Second Sun: “2010: The Year We Make Contact”

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2010: The Year We Make Contact is the 1984 sequel to the classic 1968 Stanley Kubrick film 2001: A Space Odyssey (sans Kubrick) and answered such burning questions like: “whatever happened to Dave Bowman?” “whatever happened to that space fetus?” “what ever happened to those monoliths?” and “will HAL get his own Saturday morning cartoon show?”

We receive the answers to all of the above and more in 2010, in the process parsing out the then still current Cold War, an intriguing theory regarding a “Second Sun,” and pretty much telling the same story as the same year’s Star Trek III: The Search For Spock.

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The Dark Side Of The Moon Landings (And Other Folklore)

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“But despite a seven year stint at Rocketdyne, the firm that built the main propulsion units for Apollo, I could not work up the least bit of interest in the entire astrophysical circus…not even to the extent of reading an article or watching the most exciting moments on the boob tube. Why, I wondered.”
–Bill Kaysing

“MOON LANDING WAS A HOAX! WE NEVER WENT! DUH!”
–Weekly World News

The “incredibly short bio” of William Charles Kaysing (1922-2005) is, simply, he’s considered the “father” of the “Moon Hoax” theory (not to be confused with The Great Moon Hoax of 1835). Yes, before the work of such luminaries of the fringe as Jay Weidner (Kubrick’s Odyssey) and Dave McGowan (Wagging The Moondoggie) there was former Rocketdyne employee Kaysing’s 1976 self-published book, We Never Went to the Moon: America’s Thirty Billion Dollar Swindle.

But, per the ambling-rambling rhythm of these missives to you dear reader, we’re not going to begin with Kaysing. Instead, we are going to begin with the woman I have dubbed “Conspiracy Housewife.”

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Moon Colonies To Happen “Sooner Than You Think”

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The United States Department Of Commerce today released an “Op-Ed” regarding the future of space travel. This post was published on a day that is resonant with three significant events related to the topic:

  1. 1961: JFK asks Congress to support the burgeoning U.S. space program.
  2. 1977: Star Wars is released in theaters.
  3. 2012: SpaceX Dragon becomes the first commercial spacecraft to visit the International Space Station.

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On The Future Of Humanity In Space

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I’ve had an interesting…meditation on this topic last night. For some context, I’m an avid reader about innovations in, and the future of, space exploration—though you know, certainly not an expert. I’ve always been fascinated by Timothy Leary’s belief regarding humanity’s destiny being in the stars, “Starseed.”

In his book Musings On Human Metamorphosis, Leary writes:

“Migration is nature’s classic solution to overpopulation, scarcity, and competition. When humanity begins to work for extraterrestrial migration, the competition for material acquisition will gradually diminish because unlimited space, energy, and resources await in the solar system.”

And I have…until yesterday night…really agreed with Leary on this point.

But.

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Alien Life Likely Found On The International Space Station

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Possibly inaccurate artist’s interpretation of how it all went down.

Before we start, a reminder of two things:

  1. The “big” discovery of life from other worlds might end up being literally very, very small.
  2. So-called “simple” organisms like viruses, parasites and bacteria might be far more complex than we can even imagine.

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Asgardia, The First “Space Nation,” Has Launched (Uh, Sort Of)

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Last year I told you about the very Thor-sounding Asgardia—the proposed first “space nation” spearheaded by Russian businessman Igor Ashurbeyli. Well, it finally launched this past Saturday. Kinda. Sort of.

What actually launched was a Wonder Bread-sized “cubesat” (file server/satellite) named Asgardia-1—containing, among other things, Asgardia’s constitution, flag, database of its over 100,000 citizens, and citizen personal files (18,000 in all). Which is very interesting to me, because I believe in the future there will be an increasing trend in people shooting their most precious data into space.

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“Shapeshifting” Bacteria Found On International Space Station

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Ha ha ha, no no no: obviously, we’re not talking about something on the level of Lovecraftian horror as John Carpenter’s The Thing. (Yet?)

But what we have is bacteria on the International Space Station that have reacted to antibiotics by “clever shape-shifting” as to survive the attack. The discovery was made during recent experiments to see the impact of zero-gravity on said bacteria, and the results are not hopeful in terms of trying to treat infections and whatnot in space.

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