Micrometeroid puts a tiny dint in one of 18 mirror segments in James Webb Space Telescope

Micrometeroid puts a tiny dint in one of 18 mirror segments in James Webb Space Telescope

Special to CosmicTribune.com, June 9, 2022 NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope was struck by a larger than expected micrometeoroid in late May, slightly damaging one of the spacecraft’s 18 primary mirror segments. NASA said that the telescope is “still performing at a level that exceeds all mission requirements.” The telescope cost NASA nearly $10 billion […]

Why Elon Musk poses an existential threat to the Chinese Communist Party

Why Elon Musk poses an existential threat to the Chinese Communist Party

FPI / May 12, 2022 Geostrategy-Direct.com By Richard Fisher On May 5, China’s People Liberation Army Daily (PLAD), which runs the website China Military Online, published a detailed attack on Elon Musk’s growing Starlink constellation. This follows nearly a year of occasional protests after the now 2,200 satellite constellation threatened China’s new manned space station […]

Space station, Ukraine and Biden corruption: Collision shakes cosmic balance of power

Space station, Ukraine and Biden corruption: Collision shakes cosmic balance of power

Special to CosmicTribune.com FPI / April 6, 2022 On April 2 the director general of the Russian space corporation Roscosmos, Dmitry Rogozin, a close ally of Vladimir Putin, continued to play hardball with the United States when he posted on Twitter his latest threat to end cooperation with the United States on the International Space […]

James Webb Space Telescope aligns its 18 hexagonal mirror segments

James Webb Space Telescope aligns its 18 hexagonal mirror segments

Special to CosmicTribune.com, March 23, 2022 2MASS J17554042+6551277 is the coordinate-based catalog designation of the star centered in this sharp field of view of the world’s largest space telescope which was launched on Dec. 25, 2021. The diffraction pattern is created by the 18 hexagonal mirror segments of the James Webb Space Telescope. After unfolding, […]

The night sky on the first day of Spring 2022

The night sky on the first day of Spring 2022

Special to CosmicTribune.com, March 20, 2022 Highlights for the week of March 18-26, 2022 Spot Arcturus very low in the east-northeast after nightfall and higher in the east later in the evening. By modern measurements Arcturus is visual magnitude –0.05, making it the fourth-brightest nighttime star. It’s bested only by Sirius, Canopus, and Alpha Centauri. […]

The surprising history of the extraterrestrial-life debate

The surprising history of the extraterrestrial-life debate

Special to CosmicTribune.com  By R. Clinton Ohlers   The debate over the existence of extraterrestrial life has a surprisingly long history — one as old as the history of science itself. Astrophysicist and historian of science and religion, Parandis Tajbakhsh, recently summarized this history for the International Research Network for Science and Belief in Society. […]

If aliens invaded our world would we stop our fighting?

If aliens invaded our world would we stop our fighting?

What would happen if an alien force invaded the world? This was the hypothesis of many sci-fi films over the years in which warring countries and governments would somehow, suddenly, and urgently join together to fight the greater threat. War of the Worlds, (1953) based on the H.G. Wells epic comes to mind, and now […]

Videos taken by U.S. Navy fighter jets show ‘unexplained aerial phenomena’

Videos taken by U.S. Navy fighter jets show ‘unexplained aerial phenomena’

Special to CosmicTribune.com U.S. Navy pilots took three online videos of UFOs, the U.S. Navy confirmed, but it had a different name for them: “unexplained aerial phenomena.” Let’s see, unidentified flying objects (UFOs) and unexplained aerial phenomena (UAPs). Not the same thing. Dogs and cats, oil and water. The videos are called “FLIR1,” “Gimbal,” and […]

The military’s new policy on UFOs seeks to bridge ‘gap in situational awareness’

The military’s new policy on UFOs seeks to bridge ‘gap in situational awareness’

FPI / May 21, 2019 “Situational awareness” is the military term for having complete understanding of the environment in which you are operating. “During a military mission, whether in peace or in war, if a pilot or soldier can’t identify an object, they have a serious problem: How should they react, without knowing if it […]

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