Whitley’s analysis of the 10/11/2017 To the Stars Academy presentation, and as usual the insights are just fantastic. Whitley comes to this as a sort of semi-insider himself, but one who lays his cards right out on the table. What is the To the Stars Academy about? What do they hope to accomplish? Who are they and why should we consider them experts?

All good questions, and he addresses all of them. But he goes far beyond that, into a mind-boggling discussion of research on exotic materials that he was privy to himself, and that Jacques Vallee presented last year at Contact in the Desert? But how does this tie into the goals of the To the Stars Academy?

Listen and find out.
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NASA has announced the creation of a new position within the space agency titled "Planetary Protection Officer" (PPO), and is currently looking for candidates suitably qualified to protect the Earth — and other planets — from possible biological contamination. The salary for this singular position will be between $124,406 to $187,000 per year, with the successful applicant being responsible for preventing the transmission of potential contamination to and from Earth by astronauts and space probes during their expeditions.
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An experiment that was conducted aboard — or rather outside of — the International Space Station, proves that biological organisms can survive the harsh environment of space for extended periods of time. The experiment was designed investigate how human expeditions to Mars could one day sustain themselves, and how the biology of extremophiles — organisms that thrive in conditions that would be deadly to other creatures here on Earth — would fare in the harshness of space. The success of the experiment not only provided surprisingly positive results, it also offers new evidence that life on Earth may have originated from elsewhere in the cosmos.
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