Bebo and the TV company behind Wife Swap have teamed up with one of the world’s experts in interstellar radio communication, Dr Alexander Zaitsev, to beam 500 messages from users into space in a digital time capsule.
Dr Zaitsev will use a Ukrainian radio telescope, normally used to identify and track asteroids that pose a threat to Earth, to beam the messages to a planet orbiting the star Gliese 581c – 20 light years from Earth – because it is believed to be capable of supporting life.
The Gliese star system also figures prominently in Dan Burisch’s universe. The ‘alien’, or human descendant from the future he was in contact and worked with was from there.
Take it for what it’s worth.
Malta’s Hypogeum is a World Heritage site. It is indeed a unique site, if only because through its strict visitor policy – allowing only ten people per hour into the temple –visitors normally need to book at least a month in advance. But site-wise, why it was built and especially what the difference in function was between its various underground rooms, has long remained a mystery. Finding answers wasn’t helped when the reports of the early excavation work were lost.
In some corners, the debate about the purpose and age of the structure is still ongoing, though archaeologists themselves seem to have decided to just let it rest. That, of course, is an inherent problem of unique sites: no comparison with similar structures can occur and hence interpretation is difficult. But in recent years, the Hypogeum is no longer so unique, and new light can be thrown into this ancient enigmatic underground complex.
In short, the Hypogeum of Hal Saflieni, a suburb of Paola, near Malta’s capital Valletta, was built in several stages, from 3600 to 2500 BC, meaning it was largely completed before the first stone of the Great Pyramid was still to be laid.
It never ceases to amaze me that these ancient cultures of the world during this era (Neolithic-post Neolithic) were so incredibly adept at working and creating huge stone structures. And the knowledge these people had of Nature and beyond!
This still doesn’t prove that there was a ‘mother’ Ice Age culture that left daughter civilizations in Peru, Malta, Egypt and Japan, but it sure adds to the growing circumstantial evidence of the same.
Just four years after President Bush announced his vision to send astronauts back to the moon and then on to Mars, legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin is leading an effort to re-examine the whole idea _ in particular, NASA’s choice of rockets for the mission.
It is the latest sign that NASA’s Constellation program _ intended to replace the space shuttle after 2010 _ is in trouble.
Concerned by reports that the Ares rockets and Orion crew capsule are beset by cost overruns, schedule delays and complex technical woes, Aldrin says he wants to create a panel of experts to make sure that Constellation is the right way to go.
“We need to stick with the mission but rethink some of the ways we implement it,” said Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon. “It doesn’t pay to stick with a bad idea.”
Aldrin has won some backers, including a prominent Washington think tank and the backers of an alternate rocket design created by moonlighting NASA employees.
But the space agency _ and its allies on Capitol Hill _ insists there’s no need for more study.
Of course NASA says there’s no need for further study, palms have already been crossed with silver, i.e., politicians and government contractors have already been bought.
But Aldrin lends credibility to the argument that NASA went ahead nilly-willy with a bad design and politicians from states that have contractors to build this crap with cost over-run in mind so people can stay employed, which turns into votes.
Griffin and his co-criminals need the old tar, feathers, rail and rope treatment!