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Rappoport: Outside The Reality Machine

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By Jon Rappoport
Some, but not all, waves of immigrants result from wars that leave people helpless and terrified. They run, they flee, they emigrate to the West.
We must have more immigrants, according to self-styled “liberals.”
So let’s have more wars. That’ll make liberals feel good about themselves, and that’s what we want, right?
If the wars stopped, lots of potential immigrants would stay where they are. They wouldn’t come to the West. That would make liberals depressed. We can’t have that.
I would suggest we’re looking at the Hillary Clinton formula: love war, wage war, and thus bring more glorious immigrants to our shores. Just a thought.
The whole point of our society these days is people feeling virtuous, and signaling each other about their mutual virtuousness. We must cater to these folk. They are the beautiful ones.
They place their own heartfelt goodness on the highest pedestal. There must be NO analysis of the cost of immigration. There must be NO ceiling on immigration. There must be no assessment of the crimes committed by immigrants. Facts and figures and limits are heartless and cruel and elitist.
LET EVERYONE IN.
No borders, no nations, no deportations.
Somehow, some way, this will lead to utopia.
How exactly? That’s a secret. But don’t worry. It’ll come to pass.
Who knows? We may have to destroy the village in order to save it.
And all those immigrants who aren’t migrating to the West because of wars? The ones who are coming for the free government goodies? The ones who refuse to accept the traditions and laws of the country they’re entering? The ones who hate the countries they’re entering and prove it by committing heinous crimes? That’s not really a problem. With enough love from the “liberals,” they will be transformed in time. And even if they aren’t, that’s all right, because in their own way they’ll be breaking down the gross evil called “sovereign nations”—which we all know is code for Nazism. Nothing should be sovereign. Borders are artificial. They’re just lines on a map. What a scintillating insight! (Most college students these days are enlightened by this staggering revelation, aren’t they?)
I say: worship the Pentagon. Worship the military industrial complex. They find ingenious ways to launch wars. Therefore, they help bring more immigrants here. They do their part. They give us the chance to show our humanitarian soul.
War is God’s plan to allow us to be virtuous.
War is the universe saying, “Let your love shine through.”
Everything happens for a reason.
Let us launch the Church of War.
The Church will teach us we are one planet without nations.
Finally, we will have peace.
Through war.
And then we can build a memorial to the recently deceased David Rockefeller, who knew all along that peace through war would lead to one global governance system with no nations, no borders, no exclusions:
Everyone laboring under the same sun. Everyone fitting into a predetermined slot, ridding us of the scourge called freedom. Everyone cooperating in the new civilization. Everyone saving everyone.
We will triumph as One Glob, indivisible.
All along, the impulse for war has been persistent; difficult if not impossible to eradicate.
Now, finally, we know why.
It was a great Good, masquerading as Evil.
…those who are obsessed with appearing to do good must have victims they can help; if there aren’t enough victims—create them.
Be a war monger who preaches peace and unity.
IF YOU’RE IN THE ARMED FORCES AND YOU’RE VERY LUCKY, YOU MIGHT PARTICIPATE IN AN ATTACK, AN INVASION, A WAR THAT WILL DISLOCATE HUGE NUMBERS OF DESPERATE CIVILIANS. SOME OF THEM WILL EMIGRATE HERE, WHERE OUR OWN CITIZENS FERVENTLY WISH TO DO GOOD AND HELP THEM. YOU WILL ENABLE OUR CITIZENS IN THEIR QUEST TO PROVE THEMSELVES VIRTUOUS. THEY WILL GIVE SANCTUARY TO THE IMMIGRANTS YOU DISPLACED.
It all works out, doesn’t it?
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Anarchy In the UK, But Trumps’ OK!

Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has revealed himself to be a supporter of Brexit and defender of Donald Trump, saying the US President was definitely not racist and could even be a “possible friend”.

The man known by his former stage name Johnny Rotten, who once wrote the now aptly-named ‘Anarchy in the UK’, also described Nigel Farage as “fantastic”.

“Where do I stand on Brexit?” he asked during an appearance on ITV’s Good Morning Britain. “Well, here it goes, the working class have spoke and I’m one of them and I’m with them.”

On Mr Trump, the 61-year-old singer said he was a “complicated fellow” who had been “smeared” by the “left-wing media”.

“One journalist once said to me, is he the political Sex Pistol? In a way.

I dislike is the left-wing media in America are trying to smear the bloke as a racist and that’s completely not true.

“There are many, many problems with him as a human being but he’s not that and there just might be a chance something good will come out of that situation because he terrifies politicians.

“This is a joy to behold for me. Dare I say, [he could be] a possible friend.”

Lydon was correct to link class to the Brexit vote, as research conducted after the June referendum found areas with higher levels of people from the DE social class also recorded higher ‘Leave’ votes.

Only three of the top 50 areas with the highest share of people from DE class backgrounds – which includes semi-skilled or unskilled labour and pensioners – voted to Remain.

Mr Farage caught the attention of Lydon after a stunt on the River Thames involving Bob Geldof, the former Ukip leader and a ‘Brexit flotilla’ comprising 60 vessels.

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TSA “Pat Down” Of Special Needs Boy Sparks Outrage.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is defending an officer’s pat-down of a boy at a Texas airport that outraged his mother and thousands and thousands of people who viewed her Facebook posting on the incident.

For at least two minutes, the TSA officer at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport gives the boy a going-over that just seems a little too thorough.

First, the TSA officer explains to the boy what’s coming. Then the TSA officer, who is wearing blue gloves, moves behind the kid and starts with a search of the kid’s left shoulder. Nothing there.  Then the right shoulder. Nothing there, either. The kid’s only wearing a T-shirt after all.

Then the TSA officer runs the back of his gloved hand down the kid’s back four times. Then he runs his hands up and down the kid’s torso on both sides.

Then the TSA officer examines the waistband of the kid’s shorts with the sort of painstaking care a tailor might show while taking in a seam. Then the TSA officer runs the back of his hand down the kid’s buttocks and upper leg on the left side six times or so, with a few on the right side for good measure. Then he wraps his big manly hands around the kid’s hams.

Now it’s time to move around to the front. The TSA officer frisks the kid’s shoulders again – you never know when you’re going to find an armpit bomb. Then down the torso again. Then it’s time to fuss at the waistband some more. Then the TSA officer runs the back of his hands down the front of the kid’s upper leg. More ham-gripping.

Phew. All done. The kindly TSA officer steps away as if the ordeal’s over but – nope, he’s back at the kid’s crotch again.

Take a look, as more than 5 million other people have so far. It looks like the TSA officer’s giving the poor kid a sponge bath, not a pat-down.

“We have been through hell this morning,” the boy’s mother, Jennifer Williamson wrote on Facebook. Williamson, who did not give her son’s age, said she had asked the TSA treat him in a way that would not aggravate his disability, known as a sensory processing disorder.

“He set off NO alarms,” Williamson writes on her Facebook page. “He physically did not alarm at all during screening, he passed through the detector just fine. He is still several hours later saying ‘I don’t know what I did. What did I do?’”

She didn’t respond to a request for comment made through Facebook. In her posting, however, she said her son’s screening took so long they missed their flight.

“I am livid,” Williamson writes. “I wish I had taped the entire interchange because it was horrifying.”

The TSA said it was just following orders.

“TSA allows for a pat-down of a teenage passenger, and in this case, all approved procedures were followed to resolve an alarm of the passenger’s laptop,” spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said in an email.  “The video shows a male TSA officer explaining the procedure to the passenger, who fully cooperates. Afterward, the TSA officer was instructed by his supervisor, who was observing, to complete the final step of the screening process.

“In total, the pat-down took approximately two minutes, and was observed by the mother and two police officers who were called to mitigate the concerns of the mother.  The passengers were at the checkpoint for approximately 45 minutes, which included the time it took to discuss screening procedures with the mother and to screen three carry-on items that required further inspection.”

No word on what sort of pat-down the laptop received.

Look, we get it. Terrorists are trying to defeat airport security anyplace they can, and the TSA can’t afford to be wrong even once. But this kid’s mother is right: the slow-hand Texas pat-down of a scared kid was over the top.

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http://www.today.com/parents/mom-livid-after-tsa-gives-extensive-pat-down-special-needs-t109710

 

“Chemtrails” Now Recognised In Revised Cloud Atlas.

Hell has frozen over. Pigs are flying. AND…..

BBC: ‘Chemtrails’ To Be Recognised As New Type Of Cloud

According to the BBC, chemtrails are to be officially recognised as a new type of cloud in the International Cloud Atlas. 

According to BBC meteorologist John Hammond, the trails left behind in the sky by airplanes, known by many as ‘chemtrails’, will now be added to an official cloud reference encyclopedia, solidifying their status as a scientifically recognised phenomena.

In the modern day you will look up to the sky and see clouds made by airplanes. Once they are made they can linger for days,” John Hammond says.

BBC Science reports:

Now, embracing the digital era, the new atlas will initially be available as a web portal, and accessible to the public for the first time.

The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) publishes the atlas, and also has the final say on the contents, including the addition of “new” clouds and cloud features.

This time around 12 new terms have been added. The best known of these is asperitas, meaning rough-like in Latin, as the clouds can look like the tossing of the waves at sea when viewed from below.

These clouds were first recorded over Iowa in the US in 2006, but soon a torrent of similar images from around the world began to pour in to the Cloud Appreciation Society, a citizen science body.

They began to lobby the WMO for official recognition of the cloud type. But the fact that it has now been officially included came as something of a surprise.

“Back in 2008, I thought the chances of this becoming official were really minimal,” said Gavin Pretor-Pinney, president of the society.

“At first the WMO were saying they had no plans to do a new edition, but over time I think they began to realise there is an interest among the public in clouds and there is a need for that interest to be an informed one, there’s a need for this authoritative work.”

Asperitas becomes the first addition of a new recognisable term since 1953. In addition several other supplementary features of clouds have also been added including cavum, cauda (known as a tail cloud), fluctus and murus (known as a wall cloud).

In terms of the way the WMO classifies clouds, they have also added one new “species” – the volutus, or roll-cloud, a low horizontal tube-shaped cloud mass that appears to roll about a horizontal axis.

A key element in the evolution of the atlas has been the impact of technology. People all over the world are able to capture and exchange images on their smart phones of fleeting cloud formations.

“People don’t have to be an official weather observer, they don’t have to be schooled in the finer points of the International Cloud Atlas, they just go ‘that’s amazing’ and take a picture and send it to us, and being in the centre of that network we can spot a pattern,” said Gavin Pretor-Pinney.

The atlas also includes a recognition of the processes that can lead to cloud formation, so the clouds that arise from wildfires are now classified as flammagenitus.

Similarly patches of cloud that are formed over forests and over waterfalls are classified, but also one of the most widely seen features in the sky, contrails formed from the exhausts of airplanes, are given greater recognition.

“In the modern day you will look up to the sky and see clouds made by airplanes. Once they are made they can linger for days,” said BBC meteorologist John Hammond.

“It’s one example of how crucial knowledge of cloud physics is – it’s not just an aesthetic, our knowledge of clouds is still fairly limited.”

The new atlas also recognises some weather features that not everyone might agree can be seen as clouds. These include rainbows, halos, snow devils and hailstones.

“There is a blurred edge between what is a cloud and what is a sheet of hail falling from the sky,” said John Hammond.

“There are grey areas around the edge of this. All types of optical effects can be defined as clouds, be they halos or snow devils or rainbows, but I’m a little bit old-fashioned and I struggle with the inclusion of rainbows as clouds.”

Hammond believes that there will be many new entries in the future as long as the public remains engaged in the subject and he believes the opening up of the atlas via a web portal is a very good thing towards that end.

Gavin Pretor-Pinney from the Cloud Appreciation Society agrees that opening up the atlas is a huge positive.

“The value of the atlas is that it draws our attention to the sky and by learning the name of the formations, that is the way we pay attention to and value what we see around us.

“By giving a language to the forms of our atmosphere we are helping people to value our atmosphere and to pay attention our impact on it.”

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Warning that Beijing’s military bases in South China Sea are ready for use

China has largely completed three major military bases in the South China Sea that have naval, air, radar and missile-defence facilities, according to a US thinktank.

Related: South China Sea images reveal impact on coral of Beijing’s military bases

“Beijing can now deploy military assets, including combat aircraft and mobile missile launchers, to the Spratly Islands at any time,” said the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI), part of Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Construction on Mischief Reef, in the Spratly Islands, the disputed South China SeaConstruction is shown on Mischief Reef, in the Spratly Islands, the disputed South China Sea in this March 11, 2017 satellite image released by CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Inititative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) to Reuters on March 27, 2017. MANDATORY CREDIT: CSIS/AMTI DigitalGlobe/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVE: Construction on Mischief Reef.© Reuters Construction on Mischief Reef.

The thinktank published images taken this month of what it calls the “Big 3” island air bases – Subi, Mischief, and Fiery Cross Reefs – which it has analysed via commercial high-resolution satellite imagery for two years.

“China’s three air bases in the Spratlys and another on Woody Island in the Paracels will allow Chinese military aircraft to operate over nearly the entire South China Sea,” AMTI said. “The same is true of China’s radar coverage.”

Construction on Mischief Reef. Photograph: CSIS/AMIT/DigitalGlobe/Reuters Construction on Subi Reef. Photograph: CSIS/AMTI/DigitalGlobe/Reuters

China denies it is militarising the South China Sea, which is thought to have significant oil and gas reserves and is a route for half of the world’s commercial shipping. The reclamation of the islands has also had a devastating impact on some of the world’s most biodiverse coral reefs.

Beijing asserts sovereignty over maritime areas that span 3.5m square kilometres but are also claimed by Vietnam, Taiwan, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and Japan. China’s military build-up has become one of US president Donald Trump’s most explosive foreign policy challenges.

Under Barack Obama’s administration, Washington claimed it was neutral on the question of sovereignty over the South China Sea islets, reefs and shoals, but also conducted regular air and naval patrols to assert its rights of passage.

Related: Steve Bannon: ‘We’re going to war in the South China Sea … no doubt’

But US secretary of state Rex Tillerson said in January that the US should go further by blocking Chinese access to the islands. Last week Chinese premier Li Keqiang said defence equipment had been placed on islands to maintain “freedom of navigation”.

Chinese warships frequently radio US aircraft in the region, warning them not to approach. And last month, a Chinese military aircraft had an “unsafe” encounter with a US navy surveillance aircraft over the area, the US Pacific command announced.

AMTI said China had installed HQ-9 surface-to-air missiles at one island as well as anti-ship cruise missiles. It has also built enough hangars for 72 combat aircraft and several larger bombers, AMTI said.

The group’s director, Greg Poling, said the images showed new radar antennas on Fiery Cross and Subi: “So look for deployments in the near future.”

Reuters contributed to this report

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Healthcare Bill Defeated: The World Ends, By Jon Rappoport

Healthcare bill defeated: the world ends

Healthcare insurance scheme bill defeated

THE WORLD ENDS

by Jon Rappoport

March 26, 2017

Reuters: “In the past few years, the House has voted more than 60 times to repeal or alter Obamacare, but Republicans had no hope a repeal would become law as long as Obama was president and could veto their bills.”

But now that the new version of national health insurance has failed to pass in Congress ONCE, well, according to press accounts, obviously the world is over. Mountains are falling into the sea. An asteroid just struck the Pacific Ocean. And oh yes, Trump is finished.

On top of the world ending, there is this: no one seems to know exactly what is in the new bill that just failed; Congress had to pass it to read it.

NEW HEALTHCARE BILL WHICH NO ONE HAS READ FAILS TO PASS; WORLD ENDS.

This lunacy is one of a string of lunacies since Trump was elected. If you believe the press, his reign has already ended a hundred times. It ended when somebody said somebody else had proof Trump desecrated a hotel room in Russia where Obama once stayed. It ended when Michael Flynn talked to a Russian on the phone. It ended when Trump allowed a few non-mainstream reporters into press conferences, and it ended when he excluded a few mainstream reporters from a press gaggle. It ended when a judge, ruling on behalf of all America, decided Trump’s EO limiting immigration should be temporarily suspended. It ended when the CIA implied Trump was a Russian agent. It ended when somebody on The View said he should be impeached.

Of course, it had already ended, during the campaign, when George Clooney said Trump would never become president, and when Alec Baldwin said he hated Trump. It ended when Hillary “won” the first debate.

Since the attention span of half of America is about as long as a kitten’s, all beginnings and endings must happen very quickly. There is no time to waste.

“Isn’t Hillary the president now? Didn’t we already have another election? Isn’t Trump in prison? Hasn’t global warming taken away the coastline of America?”

Trump must be out of the White House by now and in handcuffs, because Twitter has had a hundred thousand tweets demanding it. The final judgement.

Newspapers and broadcast networks are fighting over who can assess Congress’ failure to pass a new healthcare bill as the greatest possible humiliation for Trump.

Other reasons why Trump is toast: James Comey, head of the FBI, came to the White House to talk to Trump, for reasons as yet unclear. Trump’s wife didn’t immediately move into the White House after the inauguration. Trump shuttles between the Oval office and Trump Towers. Rioters smashed cars, lit fires, and threw rocks through store windows in Berkeley. Mexican officials say they won’t pay for The Wall. Trump hasn’t yet brought five million new jobs back to America. He hasn’t cut taxes yet. The stock market, riding on new highs, dipped in the last few days.

The press isn’t pounding on Trump’s new Goldman Sachs appointees in his administration—which would be real reason to worry. They aren’t pounding on his failure to bring any American troops home from overseas. They aren’t pounding on his plan to gut environmental safety rules to protect genuine corporate polluters. They aren’t pounding on his plan to speed up FDA approval of new (toxic) drugs.

And of course, they express no joy at his proposed budget, which would slash US funds for that diabolical self-styled world government on the East Side of Manhattan, the United Nations; which would slash even more billions doled out to those self-styled princes of medicine at the National Institutes of Health, where the vaunted (toxic) War on Cancer has been failing for decades. Nor is there a scintilla of support for his possible investigation of vaccine safety.

But mixed bags aren’t permitted. Trump must either be the messiah or the devil, after two months in office.

We must already decide to what precise degree he is a Nationalist, a Globalist, or a neocon. The word must be final.

As I’ve pointed out on these pages, I admire Trump for three reasons: Hillary Clinton, arch-Globalist and destroyer of Libya, isn’t president; Trump is relentless in attacking fake-news mainstream media; and whether sincere or not, his anti-Globalist message has awakened untold numbers of people to the fact that the enemy is trying to destroy this country and fold it into a single planetary management system.

Other than that, everything is up for grabs.

Many months ago, I said he should establish his own avenue of direct communication with the American people, via the Web (see also this from Robert Steele, here), where he makes several reports a week on the content and progress of his agenda; and where he can receive feedback from the people who elected him. So far, there is no sign of that happening. It’s a major mistake. If he is going to circumvent the media who are trying to destroy him at every turn, he needs to talk often to those millions who want genuine freedom and prosperity. If he’s going to dump the media, DUMP THEM.

If Trump is going to be an embattled president as long as he’s in the White House, then he should take the battle all the way. That’s a rule. If you’re going to go up against the establishment and the Deep State (and not just pretend you are), then GO. Don’t hold back. If that means you fail to pass one significant piece of legislation, if that means your whole agenda falls flat, so be it. Explain why it’s falling flat. Tell the American people who is trying to stop it. Name names. Report frequently and in detail what is happening in The Swamp.

The people who desire freedom and prosperity for America; who are sick and tired of foreign wars and endless enemies; who want to smash Rockefeller “free trade”; who know the system is rigged; who know the military-industrial complex is a mad leech sucking on the soul of America; who never wanted collectivism; who believe in striving for what they earn; who refuse to embrace psychotic political correctness; who want to limit immigration because they see its effects; who know wide open borders isn’t a utopian “share-and-care” policy, but instead is a grand Globalist deception meant to sow chaos within our borders, making it easier to incorporate the US under “international governance”; who know banksters (including the private Federal Reserve) are stealing us blind; who know climate change is pseudoscience intended to choke off national energy production and torpedo the economy; who, yes, want to stop egregious corporate polluters from getting away with murder—all these people want a president who is on their side and will go the distance, who will keep them informed every step of the way, who will invent his own media outlet to do it…

Note to Trump: There is a difference between appointing an administration filled with people who know how the inside game is played, and surrounding yourself with people who fully intend to keep playing that game.

Washington DC is not just a swamp. It’s a den of obstructionists and parasites and thieves and liars and traitors and killers who have risen up through the ranks and guard their positions with venomous determination. What America has become is of no concern to them. They already live in a world of crime. An underworld. They are satisfied to be there. It’s what they fervently want.

Dislodging all THAT is a voyage of a lifetime. Many lifetimes.

Overcoming THAT is an enterprise of extreme radicalism.

The more radical (and thus honorable) a president can be, even if he fails to plant one definitive flag of policy-victory during his tenure, because of his enemies, the greater the chance of ultimate victory.

Victory would require a string of radical presidents, and a population willing and eager to support them. Nothing less.

The people who rallied behind Trump want something more than a few wins on the scoreboard.

Many of those people once rallied behind another man, Ron Paul, who is far more radical than Trump. They rallied behind Paul in great numbers, and the media giants cut him off at the knees and excluded him from having a voice, once it became apparent how far he wanted to go.

The word “radical” comes from the Latin, meaning “root.” As in championing the root of life, which is liberty. As in digging up the root of corruption and destroying it.

This goes beyond the art of the deal. It goes beyond clever maneuvering.

The people who are truly for freedom and prosperity and honor must understand THEY themselves are the driving force, whether the man in the White House is with them all the way or not.

That movement must not end.

Ever.


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NASA’s Plan To Make Mars Habitable Again

NASA wants to launch a giant magnetic field to make Mars habitable

So crazy it just might work.

NASA scientists have proposed a bold plan that could give Mars its atmosphere back and make the Red Planet habitable for future generations of human colonists.

 

By launching a giant magnetic shield into space to protect Mars from solar winds, the space agency says we could restore the Red Planet’s atmosphere, and terraform the Martian environment so that liquid water flows on the surface once again.

Mars may seem like a cold, arid wasteland these days, but the Red Planet is thought to have once had a thick atmosphere that could have maintained deep oceans filled with liquid water, and a warmer, potentially habitable climate.

Scientists think Mars lost all of this when its protective magnetic field collapsed billions of years ago, and solar wind – high-energy particles projected from the Sun – has been stripping the Red Planet’s atmosphere away ever since.

Now, new simulations by NASA suggest there could be a way to naturally give Mars its thick atmosphere back – and it doesn’t require nuking the Red Planet into submission, as Elon Musk once proposed.

Instead, the space agency thinks a powerful-enough magnetic shield launched into space could serve as a replacement for Mars’s own lost magnetosphere, giving the planet a chance to naturally restore its own atmosphere.

In new findings presented at the Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop last week, NASA’s Planetary Science Division director, Jim Green, said launching an “artificial magnetosphere” into space between Mars and the Sun could hypothetically shield the Red Planet in the extended magnetotail that trails behind the protective field.

“This situation then eliminates many of the solar wind erosion processes that occur with the planet’s ionosphere and upper atmosphere allowing the Martian atmosphere to grow in pressure and temperature over time,” the researchers explain in an accompanying paper.

While the team acknowledges that the concept might sound “fanciful”, they point to existing miniature magnetosphere research being conducted to protect astronauts and spacecraft from cosmic radiation, and think that the same technology on a larger scale could be used to shield Mars.

“It may be feasible that we can get up to these higher field strengths that are necessary to provide that shielding,” Green said in his presentation.

“We need to be able then to also modify that direction of the magnetic field so that it always pushes the solar wind away.”

In the team’s simulations, if the solar wind were counteracted by the magnetic shield, Mars’s atmospheric losses would stop, and the atmosphere would regain as much as half the atmospheric pressure of Earth in a matter of years.

As the atmosphere becomes thicker, the team estimates Mars’s climate would become around 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer, which would be enough to melt carbon dioxide ice over the Red Planet’s northern polar cap.

If this happened, the carbon in the atmosphere would help to trap heat like it does on Earth, triggering a greenhouse effect that could melt Mars’s water ice, giving the Red Planet back its liquid water in the form of flowing rivers and oceans.

If all of this were to occur as the team anticipates – and admittedly, that’s a pretty fantastical if – it’s possible that, within the space of a couple of generations, Mars could regain some of its lost Earth-like habitability.

“This is not terraforming as you may think of it where we actually artificially change the climate, but we let nature do it, and we do that based on the physics we know today,” Green said.

The team acknowledges that the plan is largely hypothetical at this point, but it’s a pretty amazing vision for what might be possible in the years ahead. The researchers intend to keep studying the possibilities to get a more accurate estimate of how long the climate-altering effects would take.

If the concept does prove workable, there’s no telling just how much it would alter the prospects of colonising Mars in the future.

“Much like Earth, an enhanced atmosphere would: allow larger landed mass of equipment to the surface, shield against most cosmic and solar particle radiation, extend the ability for oxygen extraction, and provide ‘open air’ green-houses to exist for plant production, just to name a few,” the researchers explain.

“If this can be achieved in a lifetime, the colonisation of Mars would not be far away.”

The findings were presented at the Planetary Science Vision 2050 Workshop.

By Peter Dockrill / Staff Writer

Peter Dockrill is an award-winning writer and the former Online Editor of APC and TechLife. He’s also the technology columnist for Money magazine.

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