NASA Selects Science Instruments for Europa Mission

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In a move that may be heralded as the first step toward discovering life beyond Earth, NASA has selected nine science instruments for a mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa. The mission: to investigate whether the mysterious icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life.

The significance of this mission is difficult to overstate. In 2012, NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope observed water vapor above the south polar region of Europa. The observation provided the first strong evidence of water plumes. If these plumes are confirmed, and they are linked to a subsurface ocean, the discovery will help scientists investigate the chemical makeup of Europa’s potentially habitable environment.

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No, America Did Not Build a Secret Moon Base

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This post continues to provide context to the episode of Hangar 1 entitled “Far Side of the Moon.” Previously, I discussed evidence contradicting the theory that Apollo 11 astronauts saw and reported alien spacecraft.

The idea of a secret manmade base on the Moon is inherently unrealistic to those with even a rudimentary understanding of spaceflight. Even so, some of those who appeared on “Far Side of the Moon” made such a claim. Thus, it is important to explain why such a notion is outside the bounds of realism.

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Putting “Far Side of the Moon” In Context

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Having just watched “Far Side of the Moon,” the episode of Hangar 1 dealing with an alleged alien presence on the moon, I felt it important to add counterpoints to various assertions put forth by some who appeared on the show. I recognize that Hangar 1 is intended more as a source of entertainment rather than a documentary program, but such context remains valuable. Also, it is important to remember that MUFON is a very large and diverse organization. There is room and tolerance for many voices.

I won’t address everything, but I will look into the allegations that the crew of Apollo 11 observed alien spacecraft and reported back to NASA in a broadcast censored by the government. I will also discuss the associated claim that the Apollo 11 spacecraft was shadowed by a UFO.

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MUFON Releases Monthly Sightings Report for April 2015

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Each month, MUFON releases a statistical break-down of UFO reports by country and state. These numbers are gathered from MUFON’s case management system (CMS).

In April, the United States saw 545 reports filed through CMS. Out of the American states, California and Florida saw the most reports with 66 and 49, respectively.

See the full statistical report, including the state-by-state breakdown and international numbers, below the fold.

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