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Saturday, 24 November 2012

24 November 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. Lunokhod 1: The First Lunar Rover


On 17 November 1970, the self-propelled lunar rover Lunokhod-1 landed on the moon. The unmanned Lunokhod-1 was a hybrid all-terrain vehicle. It consisted of two main parts… an eight-wheeled chassis and a sealed mission container. Each of the eight wheels of the chassis led to an independent motor. Scientific instrumentation was in the mission container… it had gear to analyse the chemical composition of the lunar soil, a device for studying the mechanical properties of the soil, radiometric equipment, an X-ray telescope, and a laser corner reflector of French manufacture for precise measurement of distances. The container was in the form of a truncated cone; the upper base of the cone, which served as a radiator to dissipate waste heat, had a larger diameter than the lower. During the lunar night, the lid acted as a cooler. The surface of the lid was covered with solar cells, which recharged the battery during the lunar day. Ground controllers remotely operated Lunokhod-1 from the Earth during its 10.5 month lifespan. During this time, Lunokhod-1 travelled 10.54 kilometres (6.5 miles), it transmitted to Earth 200 telephoto panoramas and about 20,000 pictures via its television camera. It obtained stereoscopic images of the most interesting features of the terrain, allowing a detailed study of their structure.

23 November 2012




Tuesday, 25 September 2012

25 September 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Ice in Europa

Ice in Europa

Sergei Yolkin



Here’s another punning play on words from Sergei Yolkin. Polynia in English is a loanword from Russian… in Russian, it originally meant an “ice hole”… thus, the aliens jumping into the ephemeral “polynia” from the “vanna” (bathhouse).


Planetary Scientists at the European Planetary Science Congress (EPSC) in Madrid reported that areas with relatively thin ice sheets on Europa, a moon of Jupiter, are rare and quite short-lived phenomena, as they disappear about ten thousand years after their appearance.

25 September 2012

Sergei Yolkin



Sunday, 23 September 2012

23 September 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. How to Make a Proper Observation of the Moon


The Moon is the Earth‘s only natural satellite and the second brightest object in Earth’s sky. Despite the fact that the face of the moon in the night sky is familiar to the human eye, to admire its mysterious beauty is endless. For this Infographic, RIA-Novosti asked qualified experts on how one should observe the Moon, and what one should use for this purpose.

The Moon was an object of human interest since ancient times, and the subject of early research. Hipparchos was one of the first researchers of this light in the night sky, in the 2nd century BC. He deduced the Moon’s size, and discovered some of the peculiarities of its motion across the sky. Klaudios Ptolemaios (Ptolemy) developed Hipparchos’ findings, including his research on the study of the Moon in his famous book Almagest. Astronomers drew up lunar charts after the invention of the telescope. The first of these scientists was the Italian astronomer Giovanni Battista Riccioli, who was also a theologian. He published his work in 1651; he was the first who called the large dark areas on the surface of the moon “seas”, the term we use to this day. Riccioli named many of the craters and lunar features after famous scientists such as Platon (Plato), Aristoteles (Aristotle), and Archimedes, and, over time, researchers added craters named after Vladimir Vernadsky, Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, and Ivan Pavlov.

22 September 2012



Monday, 3 September 2012

Founder of the Moonie Sect Died

Jesus and the Money-Changers

Boris Olshansky



Now, here’s what we have to do with sectarians… you can’t talk with them… simply guard the Church against them and their heretical lies.


Sun Myung Moon, the South Korean billionaire founder of the sect called the “Unification Church“, died on Sunday in the 93rd-year of his life. His sect gained wide popularity in the 1970’s and 80’s. According to the BBC, the largest number of his followers lives in the USA. In 1984, the US government accused Moon of tax evasion and sentenced him to 18 months in prison. He was released a year later, after mass protests organised by American religious groups. In the 1970s, France expelled “Reverend” Moon on charges of “brainwashing” potential supporters.

Sun Myung Moon, a Korean dissident, who proclaimed himself the Christ, founded the so-called “Unification Church”, better known as the Moonie sect, in the middle of the 20th century. Currently, his sect has several million followers. Posing as a legitimate religious body, the sect is active in interfaith activities.

3 September 2012



Editor’s Note:

There’s not much difference between the Moonies and the so-called “Evangelicals” of the Manhattan Declaration. They’re all autogenetic anti-Church bodies with no real ties to traditional Christendom. Truly, there’s not much to choose between a Moonie, a JW, an Adventist, a Pentecostalist, a Mormon, or a “Southern” Baptist. Do you know why they’re so similar? Look at how they hate one another deep-down. They’re all deniers of Christ’s Church… and that means that they deny Christ.

In comparison with such Anti-Christian conventicles, Orthodox, Catholics, and Reformation Protestants do have much in common and can get on in peace without compromising their principles. Mind you, we have our differences… and they’re not unknown. Yet, we don’t poach on each other and we carry on civil human discourse (as is right and proper). It’s one thing to talk to proper Christians… that’s God’s own work. It’s quite another to snuggle up to Sectarians… that’s evil and of Satan. We are better off without Paffhausen and Gillquist… their attempt to ally Christ’s Church with anti-Christian sectarians failed… thank God.

To decent Christians… “The gate is open (but you knew that)!” To sectarians and “Evangelicals”… “No dialogue is possible; we can only have a “saving monologue” with you. God watch over you… what I said wasn’t said in hate… but it WAS said in all truth”.


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