Space: Up Up And Away

The Midterms are in the history books….shall we move on?

And now for something completely different…..SPACE….the Final Frontier!

Our Dear Leader is concerned with a new branch to the military….a “Space Force” if you will……he is serious from all accounts… since Trumpy is so damn serious I thought that IST would keep an eye on the news involved with space…..

Maybe one of the first deployments for our new Space Force could be Mars……

A study funded by NASA in a bid to determine what effects a journey into deep space might have on the health of astronauts has uncovered some startling possibilities for those brave souls who might one day venture to Mars. Per CNN, the findings out of Georgetown University Medical Center suggest that the sort of radiation to which such travelers would be exposed has the potential to cause major intestinal issues, including cancer. It’s called galactic cosmic radiation, or GCR, and consists of so-called heavy ions that we’re protected from by the magnetosphere that surrounds Earth. Deep in space, as well as on Mars, there is no such protection and scientists say there is no way yet known to prevent exposure with shielding or medications.

Per Inverse, the study bombarded mice with doses of ionizing radiation that mimicked what’s found in deep space. Researchers found that long exposure permanently altered the gastrointestinal tracts of the mice in a way that caused them to lose their ability to absorb nutrients. What’s more, the mice also developed cancerous growths in their intestines, leading researchers to further worry about the effects of space radiation after previous findings suggested it poses a danger to the brain. “We have documented the effects of deep space radiation on some vital organs, but we believe that similar damage responses may occur in many organs,” wrote senior investigator Kamal Datta. “It is important to understand these effects in advance so we can do everything we can to protect our future space travelers.”

After the “Force” is up and running well there will be those mysteries that need investigating……

Scientists call it The Goblin—a far-off dwarf planet that’s adding to evidence of a mystery planet way, way out there. First seen in October 2015, the icy world seems to be orbiting something big in a distant region of the solar system called the Oort Cloud, reports. A team led by Scott Sheppard of the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC, spent three years tracking the dwarf planet’s astounding orbit, which reaches a point nearly 60 times further from the sun than Pluto and takes 40,000 years to complete, per the Guardian. Two other dwarf planets are orbiting the same area, suggesting some huge unseen object is out there in a region NASA describes as “a thick bubble of icy debris that surrounds our solar system.”

“These distant objects are like breadcrumbs leading us to Planet X,” says Sheppard in a statement, referring to a hypothetical planet he first proposed with a colleague in 2014 to explain orbits of other Oort Cloud dwarf planets called Sedna and 2012 VP113, per Also known as Planet Nine, this possible world could be hovering on the edge of our solar system or existing entirely outside it, ejected long ago. Sheppard says he plans to further investigate by seeking more evidence of distant dwarf planets—worlds too small to be called full-sized planets. “The more of them we can find, the better we can understand the outer solar system and the possible planet that we think is shaping their orbits—a discovery that would redefine our knowledge of the solar system’s evolution,” he says.

How will the US handle its adversaries in Space?  Good question, huh?

As the Pentagon moves to stand up a U.S. Space Command and Congress debates whether it makes sense to create a Space Force, a central focus is to defend satellites from orbital weapons that would seek to damage or destroy U.S. assets in space.

Washington policymakers are gripped by the prospect of enemies shooting missiles or lasers at U.S. systems. But that is only a small piece of the puzzle, says Jeffrey Gossel, senior intelligence engineer at the Space and Missile Analysis Group of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center.

The Pentagon is taking Trump seriously and has looked into the composition of the new “Space Force”…..

The U.S. Space Force will include uniformed service members drawn from the Air Force, Navy and Army — but it is not expected to include the National Reconnaissance Office mission, according an internal draft of the Pentagon’s plan to create a sixth branch of the military.

Defense One reviewed a copy of the 13-page document, which will be further developed in coming months before the Pentagon sends it to Congress in February along with its 2020 budget request. This early draft provides a glimpse into a 21st-century approach to creating a new service branch, an endeavor not undertaken since 1947. Among other things, it reveals divergent views among senior Pentagon officials about how to structure it.

Acting on behalf of the president the GOP controlled House Armed Services Committee is also taking the president serious in his desire for a “Space Force”…….

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee wants the Pentagon to provide more precise details on how it would organize and fund a new military service for space. In an Oct. 4 letter, Chairman Mac Thornberry asks Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva to deliver the data by Nov. 16.

In the letter, a copy of which was obtained by SpaceNews, the committee lays out four different ways in which a Space Force could be formed. Thornberry says he wants additional information before the committee endorses any one approach.

The committee will explore four options:

Since nukes seem to be in the news these….I ask….will the US deploy them into space with our Space Force?

Vice President Mike Pence said that the US has flexibility on its military activities in outer space, and refused to rule out the idea that the US would position nuclear weapons there in the future, saying it would “advance the principle that peace comes through strength.”

Pence further said that the question of nuclear weapons is “the president’s determination,” and that while it’s in the interest of every nation to keep nukes out of space for now, at some point this may prove to be an way to show more “strength.”


But first Trump or whoever would have to withdraw from a treaty, the 1967 Outer Space Treaty……The 1967 Outer Space Treaty, of which the United States is a signatory, strictly forbids the positioning of nuclear weapons anywhere in outer space. With the Trump Administration’s rush to militarize space….check out Article IV…..  The pdf seems to be unavailable (so I guess you cannot get everything from the web)

No problem!  Trump has pulled out of most of our nuke treaties first with Iran then the INF Treaty…so no biggie he can just do what he does best…screw things up.

I may be one of the few bloggers that is focused on this new military branch, the Space Force…..I will keep my readers up on all the twists and turns of this situation…it should prove interesting.

Will the US get another “Branch” of our armed services?  Or will this just be another pipe dream that falls way short?  What service will we lose to pay for this pipe dream?

Just asking.

13 thoughts on “Space: Up Up And Away

  1. The only good thing about all this is that I will be dead before they manage to waste any more money by actually implementing it. The waste of money on the research and theory is already enough to cope with. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. As it stands, nobody really knows what the ‘deal’ will be, if any. Until then, we can expect a lot of waiting in the wings from both main parties. The general feeling is that the Conservatives will move further to the right, and that Labour will abandon its more radical policies in favour of a centrist position.
        Best wishes, Pete.

      2. That has been suggested before. Similar to the UN ‘peacekeeping force’. I can’t see that ever happening, as they would always argue about who led it. 🙂

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