Scientists Say We Need to Search the Moon for Alien Traces

Remember when the Moon was kind of a big deal? Since the whole “we need to be the first country on the moon” phase died out, we’ve been locked up our planet.

The video above from Carl Sagan talks about what the space missions were all about. According to him, we really lost “the passion” to go back and search for new things. We didn’t find anything that was of real monetary value, and while we did learn about space, we didn’t find much on the moon – and thus, we never went back.

Professor Paul Davis from Arizona State University and Robert Wagner from Research Technician at the School of Earth & Exploration think the moon has more secrets than we think it does. They published a scientific paper calling for the Search of Alien Artifacts on the Moon.

In their paper they state that while the search for ET has a very low probably of being successful, the mere fact of finding evidence or proof that they exist may re-spark our current search for intelligent life. They argue that while we are doing great advancements on radio technology, we need to be doing more than just looking for radio messages and signals.

Here is what they think happened in the past:

• Alien civilizations may have sent probes to our region of the galaxy.
• Any mission to the solar system would probably have occurred a very long time ago. The lunar environment could preserve artifacts for millions of years.
• Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter provides a photographic database to search for artifacts.
• Searching the LRO database would make an excellent educational project.

They want to start by using photographs from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter to search for alien structures – machinery, buildings, and artifacts. The paper states that the cost is very low since the LRO has over 300,000 pictures, and even if they don’t find any signs of alien life, they would learn about the moon in the process.

The researchers believe that if there is something on the moon, it would be in perfect condition since the lunar surface has very little activity now days. They believe that if aliens were on the moon, at one time or another, they probably left signs of – we were here. Davis and Wagner believe that we need to look into the lava caves because it is a possibility that the alien explorers may have installed their bases in these caves millions or thousands of years ago.

In my opinion this would be great, and they are right, we just barely realized that there are small moons circling the Earth, I highly doubt we could detect a probe in our solar system.  While we are making great advancements in our radio signal technology, our scientist should focus on other ways to detect or at least find signs of  life in other planets, or in this case our Moon. Via: The Guardian

Woman busted for trying to sell a Moon rock – apparently that’s highly illegal

So apparently it’s illegal to sell Moon Rocks, a woman was arrested earlier today for trying to sell a rare piece of a moon rock for $1.7 million, she was detained in a sting operation where the customer turned out to be an undercover NASA investigator.

The reason they are illegal to sell is because they are considered “national treasures” I wonder if Nicholas Cage is going to come out on this one. The gray rocks like the one on the picture to the bottom right were given to each U.S. state and to 136 different countries by President Richard Nixon. Each one of the rocks can sell for millions of dollars in the black market quite a hefty amount of money for something so tiny. I wonder how much the moon costs? Maybe I could take a trip to the moon in one of those Virgin Spacecraft take enough moon rocks to make me a kitchen counter top.

The woman who is not being identified was detained by Riverside County Sheriff’s department after NASA investigators confirmed that she was trying to sell the rock. The investigation was conducted over a period of several months.

The deal about this is that NASA doesn’t even know if it’s a real moon rock or not, they still have to check it against their “rock database” to see if it’s real. A lunar Curator in a special lab at Johnson Space Center will be testing it out later in the week. The minerals contained in the rock are Armalcolite, which is named after Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins.

The woman has not been arrested or charged, yet, but she could be charged with Theft, if the rock is real, or Fraud if the rock is fake, so either way, she’s in a whole lotta trouble. About 840 pounds of “lunar rocks” were brought back to earth by NASA’s Apollo lunar landing from 1969-1972, and a recent count of 10 states and almost 90 countries have lost their shares of the rocks… that’s over $100 million dollars in Lunar Rocks. Nasa has about 84 % of the rocks now, the rest are on display or loaned out for study, and out of that, some of them are lost.

So I wonder if you can sell Meteorites? I saw a show once where people were tracking down space rocks to sell. Maybe that’s why it was shut down

Via: Yahoo