- ENVIRONMENTAL SPACE SCIENCES is a book written by Professor
and Colonel Donald G. Carpenter who was the originator of the Space Science
Course taught at the USAF Academy. He also served as the Commander of
the SPACETRACK Radar Site at Shemya, Alaska. Colonel Carpenter was kind
enough to send Eastern MUFON the book he edited and wrote with six other
officers. He questions some of the laws of physics if we assume UFOs are
real. The last chapter of his book is titled Unidentified Flying Objects
and reads in part.
- "It is obvious that intensive scientific study is
needed in this area; no such study has yet been undertaken at the necessary
levels of intensity needed. Something that must be guarded against in
any such study is the trap of implicitly assuming that our knowledge of
Physics (or any other branch of science) is complete. An example of one
such trap is selecting a group of physical laws, which we now accept as
valid, and assume that they will never be superseded. Five such laws might
- 1. Every action must have an opposite and equal reaction.
- 2. Every particle in the universe attracts every other
particle with a force proportional to the product of the masses and inversely
as the square of the distance.
- 3. Energy, mass and momentum are conserved.
- 4. No material body can have a speed as great as c, the
speed of light in free space.
- 5. The maximum energy, E, which can be obtained from
a body at rest is E=mc2, where m is the rest mass of the body.
- Laws numbered 1 and 3 seem fairly safe, but let us hesitate
and take another look. Actually, law number 3 is only valid (now) from
a relativistic viewpoint; and for that matter so are laws 4 and 5. But
relativity completely revised these physical concepts after 1915, before
then Newtonian mechanics were supreme. We should also note that general
relativity has not yet been verified. Thus we have the peculiar situation
of five laws which appear to deny the possibility of intelligent alien
control of UFO's, yet three of the laws are recent in concept and may not
even be valid. Also, law number 2 has not yet been tested under conditions
of large relative speeds or accelerations. We should not deny the possibility
of alien control of UFO's on the basis of preconceived notions not established
as related or relevant to the UFO's. Pages 690-691.
- The NEW SCIENTIST article "SEEDS OF LIFE" January
22, 2000, reports, "The building blocks of DNA could have formed in
space before the Earth was born, providing a starter kit of genetic material
for life to evolve rapidly on Earth, claim astro-chemists in India. Their
computer models of chemicals evolving in space may explain why life emerged
only 600 million years after the Earth formed 4.5 billion years ago. The
model also suggests that comets are packed with the building blocks of
life. If true, it backs up the idea that comets seed when they smash into
planets. Sandip Chakrabarti and his wife Sonali at the S. N. Bose National
Centre for Basic Sciences in Calcutta modeled how chemicals would evolve
in an interstellar cloud collapsing under gravity over a million years.
The model began with a typical cloud 7 light years across, containing
a dozen elements including hydrogen, carbon, oxygen and nitrogen. The
computer worked out the variations and at the end of the simulation, the
cloud was littered with adenine predicting Earth would have been showered
with millions of tons of the DNA. "DNA produced in the collapsing
cloud could have contaminated the Earth," the Chakrabartis will report
in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics. "There should be many such
planets in each galaxy where DNA-based life should flourish." (But
the idea remains controversial since it shoots holes in the Theory of Evolution,
that life started by accident on Earth.)
- Tom Millar of the University of Manchester Institute
of Science and Technology, database of chemical reactions formed the basis
of the new work. British researchers who suggested in 1977, that the ingredients
of life originated in space and were dispersed by comets are delighted
by the Indian findings. "It's yet another indication that the chemical
feedstock of life could be produced throughout the Universe, and nothing
on Earth would reproduce that grandeur of scale," says Chandra Wickramasinghe
of the University of Wales at Cardiff, who suggested the idea along with
his colleague Fred Hoyle. Thanks to: "Mark A. LeCuyer" <email@example.com
- DNA MOLECULES MAY BE FROM SPACE
- Colin Jordan writes concerning your FF-#4, Dr. Francis
Crick won the Nobel Prize for helping to discover 'the structure of DNA,'
the master molecule of life. He now believes that the 'origin of life'
was from space. I was doing some reading recently and came across some
surprising statements from Dr. Crick, made more remarkable still given
his professional achievements. I think there is a prejudice among scientists
regarding current evolutionary theories. Many of them have spent their
careers considering the theory to be scientific fact and are loath to let
that go. Their need to cling to that theory at all costs smacks more of
faith than science. Besides the evidence that there was but a single genetic
code, there is also the issue of so-called "simple" cell complexity.
Crick wanted to determine the probability that even a single molecule
of DNA could come into existence by chance. The probability for transition
from inanimate to animate would be ten to the 40,000 th power. Mathematically
speaking, anything above ten to the 50th power is considered statistically
impossible, because the sum total of all the electrons in the universe
is only ten to the fifty-second power. Apparently the average biological
scientist is more concerned with not being wrong rather than discovering
what is true. firstname.lastname@example.org (Colin Jordan)
- Red Setter writes, "People today are very poor at
real thinking: whether in astronomy, evolution, physics, UFOs, etc. We
are no more correct than in Galileo's day, yet many scientists tell me
that "we know so much that we can't be wrong!" And friends can't
believe there is any real UFO phenomenon, or else "the press would
have reported it!" So don't worry if they criticize you, because
their brains are programmed by intensive indoctrination. See the new book
"Galileo's Daughter" by Dava Sobel. "It claims it was academics
that persecuted Galileo, not the Church." Thanks to Red Setter.
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