Passing: Astronaut & consciousness pioneer Edgar Mitchell (1930-2016)

Dr. Mitchell was the sixth person to walk on the moon. His post-NASA career included the founding of INS (Institute of Noetic Sciences). Photo courtesy of NASA.
Dr. Mitchell was the sixth person to walk on the moon. His post-NASA career included the founding of IONS (Institute of Noetic Sciences). Photo courtesy of NASA.

Ever since he came back from the moon in 1972, Edgar Mitchell has stood out among the world’s spacemen in his outspoken sense that more was going on out there (and down here) than moon rocks & jet fuel. As late as last August, he was in the news because of his studies and belief (he answered a badly written British story here), but throughout his life he sought to keep his eyes, and mind, open.

I like the way the IONS site describes him:

Edgar Mitchell. Photo courtesy of NASA.
Edgar Mitchell. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Traveling back to Earth, having just walked on the moon, Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell had an experience for which nothing in his life had prepared him.

As he approached the planet we know as home, he was filled with an inner conviction as certain as any mathematical equation he’d ever solved. He knew that the beautiful blue world to which he was returning is part of a living system, harmonious and whole—and that we all participate, as he expressed it later, “in a universe of consciousness.”

Trained as an engineer and scientist, Captain Mitchell was most comfortable in the world of rationality and physical precision. Yet the understanding that came to him as he journeyed back from space felt just as trustworthy—it represented another way of knowing.

This experience radically altered his worldview: Despite science’s superb technological achievements, he realized that we had barely begun to probe the deepest mystery of the universe—the fact of consciousness itself. He became convinced that the uncharted territory of the human mind was the next frontier to explore, and that it contained possibilities we had hardly begun to imagine.

(For more about the work IONS is doing, click & explore here.)

Dr. Mitchell’s passing last week will be mourned by seekers & explorers worldwide. He went to the moon & back, and throughout his life looked for more.

Starpeople: How big is…big?

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How big is Pluto? New Horizons settles decades-long debate NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute Press Release Posted on 13 July 2015 by Astronomy Now. A portrait from the final approach. Pluto and Charon display striking colour and brightness contrast in this composite image from 11 July, showing high-resolution black-and-white LORRI images colourised with Ralph data collected from the last rotation of Pluto. Colour data being returned by the spacecraft now will update these images, bringing color contrast into sharper focus. Image credits: NASA-JHUAPL-SWRI.

Pluto’s smaller than Earth’s moon (one of the discoveries this week), and there’s a detailed account of that in this report (the geek in you will love this….):

http://astronomynow.com/2015/07/13/how-big-is-pluto-new-horizons-settles-decades-long-debate/

On the other end of the discussion – how big are known objects in the universe? Here’s an easy-to-understand little vid that will make you say wow:

Starpeople: The moon over Mount Baker in Washington State….

The moon, last night. Photo by Chris Teren...
The moon, last night. Photo by Chris Teren…

It’s always great to see the world (and other worlds) from different angles, and that’s what I love about Chris Teren’s photos…he goes to amazing lengths to get amazing angles that make this amazing world even more clear & …well, amazing. Here are his remarks about this picture he shot last night:

Full Moon Cradled by Mount Baker – May 3, 2015

I’ve been trying to get this shot for several years. Last night, it finally happened. I left the San Juan Islands in my Piper Cherokee at 7:30 PM and headed towards Birch Bay, with the hopes of finding the moon rising at 8:13 PM. It was a beautiful evening and there was plenty to see along my way. Around 8:20, I still could not see the moon!

There was a lot of haze to the east, so I started climbing to get above it. Somewhere around 8:30, and 7,500 feet up, I finally caught sight of the moon – in the wrong place! It was over the Twins and moving fast, nowhere near Mount Baker – the haze to the east had obscured it! I started diving and flying east, towards Lynden, in order to catch the moon where I was hoping to see it.

By the time I got down to 3000 feet, I was over the town of Everson, and the moon was perfectly framed between Colfax Peak and Lincoln Peak, with Mount Baker right behind. It was a sight to behold!

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Starpeople: NASA chief scientist predicts proving extraterrestrial life with 10 years…

woikzybzmqbeaxaqdgweA few weeks ago, NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan made news by saying, “I think we’re going to have strong indications of life beyond Earth within a decade, and I think we’re going to have definitive evidence within 20 to 30 years.” It was a bold statement, but NASA is now backing those words with action.

The field of astrobiology just got a significant boost thanks an ambitious new alien-hunting initiative launched by NASA. Called NExSS, the initiative will bring together an impressive array of experts and teams across a variety of scientific fields.

Here’s more, in the story posted at io9.com, by George Dvorsky.

Starpeople: Orbs over Atlanta….

Screen shot 2015-04-21 at 11.31.04 AMWhat do you do when you see orbs flying along with your plane? Grab your camera phone, of course.

That’s what someone did & captured the film below. It’s hard to explain, but the article makes a go of it, in a refreshingly unconvinced voice that also suggests there are parts of the film that are not easily (or at all!) explained…here’s their story.

Reminds me of the Phoenix Lights, which even the governor admitted to watching…

Starpeople: Mr. Podesta suggests it’s about time for disclosure

John Podesta
John Podesta

Over the years, there have been numerous folks who have suggested that it’s about time for full disclosure of what the US government knows about ETs, UFOs, and contact with other intelligent beings. The government used to be pretty open about it all, collecting reports annually in an operation called Project Blue Book, which was ended (at least publicly) in the late 1960s.

Not much point in me pointing you to what folks say & see & react to – heck, you have YouTube & you can search for things, too, but there was an interesting story in the news this past week….

John Podesta, a one-time chief of staff to Bill Clinton and an outgoing advisor to Barack Obama, was asked his biggest regret as his present tenure with the government ends, and he said:

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Although the news types can’t seem to give this sort of thing much credibility (The Independent calls him a UFO nut, and The Washington Post does the “damning with faint praise” thing one better by telling a story with faint detail), at least it has snuck into the national conversation that someone close to two presidents thinks there IS a story to tell.

He joins the increasingly high-level chorus that suggests there actually is something to disclose.

Starpeople: Duck! Asteroid comes close this weekend…

Little note - this weekend's asteroid won't "flame on" unless it hits the atmosphere, which NASA says is unlikely. Still pretty doggone close, though....
Little note – this weekend’s asteroid won’t “flame on” unless it hits the atmosphere, which NASA says is unlikely. Still pretty doggone close, though….

From Space.com:

Earth is about to have a close encounter with a house-sized asteroid on Sunday (Sept. 7), when a space rock discovered just days ago will zoom by our planet at a range closer than some satellites. But have no fear, NASA says the asteroid won’t hit Earth.

The asteroid 2014 RC will safely buzz Earth at 2:18 p.m. EDT (1818 GMT) on Sunday. At that time, the asteroid will pass over New Zealand and fly just inside the orbits of the geosynchronous communications and weather satellites orbiting Earth about 22,000 miles (36,000 kilometers) above the planet’s surface, according to a NASA statement. During its close pass, 2014 RC will be about 21,126 miles (34,000 km) from Earth’s surface. That’s about 10 times closer to the Earth than the moon.

“Asteroid 2014 RC was initially discovered on the night of August 31 by the Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona, and independently detected the next night by the Pan-STARRS 1 telescope, located on the summit of Haleakal on Maui, Hawaii,” NASA officials said in a statement.

Here’s the rest of the story.

Starpeople: The Milky Way, through arbutus (madrona) branches

Chris in action....photo by CT, himself.
Chris in action….photo by CT, himself.

You already know I’m a superhuge fan of  Chris Teren – his amazing eye for capturing the natural world with his lens is shown here, in this video he made one night on Stuart Island, in the San Juan Islands. He says this video was created out of 650 still images shot in July 2014, and put to music to create this movie. 

And then….wow! Thanks, Chris!

Music credit: “Oh K.” by Black Ant – thanks to www.freemusicarchive.com

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