Thursday, March 08, 2018

Astronomer Looked for Spies, Found Lost Satellite

More than 12 years after NASA announced that one of its spacecraft had been lost as a result of systems failure, an astronomer appears to have rediscovered it transmitting information in the sky. Scott Tilley, an amateur visual and radio astronomer, first posted on his blog on Jan. 21 about searching for Zuma, a mysterious spacecraft launched by SpaceX earlier in January that some believe had failed, in the sky. He couldn't find Zuma, but instead, he found another satellite, which he later discovered was the Imager for Magnetopause-to-Aurora Global Exploration (IMAGE). First launched in 2000, IMAGE's goal was to "study the global response of the Earth's magnetosphere to changes in the solar wind." By the time NASA lost the spacecraft in 2005, it had already exceeded expectations from its original two-year mission.


Since Tilley posted his findings, the astronomy community pitched in to collect as much information as they could on IMAGE, with archives showing that IMAGE was spotted as far back as October 2015. NASA has also joined in on the efforts to locate the signal, and according to Tilley, the Goddard Space Flight Center's Richard Burley told him that "All indications so far suggest that this is, in fact, IMAGE."

On Monday, NASA posted an update confirming that it would be allocating resources to confirming that the satellite Tilley discovered is IMAGE.


Scott Tilley's original post about his discovery:

#1 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2018-03-07 05:53 PM

NASA can't seem to find it's own ass with both hands lately.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-03-07 06:23 PM

That's what happens when funding gets cut.

#3 | Posted by bat4255 at 2018-03-08 12:55 PM

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism


#4 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-03-08 02:58 PM

Did he try focusing his telescope on the White House? No. Mara Lago? No. Trump Tower? No. He's looking in all the wrong places.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2018-03-08 03:06 PM

That's what happens when funding gets cut.
#3 | Posted by bat4255 at 2018-03-08 12:55 PM | Reply | Flag:
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The fewer non-military eyes involved, the better according to NASA and it's handlers.

The Van Allen belts - how much shielding is really required to pass? Apparently 1969 technology is superior in every way to 2018.

Water on Mars doesn't exist according to NASA, countering what their very first samples confirm.

"I'd go to the moon in a nanosecond, but the problem is we don't have technology to do that anymore. We used to but we, uh, destroyed that technology and it's a painful process to build it back again." - Don Pettit, astronaut

"I haven't seen anything, uh, that indicates that the telemetry data is even in existence. And as I said even if we had it we don't have the machines to play it back." - Gene Krantz, Apollo Flight Director

Absolutely believable.

NASA are like embedded journalists, only they are "scientists".

IOW - IMAGE is undoubtedly a military project. It allegedly just happens to be studying the effects of high energy Auroral activities on the magnetosphere - perhaps observing and guiding HAARP stations modifying the Earth.

#6 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-03-08 09:52 PM

That's what happens when funding gets cut.

Obama's Muslim NASA space outreach didnt help?

#7 | Posted by boaz at 2018-03-09 11:45 AM

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