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  • Frits Westra
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      Subject: [UASR]> Flying blankets threaten satellites
      Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 14:12:54 -0700

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      Forwarding permission was given by William R. Corliss.

      Science Frontiers, No. 156, Nov-Dec, 2004, p. 1
      < http://www.science-frontiers.com >


      ASTRONOMY

      Flying blankets threaten satellites

      A 1-meter telescope manned by astronomers on the Canary Islands has
      discerned
      about 55 faint objects orbiting the earth. Curiously, they appear rather
      punctually every 24 hours. These objects are about 30 centimeters (1 foot)
      across and swing around the earth in highly eccentric orbits.

      Their unusual orbits could be explained if the objects were film-like and
      extremely light-weight, with mass densities of only about 50 grams/meterĀ².
      By comparison, sheets of paper would be far denser. According to space
      engineers, the most likely earth-launched material with these
      characteristics is aluminized Mylar sheeting. Such sheeting is added
      to satellites to protect them from solar heat. Some of these sheets may
      have peeled off the hundreds of weather, communication, and surveillance
      satellites launched over the last half century.

      However, there is no universal agreement as to the true nature of these
      "flying blankets."

      (McKee, Maggie; "Flying Blankets Threaten Satellites," *New Scientist*,
      p. 14, August 14, 2004)

      Comments. Wouldn't it be amusing if these orbiting "blankets" actually
      represent an extraterrestrial mail drop? The SETI program has been notably
      unsuccessful in picking up intelligence-containing radio signals from outer
      space. So unsuccessful in fact that some searchers for extraterrestrial
      intelligence now favor sending hard-copy out into space; that is, artifacts
      containing inscribed messages that would have meaning to most intelligent
      entities that happened upon them.

      (Rose, Christopher, and Wright, Gregory; "Inscribed Matter as an
      Energy-Efficient Means of Communication with an Extraterrestrial
      Civilization," *Nature*, 431:47, 2004)

      Still other speculators venture that messages on "inscribed matter" arrived
      on earth billions of years ago. These extraterrestrial messages are
      encoded
      in DNA. A good place to look for these messages, they say, is in the long
      stretches of nonsense or "junk" DNA present in most genomes in huge
      quantities. We haven't seriously looked at DNA with extraterrestrial
      messages in mind. It may contain more than blueprints for life forms!
      [Or life forms themselves could be messages!]

      (Davies, Paul; "Do We Have To Spell It Out?" *New Scientist*, p. 30,
      August 7, 2004)


      [Science Frontiers is a bimonthly collection of digests of
      scientific anomalies in the current literature. Published by
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