New Year’s Eve Update On Gatwick — Police Still Baffled and No Drone Suspects.

“I don’t think we have found the drone responsible for this at this time. But I am absolutely certain that there was a drone flying throughout the period that the airport was closed.”

— Chief Constable Giles York of Sussex Police, Brighton and Hove, England, to U. K.’s BBC Radio on Dec. 28, 2018

Gatwick Airport is about 29 miles south of London, England, the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom.
Gatwick Airport is about 29 miles south of London, England, the second busiest airport in the United Kingdom. From December 19 to 21, 2018, it was shutdown off and on because of “drone reports” over the airport.

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Why Are So Many Earth Insects Dying?

“This Oct. 15th, 2018, PNAS report is one of the most disturbing articles I have ever read.” 

–  David Wagner, Ph.D., Prof. of Ecology,  Univ. of Connecticut.

“If all humankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed 10,000 years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.”

—  Edward O Wilson, Ph.D., Prof. of Biology, Harvard UniversityClick for report.

50 Years Ago on Christmas Eve 1968, Apollo 8 Photographed This Earth Rise

Earth photograph taken by Apollo 8 crewmember Bill Anders on Christmas Eve December 24, 1968, while in orbit around the Moon, showing the Earth rising for the third time before the Apollo 8 crew above the lunar horizon, approximately 780 kilometers from the spacecraft. Width of the photographed area at the lunar horizon is about 175 kilometers. The land visible on Earth cut across by dark shadow is west Africa. The Earth appears to move up and down a little 1) when the orbital distance between the moon and Earth changes; 2) libration, which is slight movement of Earth due to eccentricity of the moon's orbit; 3) rotation of Earth while the moon does not rotate and always has the same face toward Earth.
Earth photograph taken by Apollo 8 crewmember Bill Anders on Christmas Eve December 24, 1968, while in orbit around the Moon, showing the Earth rising for the third time before the Apollo 8 crew above the lunar horizon, approximately 780 kilometers from the spacecraft. Width of the photographed area at the lunar horizon is about 175 kilometers. The land visible on Earth cut by dark shadow is west Africa. From the Moon, the Earth appears to move up and down a little  1) when the orbital distance between the Moon and Earth changes;  2) libration, which is slight movement of Earth due to eccentricity of the Moon’s orbit;  3) rotation of Earth while the Moon does not rotate and always has the same face toward Earth.

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Will Trump Launch Space Command This Week?

“This new command structure for the physical domain of space, led by a four-star flag officer, will establish unified command and control for our Space Force operations, ensure integration across the military, and develop the space warfighting doctrine, tactics, techniques, and procedures of the future.”

— Mike Pence, U. S. Vice President at Pentagon, August 2018Click for report.

Christmas Comet Came With Green Glow!

December 15, 2018  Albuquerque, New Mexico - We've got a Christmas 2018 green, bright comet on its way toward Earth at 21,251 miles per hour. Astronomers call it:  Comet 46P/Wirtanen. The 46P means this is the 46th periodic comet discovered with an orbital period around our sun of less than 200 years. Now scientists know that 46P/Wirtanen is a small, short-period comet that goes around our sun every 5.4 years.

 

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Meteor Lighted Up New England Plus Reports of “Deep Rolling” Boom Sound and Shaking

“Caught it out bedroom window as I was getting into bed. Crazy bright pulsing light through transom window right over headboard.” 

– Ryan B, Portland, Maine

Video frame of falling meteorite near 12:15 AM Eastern on December 12, 2018, over southern Maine.
Video frame of falling meteorite near 12:15 AM Eastern on December 12, 2018, over New England. But what caused the loud “deep rolling” boom and ground shaking — especially in Boothbay Harbor, Maine?

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New “Polio-like Disease”: Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) — More Than 400 American Cases Since 2014.

“In our surveillance here in Colorado and I know in other states, there has been a similar pattern of circulation of Enterovirus 68 that mirrors the incidence of acute flaccid myelitis in the United States.”

– Samuel Dominguez, M. D. and Ph.D., Assoc. Prof., Pediatrics-Infectious Diseases and Medical Director for Microbiology Laboratory, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, Colorado

So far in 2018, the CDC has confirmed 116 cases of polio-like disease in 31 states. Since 2014, when the new paralyzing disease was first noticed, the CDC has confirmed more than 400 cases known medically as Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM). Many of the young children that have been infected by the virus — average age 4 — are still coping with paralysis. CNN family photo.
So far in 2018, the CDC has confirmed 116 cases of polio-like disease in 31 states. Since 2014, when the new paralyzing disease was first noticed, the CDC has confirmed more than 400 cases known medically as Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM). Many of the young children that have been infected by the virus — average age 4 — are still coping with paralysis. CNN family photo.

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Today Nov. 26th – NASA Joy and Cheers As InSIGHT Lands On Mars! See updated report.

InSIGHT landed safely on Mars today, November 26, 2018, near 2:54 PM Eastern! It's the first lander to be able to dig at least 16 feet down into the Martian red soil and will have a seismometer to measure quake activity on the mysterious red planet! NASA image illustration of how InSIGHT looks like now on the flat plain of Elysium Planitia!
InSIGHT landed safely on Mars today, November 26, 2018, near 2:54 PM Eastern!  It’s the first lander to be able to dig at least 16 feet down into the Martian red soil and will have a seismometer to measure quake activity on the mysterious red planet! NASA image illustration of how InSIGHT looks like now on the flat plain of Elysium Planitia.

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“There’s a reason engineers call landing on Mars ‘seven minutes of terror.’ We can’t joystick the landing, so we have to rely on the commands we pre-program into the spacecraft.”

— Rob Grover, Lead for InSIGHT’s entry, descent and landing (EDL),  NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

“Previous missions haven’t gone more than skin-deep at Mars. InSIGHT scientists can’t wait to explore the deeper heart of Mars.”

— Sue Smrekar, InSIGHT Mission Deputy Principal Investigator, Jet Propulsion Lab, Pasadena, CAClick for report.

Oumuamua’s Peculiar Acceleration – Harvard Scientists Discuss Possible Extraterrestrial Lightsail Power

“Oumuamua showed deviations from a Keplerian orbit at a high statistical significance. We discuss the possible origins of Oumuamua, including the possibility that it might be a lightsail of artificial origin … for interstellar travel.”

– Schmuel Bialy, Ph.D. and Abraham Loeb, Ph.D.,  Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, Cambridge, Mass. Prof. Loeb is Chairman of Harvard’s Astronomy Dept., November 1, 2018

“This is the most extreme orbit I have ever seen.”

– Davide Farnocchia, Ph.D.,  NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies (CNEOS), Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, October 19, 2017

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