Scientists look for aliens on the moon

 

Volunteers are being recruited to help look through thousands of images of the moon’s surface to look for any sign that aliens might have been there.

Physicists Paul Davies and Robert Wagner have proposed a search for alien evidence on the surface of the moon by studying in detail thousands of photographs taken by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. “If it costs little to scan data for signs of intelligent manipulation, little is lost in doing so, even though the probability of detecting alien technology at work may be exceedingly low,” they said.

Are Aliens On The Moon? Scientists Want YOU To Join The Search

American scientists want to enlist online volunteers to identify signs of alien life in moon images collected by NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

Physicists Paul Davies and Robert Wagner of Arizona State University believe there may be signs of extra terrestrial life in the form of messages, scientific instruments, waste or evidence of mining that could be spotted by human telescopes and orbiting spacecraft.

In their paper published online in the journal Acta Astronautica, the pair wrote: “Although there is only a tiny probability that alien technology would have left traces on the moon in the form of an artefact or surface modification of lunar features, this location has the virtue of being close, and of preserving traces for an immense duration.

“If it costs little to scan data for signs of intelligent manipulation, little is lost in doing so, even though the probability of detecting alien technology at work may be exceedingly low.”

The paper adds: “Alien civilizations may have sent probes to our region of the galaxy. Any mission to the solar system would probably have occurred a very long time ago.

“The lunar environment could preserve artefacts for millions of years.”

The LRO has been taking pictures of the moon’s surface since 2009, with more than 340,000 images collected so far.

According to Davies and Wagner, it would be impossible for one team to examine the ever-growing number of images, hence their suggestion to involve amateur enthusiasts in what they claim would make “an excellent educational project”.

They also suggest building computer software that could recognise irregularities on the moon’s surface.

The proposals would complement other scientific hunts for alien life, including the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI), research which uses data from radiotelescopes.

 Article Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2011/12/26/aliens-moon-acta-astronautica-seti-nasa-_n_1170217.html

PS1  The introduction to “Searching for alien artifacts on the moon”

Abstract

    The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) has a low probability of success, but it would have a high impact if successful. Therefore it makes sense to widen the search as much as possible within the confines of the modest budget and limited resources currently available. To date, SETI has been dominated by the paradigm of  seeking deliberately beamed radio messages.

    However, indirect evidence for extraterrestrial intelligence could come from any incontrovertible signatures of non-human technology. Existing searchable databases from astronomy, biology, earth and planetary sciences all offer low-cost opportunities to seek a footprint of extraterrestrial technology. In this paper we take as a case study one particular new and rapidly-expanding database: the photographic mapping of the Moon’s surface by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to 0.5 m resolution. Although there is only a tiny probability that alien technology would have left traces on the moon in the form of an artifact or surface modification of lunar features, this location has the virtue of being close, and of preserving traces for an immense duration.

    Systematic scrutiny of the LRO photographic images is being routinely conducted anyway for planetary science purposes, and this program could readily be expanded and outsourced at little extra cost to accommodate SETI goals, after the fashion of the SETI@home and Galaxy Zoo projects.

Highlights

  • Alien civilizations may have sent probes to our region of the galaxy.
  • Any mission to the solar system would probably have occurred a very long time ago.
  • The lunar environment could preserve artifacts for millions of years.
  • Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter provides a photographic database to search for artifacts.
  • Searching the LRO database would make an excellent educational project.

PS2  NASA’s Apollo DSE “Black Box” Transcripts – revealing the unscripted truth about the Moon

In this examination into NASA’s “black box” transcripts, we will look at just a few of the many interesting and revealing comments made by the astronauts throughout the Apollo program that were captured by the CSM’s DSE system, as well as touch on some of the scripting protocols employed during the various TV broadcasts made from the CSM during the journey to and from the Moon and while in lunar orbit. Contrary to what many think, those TV broadcasts were in fact elegantly scripted affairs, designed to rigidly control the amount of data that we, the general public, would have available to analyze. Because of this, the DSE and DSEA internal crew conversation transcripts can provide us, in the astronauts own words, an unscripted and less-guarded insight into some of the incredible things they really witnessed during their journey to and from the Moon.

During the Apollo lunar landing program, NASA made use of two primary flight telemetry/voice recording systems aboard their spacecraft. One of these systems was inside the Command/Service Module, and the other was mounted within the Lunar Module. These two systems were known as the DSE (aboard the CSM) and the DSEA (aboard the LM). The “Data Storage Equipment” systems essentially served as Black Box cockpit voice recorders, designed to tape some of the internal conversations between the astronauts while they were out of radio contact with Mission Control in Houston. After contact was re-established during the flight, Mission Control could then dump (downlink) the recorded data from the CSM to Earth, where it would be analyzed.

Unfortunately, NASA today claims that the original DSE Black Box tapes from the Apollo missions are missing and are presumed lost. However, these DSE recordings were transcribed shortly after the contents of the tapes were originally dumped from the CSM to the Earth, and several years after the Apollo program ended, these transcripts finally were declassified and then released to the NASA archives.

In coming segments, we will examine many more impressive statements made by the NASA astronauts that were captured by the various cockpit voice recording systems utilized during not only the Apollo program, but during the earlier Gemini Earth-orbital flights as well. There is much more to come!    — LunaCognita

All the transcript pages shown in this presentation are official source documents, the online versions of which can be accessed @
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/history/mission_trans/mission_transcripts.htm

 

PS3  Wouldn’t that be Cool …

Is that what we would like to find out?

A photo  compilation of the anomalies on the lunar surface including the alien spacecraft, alleged woman found inside, purported alien bases and UFOs leaving its surface.

Comments

  1. Joseph Kemp says

    The chances are tiny. Far smaller than Paul Davies would have you believe. There have been no radio signals ever detected from aliens. No high technology surrounds distant planets. Aliens likely do not exist at all.

    Incidentally, I happen to believe that they probably DO exist. But we would likely never realize what we were seeing if we ever encountered one.

    This is called the ANTHROPOMORPHIC PROBLEM. Often when people think of aliens, they imagine human-type creatures. Even if the alien is a giant bug, people still imagine it having a human type way of looking at the universe, a human sense of understanding. This is a colossal mistake.

    The oceans of Earth are an entirely alien ecosystem. Recall at all the weird things that exist within the ocean environment. (Sharks, strange things at great depths.) James Cameron even made a MOVIE about the “ALIENS OF THE DEEP.” Some of these living things are so different we can barely stand to look at them.

    And when it comes to truly alien beings, from a completely alien ecosystem, the differences may be literally incomprehensible; impossible to EVER bridge.

    Imagine, for example, an alien race of beings made entirely of clouds of gas. Such aliens would have no eyes or ears or bodies at all. They might communicate through scents and smells. They might have no visible technology whatsoever, but might instead possess a highly-developed science of mind.

    How would we even BEGIN to communicate with a species like that?

    We would likely not even recognize them as a species. We would just see clouds of gas. The differences might simply be too extreme for us to even know that they are aliens at all. We might kill them simply by breathing in.

    So when Paul Davies talks about aliens possibly leaving “technology” and “space probes” on the moon, this just strikes me as a colossal failure of imagination. The 1960’s vision of what aliens are supposed to be. This is about as unrealistic as it is possible to get.

    It’s a clever idea to search for remains of alien visits on the moon. And it is logical to investigate every possibility, no matter how tiny. But the optimism of Paul Davies in his letter above strikes me as overly-enthusiastic, and far too confident. He mentions “alien space probes” and “alien technology,” as if it’s just a given that aliens would use such things. The strong possibility that they might not doesn’t even seem to register.

    Imagine! Aliens without technology! Or even without bodies! They must have them.

    The idea that aliens might use physical technology like us, travel in spaceships like us, leave footprints like us, or even have BODIES like us, is just extraordinarily wishful thinking. It’s about the only thing that sustains scientists who are seriously committed to finding alien life in our universe. The fact that such life might not even be detectable at all would be devastating to such a mindset. No wonder a lot of scientists don’t like to think about it.

    That is something called CONGRUENCY THEORY: the idea that alien technology, alien thinking, and alien appearances might significantly overlap with our own. They likely would not. Trying to communicate or even to DETECT actual alien life might forever be closed off to us.

    It’s comparable to going back in time to the Medieval 1300’s with a television set. There wouldn’t even be a place to plug in the cord.

    This desperately optimistic search for alien life strikes me as stemming from many scientists’ extraordinary despair of being alone in the Universe. Such a search is unrealistic and is likely doomed to failure, no matter WHAT we find. I find it extremely silly.

    Unless there is are good reasons for believing that something can be done, we are not justified in holding that belief. I am astonished how unsophisticated the majority of “scientific” thinking about aliens really is. Paul Davies, and others like him, strike me as a people of remarkably low intelligence (sad to say) and very little imagination. They are not sufficiently informed on the issues. But they still write as if they were.

    And these are the low-functioning people running our world. Not good.

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