Where will the Orion Spacecraft Take Us

SPACE MISSIONS - The Orion Spacecraft is a capsule designed to carry humans deep into our solar system and return them safely to Earth. A basic prototype of the capsule has now been launched for a (very) short trip into deep space, without any passengers on board.

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With this launch, NASA wanted to test some of the riskiest steps in an Orion flight, such as separations, radiation effects, and re-entry into the atmosphere. After a successful flight and landing in the ocean, the capsule was picked up by a special amphibious ship and brought back to NASA for analysis.

The most remarkable thing about this first Orion mission is the use of old models and technology. The Orion resembles the 1960s Apollo missions both in design and contents. The capsule has the same cone shape and is equipped with a computer that is ancient by the standards of today’s average computer owner. The heat shields are basically made from familiar 1960s material as well. NASA explains all this by saying that this older technology is simply safer and more robust than newer inventions. 

As the final product, Orion will allow four people to travel in deep space for up to 21 days. More people can come along, but then the maximum travel time will be less because they will run out of resources more quickly. Orion can bring man to the Moon again, or to an - at this point still imaginary - Mars Transfer System. The next Orion test is scheduled for 2018.

Now what does this first Orion mission really tell us? If you are a realist, you will say that we are still a very far from being able to visit Mars. Orion is far from finished, and it will take us no further than to a Mars Transfer System, that hasn’t been built yet. If you are a Moon landing sceptic, you now have to admit that we could actually have been to the Moon. Orion partly demonstrates that such a mission is possible with 1960s technology.

But if you are open to alternative versions of human history, you may once again wonder if this is new at all. Are we the first ones to come up with the idea of building such a capsule for space travel? Ancient archeological finds include images that are remarkably similar to today’s capsule and astronauts. Could the same scene have taken place in ancient times? Did either humans or aliens figure out how to build and use such a capsule before?

Incredible Hidden Secrets of Kailasa Temple and Ellora Caves

MYSTERIOUS PLACES - We could be missing the point about the Kailasa temple. This famous underground creationS, one of the Ellora caves in Maharashtra, India, fascinates many people. Everyone is marveling at the construction. Researchers, including ancient alien theorists, try to find out how the Kailasa temple was built, what an effort it must have been to cut it out of the rocks. But what does the Kailasa temple represent, what does it actually tell us?

Kailasa Temple and Ellora Caves

The Kailasa temple is a Hindu temple. It symbolizes Mount Kailash as the home of Lord Shiva. It is very much an elephant place: there are statues and reliefs of elephants in and around the location. An image of the sacred bull Nandi is on the central temple. Like other Hindu temples, the Kailasa temple has a Sikhara (spire), but it looks relatively small compared to the whole structure. On the inside of the temple, there is a ring or flower relief on the ceiling of the central room.

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Mysterious Structures Discovered Around Stonehenge

STONEHENGE - Have you seen the images of the latest discoveries around Stonehenge? Over the past four years, an international team of archaeologists has been making x-rays of the ground around the mysterious ancient site in Britain. They have now presented their findings, including many images that look like aerial photographs of crop-circle-like shapes.

The BBC will be airing documentaries with all the details this Thursday and next Thursday . The documentary is called “Operation Stonehenge: What Lies Beneath”.

The archaeologists have scanned some 4.5 square miles of territory, making the Stonehenge project the worldwide largest effort ever. They used a range of x-ray techniques, which allowed them to see objects buried in the ground up to five meters deep. 

Bone-like object spotted on Mars by UFO watchers

UFO SIGHTINGS - One of the images sent back by the Mars rover Curiosity seems to show a human-like thighbone, partly buried in the soil.

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

At least that's what UFO watchers are making of it.
Indeed is seems to be a fossilized bone. The object is lying near a group of other shapes, that look somewhat like pottery.

UFO watchers have been pointing out more such objects over the last days.  Could Curiosity actually be on to something? Are we looking at the remains of lost life forms on Mars? Let's hope that research can shed light on this.

Ancient Mayan Cities Discovered in Mexico Jungle

ANCIENT MAYA - In southeast Mexico, two ancient Mayan cities have been discovered by a team of Slovenian archaeologists. The first location, Lagunita, has in fact been rediscovered on the basis of notes and drawings left by an American archaeologist in the 1970s.

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The second location is a completely new discovery, now named Tamchén. This word means “deep well” in the Mayan language and refers to underground chambers – called chultuns - found at the site, which were supposedly used for collecting rainwater.

UFO Sighting by International Space Station

UFO SIGHTINGS - A new video recorded by the International Space Station’s cameras seems to be showing a close encounter with an unknown spaceship or UFO of some kind.

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There have been speculations before about white lights and moving objects recorded by cameras in orbit. But there were always other explanations, like reflections of sunlight or satellite debris.

This siting seems to be more convincing. There is clearly a row of lights quite close to the ISS. The lights look very much like the back of some kind of spaceship. They hung around for quite some time, then slowly disappeared.

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Comb Jellies Are The Ultimate Alien Creatures On Earth

ALIEN CREATURES - Have you seen the news about comb jellies, aliens of the sea? These amazing creatures can regenerate any lost body part in just a few days including their brains. Scientists are trying to catch and study them, to find out how they do it.

Comb Jellies

Now the regeneration talent of comb jellies is one thing, but did you know about their other qualities? Here are just a few of comb jellies’ other amazing features:

The Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

ANCIENT PLACES - There are so many fascinating natural structures around the world. Shapes that are said to be natural, but just seem too special. You would think intelligent beings built them. 

Giant’s Causeway Ireland

A famous one is the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. This coastline formation consists of a large number of basalt columns that seem neatly cut into hexagonal and other angular shapes. The Giant’s Causeway is the result of ancient volcanic eruptions that happened at least 50 million years ago.

Herodium Ancient Acropolis or Launching Station

ANCIENT SITES - Herodium or Herodion is the highest hill in the Judean desert. It is said to be an acropolis, built by king Herod around 20 BCE to commemorate his victory over the Parthians. Herodium is a spectacular site and an important tourist attraction in the region. 

Herodium Alien Tomb

The hill is 2,487 (758 meters) high and is conical in shape. It served as a fortress for king Herod’s luxurious palace, that was built inside. Excavation of the palace began in 1972. It was a luxurious place at the time, with many special facilities like a theater and bath houses. In 2007, archeologists announced that they had found king Herod’s tomb inside the hill. His sarcophagus is largely destroyed, supposedly by rebels who later occupied Herodium and had no love for the ancient king.