Argentina UFO, NASA Dials “M” for “Avatar?”

South America has its share of anomalous happenings and UFO sightings are at the top of the list.

Here is a photo of an helicopter being shadowed by an UFO.

A case study in primitive air travel?

From Prof. Ana Luisa Cid’s website: Photo of an Argentinean police chopper seemingly shadowed by an unidentified flying object. The image was captured by Santiago Molina on February 4, 2010 in the city of Cordoba.

Argentina: Police Copter and UFO

(I saw a police helicopter last night flying over my house, but no UFO. Rats!)

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Mr. Obama’s FY2011 Budget for NASA left a bad taste in the collective mouths of senators and congress-critters from the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Texas since it cancels the much underfunded and maligned Constellation Program (which has been touted as a welfare program for engineers in these states).

But one feature of this budget is the significant increase of the money going to unmanned science research, including programs like “Project M“:

NASA can put humanoids on the Moon in just 1000 days. They would be controlled by scientists on Earth using motion capture suits, giving them the feeling of being on the lunar surface. I’d pay to use one.

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Geology Training
Back in the Lunar exploration days, scientists had to tell astronauts what to do up there, and how to identify interesting things during the limited time they had. For Apollo 15, the first mission that carried the Lunar Rover, astronauts were trained in field work by Caltech geologist Leon Silver.

That helped them to move faster and look at the ground with a critical science eye, knowing what they were looking for. The result: Their findings and samples were a lot more valuable to scientist back on Earth, confirming theories that weren’t confirmed till then.

Now imagine these NASA C-3POs roaming our satellite, controlled by all kind of scientists using telepresence suits down here, all looking for interesting things using high definition visors, and able to move just like they would move on planet Earth. It won’t work for Mars, but with a communication delay of only three seconds, it will work beautifully on the Moon.

The 1000-day mark is quite plausible, since the mission would be a lot simpler than a human-based one. It will also be quite cheaper than the real thing. First, you don’t have to care about life support systems, which will make spacecraft manufacturing a lot less complex. The whole system would also weight a lot less, reducing the need for the development of a huge rocket, and again reducing the costs.

What about the human factor I’m always defending? Well, we know that, sadly, we’re not going to get astronauts anywhere any time soon, so this is definitely the best alternative. It won’t be as inspiring as humans going back to the Moon or establishing a semi-permanent colony, but it could have an extremely positive effect on science.

Whoever did this at NASA should put together an actual budget as soon as possible. And while you are at it, make it possible for regular people to use one, maybe at the Johnson Space Center or some selected museums through the world. That will definitely inspire people.

Also there is an agreement between NASA and GM to build humanoid robots for tele-operation missions such as Project M.

Hmm..a way around exploring the Moon with real people? Who knows…

NASA’s Project M Puts Scientists’ Avatars On the Moon

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5 responses

  1. Better luck for the next time, dad2059! I have witnessed in the month of may 2years ago. It remain unidentified for me. It was an ufo,perhaps. I’m not sure if it was an extraterrestrial craft but it was ufo. Did you know why ufo sightings are increased?

    1. I no idea why UFO sightings have increased Bruce, but I do know that South America has more reported sightings than North America; http://inexplicata.blogspot.com/

      People must be less embarrassed about reporting them down there.

  2. The avatar moon thing is a rather smart idea. It does make me sad that it takes the physical ‘touch’ out of exploration, but at out current state of technology and economy, the reduced costs of not having to sustain people with environmental stuff, living-space and food, as well as increased productivity, make it a sensible consideration.

    1. Obama’s FY2011 NASA Budget cancels the manned Moon program, Constellation, and gives more money to the science side of NASA that builds unmanned stuff like this ‘Avatar’ thing.

      And it is a smart idea and the scientists love it. But politicians and people from states that were building the Constellation components are madder than a nest of wet hornets and want to linch Obama over it.

  3. EU-FO…

    The one EU country that UFO hunters definitely do want to release data is Belgium, because it is the scene of one of the only exciting incidents in the past thirty years…….

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