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by Mary Hui October 16, 2017 (washingtonpost.com)

• China’s prototype space station, launched in 2011, is out of control and will crash somewhere on the Earth before the end of the year.
• The space station measures 34 feet and weighs 8.5 tons.
• Chunks as large as 220 lbs may hit the Earth.
• Controlled spacecraft are typically guided to crash in a 2.5 mile-deep spot in the Pacific Ocean, 3000 miles east of New Zealand, known as the “spacecraft cemetery” where more than 263 derelict spacecraft have been dumped.
• China currently has a second space station in orbit and plans to have a permanent space station by 2020.

Sometime within the next few months, the heavens will come crashing down.

Tiangong 1, which translates to “Heavenly Palace,” is China’s first space laboratory, launched in September 2011, serving as a prototype for a permanent space station that it aims to eventually build and launch. But six years after it first went into orbit, the 8½-ton laboratory is soon expected to meet a fiery and uncontrolled end, hurtling down to Earth and crashing somewhere — anywhere — on the planet.

In September 2016, Chinese officials confirmed that they had lost control of the space lab and that it would crash into Earth sometime in the latter half of 2017. In May, China told the United Nations that the lab would reenter Earth between October and April 2018.

Much of the space lab, which measures 34 feet in length, is expected to burn up during its reentry. But Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist from Harvard University, told the Guardian that pieces weighing up to 220 pounds could make it to the Earth’s surface.

Where exactly the craft will fall is anyone’s guess. Even slight changes in atmospheric conditions can alter the landing site “from one continent to the next,” McDowell told the Guardian.

“You really can’t steer these things,” he said. “Even a couple of days before it reenters, we probably won’t know better than six or seven hours, plus or minus, when it’s going to come down. Not knowing when it’s going to come down translates as not knowing where it’s going to come down.”

Uncontrolled crashes of larger spacecraft, while rare, have happened before. The Soviet Salyut 7 space station crashed to Earth in 1991, while NASA’s Skylab space station fell over Western Australia in 1979.

China launched Tiangong 2, its second experimental station, in September 2016. China is aiming to have a permanently manned space station in orbit by 2020.

The 2011 launch of Tiangong 1 was seen by some as a “potent political symbol” that marked an important step forward in China’s expanding space program. It was regarded as a geopolitically significant event, part of China’s broader space program through which it wants to assert its emergence as a new superpower.

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by Marina Koren October 7, 2017 (theatlantic.com)

• Trump wants to return astronauts to the Moon by 2020, shifting the focus away from Obama’s Mars agenda.
• Trump wants to establish a lunar base, or an orbiting “cislunar” base, before heading to Mars.
• Mars proponents worry that we’ll get stuck on the Moon.
• India’s space program plans to visit the Moon next year.
• Both Russia and China plan to visit the Moon by the 2030’s.
• The European Space Agency envisions building a “moon village.”
• NASA wants to send the Lunar Rover to the back-side of the Moon.
• They all might be very surprised by what they find on the dark side of the Moon.

Rumors that the Trump administration was more interested in the moon than Mars began circulating days after the inauguration. Leaked memos published in February revealed the president’s advisers wanted NASA to send astronauts there by 2020, one part in a bigger plan to focus on activities near Earth rather than missions deeper in the solar system. Vice President Mike Pence spoke vaguely of a return to the moon in a speech in July. In September, the administration nominated a NASA chief who extolled the construction of lunar outposts. All signs pointed to a significant shift in the country’s Mars-focused space agenda of the last seven years.

This week, the Trump administration made it official.

“We will return NASA astronauts to the moon—not only to leave behind footprints and flags, but to build the foundation we need to send Americans to Mars and beyond,” Pence said Thursday at the inaugural meeting of the National Space Council, an advisory body his administration recently revived.

The vice president’s comments marked a pivot from Barack Obama’s directive for a “Journey to Mars,” established in 2010, and harkens to the aspirations set forth by the George W. Bush administration. The Obama administration had maintained that some kind of human activity in cislunar space—the region between the Earth and the moon—was necessary to test technology for a mission to Mars, but the efforts would amount to a pit stop, not a destination. While Pence did not provide details on what kind of “foundation” Americans would build on the moon, the new direction was clear: Americans should be spending more time in their cosmic backyard before flying off into the solar system.

“It’s a 180-degree shift from no moon to moon first,” said John Logsdon, a space-policy expert and former director of the Space-Policy Institute at George Washington University.

The announcement is obviously good news for space-transportation companies and lunar researchers lamenting the country’s 45-year absence from the moon. For those in the Mars camp, many of whom aim for a human mission to the planet by 2033, the news puts their ambitions on shakier ground.

“Most of the people who are Mars-centered worry that we’ll get stuck on the moon.”

The administration’s push for a return to the moon may be unambiguous now, but plenty of questions remain, ranging from the basic, like when and how, to the intriguing, like the role commercial spaceflight companies might play. NASA also wouldn’t be starting from scratch. The space agency has spent the last decade building the Space-Launch System and Orion, a rocket and spacecraft intended to carry people into deep space but also to build a cislunar way station called the Deep-Space Gateway. NASA planned to use the Deep-Space Gateway as a place for astronauts to prep for deep-space journeys, but the new shift could see the station being used for lunar landings.

Both time-tested contractors and growing commercial companies will be eager to work on potential lunar activities. Boeing is currently developing a capsule that would ferry people into low-Earth orbit, and SpaceX said its proposed mega-rocket, which is mostly intended to fulfill Elon Musk’s Sim City-esque ambitions for Mars, could contribute to travel to the moon. Musk, well aware of the political benefits of it, leaned heavily into lunar ambitions. “It’s 2017. We should have a lunar base by now,” he said recently. “What the hell’s going on?”

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by Arjun Walia September 27, 2017

• The evidence that giants once roamed our planet is overwhelming.
• Michael Tellinger shows a giant footprint in granite rock in South Africa in a video.
• Ancient writings refer to giants including the Vedic in India and the Old Testament Bible which refers to Nephilim.
• In an ancient mound in West Virginia, researchers found numerous giants up to nine feet tall, decorated with copper bracelets and other items.
• “The eyes of that species of extinct Giant, whose bones fill the Mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara, as ours do now.” – Abraham Lincoln, 1848
• Is modern science more interested in learning the true history of our planet, or in debunking and covering up the truth? “We live in a world of secrecy, where information is concealed to protect the status quo.”

Below is a video of Michael Tellinger showing the world close-up video footage of what appears to be a giant footprint that’s been etched into granite rock in South Africa. This video has been circling the web for a few years now, and despite all of the efforts to debunk it, continues to hold strong. It’s simply too difficult to believe that the granite would take on this shape through simple erosion.

Who is Michael Tellinger? He is a renowned author and politician who has made several groundbreaking discoveries regarding lost ancient civilizations that once roamed the Earth. His research focuses on the southern tip of South Africa, and his analytical and scientific approach to his work has attracted many. He’s lectured in various parts of the world and has produced some remarkable evidence that’s forcing us to consider the true origins of humanity and our ancient history. Now considered an international authority on the origins of humanity and the lost civilizations of southern Africa.
Although this footage is a couple of years old at this point, it remains fascinating to think about and is worth sharing with those of you who have yet to come across it.

Even if you are not impressed by the above video, it’s difficult to debunk the belief that giants once roamed our planet. The evidence is quite overwhelming.

The writings of ancient civilizations and various religious texts have all mentioned the existence of giants. One example, out of many, are the Nephilim, found in the Bible. Ancient Vedic literature also mentions giants. Considering how modern day science continues to play catchup with ancient teachings, it’s worth considering the idea that they were right about giants, too.

Apart from the footprint you see above, there are many examples of physical evidence. One great example is part of an upper leg bone with a hip joint of a giant that would have stood about 12 feet (3.5 metres) tall. This bone has been in the vaults of the medical school at WITS University, Johannesburg, since the early 1960s, when it was found by miners in northern Namibia. It is one of the most precious and rare specimens available today that clearly indicate the existence of giants in Southern Africa more than 40,000 years ago.

“The eyes of that species of extinct Giant, whose bones fill the Mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara, as ours do now.”
– Abraham Lincoln, 1848

Another great example of giant humanoids comes from 1883, when the Smithsonian, a United States government and military-led organization, dispatched a team of archaeologists to the South Charleston Mound. The report indicates that the team uncovered numerous giants ranging from seven to nine feet tall. They were decorated with heavy copper bracelets and other religious/cultural items. The report also indicated some of them had a skull that was of “the compressed or flat-head type,” which is a skeletal characteristic similar to those found in South America and Egypt.

Another example comes from 1774, when settlers found what they called “The Giant Town,” which housed several gigantic skeletons, one being an eight foot tall male.

For more examples, I suggest you start with an article written by Richard Dewhurst, the source for the above examples. He’s the Emmy Award–winning writer of the HBO feature documentary Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam. A graduate of NYU with degrees in journalism, film, and television, he has written and edited for the History Channel, the Arts & Entertainment Channel, PBS, Fox Television and Fox Films, ABC News, TNT, Paramount Pictures, and the Miami Herald. He, like Tellinger, is extremely well researched.

In his article, he writes:

In addition to the human skeletons found in NY State, there is also the famous case of “The Cardiff Giant,” a white alabaster-like statue of an 11-foot man which showed an exposed penis and hieroglyphic inscriptions. This statue caused a world-wide sensation and was exhibited in New York City to thousands of paying customers before it was declared a fake by the NY newspapers, despite the fact that scholars from Harvard and elsewhere insisted that the statue was genuine.

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