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.

The earth goes missing on a spacewalk

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Just wanted to pose one quick little question. What happened to the earth in the sequence of shots taken from 3, 4, and 5 from the second camera angel in the following video?

The earth just vanished.

Not to mention the fact that you can tell that the astronaut is in front of a transparency during the movement he makes in the second camera shot. And also, why is it that during the sequence taking place from shots 3 though 5 we see a pulsating affect happening as the object crosses the path of total darkness?

And if your answer to this question is that it is simply the camera angel, then why is it that the shots taken from the second camera don’t appear to reveal earth shine against the ISS? For those of you that aren’t in the know, earth shine is the glow caused by sunlight reflected off the earth.

Anyway, I am probably just being silly… or then again, probably not.

Apparently SpaceX is into dragons and timing

If you read my blog at all you already know that I present a lot of my posts geared toward the fact that I think that NASA and SPACEX are totally bogus. Not only this, but I also tend to occasionally take the time to show the correlation of these types of companies with end times events and scripture. With that said, I can’t believe I didn’t see this one until now.

Just last week on September 17th, SpaceX “released the dragon” so to speak. Seriously, you couldn’t make this junk up if you wanted to. The following video is a time lapse releasing of a capsule that is ironically named “Dragon“.

The caption for the video literally reads: Release the Dragon.

Some of you might be wondering why this even matters. And I can understand that. I just find it hilariously odd that the timing happened to be  when it was (Toward the end of September).

2 Thessalonians 2:3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition.

2 Thessalonians 2:6-7And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

You see, there is this character in the bible known as the dragon who is being restrained. Eventually the restrainer will be removed and God will allow the dragon to be released onto the world to rule for a short time. And here we are on September 17th (literally the Sunday before the great wonder in heaven was fulfilled on September 21st-23rd) with a globalized alliance of different space agencies essentially chanting the phrase “release the dragon“.

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Revelation 12:3-9And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

The timing for this type of stuff just couldn’t be any more blatantly ridiculous. But then again, I am probably just an ignorant Christian that needs to realize that space is real and the companies in charge of exploring it have never once imposed any sort of religious rituals into their proceedings or exploration.

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You know, like that one time an Epic Red dragon camera was handed out while honoring an astronaut on achieving 666 days in space (you know, because that was also a coincidence).