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Coronavirus on the ISS

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No, it’s not the title of the latest apocalyptic space movie. There are real fears that COVID-19 may have hitched a ride on the latest flight from Earth to the International Space Station.
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There are real fears that COVID-19 may have hitched a ride on the latest flight from Earth to the International Space Station.

Evgeniy Mikrin, head of Russia’s Energia Rocket and Space Corporation, tested positive for the virus just days after he attended the launch of the Soyuz MS-16 at Baikonur Cosmodrome in Southern Kazakhstan.

Mikrin shared a three-hour flight with the head Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin. The two also sat together in a meeting room separated by glass from the two Russian Cosmonauts and one American Astronaut, shortly before blast off.

Mikrin did not have close contact with the crew, but Rogozin did.  Rogozin was seen breaking social distancing guidelines and standing close to all three crew members aboard the rocket and during a farewell ceremony. All of them were not wearing face coverings.  In some pictures, social distancing was observed, but face-coverings were not.

Mikrin is asymptomatic and in quarantine at home. He is one of thirty Russian space personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19.  It is uncertain whether Rogozin has tested positive for the virus.

In just a few weeks, a life form we cannot see, touch or smell has already covered the planet and possibly gone to space.

Our newsroom is following this closely, so check back daily as events unfold.

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A career in the Final Frontier

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2020 is promising to be another record year for job growth is the space industry and we have your connection to thousands of jobs through our partnership with the Space Talent Network.
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As we’ve been reporting, 2020 is promising to be another record year for job growth is the space industry and we have your connection to thousands of jobs through our partnership with the Space Talent Network. Just click on the jobs link on our site and search by job functions, location or by company.  More importantly, it’s not just engineering jobs…..although those are truly in demand…..there are openings in operations, IT, marketing and communications, Human Resources and much more!. Check in regularly as the jobs are constantly updated. 

There’s a Universe of opportunity.  So don’t hesitate to take one giant leap for your career .

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Aerial 51

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In a daring maneuver, Private Pilot Gabriel Zeifman charts a course over one of the most top secret military installations, in the world.
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In a daring maneuver, Private Pilot Gabriel Zeifman charts a course over one of the most top secret military installations, in the world. 

No direct photos of the area are known to exist, until now

Pictured below is the Nevada Test and Training Range, which includes Area 51 and Nevada Test site where hundreds of nuclear weapons were tested. 

Gabriel’s unprecedented aerial account provides a unique perspective of the world’s conspiracy epicenter. 

Good flying, Gabriel. 

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SETI is Expanding!

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NASA is expanding their search for extraterrestrial life with an a wave of upcoming SETI initiatives in the most sensitive, comprehensive and intensive searches for advanced life ever attempted.
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NASA is expanding their search for extraterrestrial life with an a wave of upcoming SETI initiatives in the most sensitive, comprehensive and intensive searches for advanced life ever attempted.

SETI has partnered with the Breakthrough Listen project, funded by billionaire Yuri Milner to scan thousands of stars for brief dips in light that happen when planets transit their host, allowing us to obtain detailed information through ‘light curves,’ expanding the number of target planets that could be host life.

In a related effort, SETI and the VLA (Very Large Array) are teaming up to sweep the entire sky for signs of extraterrestrial life for the first time, using 28 giant radio telescopes in an unprecedented hunt for intelligent civilizations.

Among the most promising systems is Trappist-1, with three Earth sized planets orbiting a cool dim star with atmospheres temperate enough for liquid water to be present on the surface.

The James Webb Telescope will also join the effort and tell us whether these planets have atmospheres like the Earth or Venus, in our first real chance to search for gases given off by life on another planet. We’re basically going to get to study Earth’s cousins, (said Meadows.)

“We’re looking forward to working together as we try to answer one of the most profound questions about our place in the Universe: Are we alone?”

As the latest technology advances bring scientists closer to answering this question, there’s still a few things to work out if we do contact ET.

Stephen Hawking was openly against the the idea, suggesting the outcome for humans would not necessarily be good.

Andrew Siemion, director of the Berkeley SETI centre disagrees, stating – “Personally I think we absolutely should and I think without a doubt, we would. Part of being human is wanting to reach out into the unknown and make connections.”

He is less decisive about what Earth’s message should be, however. “I don’t know … I spend absolutely zero time thinking about that,” he said. “I guess I would just say, ‘Hello’.”

What would you say if you met an alien?

Leave a comment and Let us know…

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US Space Force establishes, SPOC

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The 14th Air Force unit is being transferred to the space force under, Space Operations Command, or SPOC to provide space capabilities such as space domain awareness, space electronic warfare, satellite communications, missile warning, nuclear detonation detection, environmental monitoring, military intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, navigation warfare, command and control, and positioning, navigation and timing, on behalf of the US Space Force, Space Com and other combatant commands.
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The 14th Air Force unit is being transferred to the space force under, Space Operations Command, or SPOC to provide space capabilities such as space domain awareness, space electronic warfare, satellite communications, missile warning, nuclear detonation detection, environmental monitoring, military intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, navigation warfare, command and control, and positioning, navigation and timing, on behalf of the US Space Force, Space Com and other combatant commands.

“With SPOC deployed, the redesigned logo makes more sense.”

Many have criticized the design for its similarity to Starfleet Command, but to be fair, The Space Force emblem hasn’t really changed since the 80’s. What do you think? The logos are below…

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How mobile games are saving astronauts

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Millions of miles from a hospital, with a terminal illness. Working this problem has created a truly unique interdisciplinary solution that could pave the way for a revolution in medicine.
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One of the benefits of space exploration is how it brings so many unique industries together to solve some of our biggest challenges.

In an effort to keep humans healthy on the way to Mars, with little to no support from Earth, the Translational Research Institute for Space Health, is developing a radical new approach to healthcare in an effort to solve one of microgravity’s most painful side effects:

Kidney Stones.

A diagnosis that usually requires surgery, and there’s no ER in space. At least not yet…that’s a hint NBC. Low gravity environments cause a reduction in bone mass and muscle tissue, pushing excess calcium to the kidneys, resulting in extremely painful stones passing through the urinary tract. This alone could halt our progress to the inner planets.

Fourteen ISS crew  members have developed the syndrome in the last 5 years, and with longer missions on the horizon – solving this is a priority – and gaming is the answer.

At the intersection of medicine and entertainment, Level Ex is paving the way for the future of health care in far away environments. “On the way to Mars it’s likely there’ll be a physician on board but Murphy’s Law says it’s going to be the doctor who gets sick,” said Dorit Donoviel.

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Is Betelgeuse about to Blow?

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One of the most recognizable stars in the night sky is about to go supernova! An explosion so powerful, we will see it during the day...for weeks!
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One of the most recognizable stars in the night sky, and also one of the biggest is about to go supernova. An explosion so big, it could be visible during the day and appear brighter than the full moon at night, for a few weeks.

The last time humans were treated to such a sight was the 17th century when a Type ONE-A star exploded in the constellation Ophiuchus. And Betelgeuse could be next. 

Over the past few months, the Red Giant has been getting dimmer at an unprecedented pace. This effect could be the result of massive sunspots, stellar dust or indicate the beginning stages of collapse. It’s well known Betelgeuse has no more than about 100,000 years left to burn and could start its death throes just about anytime between now and then, so mark your calendars!

The latest data suggests dimming could be the result an extended 430-day pulsation.  If this is the case, it should reach the low point towards the end of February 2020. However, Betelgeuse still appears to be even dimmer than it should be during such an extended pulsation. This could mean there are multiple factors at work in the fainting of this giant star. Whatever it is, “Something very unusual is going on,” (Guinan says.) 

So keep an eye on the skies. You can see Betelgeuse from November to February in the Southwestern Sky for our Northern Hemisphere viewers and  Northwestern sky if you’re in the Souther Hemisphere. Best seen between latitudes 85 and minus 75 degrees. Its right ascension is 5 hours, with a declination of 5 degrees, or simply, Orion’s right Shoulder.

Check back for up to the minute reports on what could the fireworks show of a lifetime.

 

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Is the Sun causing an Ice Age?

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Our Sun, is approaching the Grand Solar Minimum, marking its lowest activity in over 200 years. During these periods, sunspots and solar flares reach are rare, with long-lived coronal holes expanding. An effect that weakens the Sun’s magnetic field, exposing the Solar System to an abundance of high energy cosmic radiation. While the effects of this are still unknown, our newsroom found some provocative weather data we wanted to share.
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The Sun is now entering solar cycle number 25 and reaching its lowest activity in over 200 years. During these periods, sunspots and solar flares reach a low point, with long-lived coronal holes expanding. An effect that weakens the Sun’s magnetic field, exposing the Solar System to an abundance of high energy cosmic radiation. While the effects of this are still unknown, our newsroom found some provocative weather data we wanted to share.

“Our newsroom found some provocative weather data we wanted to share.”

May 1816, in particular, had the lowest sunspot number (0.1) to date since record-keeping on solar activity had begun, and was also known as the year without a summer. And similar patterns are happening today with nearly identical Solar & terrestrial weather patterns. (1816 + 206 = 2022) In 2016 the United States experienced a cold Polar Vortex in April with Spring temperatures ranging from 25 to 50 degrees during the day, and much cooler at night, similar to 1816. 2017 also experienced a polar vortex with major snowstorms in mid March. Temperatures were below-zero and growing season ended abruptly.

“Could this mean we are on the precipice of another mini ice-age?”

This trend continued in 2019 with abnormally late winter snow storms and stalled polar vortex. The upcoming season is expected to be the same. Could this mean we are on the precipice of another mini ice age? 

 

As we enter the 2020 Spring Season, the pattern is continuing. 

Meteorologists expect a potent storm to track across the center of the country later this week, bringing a return to wintry conditions — just as the start of spring arrives.

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NAVY opens up about UFO’s

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Over the past few months, there’s been growing speculation about the US military preparing a secret fleet of spacecraft that will soon hit the skies.
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We begin with the ongoing mystery surrounding the NAVY’s biggest viral hit

A story we’ve been following for some time on Space Channel News and recently, Popular Mechanics published an exclusive interview with operational specialists, radar operators and crew from the Nimitz to gain a different perspective of the incident.

“Their accounts provide overwhelming evidence that ‘someone’ was very interested in this event.”

Recorders for the ship’s advanced Combat Engagement Center (CEC) were wiped clean, along with the optical drives containing all the radio communications. There were Men in Black….Non Disclosure Agreements. Secret Helicopters. Black Boxes confiscated…and much more. Some great journalism from Popular Mechanics. Check out the Article HERE

Disclosure seems inevitable.

From official military footage to backyard cell phone video – sightings around the world are on the rise, and this one in particular caught our attention.

“A fleet of nearly identical unidentified aerial anomaly’s were spotted above Utah and North Carolina on the same day.” 

Adding to the mystery, another clip of hovering lights has emerged with similar timing to the other claims. A lot of these UFO’s could be flares or some other anomaly, but with the growing frequency of appearances and strange formations, these videos are hard to ignore.

Most likely, we’re being punked by the Space Force

If those floating lights are truly extraterrestrial, NASA’s new space telescope will probably find their home planet. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will be scanning nearby stars for ‘dimming events’ that happen when planets pass in front of their host stars, blocking some of the starlight. This data can indicate the size and orbit of exoplanets.

Between ground-based observations, ESA and NASA missions, astronomers are expecting to map over 50,000 exoplanet candidates in the next 10 years. An incredible age of discovery!

And that’s a small part of the Galaxy. It’s possible, there are many more.

Using a 250-year old mathematical concept known as the Titius-Bode Law, which correctly inferred the existence of Uranus before it was observed – has predicted our galaxy has literally trillions of habitable planets and moons.

“This means every star in the night sky has at least one to three rocky worlds with water and potentially life. Wow.”

As the hunt for ET rages on, China’s state-run media announced a bold new plan for manned missions to Mars. In the report from Beijing , China’s astronauts (Taikonauts) will first land on the Moon, set up bases for scientific operations, then journey to Mars to search for life

Check out our previous report on China’s Martian training facility in the Gobi desert. There’s no doubt they’ll be on Mars within the decade.

Currently, NASA is leading the world when it comes to Mars exploration, and recently found evidence of a mysterious oasis in Gale Crater, a one hundred mile-wide dry lakebed. This new data is showing unexpected oxygen fluctuations, suggesting it is being produced, and then removed from the atmosphere

“We’re struggling to explain this,” said Melissa Trainer, a planetary scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. “The fact that the oxygen behavior isn’t perfectly repeatable every season makes us think that it’s not an issue that has to do with atmospheric dynamics. It has to be some chemical source we can’t yet account for.” 

While NASA’s rovers explore Mars from afar, Japan is bringing an actual asteroid back to Earth!

According to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The probe will be returning with “carbon and organic matter” traveling over 186 million miles to drop off samples in Earth’s atmosphere with an expected landing next year in Southern Australia.

“Japan has landed on an asteroid traveling thousands of miles per hour, blasted it, collected material and returning those pieces back to Earth!!!!”

BRAVO Japan.

The first space themed ETF is now trading on NASDAQ, as “UFO”

Crop circle this for your 401k!

The space industry is really taking off….financially as well.

Wall Street is expecting Space to become a multi-trillion dollar business. As we’ve been covering on Space Channel News, millions of dollars are flowing into companies like Relativity Space, Leo Labs and just recently Virgin Galactic becoming the first publicly traded Space Tourism company! SPCE

So how do ordinary investors keep up and get involved? Check out ProcureAM

They’ve put together a bundle of 30 top performing space companies in an ETF (Exchange Traded Fund) called….wait for it….UFO! We’ll be covering ProcureAM extensively in future newscasts.

And a cool moment in space history, H.R. 1396 – The Hidden Figures Congressional Gold Medal Act has been signed into law by President Trump. The honor goes to Katherine Johnson, Dr. Christine Darden, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson for their service to the United States during the space race. But President Trump took things one step further with an additional Gold Medal Honor for ALL the women who served as computer programmers, mathematicians and engineers at NASA between the 1930’s and 1970’s. Fantastic….and well deserved by all of them!

From Hidden Figures, to the hidden Universe…A mind bending new book from theoretical physicist Sean Carroll suggests every important event in our lives has multiple possible outcomes and splits the Universe into alternate realities.

According to Carroll, since we are intrinsically connected to the quantum field, different versions of you share the same memories and have every right to be thought of as ‘you,’ but they’re separate people in a different universe. The number of universal branches increases over time, and the older you get, the more versions of ‘you’ there are.”

Basically, this confirms the existence good Spock, and evil Spock.

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Over 20,000 pieces of orbiting trash

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In the last three months, SpaceX added over 200 satellites to its StarlLinkconstellation, with hundreds more planned this year, eventually growing to over 40,000
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In the last three months, SpaceX added over 200 satellites to its StarlLink constellation, with hundreds more planned this year, eventually growing to over 40,000

OneWeb, BlueOrigin and other spacefaring nations are building similar, and even larger orbital networks. 

As more objects come online, potential collisions become more likely, which could create a mega-constellation of catastrophic, impenetrable space debris, blocking rockets from leaving Earth. An effect known as the “Kessler syndrome”.

Without a global satellite traffic system in place, the only thing preventing a collision is an automated email. (You’ve got mail – check your spam folder)

DirecTV fears explosion risk from satellite with damaged battery

An issue affecting all areas of commerce. 

Recently, a Direct TV Spaceway-1 Satellite suffered a crippling battery malfunction that could disintegrate the craft, forcing it away from its geosynchronous arc, into the “orbital graveyard” – 300 kilometers above active satellites.

Speeding Satellites On Collision Course Above Pittsburgh Do Not Hit

And just last week, there was a near-miss over Pittsburgh…tracked by LeoLabs

Russian spy satellite has ‘exploded in space’ – and it may have been deliberate

Some satellites aren’t so lucky. Russia’s Kosmos-2491, allegedly designed to inspect and destroy enemy spacecraft, may have disintegrated in an orbital collision event. So far the Kremlin has not commented on the incident.  

As our orbiting economy continues to expand, it’s becoming a troubling trend for astronomers

In November, StarLink satellites were accused of “photo-bombing” an outburst of Alpha Monocerotid meteors.  Bill Cooke, head of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office said the event, was a real eye opener. Bill Cooke, – space weather


A train of parallel satellites can be seen in this time-lapse image taken in ItalyCredit: Farra Observatory
This image of the satellite trains was taken over Russia by a GMN cameraCredit: Farra Observatory
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