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by Jeff Farrell        November 18, 2017        (mirror.co.uk)

• YouTuber, Streetcap1, has recently posted a NASA stock photo (above) that appears to show a man walking around the ‘moon’ without a space suit during the Apollo 17 mission. Says the poster, “It looks like a man back in the early 70’s, long hair, wearing some sort of waistcoat type thing.”
• In the early 1970’s, the U.S. and the Soviet Union (Russia) were in the grip of a Cold War, and the U.S. was under pressure to prove they could beat Russia in missions to the moon. NASA’s desperation to beat the Soviets has fueled suspicions for nearly five decades that some or all of the missions were shot on a movie set. The man in the image then would have been a stage hand.
• [Editor’s Note] In 2015, a video was going around on the internet purporting to be an interview with Stanley Kubrick in March 1999, just before Kubrick’s death, wherein Kubrick admits to helping NASA fake, or “restage”, the moon landings on a movie set. Kubrick’s daughter, Vivian Kubrick, denied the authenticity of the video arguing that someone with the artistic integrity of Stanley Kubrick would never betray the public. The mainstream has likewise vehemently debunked the video admission.

 

A stock photo appears to show a man walking around the ‘moon’ without a space suit during the US’s Apollo 17 mission – adding more fuel to the conspiracy that the whole thing was faked.

America has always claimed they put the first men on Earth’s satellite planet when NASA beamed live video footage of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin supposedly taking their first steps there 48 years ago.

Doubters have always insisted that first mission was faked so the US could claim victory in the Space Race over Russia at the height of the Cold War.

Now fresh images have emerged that suggest that the sixth and final mission – Apollo 17 – some three years later was also faked.

The three man NASA crew – headed by Eugene Cerman – touched down on the moon and walked its surface, the official report said.

But a close-up analysis of one supposed image from the famous expedition that emerged this week suggests the whole enterprise was filmed on a Hollywood movie set.

A video that zooms in on the reflection of one of the astronaut’s visors appears to show a man standing around in a “waistcoat”, according to a YouTuber user who posted the footage.

He suggests the figure, which he says is a man with long hair that fits in with the style for men in 70s when Apollo 17 supposedly landed on the moon on December 7, 1972.

Conspiracy theorists are likely to seize on the video as proof that NASA’s Apollo 17 was staged on a film set.

The US was under massive pressure to prove they could beat Russia in number of missions to the moon during the Cold War.

And their desperation to beat them has fueled suspicions for nearly five decades that all their missions were faked.

YouTube user Streetcap1 posted the footage of the supposed photo – the source of which was not verified – just days ago.

He said: “This is from a moon photograph, a reflection from one of the astronaut’s face visor, so I thought it looked a bit strange, so I took a picture of it using my software.”

“What we appear to have here is a figure of a human, not wearing a space suit, circa early 70s. An Apollo 17 photograph.”

“It looks like a man. Back in the early 70s. Long hair. Wearing some sort of waistcoat type thing.”

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by Jeff Parsons      November 26, 2017      (mirror.co.uk)

• People are taking another look at a NASA video of a shuttle launch on May 16, 2011. At 1:44 an angular white object appears close to the shuttle Endeavor’s spent fuel tank.
• The YouTube channel that posted it claims that it is the “White Knight” satellite, ‘a rumoured extra-terrestrial craft that has been secretly orbiting the Earth for thousands of years’ (an apparent companion to the more famous “Black Knight” mystery satellite).
• [Editor’s Note] Comments from viewers identify the white UFO as something ordinary ranging from space debris to ice. Commenter “bangbang” points out that at 4:33 another white anomaly can be seen in the lower left hand corner of the video.

 

A strange white object has been spotted in archive footage of a NASA shuttle launch that took place in 2011.

Predictably, UFO hunters across the internet have been sent into a frenzy by the find, claiming it is evidence of an alien craft.

The shimmery white spectacle can be seen in the clouds alongside the fuel tank discarded from the space shuttle Endeavour after it blasts off for its final mission in May 2011.

Originally posted on NASA’s official YouTube channel, the old footage has been dug up and re-examined by UFO enthusiasts. It was re-uploaded to the channel UFO Today, which is dedicated to “the UFO phenomena”.

According to the channel’s interpretation, the strange object is the “White Knight Satellite” – a rumoured extra-terrestrial craft that has been secretly orbiting the Earth for thousands of years.
It can be seen in the clip when the fuel tank is jettisoned from the NASA craft minutes after take-off.

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by Andrea Lo (www.cnn.com)

• On November 12th, Russian scientist Dr Igor Ashurbeyli included a foot-long satellite within a NASA resupply rocket to the ISS, containing 0.5 TB of data including family photographs, digital representations of the flag, coat of arms, and constitution for the 18,000 citizens of “Asgardia”, to be subsequently released into Earth’s orbit.
• Thus, Asgardia is the world’s first independent nation to operate in outer space.
• The “nanosat” satellite containing the Asgardia data will remain in orbit for between five and eighteen months, the typical lifespan of this type of satellite, before it burns out and disappears.
• Asgardia’s mission is to provide a “peaceful society”, to offer easier access to space technologies, and to protect Earth from space threats such as asteroids and man-made space debris. The Asgardian team hopes to create habitable platforms in low-Earth orbit.
• Asgardia is free to join. Anyone over 18 years old, with an email address, regardless of gender, nationality, race, religion, or financial standing can apply for citizenship.
• Today, there are 114,000 Asgardians from 204 countries.
• Dr Igor Ashurbeyli is a 53-year-old rocket scientist from Moscow who promoted and single-handedly bankrolled the Asgardia project.
• Asgardia’s administrative center will be in Vienna. They plan to elect a government in March 2018 and will ask to be recognized by the United Nations. To achieve this, the UN’s Security Council must first approve Asgardia’s application to be considered a nation, then two-thirds of members of the General Assembly must vote for its admission.
• The plan is to send the first permanent human inhabitants to an orbiting Asgardia by 2026.

 

The world’s first “space nation” has taken flight.

On November 12, Asgardia cemented its presence in outer space by launching the Asgardia-1 satellite.

The “nanosat” — it is roughly the size of a loaf of bread — undertook a two-day journey from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, the United States, to the International Space Station (ISS).

It contains 0.5 TB of data belonging to 18,000 of Asgardia’s citizens, such as family photographs, as well as digital representations of the space nation’s flag, coat of arms and constitution.

Russian scientist Dr Igor Ashurbeyli founded the world’s first independent nation to operate in outer space in October 2016.

Named after a Norse mythological city of the skies, Asgardia is free to join and so far, about 114,000 people have signed up.

Ashurbeyli says the project’s mission is to provide a “peaceful society”, offer easier access to space technologies, and protect Earth from space threats, such as asteroids and man-made debris in space.

While Asgardia’s citizens will — for the time being — remain based on earth, the satellite launch brings the nation one step closer to space.

The satellite’s mission

Asgardia-1 made its journey to the ISS aboard the OA-8 Antares-Cygnus, a NASA commercial cargo vehicle.

Now it must wait for about three weeks as vital supplies and scientific equipment are transferred from the NASA ship to the six people currently living at the ISS.

The nanosat will then be detached from the NASA vehicle and begin its own orbital journey around the earth. Citizens’ data will remain in orbit for between five and 18 months, the typical lifespan of this type of satellite. It will then burn out and disappear.

For Ashurbeyli, the launch fulfills a pledge he made when establishing the “space nation” to take its citizens to space via their data.

“I promised there would be a launch,” he says. “We selected NASA as a reliable partner … because we have to meet the commitments that I made 13 months ago.”

Getting it off the ground

Within 40 hours of the project being announced in 2016, over 100,000 people had applied for citizenship on Asgardia’s website. After three weeks, Asgardia had 500,000 applicants.

Anyone over 18 years old, with an email address, regardless of gender, nationality, race, religion, and financial standing can apply for citizenship — including ex-convicts, provided they are clear of charges at the time of application.

Today, there are 114,000 Asgardians from 204 countries — a population drop from 211,000 in June, when voting to determine the details of Asgardia’s constitution began.

Only those who agreed to adopt the finalized constitution are counted as Asgardians.

Turkey currently has the largest number of Asgardians, with over 16,500 residents.

Rayven Sin, an artist based in Hong Kong, told CNN that she signed up to become an Asgardian in November 2016 after hearing about it on a Chinese radio show while she was in Toronto.

“I really want to be able to see if human beings are able to have more opportunity to express their opinions,” she told CNN. “The society we live in now — everything seems to be either capitalism or communism — there’s a lot of conflict.

“As a human being, I would hope (to see) if we could have other ways (of living). For a better life, and for more options.”

John Spiro, a digital marketing specialist who organizes a monthly meet-up for Hong Kong-based Asgardians, told CNN it was the possibility of sending personal data into space that excited him.

“I help translate and preserve Buddhist sutras as a hobby and the symbolism of sending one of those religious texts in electronic form ‘up to the heavens’ seemed very nice.”

Out of this world idea

Going forward, the Asgardia team hopes to create habitable platforms in low-earth orbits — the first one located 100 to 200 miles (161 to 321 kilometers) from space, which is also where the ISS is located.

The first human flight to this location is projected to take place in eight years’ time.

“We want to give equal opportunities to everyone who has a mind, who can do something, for their protection,” Ashurbeyli said.

“Our real home is not the house or the city where we were born. (Our) home is planet Earth, (and) we want to protect it.

“(It’s) not a fantasy. Going to Mars, the galactics, so on — that’s just fake. I intend something more real.”

Further satellite launches are in the works but no dates have yet been confirmed.

Dr Igor Ashurbeyli

Rocket scientist

A 53-year-old rocket scientist, Ashurbeyli says he is single-handedly bankrolling the project — for a sum that’s undisclosed.

Regularly reported to be a billionaire — although he has never appeared on the Forbes rich lists — the Azerbaijan-born Russian graduated from the Azerbaijan State Oil Academy in 1985, and three years later founded Socium, a software and consulting firm turned holding company with over 10,000 employees, according to his website.

After moving to Moscow in the 1990s, he became a heavyweight in the science industry and, in 2010, was awarded the Russian State Science and Technology Prize. Three years later, he founded the Aerospace International Research Center (AIRC) in Vienna, and today he is chairman of UNESCO’s Science of Space committee.

In short, Ashurbeyli is no beginner when it comes to space.

He did, however, resign from all governmental organizations in 2011, according to his website, and now claims to be politically neutral.

At a press conference in Hong Kong in June 2017, Ashurbeyli explained that Asgardia is a project he has been dreaming of since childhood.

“I was interested in doing something unusual that nobody else was doing,” Ashurbeyli told CNN. “It was my dream to create an independent country.”

That ambition became more concrete after Ashurbeyli gave a speech at a conference on space law at McGill University in Montreal in 2016, where he was inspired by a discussion about the laws governing murder, marriage and divorce in space.

“I thought: ‘Why not organize a country?’ Not only for lawyers. But for technicians, for engineers, for every human … because he’s currently restricted by the laws of the country he was born in.”
Currently space law is adhered to in the form of the Outer Space Treaty, signed by 103 countries including the US and Russia.

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