[meteorite-list] DON'T NEED METEORITES, and, I learnt again.
From: Kevin Forbes <vk3ukf_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon Sep 11 10:49:08 2006
Hi Sterling and all, I read about this exact same subject several years ago.
In 2003 I wrote in a blog now evaporated about strawberry pollen being found
by an orbiting spacecraft, I can't remember if it was LDEF or another, I
think perhaps another later one, anyway, It was found then, that the
strawberry pollen possesed an anti-gravity effect, they were surrounded by
an electrostatic charge. A New Scientist article perhaps.
This all might be related or the same info.
Panspermia, I am a believer.
I wonder if there are any other ways to get off this rock apart from
meteoric impact, anti-gravitic electrostatic charges and rockets.
Hey, meteorite collectors, go and get your rare earth magnets (mine is 3/4
inch dia, 1 inch long) and a small bit of flat Aluminium.
Hold the magnets N or S end (doesn't matter which) about 2 or 3 mm above the
Aluminium and move the magnet quickly from one end to the other, DaDaaaaaaa,
the Aluminium follows the magnet.
I tried this with gold and the same thing happens.
Wowee was I surprised, all my life I thought Aluminium, Copper, Gold were
not affected by a magnet.
It is apparently called Lenz's law and involves magnetic coupling to usually
It is being used as a braking mechanism, a friend of mine described it after
seeing something on discovery (I think) about the world land speed record
attempt and the mans machine.
The effect is only apparent when there is motion involved, stop the magnet
and the effect stops.
It is supposed to work in any electrically conductive metal.
I reckon that you could win bets in the pub with this trick.
I want to try it on Bismuth, Bismuth is anti-magnetic and moves away from a
But, I don't have any the correct shape.
Anyone know what happens to Bismuth when you do that to it??
> We're all familiar with the notion that the transfer
>of material from one planet to another, like meteorites
>from Mars landing on Earth or meteorites from Earth
>landing on Mars, could possibly transfer microbial
>life between worlds. It's called "panspermia."
> There have been lots of computer simulations of
>materials being transferred between worlds by Gladman,
>Melosh, and others. Stuff gets from Mercury to Earth
>and even Titan in some situations, and other studies
>argue that Mars could never supply the Earth with life,
>and so forth.
> But this is a totally new take on the possibilities! Four
>billion years of pumping microbes into the solar system
>and intergalactic space? Go, baby, Go!
>Electromagnetic space travel for bugs?
>21 July 2006
>NewScientist.com news service
>David L Chandler
>Life on planets such as Earth or Mars could have been
>seeded by electrically charged microbes from space,
>suggests a new study.
>Since the discovery of meteorites from Mars on Earth
>in the 1990s, people have speculated that living microbes
>could have traveled back and forth between the two
>planets, perhaps allowing one planet to seed the other
>The problem with this idea is that such a trip could
>only happen after a huge asteroid collided with one
>of the planets, with an impact large enough to blast
>rocks off the planet's surface, and such strikes are
>extremely rare: just a handful are thought to have
>occurred since the solar system formed.
>However, a new study suggests there may be a much
>gentler and steadier way for microbial life to leave a
>planet and travel to other worlds - and even from one
>solar system to another, something even the biggest
>impacts could not do.
>The startling conclusion grew out of work by Tom Dehel,
>an electrical engineer at the US Federal Aviation Administration,
>who was investigating how electromagnetic fields in the
>Earth's atmosphere can affect GPS satellites and disrupt
>their use for aircraft navigation. He presented his findings
>at the biennial meeting of the international Committee on
>Space Research (COSPAR), in Beijing, China, this week.
>Dehel calculated the effect of electric fields at various levels
>in the atmosphere on a bacterium that was carrying an
>electric charge. He showed that such bacteria could easily
>be ejected from the Earth's gravitational field by the same
>kind of electromagnetic fields that generate auroras. And
>these fields occur every day, unlike the extraordinarily large
>surface impacts needed to eject interplanetary meteorites.
>The measurements of field strength vary greatly at different
>levels of the atmosphere - the strongest ones are near the
>surface, generated by thunderstorms. There are large gaps
>where the fields have not been measured directly, but
>assuming the fields extend through the whole air column,
>there could be an ongoing, sustained process of lofting
>bacteria high into the atmosphere.
>Since the upward forces of the magnetic field would balance
>the force of gravity for tiny organisms, they could float in
>the upper atmosphere for years and reproduce there, giving
>them a chance to evolve capabilities to endure the hardships
>of that environment, including coping with strong UV and a
>near-vacuum. Such organisms would thus be well equipped
>to endure the rigours of a journey through space, Dehel told
>The idea that microbes could be electrically levitated into
>the upper atmosphere was first suggested in 1908 by chemist
>Svante Arrhenius, but until recently there had been no direct
>measurements of the strength of electric fields high in the
>atmosphere to show whether the mechanism would work
>to propel microbes away from the planet.
>Other researchers have already demonstrated that some
>bacterial spores can survive in conditions thought to exist in
>interplanetary space, and then be revived. So the possibility of
>interplanetary spread of life is plausible and deserves further
>investigation, Dehel believes.
>Charged microbes could also be propelled outwards from
>a planet at high speed by "magnetospheric plasmoids" -
>independent structures of plasma and magnetic fields
>that can be swept away from the Earth's magnetosphere.
>Hitching rides on these structures could accelerate
>microbes to speeds capable of taking them out of the
>solar system and on to the planets of other stars.
>And because of the potential for a steady outflow of
>the particles pushed by the electric fields, a single
>life-bearing world might seed an entire galaxy with life,
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