June 08, 2015
MEDIA ADVISORY M15-089 NASA to Hold Briefing to Discuss Status of ‘Flying Saucer’ Test
NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) project completed its second flight test when the saucer-shaped craft splashed down safely Monday in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai. A post-flight media teleconference will be held at 1 p.m. EDT (7 a.m. HST), Tuesday, June 9 to review the test.
Briefing participants are:
Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington
Mark Adler, LDSD project manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California
Ian Clark, LDSD principal investigator at JPL
To participate by phone, reporters must contact Kim Newton by email at email@example.com or 256-653-5173 no later than 5 a.m. Tuesday.
Audio of the teleconference will be streamed live at:
NASA’s Low-Density Supersonic Deceleratortest vehicle begins its ascent to 180,000 feet aboard a helium-filled balloon. It launched from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai, Hawaii, to test entry, descent and landing technologies NASA will need to land large payloads on Mars and other distant planets.
Credits: NASA/Keith Koehler
LDSD launched at 7:45 a.m. HST (1:45 p.m. EDT) from the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility using a large scientific balloon. After it was carried to an altitude of nearly 120,000 feet, the LDSD test vehicle separated from the balloon. An on-board rocket motor ignited and continued to carry the vehicle to nearly 180,000 feet.
Two advanced decelerator technologies – a supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator and a supersonic parachute – were tested. The supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator deployed and inflated. The supersonic parachute also deployed, however, it did not perform as expected. Data was obtained on the performance of both innovative braking technologies, and the teams are beginning to study the data.
The LDSD project is one of several cross-cutting technologies NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate is developing to advance the critical technologies required to enable future exploration missions to destinations beyond low-Earth orbit, including an asteroid, Mars and beyond.
LDSD testing is conducted through NASA's Technology Demonstrations Missions program, based at the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, with technology development work and testing led by JPL. NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia coordinated range and safety support with the Pacific Missile Range Facility and provided the balloon systems used to launch the LDSD test vehicle.
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Scott Nelson will present his interpretation of recordings of Bigfoot at the Kansas City Paracon Conference August 1-2, 2014. Scott will also conduct a Bigfoot Investigation Workshop at the event.
Scott retired from the U.S. Navy as a Crypto-Linguist with over 30 years
experience in Foreign Language and Linguistics, including the
collection, transcription, analysis and reporting of voice
communications. Logged several thousand hours of collection and
transcription of voice communications as a Cryptologic Interpreter for
the U.S. Navy.
He is a two time graduate of the U.S. Navy Cryptologic
Voice Transcription School (Russian and Spanish) and has logged
thousands of hours of voice transcription in his target languages as
well as in Persian.
He served in Spain, Panama, Scotland and several
bases in the U.S. as well as afloat units in the Persian Gulf, Indian
Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. In his civilian life, He worked fifteen
years on the Faculty of Philosophy and Languages at Wentworth College,
Lexington, Missouri; teaching Russian, Persian and Spanish as well
several Philosophy and Religion courses.
Scott now lives in
Independence, Missouri with his two younger children Bayleigh and
Steven.SASQUATCH PHONETIC ALPHABET AND TRANSCRIPTION STANDARD: In
2010, published the Sasquatch Phonetic Alphabet and Transcription
Standard. His work has verified that these creatures use language by
the human definition of
it. The months of hard work that we have put into the study of the
Berry/Morehead tapes has finally coming to fruition. Scott believes
that the study of these tapes will never (and should never) end. With
the recognition and acceptance that these creatures do indeed speak and
understand a complex language, a greater effort will be made to
collect voice recordings and our analysis of the language will improve.
Now that there is a precedent and techniques established for this
study, this process will certainly become easier. Website
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1969 UFO sighting at Lake City Army
Ammunition Plant just reported to MUFON
Missouri MUFON received a report from a witness who saw a
large UFO over Lake City Army Ammunition Plant in 1969.The witness, who was told to keep quiet about
the event, recently decided to come forward in order to let the public know
that an unidentified object hovered and moved about the plant for two hours in
the middle of the night and was witnessed by at least 13 people.
June 6, 2014 Independence, Missouri
Raymond Griggs, age 22 at the time, was living in
Independence, Missouri and working as a civilian contractor at Lake City. Lake City Army Ammunition Plant is a
3,935-acre U.L. government owned, contractor-operated facility located in
eastern Independence near 7 Highway and 28 Highway. The plant manufactures
ammunition for the military for the U.S. Army. In addition, Lake City performs
small caliber ammunition stockpile reliability testing and has ammunition and
weapon testing responsibilities as the NATO National and Regional Test Center.
Lake City Army Ammo Plant in Independence, MO
Raymond worked the night shift from midnight to eight
O’Clock A.M. in the printing shop. On a hot August night in 1969 the
electricity for the entire plant and all buildings suddenly went out, so the
crew of seven in his department went outside to cool down. That is when they
noticed a UFO.
A bright chrome spherical object hovered just over a
building four buildings away from the men’s position. The object then slowly
moved over another building across the road and hovered, then continued to zig-zag
back and forth across the road from building to building for approximately two hours.
The seven men on the crew with Mr. Griggs talked amongst themselves while
watching the UFO. At the same time,
several jeeps with MP’s were driving to and from the area very quickly, which
is something the men had never witnessed before.
The unidentified object then left the area by shooting up
into the sky at a 30 degree angle at an incredible speed. Raymond said that it
was gone in ½ of a second, and that solidified the fact that the men were
looking at a real UFO and not a military craft of any type. Just as the UFO
exited, the electricity came back on.
The next morning, two men arrived at the office that no one
had seen before. One was dressed in a gray suit and the other in black. One of
the men said to everyone “Remember that you have all signed a security
clearance and you did not see anything.” The men then turned and left. They did
not introduce themselves or show any identification. The message was clear, and
Raymond Griggs kept his mouth shut for 45 years. But after seeing an episode of
Hangar 1 in which Missouri was featured as a UFO Hot Spot he decided to come
forward with the story.
Missouri MUFON would like for anyone else present at the
time of the event or family members who heard a witness talk about it to contact
Margie Kay at 816-833-1602 or firstname.lastname@example.org.She will keep witness information
confidential if desired.
Margie Kay Assistant State Director for Missouri MUFON 1134 S Pearl Street Independence, MO 64050 816-833-1602 (Office M-F 9 - 5 CST, Sat 10 - 3) 816-365-9492 (Cell) Missouri MUFON
NASA's Kepler Mission Announces a Planet Bonanza, 715 New Worlds
NASA's Kepler mission announced Wednesday the discovery of 715 new
planets. These newly-verified worlds orbit 305 stars, revealing
multiple-planet systems much like our own solar system.
Nearly 95 percent of these planets are smaller than Neptune, which is
almost four times the size of Earth. This discovery marks a significant
increase in the number of known small-sized planets more akin to Earth
than previously identified exoplanets, which are planets outside our
"The Kepler team continues to amaze and excite us with their planet
hunting results," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for
NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. "That these new
planets and solar systems look somewhat like our own, portends a great
future when we have the James Webb Space Telescope in space to
characterize the new worlds.”
Since the discovery of the first planets outside our solar system
roughly two decades ago, verification has been a laborious
planet-by-planet process. Now, scientists have a statistical technique
that can be applied to many planets at once when they are found in
systems that harbor more than one planet around the same star.
To verify this bounty of planets, a research team co-led by Jack
Lissauer, planetary scientist at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett
Field, Calif., analyzed stars with more than one potential planet, all
of which were detected in the first two years of Kepler's observations
-- May 2009 to March 2011.
The research team used a technique called verification by
multiplicity, which relies in part on the logic of probability. Kepler
observes 150,000 stars, and has found a few thousand of those to have
planet candidates. If the candidates were randomly distributed among
Kepler's stars, only a handful would have more than one planet
candidate. However, Kepler observed hundreds of stars that have multiple
planet candidates. Through a careful study of this sample, these 715
new planets were verified.
This method can be likened
to the behavior we know of lions and lionesses. In our imaginary
savannah, the lions are the Kepler stars and the lionesses are the
planet candidates. The lionesses would sometimes be observed grouped
together whereas lions tend to roam on their own. If you see two lions
it could be a lion and a lioness or it could be two lions. But if more
than two large felines are gathered, then it is very likely to be a lion
and his pride. Thus, through multiplicity the lioness can be reliably
identified in much the same way multiple planet candidates can be found
around the same star.
"Four years ago, Kepler began a string of announcements of first
hundreds, then thousands, of planet candidates --but they were only
candidate worlds," said Lissauer. "We've now developed a process to
verify multiple planet candidates in bulk to deliver planets wholesale,
and have used it to unveil a veritable bonanza of new worlds."
These multiple-planet systems are fertile grounds for studying
individual planets and the configuration of planetary neighborhoods.
This provides clues to planet formation.
Four of these new planets
are less than 2.5 times the size of Earth and orbit in their sun's
habitable zone, defined as the range of distance from a star where the
surface temperature of an orbiting planet may be suitable for
life-giving liquid water.
One of these new habitable zone planets, called Kepler-296f, orbits a
star half the size and 5 percent as bright as our sun. Kepler-296f is
twice the size of Earth, but scientists do not know whether the planet
is a gaseous world, with a thick hydrogen-helium envelope, or it is a
water world surrounded by a deep ocean.
"From this study we learn planets in these multi-systems are small
and their orbits are flat and circular -- resembling pancakes -- not
your classical view of an atom," said Jason Rowe, research scientist at
the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., and co-leader of the
research. "The more we explore the more we find familiar traces of
ourselves amongst the stars that remind us of home."
This latest discovery brings the confirmed count of planets outside
our solar system to nearly 1,700. As we continue to reach toward the
stars, each discovery brings us one step closer to a more accurate
understanding of our place in the galaxy.
Launched in March 2009, Kepler is the first NASA mission to find
potentially habitable Earth-size planets. Discoveries include more than
3,600 planet candidates, of which 961 have been verified as bona-fide
The findings papers will be published March 10 in The Astrophysical Journal and are available for download at:
Ames is responsible for the
Kepler mission concept, ground system development, mission operations
and science data analysis. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena,
Calif., managed Kepler mission development. Ball Aerospace &
Technologies Corp. in Boulder, Colo., developed the Kepler flight system
and supports mission operations with the Laboratory for Atmospheric and
Space Physics at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The Space
Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore archives, hosts and distributes
Kepler science data. Kepler is NASA's 10th Discovery Mission and was
funded by the agency's Science Mission Directorate.
For more information about the Kepler space telescope, visit:
an interview with Lee Spiegel from the Huffington Post, Richard Hoover,
who worked for NASA as an astrobiologist for 46 years,
claims to have found “the remains of life forms that are absolutely
the article released on February 19, Richard Hoover claims that his
scientific research on meteorites proves the existence of microbial
extraterrestrial life, and that it has been systematically ignored by
This is the most current listing of conferences submitted to Un-X News Magazine. To submit a listing, please visit www.unxnews.com for guidelines and pricing.
March 22, 2014 Texas Paranormal Unity Fest Sommervel County Expo Center
Glen Rose, TX
Speakers, workshops, vendors, investigations, gallery charit auction, raffles, and live entertainment.Rosalyn Bown, Dakota Lawrence, Jason Mcleod, Larry Flaxman, Ken Gerhard, George Lopez, Mike Mcaskilland more. Sponsored by www.theghosthunterstore.com
April 3-7 Southwest UFO Discovery Tour with Stanton Freidman Five-day tour to New Mexico includes 4 nights in hotels, most meals, transportation, professional tour director.Visiting the Los Alamos & Trinity Site and the Roswell UFO Museum, original sites of the 1947 incident, tour Roswell Army Air Field military base, and more. Website: www.alpineventure.com Phone: 888-991-6718
April 11-13, 2014 Ozark UFO Conference Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, Eureka Springs, AR. Website: ozarkufoconfrence.com Film premiers of “Hidden Hand”and “Zipper”
Speakers: Haktan Akdogan (Turkish UFO researcher), Delores Cannon (author, regressionist), Linda Moulton Howe (Investigative reporter), George Noory (Radio talk show host), Antonio Paris (Former U.S. Counterintelligence Officer), Nick Pope (former UK Ministry of Defense), Tony Cataldo and Ines Ramero, Travis Walton, Sherry Wilde
April 26, 2014 Eerie UFO Conference
Erie Bayfront Convention Center
9:00 am—7:00 pm
Speakers: Reve Swope, John Ventre, Travis Walton, Richard Dolan, Michael Lee Hill Website:www.mufonpa.com
May 2-4, 2014 Evidence in the Skies
StarworksUSA UFO Symposium
Clarion Inn Hotel and Waterford Conference Center
Elmhurst, Illinois Website:www.starworksusa.com E-mail: email@example.com Phone: 606-415-3900 Skywatch on May 3 Film: “I Know What I Saw” with director James Fox Speakers: Jennifer stein, Cheryll Jones, Esen Sekerkarar, Paola Harris, Lee Speigel, James Fox, Sam Maranto, Scott Colborn
May 16-18, 2014 Creature Weekend Five prominent bigfoot researchers will be convening at Creature Weekend in May; the presenters include Dr. Jeff Meldrum, Bill Munns, John Mionczynski, Tim Stover and Doug Waller. Dr. Meldrum is a Professor of Anthropology at Idaho State University, the author of “Bigfoot: Legend Meets Science” and a prominent researcher featured in various bigfoot documentaries. He will be joined by Bill Munns, a Hollywood special effects expert who has studied and scrutinized the famous Patterson Gimlin film. Bill will be bringing to light new revelations about the famous bigfoot film taken at Bluff Creek, California in 1967 as well as enlightening the audience with a special presentation on the “Science of Hoaxing and Hoax Detection”. Tim Stover is a bigfoot researcher from Ohio who will be sharing some selected pieces of evidence he has collected while doing research in Ohio. Doug Waller, the Director of the Southeastern Ohio Society for Bigfoot Investigation, will be sharing the latest eyewitness reports of bigfoot activity in Southeastern Ohio. For more information and to order tickets visit http://www.creatureweekend.com/
June 28, 2014 Esoterica 2014 Birmingham and Midland Institute, Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BS, UK Website:www.esoteriaconference.com Facebook:www.facebook.com/esoteriaconference
Esoteria 2014 is a cutting edge annual conference which sets out to explore a range of topics - including metaphysics, spirituality, UFO's, earth mysteries and conspiracies. The event aims to increase awareness of alternative subjects, but needless to say we hope you will find the day enjoyable too! Speakers: Alan Foster (UFOlogy and Non-Normal Reality), Tony Wright (Journey to the Edge of the Human Mind), Andrew Johnson (Secrets of the Solar System). Neil Sanders (Dark Arts of Mind Control), Dave Hodrien (Extraterrestrial Reality)
July 18-20, 2014 Philadelphia Area MUFON Conference Sheraton Bucks County Hotel, Langhorne, PA Cherry Hill, New Jersey Register at www.mufon.com Speakers; George Knapp, Gen Hansen, Bill Birnes, Lee Spiegel, John Ventre, Dr. Lynne Kitei, James Fox, Stanton Friedman, Roger Marsh, Stephen Bassett, Linda Moulton Howe.Q&A Lunch with speakers.
Be sure to stop by the KGRA booth at the Ozark UFO Conference April 11-13, 2014 and say hi to Race and some of the KGRA hosts. Books will be available, too! KGRA will be doing on-site interviews and filming of the conference speakers.
The Ozark conference will be held at theBest Western Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Film premiers of “Hidden Hand”and “Zipper”will be shown during the event.
Speakers for the conference areHaktan Akdogan (Turkish UFO researcher), Delores Cannon (author, regressionist), Linda Moulton Howe (Investigative reporter), George Noory (Radio talk show host), Antonio Paris (Former U.S. Counterintelligence Officer), Nick Pope (former UK Ministry of Defense), Tony Cataldo and Ines Ramero, Travis Walton, and Sherry Wilde