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10:01:2013 -- After 2012, After Earth

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After 2012, After Earth
Mars One & SpaceX a match made in heaven?
By Goro ( &

January 08, 2013
(Original Date: Oct 21, 2012)

PREFACE: The following was originally written & posted on October 21, 2012 (in STRUG). Now that Mars One has officially commenced the process of selecting candidates to be trained as astronauts to go on a one-way trip to Mars, I thought I'd post it here on Etemenanki at this time.

It's been a huge meme (though not as intense in recent months) that 2012 is destined to be a year of big things, big shifts, end of the world, and/or birth of a new age. All kinds of speculations and hype... And yet, when "it" actually happens, few seem to recognize it. It's happening right in front of us, and it doesn't click for most. Such is the power of preconceptions. What we see is limited or enhanced by our expectations. So the less assumptions we make, the more we'll be able to "see". We can take it one step further using "multicontextual coherence" which helps us properly adjust our focus in advance so our "radar" can quickly detect signs of a future manifestation, patterns taking on physical forms. It gives us a firm enough perceptual and logical framework for the process of "reverse-engineering" the future.

For us, this multicontextual "foundation" for the year 2012 and beyond has been the intertwined triple-headed theme of Royal/Martian pregnancy/birth(quake). (The golden apple/Trojan War motif is a sub-theme integrated into the larger pattern.) This has allowed us to readily discern the momentous implications of the advent of commercial spaceflight, quietly erupting like a volcano, in 2012... particularly via SpaceX.

The "Transit Rituals" of 2012 [aka "SpaceX Marks the Spot"] have been especially revealing, showing us a dramatic "passing of the torch" from NASA (space shuttles) to private enterprise (SpaceX etc.), signifying a pivotal transition from a stagnant era dominated by government space agencies to a fully revitalized space age of commercial endeavors.

The central role played by SpaceX serves to reiterate the Martian nature of this history-making process. SpaceX, after all, was founded by Elon Musk to send humans to Mars (and go there himself) ultimately. We are talking about the beginning of the first space colony in history. This is a huge deal, one of the biggest moments for mankind, so much so our timeline (time river) itself bifurcates right here in the 21st century. One terrestrial, and another extraterrestrial (Mars and such). Seeds starting to spread like those of a dandelion on a windy day. Once out, no turning back. History went from B.C. to A.D., and now we are going through another "time gate"... to, let's call it, A.E., "After Earth".

"Death", "Conception", "Pregnancy" then "Birth". That's the timeless cycle about to unfold again via Mars, and to be reflected microcosmically in the pregnancy/birth of the "Martian Baby" of Prince William & Kate. Macro and micro, as above, so below, as always. [UPDATE: Please remember that this was written before the Dec 3rd royal pregnancy announcement.]

We are also likely going to see a huge "Birthquake" as another reflection of the cosmic (re-)birth. Or it's certainly possible that the 2011 Japanese mega-quake fulfilled this aspect of the pattern already. Difficult to say. [...]

In case you are not familiar, Mars One was just announced in June 2012, an audacious project to send humans to Mars on a one-way trip and broadcast it all live as a reality-TV show to help fund the whole thing! [video introduction]

It has all the key ingredients and fits the "2012" pattern beautifully. But unlike SpaceX which has been rapidly accumulating experience and reputation, Mars One seems a little farfetched and too abrupt to be a realistic project. Or that was probably people's initial reaction in general.

Back in June, Mars One was still "in talks" with various interested private companies, including SpaceX. But things have changed. It is moving forward. Recently Mars One announced receiving enough funding to initiate the next phase of the project, which is the astronaut selection process scheduled for 2013! But what I personally see as a game changer is their decision to partner with SpaceX. Mars One now plans to use SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket and a variant of the Dragon spacecraft (both still in development) to send supplies, rovers and humans to the Red Planet... starting in 2016! Yes, now it actually sounds [more] realistic. And it's ridiculously exciting!

UPDATE: In December 2012, Mars One had a meeting with SpaceX "where they discussed the timeline and financial conditions to purchase a 2016 launch and landing on Mars."

[End update]

A media event (reality show) of the millennium featuring Mars One and SpaceX... [...] This could be how the world ends and how the new world begins! And it [may be] starting right now. The reality TV show is starting as early as next year, 2013. So this is getting very real very fast. If it manages to keep moving forward... well, mankind will have never seen anything like this.

Here is the Mars One road map:

  • 2012 (May): SpaceX Dragon successfully berthed at ISS, first for private company
  • 2012 (June): Mars One announced
  • 2012 (Aug 29): Mars One announces receipt of initial funding through sponsorship revenue
  • 2012 (Oct): SpaceX Dragon delivers supplies to ISS in first-ever NASA-contracted mission
  • 2013: The first 40 astronauts will be selected; a replica of the settlement will be built on earth for training purposes; all this will be televised to fund the project
  • 2014: The first communication satellite will be produced
  • 2016: A supply mission will be launched with 2500 kilograms of food in a modified SpaceX Dragon
  • 2018: An exploration vehicle will launch to pick the location of the settlement
  • 2021: Six additional Dragon capsules and another rover will launch with two living units, two life support units and two supply units.
  • 2022: A SpaceX Falcon Heavy will launch with the first group of four colonists
  • 2023: The first colonists will arrive on Mars in a modified Dragon capsule
  • 2025: A second group of four colonists will arrive
  • 2033: The colony will reach 20 settlers
The first "moment of truth" will come in 2016 when Mars One/SpaceX launches their first supply (unmanned) mission to Mars. (Notice how this might coincide with Marco Rubio/"Mars Red" becoming president [or vice president] of the United States.) If successful, we are going to see the beginning of a real "Mars fever" on this planet - an excitement that will eventually match and surpass that of the Moon race half a century ago.

Think about it. Going to Mars is exciting enough, streaming it all live is exciting enough, but this will all culminate in a one-way trip to Mars for the "lucky" four astronauts. Can you imagine the the intensity of all the drama that will surely surround the insanely historic launch? It will be surreal. And that's only about a decade away (2023). That's like from 9/11 to now. That's not a very long time to wait. I'm sure some of you have been following my work longer than that!

This is [the stuff that would] change the world. Indeed, what we are seeing right now is the end of the world as we know it. Once we start going off-planet (beyond low-earth orbit), all bets are off, the floodgate is wide open, and everything changes very rapidly. Welcome to the Brave New World.

Given the aforementioned timeline, we can multicontextually infer that the "Martian baby" - via Prince William & Kate - will be born in 2013 as well, coinciding with the first phase of Mars One. [UPDATE: It is now confirmed that Kate's baby will be born in 2013.] This may also potentially produce a severe "Birthquake" such as the "Big One" on the west coast of the United States.

I still can't get over how brilliant this partnership forged between Mars One and SpaceX is. It's perfect. Elon Musk/SpaceX was prepared to go it alone, but their logistics calculation had to take into account a return trip. Escaping a planetary gravity well is no easy task requiring a lot of energy. Cutting that energy (as well as supply) requirement in roughly half would be a game-changer. And that's exactly what Mars One brought to the table with their one-way trip (colony) model. Add to it the exciting use of a reality-TV show for funding purposes, suddenly it seems quite feasible to send humans to Mars in just over a decade! SpaceX wanted to reduce energy/supply requirements and overall cost, Mars One needed technical expertise, experience, cheap rockets and spacecraft to carry their crew. They complemented each other perfectly. While SpaceX could have gone alone (and they still might), it would have taken a few years longer to clear the hurdle made higher by the extra (return trip) stuff. Now, working with Mars One, we are [plausibly] looking at 2023 for the next "giant leap for mankind."

Can you feel the "Destiny" in the air?

If there is still a big missing piece of the puzzle, that might just be... mining. If we discover valuable minerals on Mars, it will give us a solid long-term business rationale for having a continuous human presence on that planet, ensuring that the colonization process will move forward unlike what happened with the Moon. [...]

Perhaps it's already starting... via Curiosity, which specializes in analyzing the Martian soil. [...] Curiosity may not find life, but if it manages to detect valuable minerals... that'll be a game changer too. There's immediately going to be a mainstream commercial interest in going to Mars.

Or perhaps mining Mars will begin after the Mars One rovers/colonists discover something valuable there.

There is also "Planetary Resources", a private company announced again just this year [2012], planning to mine asteroids which we can imagine may come into play as well.

Last but not least... [...]

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How to Digitally Record/Video a UFO sighting:

Como registar digitalmente ou gravar um vídeo de um avistamento de um UFO:

Stabilize the camera on a tripod. If there is no tripod, then set it on top of a stable, flat surface. If that is not possible lean against a wall to stabilize your body and prevent the camera from filming in a shaky, unsteady manner.

Estabilize a camera com um tripé. Se não tiver um tripé, então coloque-a em cima de uma superfície estável. Se não for possível, então encoste-se a uma parede para estabilizar o corpo e evitar que a camera registe de maneira tremida e instável.

Provide visual reference points for comparison. This includes the horizon, treetops, lampposts, houses, and geographical landmarks (i.e., Horsetooth Reservoir, Mt. Adams, etc.) Provide this in the video whenever is appropriate and doesn’t detract from what your focus is, the UFO.

Forneça pontos visuais de referência para comparação. Isso inclui o horizonte, cimo das árvores, postes de iluminação, pontos de referência geográficos (como o Reservatório de Horsetooth, Mone Adams, etc) Forneça esses pontos no vídeo sempre que for apropriado e não se distraia do que é o seu foco, o UFO/a Nave.

Narrate your videotape. Provide details of the date, time, location, and direction (N,S,E,W) you are looking in. Provide your observations on the weather, including approximate temperature, windspeed, any visible cloud cover or noticeable weather anomalies or events. Narrate on the shape, size, color, movements, approximate altitude of the UFO, etc and what it appears to be doing. Also include any unusual physical, psychological or emotional sensations you might have. Narrate any visual reference points on camera so they correlate with what the viewer will see, and thereby will be better able to understand.

Faça a narração do vídeo. Forneça pormenores sobre a data, hora, local e direcção (Norte, Sul, Este, Oeste) que está a observar. Faça observações sobre as condições atmosféricas, incluindo a temperatura aproximada, velocidade do vento, quantidade de nuvens, anomalias ou acontecimentos meteorológicos evidentes. Descreva a forma, o tamanho, a cor, os movimentos, a altitude aproximada onde se encontra o UFO/nave, etc e o que aparenta estar a fazer. Inclua também quaisquer aspectos pouco habituais de sensações físicas, psicológicas ou emocionais que possa ter. Faça a narração de todos os pontos de referência visual que o espectador irá ver e que, deste modo, será capaz de compreender melhor.

Be persistent and consistent. Return to the scene to videotape and record at this same location. If you have been successful once, the UFO sightings may be occurring in this region regularly, perhaps for specific reasons unknown, and you may be successful again. You may also wish to return to the same location at a different time of day (daylight hours) for better orientation and reference. Film just a minute or two under “normal” circumstances for comparison. Write down what you remember immediately after. As soon as you are done recording the experience/event, immediately write down your impressions, memories, thoughts, emotions, etc. so it is on the record in writing. If there were other witnesses, have them independently record their own impressions, thoughts, etc. Include in this exercise any drawings, sketches, or diagrams. Make sure you date and sign your documentation.

Seja persistente e não contraditório. Volte ao local da cena e registe o mesmo local. Se foi bem sucedido uma vez, pode ser que nessa região ocorram avistamentos de UFOs/naves com regularidade, talvez por razões específicas desconhecidas, e talvez possa ser novamente bem sucedido. Pode também desejar voltar ao mesmo lugar a horas diferentes do dia (durante as horas de luz)para ter uma orientação e referência melhor. Filme apenas um ,inuto ou dois em circunstâncias “normais” para ter um termo de comparação. Escreva tudo o que viu imediatamente após o acontecimento. Logo após ter feito o registo da experiência/acontecimento, escreva imediatamente as impressões, memórias, pensamentos, emoções, etc para que fiquem registadas por escrito. Se houver outras testemunhas, peça-lhes para registar independentemente as suas próprias impressões, pensamentos, etc. Inclua quaisquer desenhos, esbolos, diagramas. Certifique-se que data e assina o seu documento/testemunho.

Always be prepared. Have a digital camera or better yet a video camera with you, charged and ready to go, at all times. Make sure you know how to use your camera (and your cell phone video/photo camera) quickly and properly. These events can occur suddenly, unexpectedly, and often quite randomly, so you will need to be prepared.

Esteja sempre preparado, Tenha sempre uma camera digital, melhor ainda, uma camera vídeo consigo, carregada e pronta a usar sempre que necessário. Certifique-se que sabe como lidar com a sua camera (ou com o seu celular/camera fotográfica) rápida e adequadamente. Esses acontecimentos podem acontecer súbita e inesperadamente e, por vezes, acidentalmente, por isso, necessita estar preparado.

Look up. Be prepared. Report. Share.

Olhe para cima, Esteja preparado, Relate, Partilhe.



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