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Subject: [UASR]> Flying blankets threaten satellites
Date: Sun, 31 Oct 2004 14:12:54 -0700
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Science Frontiers, No. 156, Nov-Dec, 2004, p. 1
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Flying blankets threaten satellites
A 1-meter telescope manned by astronomers on the Canary Islands has
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/meter².
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
(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
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)
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