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Shuttle Endeavour docks with ISS – greet each other.

Posted by dandare on November 17, 2008

The space Shuttle endeavour, (after its launch on 14th november 2008 ) docked with the International Space Station, on sunday 16th november, 2008.

Below are some freeze frame images, from the live NASA TV link online (see here ).


Endeavour (as seen from the ISS )

chan2large654docking Endeavour near to docking with ISS

chan2largedocked Endeavour docked with ISS

chan2large666docked View of docked shuttle from ISS

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chan2large487Above:(3 images) Doing checks, so that both endeavour and ISS can greet each other (this is the view from the ISS side).


Houston control



Above; 3 images; 6.16pm Central Time (16th november) both ISS and Endeavour greet each other.


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Shuttle Endeavour to launch 7.55pm Friday..weather permitting (web cams available)

Posted by dandare on November 14, 2008

The Endeavour space shuttle will be launching at 7.55pm (friday 14th November, 2008), from the Kennedy Space Centre, weather permitting (there’s a 60% chance that it will go ahead, as of now). 712px-space_shuttle_columbia_launching

To see this live, please go to http://www.floridatoday.com/content/maps/spacewebcams.shtml the main one is of course NASA Television link, but there are several to take a look at.chan2large chan11large chan3large 

(only a few of the overall webcams available)..   

News about this can be seen at florida today (see here).

STS – 126 is to deliver surplies and equipement to the International Space Station (ISS).


Some of the images from the live online NASA channel.

eric-boe-771981 Astronauts getting into the shuttle

door-closing-748118 closing doors

chan14large engines warming up

STS-126 Endeavour launch Liftoff

All went well, and they are well on course for joining the International Space Station…. I know this has nothing to do with UFOs, but i am still fascinated with space, and all that it entails.

I forgot to also give another link….. see it here . On the right hand side there are alternative views (best for images is windows media player- go to other viewing options, link is there). What’s on will show you times of events…. should be good when it gets to the ISS.

I always get a buzz from watching it live…. great viewing.

For those of you, who missed the liftoff…. below is a 2 min video, by someone who kindly posted it on youtube

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ITN – Nasa joins UFO sighting craze

Posted by dandare on November 6, 2008

From ITN today…. “NASA joins UFO sightings craze ” with video. Briefly Covers NASA sighting, india and Mexico sightings (all old coverage/news, but  interesting ).

also capital radio ” NASA joins UFO sightings craze ” (same report and video). 

Related videos + information on this:

NASA footage …….Longer version over 9 minutes on youtube….. around 4.31minutes into video, focuses on the objects

India sighting (23rd january 2008 )


I thought you might like to see other NASA footage available (i’ve tried to pick out the best from youtube)
EBE Award Winner! Best Film International UFO Congress Film Festival. On March 11, 2000, in front of an assembled audience of UFO enthusiasts and the media, evidence was presented that would appear to indicate the existence of, not one, but two types of unknown extraterrestrial lifeforms
video 1.29 minutes entitled “The secret NASA Transmissions the smoking gun

the NASA video, on what looks like a missile being fired at a ufo (problem with this video is that it’s poor quality)…it is of STS48 in 1998.

Many camera’s are filming the missions and all these video’s, and communication between space & ground is being send to Houston (NASA) with satellite. In Canada there was a owner of a TV Station named: Martyn Stubbs, who could also receive the SAME NASA satellite video’s, and he taped for more then 5 years all the mission’s video’s /communication that Houston was receiving. I’m not convinced by what some of the narrator says, but interesting footage.

Top secret UFO NASA tapes

“This footage is very rare and was hard to find, its from the live STS-48 Nasa feed in 1991” ; claims this youtube who downloaded this video for us to see.

The NASA STS-75 mission ran a trial experimental tether that was to be used for towing and placing satellites into orbit. During this experiment, they had a problem, and the 12 mile long tether snapped due to the synthetic material accumulating a critical charge.
The shuttles cameras monitored the tether and its 100 million dollar satellite it was towing just drift away. This was all video taped live, and what was captured on this video is absolutely incredible. NASA claims the objects in the footage are ice particles very close to the camera and area passing in front of the far away tether.

Also extra on tether incident

NASA’s unexplained tether overload incident… they claim it is space debris, that is getting sun reflections; some are definately pulsing though?

NASA claim: Apollo 16 photo…no longer a UFO see here for link. its highly likely, that this is a true explaination for this photo.

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Edgar Mitchell UFO interview on Kerrang Radio, 23 july 2008

Posted by dandare on July 26, 2008

In this interview on Kerrang Radio July 23 2008; Astronaut Edgar Mitchell confirms that flying saucers are real and they are bearing alien visitors. What do you think…is he talking sense? or has he lost his mind??

Also NASA’s response (kind of) below:

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“The pale blue dot”-by Carl Sagan- (you tube video)

Posted by dandare on February 5, 2008

I thought i would post this you tube video here, as it just gets you thinking……and wondering.  It lasts just over 5 minutes. We are here: the pale blue dot   

The Pale Blue Dot: above : As told by Carl Sagan through some of the uploaders favorite films set to the music of Mogwai… i think it is very well done (some of my favorite films are here too).

see here for more about him.

This video shows us how small we are in the universe, among other things, and it makes you ponder about life/what if,ect ?

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UFO Update

Posted by dandare on November 9, 2007

Welcome to UFO updates 

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After pressure on Clinton to release files, under the FOIA, they have finally come out. In http://www.nysun.com/ (posted 9th november,2007) “Clinton library releases files on ufos“. A listing of the new files can be seen at   http://www.clintonlibrary.gov/textual-foia.html#0313 . The UFO information =  FOIA 2006-0492-F…. (i must add this is only a list of what is on there).

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At wilshireandwashington.com (posted 7th november,2007) “Shirley MacLaine “”terrific”” that Kucinich Admits seeing ufo“.

Shirley MacLaine shares her mind
Shirley MacLaine shares her mind
  (Video from NBC- the today show).

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CBS has a short video on “ufos and the white house” at

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From PRWEB.com (posted 7th november,2007) “Pilots to tell their UFO stories for the first time” . The original source is from http://www.freedomofinfo.org/ (see this link for more. It will be held at the National Press Club, on the 12th november,2007, 11am.

Those to give evidence will be

Fife Symington, Former Arizona Governor, Moderator

Ray Bowyer, Captain, Aurigny Air Services, Channel Islands

Rodrigo Bravo, Captain and Pilot for the Aviation Army of Chile

General Wilfried De Brouwer, former Deputy Chief of Staff, Belgian Air Force (Ret.)

John Callahan, Chief of Accidents and Investigations for the FAA, 1980’s (Ret.)

Dr. Anthony Choy, founder, 2001, OIFAA, Peruvian Air Force

Jean-Claude Duboc, Captain, Air France (Ret.)

Charles I. Halt, Col. USAF (Ret.), Former Director, Inspections Directorate, DOD I.G.

General Parviz Jafari, Iranian Air Force (Ret.)

Jim Penniston, TSgt USAF (Ret.)

Dr. Claude Poher, Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales, founder, French GEPAN

Nick Pope, Ministry of Defence, UK, 1985-2006

Dr. Jean-Claude Ribes, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France, 1963-98

Comandante Oscar Santa Maria, Peruvian Air Force (Ret.)

“Representatives from France, England, Belgium, Chile, Peru, Iran and the US will call for the US Government to join in an international dialogue and re-open its investigation – which the Air Force shut down over 30 years ago – in cooperation with other governments currently dealing with this unusual and controversial phenomenon” (extract from article). I hope this not alot of hype, with little substance, although those involved above, are good witnesses to ufo sightings/phenomena. We will have to see.

*** update to this (posted today) from CNN relating to this meeting “Symington: I saw a UFO in the Arizona sky“….**** Also it seems, following on from the Larry King show last night (9th november), that “……this is just to establish the fact that the phenomenon is real and it’s happening worldwide” (extract from transcript of the show).

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At http://www.nasa.gov/     “scientists discover record fifth planet orbiting nearby star” (posted 6th november,2007). For anybody interested (mmm, slightly on the same subject….) in meteor showers, with information and a calendar of when and where see here  . To see video go here

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The toowoomba chronicle mentions that ” Number of UFO sightings out of this world ” (posted 5th november,2007);  “There is something alien in the skies around Toowoomba; the region has become a hot spot for unidentified flying objects (UFOs), and is leading the State in reported sightings” (extract from article).

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From http://www.iol.co.za/ it states “Local say aliens; sceptics say beer ” (posted 5th november,2007). “Nevertheless, he has heard lots of tales, for example of an Aboriginal woman who was chased by a UFO.””It is a flat disc with a blue dome. It has been sighted around Alice Springs a couple of times. It chased this lady into town. She saw it again up at Wycliffe Well,”” he said…..[.]” (extract from article).

More sightings are given in this article about Wycliffe Wells in Australia, but there are sceptical thoeries for this also ….. of the beer kind. The same thing is also commented on here .

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A new UFO website dedicated to Warminster, UK has been started see here . It has a wealth of information already, and will be adding to this…. To find out what it is all about, check this site out.

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At http://www.klas-tv.com/  “I-Team: Area 52, the secret sister ” (posted 9th november,2007).

“Some of the greatest and most secretive airplanes in history have been developed in the Nevada desert, most of them at the now-infamous base known as Area 51. It turns out Area 51 has a sister facility — Area 52 — and it’s a place with secrets of its own” (extract from article).  

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Florida Space web cams

Posted by dandare on October 16, 2007

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If you would like to see the latest live images from web cameras at the Kennedy Space Centre and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (florida), and also Vandenberg Air Force Base (Florida). Then go here  . For space news, go here .

UPDATE 14th november 2008 :

To see the Florida Space web cams, the new link is  http://www.floridatoday.com/content/maps/spacewebcams.shtml (the first link above does not work). 


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Other handy space links are:

 www.nasa.gov (nasa homepage)


www.kcs.nasa.gov (Kennedy Space Centre)

www.exploration.nasa.gov  (moon-mars program)




www.aviationweek.com  (aviation, defence and space news)

For space videos see here

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ufo update

Posted by dandare on October 10, 2007

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Sorry for the lateness of this post…… This update covers selected news from the last update on the 27th september.
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We start with the launch of the sateillite Sputnik, which started the space age, on 4th october 1957 (50 years); there are many links to this interesting event into space. The BBC has an article called “Russia marks 50 years of sputnik“; it also has an interesting article on “the next 50 years of exploration” as well. The washington post has an article “What sputnik launched“; on the right side of the article a video can be viewed.

From IEEE spectrum, there is “Remembering Sputnik: Sir Arthur C. Clarke” and more at http://spectrum.ieee.org/sputnik .

On videos of sputnik there are a few here to look at….. At Reuters there is “Sputnik still surprises at 50“. on you tube (length of video 1 minute).

also with loads of information on sputnik

On the 5th october, the Times online wrote about “the 40 most memorable aliens“…for instance, the ewoks are number 32, and zaphod beetlebrox number 25. Each entry also has a link to a you tube video.

Following on in the same area, anyone for alien beer? should go here  .
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PRAVDA.Ru, on the 3rd october, wrote about “Aliens forced Americans out from the moon” (actually on newsfromrussia.com).”One of Russia’s central television channels, RTR, has recently aired a documentary about US astronauts who allegedly came across extraterrestrial civilizations”, and later it mentions “It was alleged that NASA was afraid of conflicting with a highly developed civilization and immediately stopped the program. Does the film sound believable?” (extract from article above).
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 Livinginperu.com, mentioned that (posted 3rd october,2007), “meteorite crater guarded by Peru’s Police after U.S. citizens attempt to traffic it“. The next day, on the same site, “U.S. collector admits he bought Meteorite Fragments in Peru“. 

The meteorite trail hits the news again, from the Herald Sun (http://www.news.com/ posted 3rd october,2007). Entitled “Flood of UFO calls after meteor“, it mentions their phones were ringing after ufo sightings were seen in Melbourne, Australia. It was confirmed that it was a meteorite burning up in the atmosphere.

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 At Fox 9 news, It was reported that “Mysterious object falls from minnesota sky” (posted 3rd october,2007) and a later addition/update here on the 6th october.
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At theargus.co.uk, (posted 9th october,2007), there is the “Ufo riddle over Uckfield“, in which a large amount of red lights have triggered of the latest sightings…..Something of a rather different nature can be found on the Meadville Tribune, in which building 9 processed magnesium waste, alot of which they are now unsure what it is…. “Unidentified Chemicals perplex EPA” (posted 10th october,2007).
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More UK sightings (posted 9th october) “Buckhurst hill : Mystery over ufo sighting“ …the event took place on the 5th october.

Lastly, Xconomy mentions “A visit to Boston’s own Robot-plane skunk works” (posted 10th october,2007), and talks about “…. unpiloted machines such as a UFO-shaped surveillance craft that can take off and land vertically, a fold-up airplane designed to fly over the plains of Mars, and a makeshift glider that uses bat-like echolocation to avoid obstacles. Aurora engineers fly the smallest models around the indoor mini-hangar and truck larger prototypes out to nearby airfields such as Hanscom Air Force Base” (extract from article). Interesting stuff.     

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UFO Update

Posted by dandare on September 15, 2007

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To start proceedings (ufo sightings have been thin on the ground this week), we have a video clip from WGAL.com (posted 14th september,2007), which mention that “Group calls on government for ufo truth“.
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In “UFOS or just party lanterns” (from the UK <-posted 12th september,2007 by icSurreyOnline.com), it says that:

“ASTRONOMERS can give no explanation for dozens of mysterious lights seen flying above Epsom and Stoneleigh”…. however later in the article;

 “With only scant reports of the Epsom sightings to go on, Judy Jaafar, secretary of the British Unidentified Flying Objects Research Association, was unsure”.

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On an amusing note, i came across abbreviations of UFO (see here, half way down the page), with Ultra Freak Out given in the  Governmental->Military category. The entry above in the Science Dictionary on the abbreviation of UFO says:

“UFO (yooh-ef-oh)…….The abbreviation for unidentified flying object. Sometimes referred to colloquially as “flying saucers.” Most UFO sightings have prosaic explanations; there is no hard evidence that extraterrestrial beings are visiting Earth“.
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 At globeandmail.com, the “UFO believers, skeptics clash at scientific conference” (posted 15th september, 2007 <-Canadian Press); many theories were put forward from both sides:

“… Jaymie Matthews, an associate professor of astronomy at the University if British Columbia, argued that while he and other scientists have spent years searching the universe for Earth-like planets that would support intelligent life, none have been discovered yet.”

 “Mr. Friedman also poured cold water on the argument that an alien landing like Roswell would be too big to cover up. He said thousands of people worked on the Manhattan project to build the first atomic bomb, but it stayed a secret until one was dropped on Japan”.

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On the 13th September, it was announced thatGoogle backs private moon landing” (source BBC NEWS). Google is to entice private firms to send robots too the moon, with the first to land being awarded $20 million. It mentions that:  “In a statement announcing the competition, Google and the X-Prize Foundation said it had been created in a bid to stimulate research into low-cost robotic exploration of space. The top prize of $20m will be given to the private firm that soft lands a rover on the Moon which then completes a series of objectives.”

For some video clips of this see below:

Related to this are links  to the lunar Lander challenge both here and  here (october 26-28th october,2007).

The video “Fastwalkers” might be of interest, and can be viewed here (although the quality is not great). To buy the official copy, please go here .  

Also an article worth looking at is “Invaders from Elsewhere” which goes into flying saucers, weirdness and pop culture.

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Job description: Simulated mission to mars anyone!

Posted by dandare on June 22, 2007

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The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking for suitable candidates for a simulated Mission to Mars…. in 2008/9. see here for details. The simulated mission is for 520 days with both the ESA, and Russian Institute of Biomedical Problems being involved.. they are interested in how the candidates will behave, whilst being inside a special  container in Moscow, in a confined space (to name but one constraint) …. I believe the only communication with anyone will be via radio, with a delay, to make it realistic..  

Well i suppose that would be something out of the ordinary to put on your CV, when you completed it…


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