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‘Storm Area 51’ has alien ‘believers’ mostly standing near a gate, looking ‘to the skies,’ feeling the spirit

On the lonely dirt road to one of the entrances to the enigmatic Area 51, the only thing that resembled “storming” on Friday was all the dust kicked up from all the vehicles making the trek for selfies and group photos.

After months of hype — and emergency preparations that saw hundreds of law enforcement and fire officials scatter across the vast high-desert area around Rachel, Nev., about 140 miles north of Las Vegas — hardcore alien “believers” and those open to having their minds changed on the existence of extra-terrestrials gathered outside the military base, and were mostly just happy to be there.

“I’ve always looked to the skies, but I always kept it to myself because you didn’t talk about those things and now everyone is talking about things because it’s easier to come out in the open with being a believer,” Lisa Miller, who came all the way from Kentucky, told Fox News.

“I’ve always looked to the skies, but I always kept it to myself because you didn’t talk about those things and now everyone is talking about things because it’s easier to come out in the open with being a believer.”

— Lisa Miller, Kentuckian who traveled to Area 51 in Nevada

‘STORM AREA 51’ RAID BRINGS ALIEN ‘COMMUNITY OF BELIEVERS’ TO NEVADA DESERT

Miller, who’s currently on a “sample platter of a vacation” across various stops in the Southwest, said she ventured out in the early-morning hours Friday when the actual “storming” took place. She described the scene as maybe 50 people walking, but “nobody being stupid.”

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Lisa Miller told Fox News she’s “always looked to the skies.” (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

“I keep telling people, everybody’s looking at the gate. Look to the skies because you don’t know what you’re going to see out here in the desert,” Miller told Fox News. “Stop looking just at the gate and broaden your mind.”

On the road to the gate, there were dozens of vehicles traveling in either direction, kicking up large plumes of dust along the way.

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Crowds gathering outside the back gate to Area 51 in Rachel, Nev. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

After parking their cars near a “road closed” sign, about 20 people walked down to the gate that serves as an entrance to Area 51. When they finally arrived, they were greeted by about eight police vehicles, with officers milling around.

One officer told Fox News that people had been coming and going throughout the day, but their numbers were never overwhelming. Most groups stuck around for up to 10 minutes, taking selfies and other photos by the gate before heading back to continue their treks through the desert to the sights along the “Extraterrestrial Highway.”

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The scene Friday afternoon outside the back gate to Area 51 in Rachel, Nev. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

For Daisy Blue and Benton Huang from Tennessee, the trip to the gate took thousands of miles. While they weren’t greeted by a massive crowd, Benton said it was fun to come up and see officers outside on guard and interact with them.

“It lived up to my expectations,” Huang told Fox News.

‘STORM AREA 51’: HAVE YOU INTEREST IN SEEING THE MYSTERIOUS SITE’S ENTRANCE? TAKE A PEEK

Area 51 tested aircraft ranging from the U-2 in the 1950s to the B-2 stealth bomber in the 1980s. The government spent decades refusing to acknowledge the site even existed, before releasing documents confirming it in 2013.The continued secrecy surrounding the site has fueled rumors of government studies of extraterrestrials and crashed UFOs.

In that spirit, and with tongue planted in cheek, the “Storm Area 51” Facebook event went viral in July as people pledged to overrun the base in an attempt to “see them aliens.”

After all the hype and emergency preparations, officials said that only two arrests were made so far during the alien-themed events in Rachel and Hiko.

Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee told FOX5 of Las Vegas that the arrests were made overnight, between late Thursday and early Friday. A Canadian citizen was arrested in Hiko for indecent exposure but was later released. A second, alcohol-related arrest was made and the suspect was transferred to a booking facility in Pioche.

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Onlookers take photos of the outside of the back gate to Area 51 as onlookers look on. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

The sheriff in neighboring Nye County reported that about 40 people gathered overnight at a conspicuously green “Area 51 Alien Center” in Amargosa Valley about 3 a.m. and approached a base gate before leaving after “heated warnings” from officers.

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The gathering at the gate, which could have been a scene of conflict, was instead something that was “awesome” for Alex Bauer, Danny Meyer, and Jack Homan of Chicago.

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Jack Homan, Danny Meyer, and Alex Bauer from Chicago said it was “awesome” to be there. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

“It passed my expectations,” Meyer told Fox News. “It’s a little anticlimactic, but I’m from the Midwest so it’s kind of beautiful just looking around at all the scenery.”

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Newly discovered interstellar visitor could be intercepted, study says

It’s been nearly a month since the second interstellar object, C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), was detected. And this newly identified object could potentially be studied, according to a new study.

The research, which can be found here, notes that C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), could be intercepted using existing technology and studied to determine a number of aspects about it, such as whether it’s a comet or an asteroid. Experts also note that it could be studied to see, what material, if any, it has picked up from other solar systems.

“Investigating interstellar objects from a close distance would provide us with unique data about other star systems without actually flying to them,” Andreas M. Hein, the executive director of Initiative for Interstellar Studies ‘ board of directors and one of the co-authors of the study told Universe Today via email.

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Comet C/2019 Q4 as imaged by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Hawaii’s Big Island on Sept. 10, 2019. (Credit: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope)

MYSTERIOUS, NEWLY DISCOVERED COMET IS PROBABLY AN INTERSTELLAR VISITOR, SCIENTISTS BELIEVE

“They might provide unique insights into the evolution and composition of other star systems and exoplanets in them. Interstellar objects are cool, as it’s a bit like: If you can’t go to the mountain, let the mountain come to you,” Hein added in the email. “It will likely take many decades until we can send a spacecraft to another star. Hence, interstellar objects might be an intermediate solution for finding out more about other stars and their planets.”

In the research, Hein and the other researchers suggested that by using the Optimum Interplanetary Trajectory Software (OITS) tool to generate trajectories for the object, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy launcher could have sent a 2-ton spacecraft to the object if it was launched in July 2018.

Other launch dates would need more powerful systems, including a 2030 launch data using the presently under-development Space Launch System that would reach the object by 2045.

The research could also have implications for the study of other interstellar objects, including Oumuamua.

“If C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) turns out to be indeed an interstellar object, its discovery shortly after the discovery of Oumuamua implies that the next interstellar object might be discovered in the near future,” the study’s abstract states. “The feasibility of a mission to both, Oumuamua and C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) using existing technologies indicates that missions to further interstellar objects are likely to be feasible as well.”

Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) was discovered on Aug. 30 by astronomer Gennady Borisov and, after much discussion, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) said it likely originated from another system.

Earlier this month, NASA JPL said the object is approximately 260 million miles from the Sun and will reach its closest point, known as perihelion, on Dec. 8, 2019, when it gets within 190 million miles of the Sun.

COMETS AND ASTEROIDS COULD BE FLINGING LIFE ALL OVER THE GALAXY, STUDY FINDS

Sending a spacecraft to Oumuamua would require fast thinking, as it was discovered in October 2017, but it may still be possible, Hein added. “Regarding ‘Oumuamua, we can launch a spacecraft toward it even beyond the year 2030,” he said in the email. “There is plenty of time to develop such a spacecraft.”

It’s still unclear what Oumuamua actually is, although several theories have emerged, including one from Harvard University researcher Avi Loeb that it could be an extraterrestrial lightsail.

Hein said that he anticipates there will be two types of research, one of which is using remote sensing with a telescope to take pictures. The second would be to actually analyze material on the interstellar objects and hopefully, capture some of the particles from the dust plume, which Hein noted would “provide unique insights into the composition of the object.”

Though it’s too soon to guess what the research could reveal, he speculated that there could be evidence  that “organic molecules the building blocks for life, actually travel between star systems,” adding that perhaps, “life itself might actually spread between stars in our galaxy.”

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Newly discovered interstellar visitor could be intercepted, study says

It’s been nearly a month since the second interstellar object, C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), was detected. And this newly identified object could potentially be studied, according to a new study.

The research, which can be found here, notes that C/2019 Q4 (Borisov), could be intercepted using existing technology and studied to determine a number of aspects about it, such as whether it’s a comet or an asteroid. Experts also note that it could be studied to see, what material, if any, it has picked up from other solar systems.

“Investigating interstellar objects from a close distance would provide us with unique data about other star systems without actually flying to them,” Andreas M. Hein, the executive director of Initiative for Interstellar Studies ‘ board of directors and one of the co-authors of the study told Universe Today via email.

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Comet C/2019 Q4 as imaged by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Hawaii’s Big Island on Sept. 10, 2019. (Credit: Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope)

MYSTERIOUS, NEWLY DISCOVERED COMET IS PROBABLY AN INTERSTELLAR VISITOR, SCIENTISTS BELIEVE

“They might provide unique insights into the evolution and composition of other star systems and exoplanets in them. Interstellar objects are cool, as it’s a bit like: If you can’t go to the mountain, let the mountain come to you,” Hein added in the email. “It will likely take many decades until we can send a spacecraft to another star. Hence, interstellar objects might be an intermediate solution for finding out more about other stars and their planets.”

In the research, Hein and the other researchers suggested that by using the Optimum Interplanetary Trajectory Software (OITS) tool to generate trajectories for the object, a SpaceX Falcon Heavy launcher could have sent a 2-ton spacecraft to the object if it was launched in July 2018.

Other launch dates would need more powerful systems, including a 2030 launch data using the presently under-development Space Launch System that would reach the object by 2045.

The research could also have implications for the study of other interstellar objects, including Oumuamua.

“If C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) turns out to be indeed an interstellar object, its discovery shortly after the discovery of Oumuamua implies that the next interstellar object might be discovered in the near future,” the study’s abstract states. “The feasibility of a mission to both, Oumuamua and C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) using existing technologies indicates that missions to further interstellar objects are likely to be feasible as well.”

Comet C/2019 Q4 (Borisov) was discovered on Aug. 30 by astronomer Gennady Borisov and, after much discussion, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) said it likely originated from another system.

Earlier this month, NASA JPL said the object is approximately 260 million miles from the Sun and will reach its closest point, known as perihelion, on Dec. 8, 2019, when it gets within 190 million miles of the Sun.

COMETS AND ASTEROIDS COULD BE FLINGING LIFE ALL OVER THE GALAXY, STUDY FINDS

Sending a spacecraft to Oumuamua would require fast thinking, as it was discovered in October 2017, but it may still be possible, Hein added. “Regarding ‘Oumuamua, we can launch a spacecraft toward it even beyond the year 2030,” he said in the email. “There is plenty of time to develop such a spacecraft.”

It’s still unclear what Oumuamua actually is, although several theories have emerged, including one from Harvard University researcher Avi Loeb that it could be an extraterrestrial lightsail.

Hein said that he anticipates there will be two types of research, one of which is using remote sensing with a telescope to take pictures. The second would be to actually analyze material on the interstellar objects and hopefully, capture some of the particles from the dust plume, which Hein noted would “provide unique insights into the composition of the object.”

Though it’s too soon to guess what the research could reveal, he speculated that there could be evidence  that “organic molecules the building blocks for life, actually travel between star systems,” adding that perhaps, “life itself might actually spread between stars in our galaxy.”

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

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‘Storm Area 51’ in pictures

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Workers erect a stage near a replica Area 51 gate sign at the Alien Research Center, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, in Hiko, Nev. Visitors descending on the remote Nevada desert for “Storm Area 51” are from Earth, not outer space. No one knows what to expect, but the two tiny towns of Rachel and Hiko near the once-secret military research site are preparing for an influx of people over the next few days. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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‘Storm Area 51’ raid brings alien ‘community of believers’ to Nevada desert

From the bright lights and bustling streets of downtown Las Vegas‘ famous Fremont Street to the dusty and dry remote Nevada high-desert, “Storm Area 51” hype has brought out the true believers in-force who are certain we are not alone in the universe.

At the Alien Research Center in Hiko, Nev., where the “Storm Area 51 Basecamp” will take place Friday and Saturday, a steady stream of people perused alien-inspired gifts in the store such as magnets, T-shirts, and Christmas ornaments, with many decked out to impress visitors from another world.

Kelly Bourbon from Las Vegas and Angel, from Wichita, Kan., sported similar-looking T-shirts that read “Mars Needs Women” and “Beam Us Up” as they explained they’ve followed “anything and everything alien” ever since they were little and heard stories about UFOs from their fathers who worked at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

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Kelly Bourbon from Las Vegas and Angel, from Wichita, Kan. said they are into “everything and anything alien.” (Fox News)

“We figure Mars needs women, so we’re here if they want to beam us up,” Angel said.

‘STORM AREA 51’: HAVE YOU INTEREST IN SEEING THE MYSTERIOUS SITE’S ENTRANCE? TAKE A PEEK

Area 51 is popularly known as the site of rumored government studies of extraterrestrials. The “Storm Area 51” Facebook event went viral in July as people pledged to crash the secret military base in an attempt to “see them aliens.” More than 2 million Facebook users have now said they are going, with over 1.4 million replying they were interested.

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The Alien Research Center in Hiko, Nev. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

Two festivals have since popped up since the event went viral, one in Rachel, and the other in Hiko. Lincoln County Sheriff Kerry Lee told reporters on Thursday afternoon at a briefing that perhaps 1,500 people had been drawn to the two tiny desert towns, with more than 150 making the trek on dirt roads to visit the two gates of the Area 51 U.S. Air Force installation.

So far, no arrests have been made. The Air Force has issued stern warnings for people not to try to enter the Nevada Test and Training Range, where Area 51 is located.

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The so-called “Back Entrance” to Area 51, located off a dirt road in Rachel, Nev. as seen on Sept. 18, 2019. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

“It’s public land,” the sheriff said. “They’re allowed to go to the gate, as long as they don’t cross the boundary.”

Brandon Ruth, who is visiting Nevada for the first time during this weekend of hype, said that the idea of “storming” the military site was one of the “silliest ideas ever.”

Ruth, who served in the Army for around just over six years, added that anyone who tries to raid a government base will “will go straight to prison and you will not collect $200 and/or you will be shot and killed, unfortunately.”

“There’s a lot of secrets over there that they want to keep a secret and it’s for our safety and everybody else’s safety and it’s for our benefit,” he told Fox News. “I would strongly recommend everybody stay as far away from the base as possible.”

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At the Storm Area 51 Basecamp, organizers are looking to promote a microphone for the movement to expose UFO secrecy instead of any “storming.” Guy Malone told Fox News he hopes this weekend’s event is a success that then turns into an annual tradition for those who believe in life outside of Earth.

“It’s a community of believers where people can have a ton of fun if they don’t take it too seriously and turn it into their religious beliefs,” Malone said.

For Ben Gary Winthorp and Michael Fortner, there were mixed opinions about what really lurks in the secret Nevada site.

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Ben Gary Winthorp and Michael Fortner share their theories on aliens at the Alien Research Center in Hiko, Nev. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

“I believe in aliens, I don’t believe in aliens at Area 51,” Winthorp said Thursday.

The pair, who frequently go to festivals — including Winthorp who was still sporting a neck brace after an injury at a recent festival — both believe that there’s someone out there “crazy enough to jump into Area 51.”

“This is the most millennial thing to happen,” Fortner told Fox News.

Alienstock: From Vegas to global?

In downtown Las Vegas, the relocated Alienstock festival from the California man who created the initial Facebook event featured an assortment of food and cocktail stands, carnival rides, and special cans from event presenter Bud Light featuring a green alien in the background.

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The relocated “Alienstock,” dubbed the Bud Light Area 51 Celebration, in downtown Las Vegas on Sept. 19, 2019. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

The Bud Light Area 51 Celebration, which was free to attend, had Matty Roberts spend two hours signing everything from T-shirts to people’s arms. Roberts, who thanked the crowd for coming to the ‘f—-n” show,’ also shared what lies in store for the hype his event created.

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Matty Roberts reacts after interacting while singing autographs Thursday night in Las Vegas. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

“Alienstock’s already going on tour, we already have like a bunch of nightclubs across the United States that are wanting us to take Alienstock to their venues and they want me to host the party,” he told FOX5. “So, it’s going global and it’s going to be amazing.”

Some who were at the downtown Las Vegas event said they still going to head to the other festivals after.

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Arielle Aquannis poses at the downtown Las Vegas festival on Thursday. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

“I figured it would just be a bunch of people drinking the desert, I knew I was right,” Arielle Aquannis told Fox News, adding she’s a big sci-fi fan and believer in aliens.

“The proof is there,” she said.

‘Experiencing low activity’

While neighboring Lincoln County has planned events in Rachel and Hiko, Nye County has not permitted any festivals or large gatherings.

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Emergency crews staging in Nye County, Nevada ahead of possible “Storm Area 51” events. (Nye County)

As of Thursday, that appears to have kept things quiet as officials said that the Nye County Department of Emergency Management and the Nye County Sheriff’s Office is “experiencing low activity” regarding people gathering within the area in support of the possible Storm Area 51 events.

“Traffic levels on U.S. Highway 95 through Amargosa Valley and Beatty continue to be slightly elevated but flowing smoothly through those communities,” officials said in a news release.

Sharon Wehrly, the sheriff in adjacent Nye County, home to the Area 51 Alien Center, said messages discouraging Earthlings from trying to find extraterrestrials in Amargosa Valley appeared to work. She reported no arrests or incidents Thursday.

Last week, deputies arrested two Dutch tourists attracted by “Storm Area 51.” The men pleaded guilty to trespassing at a secure U.S. site nowhere near Area 51 and were sentenced to three days in jail after promising to pay nearly $2,300 each in fines.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Rogue ice moon could be spilling its guts all over ‘alien megastructure’ star

Back in 2016, headlines all over the world blared with news of a possible “alien megastructure” detected orbiting a distant Milky Way star. Now, a team of Columbia University astrophysicists has offered up an explanation for the star’s strange behavior that doesn’t involve any little green men.

The “alien” point of light in the sky is known as Tabby’s star, which was named after Tabetha Boyajian, the Louisiana State University astrophysicist who in 2015 first noticed the unusual patterns in its starlight that others initially attributed to alien construction projects. Boyajian noticed that the star tended to dip in brightness at odd intervals, sometimes slightly and sometimes by significant fractions of its total light. It was also slowly losing brightness over time. She later called it in a TED Talk the “most mysterious star in the universe” because no straightforward astrophysical theory could explain the dimming pattern —  though she also expressed skepticism about suggestions that the dimming was the result of a “megastructure” constructed around the star by an advanced civilization.

Astronomers have since offered a number of alternative explanations for the weird light from the star, which is about 1,500 light-years away in space and known formally as KIC 8462852. They range from swarms of comets to “avalanche-like magnetic activity” within the star. Boyajian conducted follow-up research that showed that the dimming is specific to certain light frequencies, which could be explained if a cloud of dust were responsible, scientists have suggested. This new research explains how that dust might have gotten there.

The new theory from the Columbia team resembles the plot of a disaster film more than a science-fiction space opera. They built on earlier work showing that whatever’s causing the dimming is likely locked in an irregular, eccentric orbit around the star. They showed that a disintegrating, orphaned ice moon following such a path could explain the strange dimming.

“It’s likely outgassing water or some other volatile material,” said Brian Metzger, one of the authors of the new paper.

Over the course of millions of years, that material would form an irregular cloud around the star along the orphaned moon’s eccentric orbit, he told Live Science, adding that such a cloud would periodically block some of the star’s light from reaching Earth — just like the effect originally attributed to a Dyson sphere megastructure.

They suspect an orphaned moon, as opposed to a planet, is off-gassing the cloud, because it’s difficult to explain how an icy planet could end up in that irregular orbit in the first place. Based on our own solar system, he said, scientists know that solid, rocky bodies tend to make up the inner parts of a system, while bigger, gaseous planets dominate the outer system. And those planets are often orbited by icy moons.

Metzger and his colleagues described orbital calculations in which a planet like Jupiter, orbited by large moons and following an eccentric orbit, gets knocked (perhaps by another nearby star) into a collision course with its host star. As it falls to its doom, the star would rip those moons from their orbits. Most of the moons would fall into the star or fly out of the system, they showed, but in about 10% of all cases, a moon would end up in an eccentric orbit. And, critically, that orbit would likely place the moon within its star’s “ice line” — the point within which the star’s radiation would blast ice off the moon’s surface.

If the moon were made up of the right materials, they wrote, it would start to break apart due to the increased radiation of its new, closer orbit, spilling that material into interplanetary space like a gargantuan comet. And even though we’d never see the moon with our existing telescopes, that spilled material would form a cloud of dust and gas big enough to block Tabby’s star’s light in strange and unpredictable ways. Over time, the star would appear to get dimmer and dimmer, just like Tabby’s star, as the total amount of dust in its orbit increased.

Nothing’s certain, of course. Metzger said it’s still possible some other phenomenon is creating the effect. But this moon theory offers a compelling explanation for a distant flickering once chalked up (at least in the popular press) to aliens.

The paper, available as a draft online in the preprint journal arXiv, will be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Brad Pitt’s space epic ‘Ad Astra’ sets ‘new standard’ for science fiction films, ex-NASA engineer says

The Brad Pitt-helmed space epic “Ad Astra” sets a new standard for science fiction films, a former NASA engineer who served as a technical consultant for the movie told Fox News.

“In my view, it sets a new standard for science fiction films, updating for all to see on the big screen some of the most fantastic imagery we have obtained of our solar system since films like ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ were released over 50 years ago,” said Robert Yowell, who served as an engineer at NASA for 11 years and as a senior mission manager for SpaceX.

The new film, set in a future in which humanity has colonized a few far-flung parts of the galaxy but still hasn’t reckoned with its own existential torments, is three films rolled cohesively into one: a visually stunning movie about astronauts exploring places like Mars and Jupiter; a poignant father-son tale about coming to grips with abandonment and growing up with a certain kind of dad; and a social commentary on 21st-century concerns over environmental degradation, capitalism and our place in the world.

Pitt, 55, plays Maj. Roy McBride, a man on a mission to the edge of our galaxy that he can’t really refuse.

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Brad Pitt plays an astronaut grappling with a range of conflicting emotions in “Ad Astra.” (FRANCOIS DUHAMEL/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX)

As he journeys in search of his father, Pitt’s character battles space pirates and rabid baboons, and regularly checks in to record his vital signs and state of mind — spending a good chunk of the film zooming out in the deepest and darkest parts of the Milky Way. The longtime actor spoke about parental relationships in an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

“My individual experience is somewhat universal, in the fact that you know our parents, our universe, our gods, our first imprint on on how to behave, react, feel in the world. And with that, to different degrees, some of us more than others, carry pain and confusion from that. I think it almost takes a lifetime to understand what was yours, and what was theirs,” he told Amanpour.

Yowell explained what it was like to be a consultant on the film.

“I was overwhelmed by the sheer atmosphere of teamwork, dedication and pride of the hundreds of people it took to make this magnificent film.  From the carpenters who assembled the sets, to the artists, prop masters, costume designers, cinematographers, lighting specialists, and of course the actors and director, this team reminded me greatly of the period in my career when I  was part of the team to prepare and then operate an actual space shuttle mission,” Yowell told Fox News.

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“Ad Astra” opens at theaters nationwide on September 20. (FRANCOIS DUHAMEL/TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX)

The movie also stars Tommy Lee Jones as Roy’s father, H. Clifford McBride, Donald Sutherland as Colonel Pruitt, an old associate of his father’s, and Liv Tyler as Roy’s wife, Eve.

“I was very fortunate to have gained the trust and confidence of the wonderful director James Gray and his co-writer Ethan Gross, who graciously requested my inputs on a regular basis both in pre-production and on the set during filming,” Yowell said.

“I also hope it will inspire a new generation to become more active in science and engineering, just as films like “2001” did for me,” he added.

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The film opens nationwide on Friday.

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Last US warship sunk by German sub during WWII reveals its secrets in eerie images from seabed

The wreck of the last U.S. Navy warship sunk by a German submarine during World War II is revealing its secrets in remarkable images from the seabed.

Patrol boat USS Eagle PE-56 was located by a private dive team just a few miles off the Maine coast last year, ending a decades-long mystery about the ship’s location. The ship’s bow was spotted in about 260 feet of water in June 2018 and its stern the following month. The last pieces of the wreck were found in May 2019, according to diver Ryan King of Brentwood, N.H.

The sinking of the USS Eagle PE-56 on April 23, 1945, was originally blamed on a boiler explosion. But the Navy determined in 2001 that it had been sunk by a German submarine, the U-853.

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King and his dive team were able to confirm that an object previously discovered on sonar by undersea search specialist Garry Kozak was indeed the sunken ship. The divers, who worked with the Smithsonian Channel, extensively explored the ship on the ocean floor, five miles off Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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The USS Eagle PE-56 was sunk by a German submarine on April 23, 1945. (Smithsonian Channel)

Only 13 of the Eagle’s 62 crew members survived; they were plucked from the water by a nearby Navy destroyer.

King told Fox News about his team’s experiences exploring the ship.

“When the torpedo exploded, she snapped in half – only one man got out of the bow section, 12 men made it out of the stern section,” he said.

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The exploration of the wreck will be featured in the three-part series “The Hunt for Eagle-56,” which premieres on Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. EST/PST.

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A boot on the seabed at the USS Eagle wreck site. (Smithsonian Channel)

During his dives, King explained that he could clearly see the Eagle’s deck machinery and its massive 16-foot deck gun on top of the forward crew quarters.

“It really is a humbling experience when you’re down there, you’re not just on a shipwreck, you’re on a gravesite,” he said. “We haven’t touched things, we have made a point of staying out of areas where there is evidence of human remains.”

The Eagle’s helm and its telegraph are clearly visible at the wreck site.

“You’re seeing all of this equipment that is part of the wreck,” King said. “There are lockers that are partially opened, the chart table is still there, there were men sitting around that when the torpedo exploded.”

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“You realize that many of the men that used that equipment are still entombed in the wreck,” he added.

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Only 13 of the Eagle’s 62 crew members survived. (Smithsonian Channel)

On the stern, divers also got a view of the ship’s aft escape hatches, where the ladders had fallen away, as described by Eagle’s survivors.

The dive team also saw crew members’ boots strewn around both the bow and the stern sections on the seabed.

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The dive team has to be cautious when dealing with parts of the ship containing its ordnance. On their first dive the hook that they sent down caught on a rack of depth charges on the Eagle’s stern.

“It was exciting!” King quipped. “Obviously, they hadn’t gone anywhere for a few years, but we figured that we would live it there.”

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Divers have been exploring the wreck, which was discovered in 2018. (Smithsonian Channel)

Divers have also had to contend with poor visibility at the wreck site, which, on a good day, is just 10 feet.

“It’s incredibly dark, without our lights, you wouldn’t be able to see anything,” said King.

King told Fox News that the team has shared its information on the wreck with the U.S. Navy.

“Once we had a clear picture to bring to the Navy, we brought it to them as quickly as we could,” he said.

In May the Navy wrote to the researchers to tell them that the ship had been out under the protection of the Sunken Military Craft Act, King added.

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The researchers are now working to ensure that the families of Eagle crew members receive the Purple Hearts earned by their loved ones. “Many of the Purple Hearts went out to families in 2004 and 2005,” King told Fox News, adding that officials are still working to get medals to families.

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Divers had to contend with limited visibility at the shipwreck site. (Smithsonian Channel)

Earlier this year, for example, the sister of Seaman First Class James Cunningham received his posthumous Purple Heart in a ceremony in Millington, Tenn., Stars and Stripes reports.

“We attended the ceremony – it was a great piece of closure for the family,” said King.

Cunningham, he explained, wasn’t even supposed to be on the ship when it was torpedoed by U-853.

“He was supposed to be on leave – he switched because his friend needed to go home on leave to bury a loved one who passed,” King said.

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The diver explained that researchers are working with three families at the moment to help them get their Purple Hearts.

“We have some deadlines, there are family members that are older,” he said.

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An item at the USS Eagle PE-56 wreck site. The patrol boat was sunk by the U-853, a German submarine. (Smithsonian Channel)

The Naval History and Heritage Command did not respond to a Fox News a request for comment on this story.

Research undertaken by Paul Lawton, a Massachusetts attorney, naval historian and diver, played a key role in confirming the Eagle’s sinking by U-853.

“That was a result of Paul’s work and Bernard Cavalcante of the Naval History and Heritage Command,” King said.

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The ship’s sinking is also the subject of Stephen Puleo’s 2005 book “Due to Enemy Action: The True World War II Story of the USS Eagle 56.”

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Divers approaching the wreck. (Smithsonian Channel)

The U-853 was later sunk off  Block Island on May 6, 1945, by depth charges from USS Atherton and USS Moberly. All hands were lost in the sub’s sinking, which occurred two days before V-E Day, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command.

Researchers across the globe are working to locate sites of World War II wrecks. The wreck of an Australian freighter, for example, was recently discovered, as was the wreck of a U.S. B-24 bomber that plunged into the sea off Bermuda in February 1945.

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And earlier this year, the wreck of World War II aircraft carrier USS Wasp was found in the Coral Sea, and the RV Petrel discovered one of the first Japanese battleships to be sunk by U.S. forces during the war. Imperial Japanese Navy ship Hiei sank on Nov. 14, 1942, in the Solomon Islands.

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The wreck was discovered off the coast of Maine. (Smithsonian Channel)

Wasp was also spotted on the seabed by experts from the vessel RV Petrel, which is part of a research organization set up by the late billionaire Paul Allen.

Allen, Microsoft’s co-founder, died in October 2018 from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His research organization has discovered a host of historic military shipwrecks, such as the wrecks of the USS Helena, the USS Lexington and the USS Juneau.

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The group’s biggest discovery, however, came in 2017, when Allen and his team found the long-lost wreck of the USS Indianapolis in the Philippine Sea.

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Eagle class patrol boat built during World War I. It is similar to the USS Eagle PE-56, which exploded and sank off Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on April 23, 1945, killing most of its crew in New England’s worst naval disaster during World War II. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, File)

In a separate project, the wreckage of U.S. B-24 bomber, for example, was found in Papua New Guinea. The plane’s wreck was found in 2018, 74 years after it was shot down during a fierce battle with Japanese forces.

Last summer, a team of scientists from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego and the University of Delaware located the missing stern of the destroyer USS Abner Read, which was torn off by a Japanese mine in the remote Aleutian Islands.

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Also last year, a decades-long mystery about the fate of a ship that disappeared during a World War II rescue mission was finally solved.

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​A plaque at Fort Williams Park at Cape Elizabeth, Maine, on Thursday, July 18, 2019, remembers those killed when the USS Eagle PE-56 was sunk During World War II off the Maine coast on April 23, 1945. (AP Photo/David Sharp)

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An extremely rare World War II Spitfire fighter plane flown by a pilot who later took part in the “Great Escape” was also recovered from a remote Norwegian mountainside last year.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and the Associated Press contributed to this article.

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‘Storm Area 51’ has Nevada desert towns on edge as they brace themselves for flood of visitors

In an area known for mystery and intrigue, the biggest unknown lies in the days ahead.

The tiny Nevada towns that dot the landscape of the high desert areas about 100 miles north of bustling Las Vegas are preparing for a possible influx of thousands of people over the next several days due to the viral “Storm Area 51” and the related festivals that have sprung up.

Thousands of alien-obsessed visitors, and just a pair of gas stations along a lone two-lane road.

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Nevada State Route 375, also known as the “Extraterrestrial Highway,” is an isolated highway about 100 miles north of Las Vegas. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

“If there happens to be any problem, people could be trapped out here,” Ken Sig, a tour guide at Las Vegas Adventure Tours, told Fox News Wednesday during a lengthy 10-hour tour of the area. “It could be like Woodstock in the desert.”

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Area 51 is popularly known as the site of rumored government studies of outer space aliens. The “Storm Area 51” Facebook event went viral in July as people pledged to crash the secret military base in an attempt to “see them aliens.” More than 2 million Facebook users have now said they are going, with over 1.4 million replying they were interested.

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The so-called “Back Entrance” to Area 51, located off a dirt road in Rachel, Nev. as seen on Sept. 18, 2019. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

The Internet joke that went viral has spurred two rural Nevada counties to draft an emergency declaration, with local law enforcement planning to team resources with the state and neighboring counties ahead of Sept. 20-22 events. During the day on Wednesday, numerous emergency vehicles could be seen heading north along U.S. 93 toward the site, and staging areas could be seen with fire and rescue personnel.

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Emergency personnel can be seen staging at an area outside Rachel, Nev. on Route 375, also known as the “Extraterrestrial Highway.” (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

Flight restrictions have been issued for the area surrounding Area 51 from Thursday through Sunday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. The FAA’s “notice to airmen” states that pilots are not allowed to operate aircraft near the Nevada National Security Site from 7 a.m. on Thursday through the same time on Sunday for “special security reasons,” the FAA’s note states.

Sig, who has lived in the Vegas area for nearly 30 years and worked for Adventure Tours for about seven months, told Fox News on Wednesday he’s given about 100 tours to the area but in recent weeks there’s been a notable uptick in security that’s made things “very fluid.” On a recent tour, he was confronted by dozens of armed guards on the side road to Area 51’s popular main gate, causing him to turn back.

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The road that leads to the main gate of Area 51 intersects other dirt and gravel roads, making it easy to get lost. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

The road that leads to the main gate of Area 51 intersects other dirt and gravel roads, making it easy to accidentally end up on private property. Those trekking to the area relying on basic GPS without a professional tour guide may risk facing hefty fines, jail time, or worse.

“If you don’t know the areas, you aren’t going to know the spots,” Sig told Fox News.

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A herd of antelope can be seen crossing the roadway to the “back gate” of  Area 51. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

Traveling through the area, dotted by Joshua trees and occasional wildlife, distant swirls of dust can occasionally be seen that, on a closer look, are stirred up by a vehicle. On the road to what’s known as Area 51’s so-called “back gate,” a white unmarked truck appeared on a side road before turning off in a direction as other vehicles could be seen lurking further away on distant hills.

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An unmarked white truck turns from a side road onto the roadway to Area 51’s so-called “back gate” on Sept. 18, 2019. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

“Nobody for sure knows what’s going to happen in the next few days here,” he told Fox News. “It’s one of those things that time will tell.”

The owner of Las Vegas Adventure Tours and operator of GetYourGuide’s Area 51 tour, Will Tryon, previously told Fox News his company won’t be taking customers out into the area from Sept. 19 to 22 out of concerns that things could “get difficult,” including the possibility that the few gas stations in the area may run out of fuel.

“We have to think first of the safety of their customers,” he said. “I don’t think putting a customer in that kind of situation is a safe choice.”

‘I’M TIRED OF ALL THIS’

In the small town of Rachel, which is only home to about 50 people, tension over uncertainties in the days ahead appeared to boil over.

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The small town of Rachel, Nev. lies about 140 miles north of Las Vegas. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

When arriving at the Little A’Le’Inn, a woman who said she was a resident could be seen beeping her horn and yelling out her window at someone who left camera equipment behind a parked vehicle, partially blocking where she intended to drive.

“I’m tired of all this,” she shouted.

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A stage under construction on Wednesday at the Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel, Nev. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

The co-owner of the inn, Connie West, is still planning to go through with an “Alienstock” Thursday through Sunday with 20 musical acts, plus food vendors and souvenir sellers. West said last week there would be a Medevac helicopter, ambulances and 130 Porta-Johns coming, in addition to law enforcement and a security team.

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The Little A’Le’Inn is getting last-minute preparations in before the weekend. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

Matty Roberts, who created the Facebook post that went viral, broke ties with her event over infrastructure and safety concerns. Roberts, 20, of Bakersfield, Calif., is supporting an “Alienstock” festival scheduled for Thursday at an outdoor venue in downtown Las Vegas.

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West, however, told Fox News on Wednesday she has family and volunteers helping to help her event be a success.

“All we can do is go forward,” West told Fox News.

‘WE HOPE TO SEE SOMETHING COOL’

While locals and law enforcement have voiced concerns over what may transpire over the weekend, there are others that are looking forward to just celebrating anything extra-terrestrial.

Alexandra Bousson and Sasha Rodriguez from Michigan dropped by the Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel on Wednesday in full costume, even though the “storming” isn’t supposed to happen for a few more days.

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Sasha Rodriguez (left) and Alexandra Bousson (right) stand outside the Little A’Le’Inn in Rachel on Sept. 18, 2019. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

“We want to see some aliens, at least see something,” Bousson told Fox News. “We hope to see something cool.”

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Further down the E.T. highway, Bob and Helen Pio were setting up their camper near the “Black Mailbox,” a famous stop where UFO hunters meet up. The couple, originally from Pennsylvania, had 50 gallons of water and plenty of gasoline to get them through the next few days.

“Storm Area 51 was a stupid idea,” Bob said.

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Bob and Helen Pio set up their camper near the “Black Mailbox” and had enough supplies to last a few days. (Travis Fedschun/Fox News)

The couple was planning on possibly checking out the festival in Rachel on Friday.

“I hope it’s good for Rachel, Helen Pio told Fox News.

But for a bachelorette party from England on holiday in Las Vegas for a week, complete with a helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon, the feeling of just being steps away from an entrance of Area 51 was one thing: “surreal”

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Anjali Gore, Jasmeena Samrai, Sharon Jassi, Aleisha Kaur outside the back entrance to Area 51 near Rachel, Nev. (Travis Fedschun/Fox  News)

“It’s crazy that you’re just standing here and that’s Area 51 over there,” Jasmeena Samrai told Fox News. “It’s a surreal experience. It’s an experience like a movie.”

Fox News’ Benjamin Brown in Las Vegas contributed to this report.

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Age of Saturn’s rings debated as questions about life emerge

Saturn’s rings may be shining as bright as ever, but the debate over how old they are has rekindled following a new study.

The research, published in Nature Astronomy, suggests that even though the rings might appear young in a cosmic sense, data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft shows that they are in fact nearly as old as the universe itself.

“Spectacular results from Cassini’s Grand Finale have provided constraints on the characteristics and evolutionary processes of Saturn’s rings,” the study’s abstract states. “These results have been interpreted as proof that the rings are much younger than the Solar System, dramatically changing our view of the origin of the whole Saturnian system and attracting the attention of scientific media outlets.”

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The latest view of Saturn from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope captures exquisite details of the ring system — which looks like a phonograph record with grooves that represent detailed structure within the rings — and atmospheric details that once could only be captured by spacecraft visiting the distant world.  (NASA, ESA, A. Simon (GSFC), M.H. Wong (University of California, Berkeley) and the OPAL Team)

SATURN’S MOON ENCELADUS COULD SUPPORT LIFE AS MORE EVIDENCE EMERGES

The abstract continues: “But we should keep in mind that the age of the rings has not actually been measured (which is impossible per se) but rather is inferred. Here, we put these latest results into perspective and we point out that the young-rings hypothesis has some unsolved problems. Other interpretations, compatible with rings as old as the Solar System, are still possible.”

In September 2017, Cassini was plunged into Saturn’s atmosphere after an epic 20-year space journey.

Other studies have suggested that the rings, which are comprised of more than 95 percent water, could be as slightly younger than the dinosaurs. However, the study’s lead author, Aurélien Crida, disputes that, citing the bombardment rate of tiny meteorites (known as micrometeoroids) and the weight of the rings.

“I have to admit that I am biased, because I like very much the model of satellite formation from rings (I contributed to develop it), and I would be annoyed if it [were] proven impossible,” he told Space.com in an interview.

“But I think that, objectively, it forms a much more consistent picture, with a convincing model of their formation at the same time as Saturn, plus formation and outward migration of the satellites in agreement with the observations,” he continued. “In addition, the present mass is very consistent with 4.5 billion years of evolution, so that everything fits together.”

ALIEN LIFE ON SATURN’S MOON? DUST STORMS ON TITAN SPOTTED FOR THE FIRST TIME

In the past, researchers have suggested that if Saturn’s rings were ancient, they would be littered with organic molecules, silicates and other material. Cassini did find some organic material in the gas giant’s upper atmosphere and solid grains in the gap between the planet and the closest ring, which the researchers believe adds credence to their theory that the rings are indeed ancient.

“One possible explanation is that the (unknown) process responsible for the erosion of the rings and the launch of these nanograins is actually ‘cleaning’ the rings, preferentially removing silicates rather than water ice,” the researchers wrote in the study.

Speaking with Space.com, Crida said that identifying the age of Saturn’s rings is important, as it could lead to the discovery of the age of Saturn’s moons, including Enceladus. The possibility that the moon could support life has strengthened recently after researchers determined its ocean is likely 1 billion years old, placing it in the sweet spot.

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