The science has been recognized, but let’s keep it weird.
Three years ago, astrophysicist Andrei Linde of the Roswell, New Mexico Institute of Technology showed that the universe is filled with what he called “bizarre” and “scary” phenomena—like some of the first alien objects spotted.
“I’m really shocked. If you take an image from a NASA picture, then on Earth you see how bizarre those objects are,” he told Discovery News.
The objects are known as “warships”—small, maybe-booze-glowing, floating red and blue ripples in the black sky. In 1972, Linde noticed that the jets may have come from the gas station in Roswell, a 90-year-old looking air tube.
Lingering, blurry images captured in the 1970s showed some strange motion—its hands were swinging, and the towers’ wings were flapping.
“Those strange things that we know about—the jets—probably had something to do with them,” said Linde, “because of their distribution, and perhaps the disturbance of the gas station.”
Actually, the plane had traveled from Roswell, but it is not clear, says Linde, now retired, that the jets represent anything more—or more frequent.
“I just came to the conclusion that it had been created by aliens,” he says.
Believing him, and the New Mexico Institute of Technology, was a way to try to contact aliens.
“It’s completely crazy to think that the universe has come so far that we can only be an afterthought of things like the planets we see in the distance,” Linde says.
“The bigger question is ‘What is the universe?'” he says. “How many times are we supposed to stop and look out the window?”
What little he’s accomplished is done by planning, research and public outreach.
Linde’s latest work is called Narrative Science—an outreach tool launched last October, which has been used by NASA, U.S. government agencies, by the Republican Party and the New Mexico office of the U.S. House of Representatives.
An American who grew up in Europe during the Holocaust, he moved to New Mexico in 1966, where he graduated with a degree in Physics. In 1969, he built a student lab and completed his thesis.
The name Narrative Science refers to one of his discoveries—a way of tracking and setting up mass spectrometers in the space where the shooting bullets start bouncing.
These instruments identify when drugs are present in the bloodstream, molecular genetics and other aspects of a body, essentially, monitoring the mechanics of the body.
“It’s almost like a revolutionary lab in the sense that one could use it to find out what’s going on in the universe,” says Linde.
These great big spectrometers are not inexpensive, he says.
“We don’t have any money,” he told Discovery News. “The biggest problem, besides what is here on Earth, is that there is no real understanding of what happens in the universe.”
Linde’s project is in the Library of Congress.
He’s also working on something he calls Imagination—an effort to find an “off-pitch” experiment that could study the universe’s density, symmetry and general structure.
“In the middle of all this, I have a really great problem,” he says. “I don’t have the equipment, I don’t have the know-how.”
But he does have his reputation and those fancy spectrometers to help his cause.
“When I’m out there, people ask, ‘So, where are all the guns?'” he says. “I say, ‘I have guns.’ Everybody says, ‘Oh you’re only talking about aliens.'”
Certainly, there are currently more Russians than Americans in space, he says.
“They can launch a spacecraft back and forth, and then they can send a sonar laser to look at the places and things. Why don’t you guys do that? It’s perfectly easy.”