Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Pathetic State Of The Public Space Program

The LCROSS mission

"The Mission Objectives of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) include confirming the presence or absence of water ice in a permanently shadowed crater at the Moon’s South Pole. The identification of water is very important to the future of human activities on the Moon. LCROSS will excavate the permanently dark floor of one of the Moon’s polar craters with two heavy impactors early in 2009 to test the theory that ancient ice lies buried there. The impact will eject material from the crater’s surface to create a plume that specialized instruments will be able to analyze for the presence of water (ice and vapor), hydrocarbons and hydrated materials."

The objective: build technology to successfully mount sensing equipment on advanced rockets to fly to the moon, record the data in their descent and planned impact. A stunning achievement, actually, when you think about it, especially when you consider it was over 45 years ago in the early 60s.

The unmanned Ranger probes were fitted witrh cameras and sent to the moon to get close up photos and then impact the surface. By and large it was a success. The science and engineering experience was good value for the money spent.

But almost 50 years later this is all we've progressed to with the LCROSS program? Granted it's a multiple launch with a satellite called the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that will separate in space and go into orbit in a few days while the LCROSS will slingshot around the earth and moon for a few months to pick up speed. This mission will have advanced technology to analyze the debris plume after the big kapow to see how much water there is at the impact site.

Although it's being hailed as a literally splashy "back to the moon" event, it's a far cry from what was accomplished even decades ago.

Consider what was done with the Apollo program, if you believe it actually went to the moon. Modern breadmakers probably have more computing power than the Apollo landers yet the astronauts went there and returned. If the moon landings actually occurred it was no small achievement, and the 40th anniversary of Armstrong's ladder descent is coming up in July, so where is his Giant Leap for Mankind?

In starting up the Ranger program again I suppose. Ever wonder why the Apollo program ended and we supposedly never went back up there? Ever question why photographic technology actually degraded over the years where earlier pictures were sharp and clear and subsequent efforts got murkier, or that so many of NASA's pictures have been airbrushed? "The best images of the moon are still the photos that the astronauts shot during their (Apollo) visits." Did you marvel that 40 tons of precious Apollo footage, arguably the record of the most important event in human history were left to rot inside an abandoned McDonalds on NASA property?


I can only conclude that what we're seeing is one huge cover story. The real space program has nothing to do with the useless and costly space station and obsolete shuttles whose boosters damage the ozone layer at every launch. It seems they're hardly interested anymore in trying to maintain the facade. NASA doesn't even bother to pretend they're interested in vehicles and instead for years will rely on Russia's Soyuz rockets to get into space, after getting rid of the safest and best booster ever made. There's plenty of evidence that the US has had dual space programs and technologies for decades, one for science, military technology and black operations, and one to keep Boobus entertained, like this big kaboom in a crater on the moon. "We're trying to recapture the excitement of the Apollo missions" gurgles the deputy project manager. The subtleties and complexities of real science aren't sexy enough for dumbed down americans, and probably the astounding discoveries being made in space are deemed too threatening to their control over us to be made public, so we're given this lunar shock and awe which seems to be their ongoing favorite TV show for us..

Yeah, as a backyard astronomer I'll probably be watching with my schmidt cassegrain when LCROSS impacts. The launch is scheduled for mid June and the target site and timing depends on the launch. But it'll hardly be rocket science.


Anonymous greencrow said...

Hi Nolocontendere

Enjoyed your post on the US Lunar Space Program. I was around in 1969 and was totally taken in by the hoax lunar mission.

It was only several decades later when I applied my unusually acute "assessment of probabilities" to the lunar landing and decided it did not happen.

It did not happen because of Van Allan's discovery of radiation rings around planet earth which would have meant that men going through these rings would have had to wear space suits with 10 inches of lead protection.

It did not happen because the lunar landing vehicle would have stirred up so much fine dust in landing that the sharp photographs would never have been possible.

It did not happen because someone did a time and motion study of the photographs and estimated that, even if the astronauts spent every single moment taking pictures, they would not have had the time to take the photos that were taken.

It did not happen because if it had, the astronauts would have been incredible celebrities, on demand for years in stead of slinking back into obscurity (exchept when being chased around airports by demanding skeptics).

No, Nolo it did not happen. And like 4/5th of American is a self serving hoax on humanity...a rape of our collective intellect...and prima facie evidence of the limitless stupidity of the average Joe.


31/5/09 9:03 AM  
Anonymous nick z said...

It happened, but the cost was too great and NASA and the US govt decided that it would be more profitable to build and sell satellites while secretly using most of the money for Pentagon black-ops and imperial warfare.

Iow, it's more profitable for them to conquer the planet Earth first before trying to conquer outer-space.

31/5/09 9:37 AM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

There are so many anomalies and absurdities with the supposed Apollo moon landings that the inconsistencies alone would preclude those landings on the moon.
2 more - at 1/6 gravity the lunar rover would have flipped over at the speeds they drove and it couldn't have fit in the lander anyway. My father worked at Grumman during the time they built it. I seriously doubt much of what they say they accomplished.

And that fits right in with the crap they're handing us today. The real space program is perhaps hundreds of years in advance of what we're told. Off world bases, anti gravity propulsion, time travel, you name it and the black programs are into it, yet we get a hunk of metal raising a little cloud of dust on the moon and we're supposed to be enormously impressed.

31/5/09 5:33 PM  
Anonymous greencrow said...

More anomalies?

What about the missing TV videotapes of the luner landing...they apparently went "missing" from storage at the Smithsonian...who ever heard of something like that happening?

Most of all, Nick, I don't know about you but I was there in 1969 watching the thing on TV. I remember watching it in Black and White cell phones, no computers. We just didn't have the technology then and I don't believe we have it now. We have never sent men outside the orbit of the earth since, nevermind to the moon.

One other thing. We never actually saw the space capsule land in the ocean. We saw something parachuting through the air (highly improbably that parachutes could stop something that had been hurtling through the atmosphere...but anyway...) and we next saw somethng bobbing in the be picked up out of a restricted area by the US Navy...but we never actually saw it hit the water. What was that all about?


31/5/09 10:24 PM  

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