Friday, February 12, 2010

Atlas 5 rocket launched - NASA's urgent attempt to study the 2012-13 solar storms

I like many of you all just watched the successful launch of the Atlas 5 rocket by NASA today. As you may know the mission of the recent rocket launch is to establish NASA's new Solar Dynamics Observatory. Nasa says the purpose of the SDO is to  "understand the Sun's influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously."

I find that the timing of the launch and its mission of 5 years  extremely co-incidental, especially  considering the upcoming solar storms during the peak of the years 2012 - 2013 . Also a note to everyone NASA has revised  the dates of solar maximum - so this means  the peak of the potentially devastating solar  storms  will now occur around mid-May of 2013 not 2012 as previously thought.

Many believe the mission is a clear and urgent attempt by NASA to study solar changes to predict their strategic impact on earth infrastructures, communications and power grids during the potentially catastrophic solar storms of 2012-13. Eg; By predicting large X+ solar flares in advance before the radiation and EMF interference hits earth, power stations can be turned off temporarily to reduce damage to the grid.

NASA has admitted the upcoming solar storms during the peak of this solar cycle will be the worst  experienced in the modern age but they have downplayed dooms day scenarios to some extent.... but clearly their funding and launch of the SDO today is an admission they are taking the solar changes very seriously.
NASA talking about the SDO launch and mission:

You may have seen this video so  either way since the time of this video NASA has revised that the solar maximum - ie the peak of the storms  to now occur around mid-May of 2013
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