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We Just Got a Response from 13 Billion Miles Into Space from Farthest Spacecraft from Earth, Unused for 37 Years

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We just got a message back from 13 billion miles into interstellar space, but it wasn’t from an alien civilization. However, coupled with recent data compiled from the UTMOST, Molongo telescope, it looks as if we are possibly being contacted by non-Earth inhabitants.

NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft – the only spacecraft we’ve (publicly admitted to) sending into interstellar space – just got a second life. Voyager 1’s altitude control thrusters have been wearing down, with some concern that we’ll lose the spacecraft completely once its antenna can no longer point toward earth. However, scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in California decided to “shoot the moon” in another attempt to contact and use a set of thrusters that have been dormant for 37 years.

NASA’s Voyager 1 just returned a message to Earth from 13 billion miles into interstellar space. Image: NASA

A statement provided by the Voyager team said that they agreed on trying an “unusual solution” that involved firing up a set of four backup thrusters, which hadn’t been used since 1980.

What’s more fascinating than the time the Voyager 1 has been “offline” is the fact that It took 19 hours and 35 minutes for Voyager to send the results of the thruster contact test back, owing to its distance from Earth (21 billion kilometers or 13 billion miles). On Wednesday, November 29, NASA got confirmation that their attempt at contact had been successful.

Suzanne Dodd, project manager for Voyager at Nasa’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), said: “With these thrusters that are still functional after 37 years without use, we will be able to extend the life of Voyager 1 spacecraft by two to three years.”

What NASA isn’t stating overtly, is that we have the ability to make contact with individuals in deep space (from Earth, and possibly elsewhere) possibly from trillions of miles away.

This is an interesting bit of information to match with recent suggestions that fast radio bursts coming into earth since at least 2007, could be alien in nature.

Professor Matthew Bailes from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, who has contributed to new research concerning Fast Radio Bursts states that,

 “Perhaps the most bizarre explanation for the FRBs is that they were alien transmissions.”

Just recently, researchers from Australian National University have detected three FRBs using the Molonglo radio telescope, near Canberra.

The Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope (MOST) is a parabolic cylindrical antenna consisting of 88 bays that each comprise 4 identical modules, for a total of 352 independent antennae. It is owned and operated by the University of Sydney’s School of Physics.

The widest fast radio burst (FRB) recorded to date. Image: Astronomy.swin.edu.au

Molongo found the widest FRB to date just months ago, on September 22, 2017. 11:23:33.4 UTC (2017-09-22.4746921296), UTMOST found a new FRB as part of the ongoing search program at the Molonglo Radio Telescope (see Bailes et al. 2017, arxiv.org/abs/1708.09619). This is the fifth Molonglo FRB overall (See ATel #10697 and Caleb et al. 2017, MNRAS, 468, 3746).

So, while we are communicating billions of miles away with a once defunct spacecraft, there may be alien civilizations billions of lightyears away, trying to communicate with us.


Image: ‘Artist’s concept of Voyager in flight’/NASA/JPLNASA.

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Dolphin Swims Through Louisiana Neighborhood in Aftermath of Hurricane Ida

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A Louisiana family was shocked to find a dolphin swimming through their neighborhood in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

Amanda Huling and her family were assessing the damage to their neighborhood in Slidell, Louisiana, when they noticed the dolphin swimming through the inundated suburban landscape.

In video shot by Huling, the marine mammal’s dorsal fin can be seen emerging from the water.

“The dolphin was still there as of last night but I am in contact with an organization who is going to be rescuing it within the next few days if it is still there,” Huling told FOX 35.

Ida slammed into the coast of Louisiana this past weekend. The Category 4 hurricane ravaged the power grid of the region, plunging residents of New Orleans and upwards of 1 million homes and businesses in Louisiana and Mississippi into the dark for an indefinite period of time.

Officials have warned that the damage has been so extensive that it could take weeks to repair the power grid, reports Associated Press.

Also in Slidell, a 71-year-old man was attacked by an alligator over the weekend while he was in his flooded shed. The man went missing and is assumed dead, reports WDSU.

Internet users began growing weary last year about the steady stream of stories belonging to a “nature is healing” genre, as people stayed indoors and stories emerged about animals taking back their environs be it in the sea or in our suburbs.

However, these latest events are the surreal realities of a world in which extreme weather events are fast becoming the new normal – disrupting our lives in sometimes predictable, and occasionally shocking and surreal, ways.

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Mom in LA Suburbs Fights Off Mountain Lion With Bare Hands, Rescues 5-Year-Old Son

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A mother in Southern California is being hailed as a hero after rescuing her five-year-old son from an attacking mountain lion.

The little boy was playing outside his home in Calabasas, a city lying west of Los Angeles in the Santa Monica Mountains, when the large cat pounced on him.

The 65-pound (30 kg) mountain lion dragged the boy about 45 yards across the front lawn before the mother acted fast, running out and striking the creature with her bare hands and forcing it to free her son.

“The true hero of this story is his mom because she absolutely saved her son’s life,” California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman Captain Patrick Foy told Associated Press on Saturday.

“She ran out of the house and started punching and striking the mountain lion with her bare hands and got him off her son,” Foy added.

The boy sustained significant injuries to his head, neck and upper torso, but is now in stable condition at a hospital in Los Angeles, according to authorities.

The mountain lion was later located and killed by an officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, who found the big cat crouching in the bushes with its “ears back and hissing” at the officer shortly after he arrived at the property.

“Due to its behavior and proximity to the attack, the warden believed it was likely the attacking lion and to protect public safety shot and killed it on sight,” the wildlife department noted in its statement.

The mountain lion attack is the first such attack on a human in Los Angeles County since 1995, according to Fish and Wildlife.

The Santa Monica Mountains is a biodiverse region teeming with wildlife such as large raptors, mountain lions, bears, coyote, deer, lizards, and snakes. However, their numbers have rapidly faded in recent years, causing local wildlife authorities to find new ways to manage the region’s endemic species.

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Video Shows Taliban Taking Joyride in Captured US Blackhawk Helicopter

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The rapid fall of Kabul to the Taliban has resulted in a number of surreal sights – from footage of the Islamist group’s fighters exercising at a presidential gym to clips of combatants having a great time on bumper cars at the local fun park.

However, a new video of Taliban members seemingly testing their skills in the cockpit of a commandeered UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter shows the chilling extent to which U.S. wares have fallen into the hands of a group it spent trillions of dollars, and exhaustive resources, to stamp out.

In the new video, shared on Twitter, the front-line utility helicopter can be seen taxiing on the ground at Kandahar Airport in southeastern Afghanistan, moving along the tarmac. It is unclear who exactly was sitting in the cockpit, and the Black Hawk cannot be seen taking off or flying.

It is unlikely that the Taliban have any combatants who are sufficiently trained to fly a UH-60 Black Hawk.

The helicopter, which carries a $6 million price tag, is just a small part of the massive haul that fell into the militant group’s hands after the country’s central government seemingly evaporated on Aug. 14 amid the withdrawal of U.S. and coalition troops.

Some 200,000 firearms, 20,000 Humvees and hundreds of aircraft financed by Washington for the now-defunct Afghan Army are believed to be in the possession of the Taliban.

The firearms include M24 sniper rifles, M18 assault weapons, anti-tank missiles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenades and mortars.

Taliban fighters in the elite Badri 313 Brigade have been seen in propaganda images showing off in uniforms and wielding weaponry meant for the special forces units of the Afghan Army.

The U.S. is known to have purchased 42,000 light tactical vehicles, 9,000 medium tactical vehicles and over 22,000 Humvees between 2003 and 2016.

The White House remains unclear on how much weaponry has fallen into Taliban hands, with National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan admitting last week that the U.S. lacks a “clear picture of just how much missing $83 billion of military inventory” the group has.

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