by Michael E. Salla, Ph.D
A paper titled "The Lucifer Project" has recently emerged which claims that NASA is very likely to deliberately direct the Cassini space probe into Saturn's dense atmosphere where it will destruct. This is to take place soon after the termination of Cassini's four year monitoring mission in June 2008 when Cassini is in a polar orbit of Saturn.
The paper's author contends this will be a secret effort to use the Cassini's plutonium fuel rods as a fission device to generate a runaway nuclear fusion process on Saturn that would trigger the emergence of a new sun. The new sun would enable the moons of Saturn to be heated possibly making them suitable for colonization and other uses by humanity. On the other hand, the creation of a new sun would generate a shock wave of hydrogen and other particles that could have devastating effects on Earth.
In order to fully evaluate the radical
views presented in "The Lucifer Project" it is best to begin with
Richard Hoagland's analysis of the Galileo
space probe's controlled descent into Jupiter's
equatorial region in 2003 where it was destroyed in a similar manner
to what is projected for Cassini.
Basically, after the destruction of most of the Galileo probe through burning up in the atmosphere, the high temperature resistant protective casing of the plutonium fuel rods would survive and continue to descend.
Eventually, due to the thick atmosphere, the surviving plutonium rods would reach a terminal velocity of one mile per hour which would require close to a month for them to reach the critical depth upon which the atmospheric pressure would cause the plutonium rods to implode thereby generating a nuclear fission reaction.
If Van der Worp and Hoagland
are correct, Galileo's plutonium rods created a powerful fission
device whose detonation dwarfed the Hiroshima bomb thereby causing
the dark splotch on Jupiter observed by astronomers. Fortunately,
the fission bomb did not cause a runaway nuclear fusion process that
would have led to Jupiter becoming a new sun, and would have caused
unimaginable catastrophic effects on Earth.
The Lucifer Project was first publicly mentioned by William Cooper in his 1991 book, Behold a Pale Horse (p. 72). Cooper stated that at the end of its mission, the Galileo probe would be sent into a controlled descent into Jupiter whereby its plutonium fuel rods would implode to create a fission bomb that would trigger the emergence of a new sun, Lucifer. The new sun would warm up the nearby moons of Jupiter possibly making them habitable for space colonization.
Cooper claims he witnessed documentation
for Project Lucifer back in the early 1970's when working on the
intelligence briefing team for the Commander of the Pacific Fleet.
What makes Cooper's 1991 claim astonishing is that at the time of
its 1989 launch and subsequently, NASA was claiming that other
options than a Jupiter hit were possible such as allowing Galileo
fly off into deep space ('Nuclear
Reaction When Galileo Spacecraft Impacts Into Jupiter In September
2003 Unlikely But Possible').
These factors revolve around the
potential contamination of life bearing moons such as Titan if the
Cassini mission were prolonged and the spacecraft were to
malfunction while orbiting the Saturnian system. In a highly
significant paper that created a powerful precedent for the
environmental risks to future habitable planets or moons, a National
Research Council committee in 2000 recommended that all efforts must
be made to avoid possible contamination to
Europa or Io by the
Galileo space probe ('Galileo
Spacecraft to be crashed into Jupiter to Safeguard Europa and Io').
This precedent is very likely to be applied in a decision to avoid
any future risk to Titan by sending Cassini into Saturn's dense
atmosphere after completing its mission.
The author of "Project Lucifer" is alerting the public to such a possibility even though NASA has yet to announce its plans after Cassini completes its mission. If Cassini is targeted towards Saturn, any resulting catastrophic series of events and the novelty of a new sun being created might produce the right political and social circumstances for a significant erosion of individual liberties.
The imposition of draconian national
security procedures to deal with unfolding events would dwarf in
false flag operations such as
9-11 which have
witnessed an undesirable increase in the influence of national
security organizations as a result of catastrophic events ('False Flag Operations, 9-11 and the
The potential for catastrophic events to occur on Earth as a result of a successful effort to ignite Saturn should not be lightly dismissed due to 10% of Saturn's mass possibly being ejected in an initial blast.
It is highly recommended that public pressure is applied on NASA officials not to approve the Cassini mission being deliberated targeted at Saturn for self-destruction, and that its mission is prolonged until a suitable way is found to safely dispose of the craft and its dangerous plutonium fuel.