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Just in from Johnson Space Center...

This is a discussion on Just in from Johnson Space Center... within the Phalaenopsis, Oncidium, & Intergenerics IN BLOOM forums, part of the Orchid Photography category; Dateline: 22 May, 2007 1645 CDT NASA researchers have announced today the likelihood that certain ...

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    Default Just in from Johnson Space Center...

    Dateline: 22 May, 2007 1645 CDT

    NASA researchers have announced today the likelihood that certain plant types may not only be non-native to the Earth, but might also be intentionally "planted" on Earth by alien civilizations.

    Orchids have long been known to be the most evolutionarily advanced plant family. For years scientists have light-heartedly suggested they're the "humans of the Plant Kingdom." With today's announcement, scientists are eerily reconsidering those words.

    Today's announcement stunned the world when it suggested certain orchid species might actually be alien radio transmitters, actively communicating with distant solar systems.

    NASA spokespersons had more to offer about the mechanism of this communication than the motive behind it.

    Deep space communication requires a listening device capable of receiving the longest frequency waves in the electromagnetic (EM) spectrum - that is, radio waves. A longer EM frequency can travel the farthest before breaking up, but needs a much larger dish for reception. These reception dishes are typically so large, such as in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, they aren't one contiguous dish, but rather, smaller dishes placed in precise locations to capture the wave nodes of the incoming radio signal. This is how we're able to capture messages from the deepest of space.

    Radio transmitters, on the other hand, can be tight, compact units.

    NASA scientists, after monitoring intense deep-space radio traffic, have traced the signal to a specific orchid genus known as Psychopsis. Their studies have confirmed that when the un-orchid-like petals line up in an orthogonal conformation (see photo 1) they are acting as a radio dish, not unlike Arecibo, and are able to receive deep-space messages.

    Upon further investigation, they're suggesting the small central column is actually a radio transmitter (see photo 2). The exaggerated long flower spike is clearly aimed at placing the transmitter and receiver higher in the Earth's atmosphere for clearer transmission and reception.

    When asked to theorize on the purpose of such a listening/sending device being placed on Earth, scientists could only speculate. Many believe it's merely an exploratory probe searching and reporting back on growing conditions on different worlds. One conspiracy theorist, however, suggested the Psychopsis genus contains an undiscovered location marker - not unlike a GPS transmitter - that will allow this alien world to transport nearby specimen orchids back to their home planet.
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    hey.... it's past April Fools Day

    but it is a very sneaky way of doing things, right... I wonder what kind of terrible environmental messages my plants are sending to the aliens...

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    Well, that one looks like it's sending an "I'm very happy here" message

    I just love those guys

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    I really need to be working on the next book, LOL!

    My Pyp versteegianum just opened up. It might fill out a bit more, but the spreading antennae started my mind a thinking...and that's never good!

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    LOL. Too funny, McJ.

    Cheers,
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    E T PHONE HOME !!!

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    ...or perphaps...this thing is merely a transmitter in disguise.

    They could be implants of actual alien spies...sent to evaluate how we care for plant life on earth....or to assess the sanity of individuals who react in a strange way to anything by the name of 'orchid'--immediately stockpiling masses of them in glass or well-lit storage areas without any apparent ability to stop themselves when confronted.

    This particular alien chose a brilliant disguise (who could resist?)

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    For a second, I thought it was for real! Just imagine, evidence of extraterrestial life found right here on earth! hehheheeh ... E-veal you, McSmarty!

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    Yeah, but Hoa, we don't know that the orchids aren't ET life here on earth...

    The antennae first opened forward. Then they spread flat-out orthoganal, and now have lifted up somewhat in a 45 degree angle off the vertical. Quite an amazing flower!

    What's cool is that my Pyp Mariposa second spike is starting to bud, and only a couple of weeks out. I'll try and photo the sequence on that one.

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    Very cool .. Gin

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