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  1. Scientists have begun to lay plans for repopulation, starting with a sperm bank — on the moon. In what they’re calling a “modern global insurance policy,” mechanical engineers have proposed that humans establish a repository of reproductive cells — sperm and ova — from 6.7 million of Earth’s species, including humans. And the proposed bank, or “ark,” would be beneath the moon’s surface. As our planet faces natural disasters, drought, asteroids and the potential for nuclear war — to name a few troubles — scientists say that humans must set their sights on space travel to preserve life as we know it. “Earth is naturally a volatile environment,” said study author Jekan Thanga, whose team at the University of Arizona submitted their report, “Lunar Pits and Lava Tubes for a Modern Ark,” at the annual Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Aerospace Conference on Saturday. Due to the planet’s instability, he said, an Earth-based repository would leave specimens vulnerable. As such, Thanga proposed jumpstarting a planetary exodus of sorts by founding a human seed vault on the moon as soon as possible. It would store reproductive cells in recently discovered lunar “pits” from which scientists believe lava once flowed billions of years ago. The so-called “ark,” according to Thanga’s presentation, would then cryogenically preserve various species in the event of global disaster. “We can still save them until the tech advances to then reintroduce these species — in other words, save them for another day,” he said. The pits also are the perfect size for cell storage, according to Thanga. They go down 80 to 100 meters underground and “provide readymade shelter from the surface of the moon,” which endures “major temperature swings,” as well as threats from meteorites and radiation. Thanga said that many plants and animals are “seriously endangered” and cited the eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Toba 75,000 years ago as a reason for worry, saying it “caused a 1,000-year cooling period and, according to some, aligns with an estimated drop in human diversity.” He sees a current-day parallel “due to human activity and other factors that we fully don’t understand,” he said, adding that already “there’s been rapid losses over the last few decades.” https://nypost.com/2021/03/11/scientists-want-to-build-a-sperm-bank-on-the-moon/amp/
  2. Tell us about your telescope and the hardware you use. What stars and planets have you seen? Any attachments; camera, phone, electronics? Are you looking for a telescope? Beginner, intermediate, or advanced telescope? This topic is to help us all, please provide as many details as you can. We all could use the help!
  3. American Airlines flight 2292 was traveling from Cincinnati to Phoenix when pilot spotted 'long cylindrical object' The FBI is "aware of" an American Airlines pilot’s report of an apparent UFO seen soaring over Northeast New Mexico earlier this week – but stopped short of confirming whether an investigation is underway, Fox News learned Thursday. The pilot was maneuvering a plane bound for Phoenix, Arizona, from Cincinnati, Ohio, on Sunday afternoon when the flight crew spotted a quick-moving, unusual object flying above them, according to a radio transmission recorded by Steve Douglass on his blog, Deep Black Horizon. On Tuesday, American Airlines confirmed to Fox News that the audio transmission was from flight 2292, but referred further questions to the FBI. A spokesperson for the FBI’s Albuquerque office responded to Fox News’ request seeking comment and confirmation on Thursday. "The FBI is aware of the reported incident," spokesperson Frank Connor wrote in an email. "While our policy is to neither confirm nor deny investigations, the FBI works continuously with our federal, state, local, and tribal partners to share intelligence and protect the public. Anyone who is aware of suspicious or criminal activity should contact their local law enforcement agency or the FBI." In Sunday’s radio transmission, the American Airlines pilot could first be heard asking an unidentified person, presumably from air-traffic control, if they had "any targets up here." "We just had something go right over the top of us," the pilot adds. "I hate to say this but it looked like a long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise-missile type of thing. Moving really fast and went right over the top of us." Source: https://www.foxnews.com/us/fbi-american-airlines-ufo-new-mexico-investigation
  4. (CNN)The Ingenuity helicopter, sidekick and traveling companion of NASA's Perseverance rover, has checked in with a good report and is "operating as expected," according to the agency. If successful, Ingenuity will be the first helicopter to fly on another planet, leading to an "extraterrestrial Wright Brothers moment," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate. The rover landed safely on the surface of Mars Thursday after launching from Earth on July 30. Perseverance has already sent back an impressive set of images to show that she's safe and ready to go through a "checkout" phase before starting her journey across the surface. Read more: https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2021/02/20/world/mars-ingenuity-helicopter-update-scn-trnd/index.html
  5. Ranch bordering Area 51 for sale - Including black mailbox famous with the alien-obsessed MYSTERY WIRE — Have you ever wanted to buy a ranch that allows you to access the top-secret Area 51 military base? You are going to need to dig out your checkbook. The Medlin Ranch is on the market. It is the only cattle ranch that is directly adjacent to the world’s best-known military base. That ranch is also home to one of the most enduring stories about Area 51 — the legend of the black mailbox. The original mailbox was black (not pictured), in the late 1990’s it was changed to the white mailbox but the black mailbox name endured. By 2019 the white mailbox was destroyed and replaced by another unofficial black mailbox. Rancher Steve Medlin has since moved his real mailbox to a different location. Nevada’s Tikaboo Valley is beautiful but sparse. It is not the place you might think to raise and graze cattle. And when a cowboy named Steve Medlin first moved into the valley in the early 1970s, there were no buildings, no running water and no other utilities. Medlin and his wife built their large ranching operation using their own sweat and labor and eventually had 750 head of cattle. They and the rest of the world knew almost nothing about the top-secret work underway just over the ridge at a place dubbed Area 51, a designation that disappeared from maps in the late 70s. In the mid-’80s, they got a crash course on Area 51 when the United States Air Force seized 89,000 acres of public land, with no explanation. Some of that land had been used by Medlin to graze his cattle. “They say it’s never going to make no difference,” Medlin said. “I’d like to see something in writing say that.” Medlin eventually worked out a deal with the Air Force. The military told him he could enter the forbidden base to tend his roaming cattle, but he needed to call first on a radio they gave him. Things became more complicated in 1989 when an anonymous man appeared on KLAS-TV in Las Vegas and said he had worked at the secret base on alien technology. The man was Bob Lazar, and he said he had personally seen nine flying discs. Suddenly, the UFO faithful began arriving by the busloads in the Tikaboo Valley. Months before his name was made public, the anonymous scientist Lazar showed up at the Rachel Bar and Grill, now called the Little A’Le’Inn, in the company of KLAS-TV and a wealthy businessman named Robert Bigelow. UFO visitors came to believe that a black mailbox installed on the nearby highway was the spot where Bob Lazar had recorded his UFO videos. In reality, it was not. The black mailbox belonged to Steve Medlin, not the government. “People thought, ‘Oh my God, there’s got to be the mailbox of Area 51,’” Rachel resident and webmaster of Dreamland Resort Joerg Arnu told Mystery Wire recently. “So they started opening it up, going through the mail. And of course, the story was what really is not just mail, it’s the mail to Area 51. A story is that the rancher even found some of his pieces of mail with bullet holes in them.” In 1996, Highway 375 was re-named the Extra-terrestrial Highway (commonly called the ET Highway), and the black mailbox was replaced with a welded, bulletproof white box. But it too became an attraction, a place to camp out, scan the skies, leave graffiti and take selfies. “The Black Mailbox has been a decades-long meeting place for the extraterrestrial-obsessed who gather near the mailbox to try their luck at eyeing a UFO, or better yet, communicating with life beyond,” according to Travel Nevada. “At one point, when I visited the mailbox, I saw that Mulder from The X-Files had signed it. So you know, it became part of Area 51 folklore, and people would still gather there. It was almost like a shrine, it was almost like you had to visit the black mailbox, or your mission is not complete.” One group that made the mailbox a destination was the Roadrunners, a distinguished group of former Area 51 employees. The Roadrunners were just a handful of the thousands of people who descended on the valley for the Storm Area 51 festivities of 2019. A huge law enforcement contingent set up on the other side of the road from Medlin’s Ranch. Read full story: https://wgntv.com/news/ranch-bordering-area-51-for-sale-including-black-mailbox-famous-with-the-alien-obsessed/
  6. Additional Source: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/astronomer-avi-loeb-says-aliens-have-visited-and-hes-not-kidding1/
  7. Did Avi Loeb spot an extraterrestrial spaceship in the night sky – or was it merely the reflection of his own obsessions? BY OSCAR SCHWARTZ There are almost two dozen observatories dotted across Hawaii. The dry, thin air atop the volcanoes of the archipelago makes this an ideal place to gaze into the night sky. Over the past decade, the telescopes here have probed deep into neighbouring solar systems, transforming our understanding of the galaxy. Many used to think that Earth was an anomaly within a cosmic void. Now astronomers have identified thousands of planets and reckon that the Milky Way is filled with billions more, many of them similar to ours. On a clear summer’s night in 2017, a crowd gathered at an observatory near the treeless summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii’s highest volcano, to listen to one of the world’s foremost astronomers deliver a lecture about these far-away planets: are they all barren or might some be hospitable to life? Read more: https://www.economist.com/1843/2021/02/11/the-alien-hunter-of-harvard
  8. In interview with Israel’s Yediot Aharonot newspaper, former head of Israel's Defense Ministry's space directorate Haim Eshed said the U.S. government has been in contact with extraterrestrials from a "galactic federation." NBC News’ Bill Neely reports.
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