times his weight.

With that in mind… let us go back to the definition of pneumothorax. It is essentially pressure forced against the cavity causing it to collapse. If you weigh zero pounds in zero gravity and spend a year in that environment, how in the world are you casually breathing air after having landed back on earth? Your lungs are officially experiencing the weight of your own body against them for the first time in a long time (not to mention the freaking drastic touchdown that you get when landing the Soyuz).

Having reflected on this for a moment, do you think I would be pausing for a photo-op like Peggy and her friends (celebrating 666 days in space as shown at the top of this post)? No, I would be struggling to breath and in need of a ventilator (assuming my lungs didn’t already collapse upon re-entry, touchdown, or the weight of my own body pressure).

But what do I know, right? I clearly am ignorant.