Earth Changes TV/Breaking News - Space Mission Planned For Mars
- Space Mission Planned For Mars...05/31/02
by Mitch Battros (ECTV)
Well that didn't take long. The Mars Exploration Rover (or MER), which is actually two vehicles that are designed to study the Martian environment, is scheduled for launch about a year from now in 2003. The two rovers are targeted to land on two separate parts of Mars in early 2004.
Dr. Peter H. Smith, a scientist at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory in Tucson, whose IMP camera was perhaps the most publicly notable success story in the Mars Pathfinder mission several years ago. Dr. Smith is one of more than two dozen scientists who will participate on the next NASA mission to Mars. Smith states "dust is the defining feature of the atmosphere, much like water and the hydrological cycle is the major force in Earth's atmosphere. Like water on Earth, dust is the major force eroding the surface of Mars."
Smith along with other scientists will be looking at the dust cycle on Mars. "Not much is known about the dust on Mars," Smith said. "We'll be looking at how dust piles up on surfaces, how it accumulates and how it gets off of surfaces." Gee, Dr. Smith, can you say "asteroid hit".
It was just one year ago, June 6th 2001, we witnessed the largest dust storm ever recorded on Mars. It circled the entire planet. Scientist have come forward such as Dr. Tom VanFlandren, former director of the US Naval Observatory and current contractor with NASA, stating "it could have only been done by an asteroid hit".
NASA officials say the MER mission science objectives include: (1) study rocks and soils for clues to past water activity; (2)
investigate landing sites that have a high probability of containing evidence of the action of liquid water; (3) determine the
distribution and composition of minerals, rocks and soils surrounding the landing sites; (4) determine the nature of local surface geologic processes; (5) calibrate and validate data from orbiting missions at each landing site; and (6) study the geologic
processes for clues about the environmental conditions that existed when liquid water was present, and whether those
environments were conducive for life. (7) say hello to my long lost ancestors. (just kidding. or am I).
Scientist Further Confirm ECTV's Equation:
In an article released today, scientists from Stanford University and Lockheed Martin Laboratories affirm the need and probability of predicting solar activity. Stanford physicists Alexander G. Kosovichev is quoted as saying " (Solar) Flares, coronal mass ejections and other solar activity can disable satellites and wreak havoc on Earth - producing widespread power outages and interrupting vital radio communications. Therefore, predicting when solar activity will occur is a major objective for researchers." Other scientist involved in a study of the sun's magnetic pole reversals is Dr. Phillip H. Scherre of Stanford University, J. R. Lemen and G. L. Slater of the Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory in Palo Alto, Calif.
Sunspots => Solar Flares => Magnetic Shift => Shifting Ocean and Jet Stream Currents => Extreme Weather
and Human Disruption (mitch battros)
Earlier studies showed polarity reversal occurs at the middle of the 11-year cycle - a period known as the ``solar maximum,`` when the number of sunspots are at their peak. Scientists believe that sunspots - which are often accompanied by solar flares and explosions - result when pent-up magnetic fields generated in the dynamo finally break through the surface.
Dr. Elena E. Benevolenskaya, a physical science research associate at Stanford`s Experimental Physics Laboratory made the following 'Mysterious Cycle' observation; " The (solar) loops only appeared when there were bursts of sunspot activity, which came every 12 to 18 months during the rising phase of the 11-year cycle. This strange 12- to 18-month cycle could have its origins in the solar dynamo inside the Sun. Two years ago, Stanford researchers discovered that two parallel layers of gas deep beneath the surface were mysteriously speeding up and slowing down every 12 to 16 months. Researchers suspect that these rotating gas layers are part of the solar dynamo that generates the Suns awesome magnetic fields." Hmm, mysterious indeed!
Today's interview with Dr. Gary Sharp:
It was as exciting and informative as I could have ever expected. It appears there are several scientist who are tired of the commercialism of scientific research. The stories he told of how "El Nino" and "La Nina" were both funny and a bit scary. The scary part is how silly and weak evidenced associated with this event. If you can imagine a bunch of research scientist sitting around a table slapping each other on the back saying something to the effect of "Ya, lets tell them it's a predictable cycle related to equator ocean currents. Hey, lets use the old peruvian tale of the birth of Christ. Can we get our money now".
Yes, that's right folks, El Nino, La Nina, and my favorite...La Cucaracha, is nothing more than what is known as Southern Pacific Oscillation. In other words, shifting ocean stream currents.
Now for some affirming news; Dr. Gary Sharp, Climatologist and Senior Science advisor to NOAA (National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration) stated the likely hood of today's fast escalating climate change has very little to do with humans. "It is simply natural cycles the Earth has seen many times." Dr. Sharp went even further saying, " Mitch, this is validation to your published equation. The current climate change is directly related to the Sun." Well thank you! We went even further still to explore what is causing the Sun to act out. It was exciting to explore the idea of what Dr. Sharp describes as "unknown galactic energy, perhaps in the way of plasma. There are energies flow out there we just don't understand".
Thought For The Day
"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. "
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