The ESA-NASA Ulysses Probe and Planet X / Nibiru
Jacco van der Worp, MSc
The published findings of the 2007, ESA-NASA Ulysses robotic probe's look-up fly-under of the Sun's South Pole region came to our attention while authoring our book, Planet X Forecast and 2012 Survival Guide in 2007.
It offered the first half of a picture that would either provide proof of, or call into question, the existence of Planet X. A possible acid test, so to speak. However, the second half of this picture would not arrive until 2008, during the probe's scheduled look-down fly-over of the Sun's North Pole region.
A fully complete, dual-polar picture of the Sun would have provided a conclusive, acid test for the existence of Planet X. Due to controller error, insufficient data was collected. What's left is a fragmentary, but nonetheless, compelling picture.
The Ulysses Solar Probe
The ESA-NASA Ulysses robotic probe was launched aboard the shuttle Discovery in October 1990, to study the strength and structure of solar wind. The Ulysses flight plan called for a 6-year orbit around the Sun and Jupiter. This would allow it to pass over both of the Sun's poles. The Jupiter swing-by of the Ulysses robotic probe would enable the capture of valuable observation data on streams of solar charged particles and their densities.
||6 Oct 1990/STS-41 "Discovery"
||Shuttle/Kennedy Space Center
||208.4 million km (1.4 AU)
||809.5 million km (5.4 AU)
||6.2 year, solar-polar, heliocentric
||5 years - now extended to Mar 2008
|+ First-ever mission to explore space above and below Sun's poles +
What makes the Ulysses a truly unique probe is its orbit and perspective. Like the orbits of many comets, its orbit is perpendicular to the ecliptic plane of our Solar System. This orbit gave it a unique look-up view of the Sun during its 2007 flyby under the Sun's South Pole and conversely, a unique look-down view of the Sun during its 2008 flyby over the Sun's North Pole.
Regrettably, the long-awaited, 2008 Ulysses over-flight data was inconclusive due to a fuel management failure, according to mission controllers.
Unique Solar Probe Freezing to Death
The Ulysses solar probe is about to die by freezing to death after 17 years of studying the sun and solar system, NASA and the European Space Agency said.
In January engineers tried a long shot maneuver to heat up the fuel. Instead, their effort backfired and hastened Ulysses' death by several months.
Had it worked, engineers figured they would have gotten an extra two years of life from Ulysses. The final transmitter will probably quit in the next few weeks, according to the European Space Agency.
The probe is currently heading towards another Jupiter swing-by. Funding for the project is scheduled to end in 2009 but there are hopes it can be partially reactivated for one last flyover of the Sun during the 2012 solar maximum.
In the meantime, a review of the partial data obtained from the last two Ulysses solar probe fly-overs of the Sun's South and North poles does reveal partially supportive evidence for the existence of Planet X.
The Opportunity to Disprove
the Existence of Planet X
The value of research can only be measured by its integrity, and it is incumbent upon us to challenge our own Planet X theories whenever credible data makes that possible. For this reason, YOWUSA.com has followed the Ulysses saga with great interest since the findings of the probe's 2007 look-up flyby of the Sun's South Pole first became available on with Web.
Why? Because those, combined with the 2008 observations offered the possibility of a long sought-after Planet X acid test. The results of this acid test would either offer conclusive proof for Planet X, or it would point to the need for us to re-evaluate our findings by starting over again at the beginning. The latter result would have been far more preferable to us than the actual prospects of a Planet X flyby through the core of our solar system.
Awaiting the final picture of this acid test to form, we reasoned two very different consequences for Planet X research after the complete findings began to appear on the Web after January 2008. The expected date of a Ulysses look-down flyby over the Sun's North Pole. Then, we would know one of two possibilities:
- 1st POSSIBILITY – SIMILAR DATA: The 2008 flyover of the Northern hemisphere of the Sun would show it be to EQUALLY active as the 2007 Southern hemisphere flyover of the Southern hemisphere.
The consequences of SIMILAR data would have called the existence of Planet X into question. This is because a central premise in Planet X research is based on the manner, in which it interacts with other objects in our solar system. Time to re-evaluate our findings, by starting over again at the beginning.
- 2nd POSSIBILITY – DISSIMILAR DATA: The 2008 flyover of the North Pole of the Sun would show it to be LESS active than the 2007 flyover of the Southern South Pole.
Such findings would be consistent with present Planet X forecasts, given that we are forecasting a Southerly approach into the core of the system. Time to prepare for the worst.
Would SIMILAR data have likewise allowed us to discount the continuing threat of harmful solar activity during the 2012 Winter Solstice? Absolutely not! The observed increases in solar activity could be a natural cycle or even a response by our Sun to the fast-approaching alignment on the Winter Solstice of December 2012 with the galactic plane.
The 2007 Look-Up South Pole Flyby
No matter how you paint the 2012 picture, pain is on the way, and this picture begins with the 2007 Ulysses look-up fly-under of the Sun.
ESA News Portal, 19-Feb-2007
Surprises from the Sun’s South Pole
Although very close to the minimum of its 11-year sunspot cycle, the Sun showed that it is still capable of producing a series of remarkably energetic outbursts - ESA-NASA Ulysses mission revealed.
In keeping with the first and second south polar passes (in 1994 and 2000), the latest high-latitude excursion of the joint ESA-NASA Ulysses mission has already produced some surprises. In mid-December 2006, although very close to the minimum of its 11-year sunspot cycle, the Sun showed that it is still capable of producing a series of remarkably energetic outbursts.
Now, as Ulysses again passes over the large polar coronal holes of the Sun at solar minimum we will finally have the answer. Recent SWICS observations show that the average temperature of the southern polar coronal hole at the current solar minimum is as low as it was 10 years ago in the northern polar coronal hole. "This implies that the asymmetry between north and south has switched with the change of the magnetic polarity of the Sun," said Gloeckler. The definitive proof will come when Ulysses measures the temperature of the north polar coronal during the next 15 months.
Mission controllers reported that the probe had detected a high level of activity on the southernmost part of the Sun, which to this date continues to puzzle scientists. This is because the activity found matched the activity one would expect during a solar maximum — but was in fact taking place during a solar minimum!
Like the scientists who published that report, we too wanted to know if the Sun's North Pole would be just as surprisingly active as the South Pole. All eyes were now turned towards January 2008, the anticipated date for the next Ulysses look-down fly-over of the Sun's North Pole.
Shortly before the flyby, NASA announced the flyby would take place only a week after solar physicists had established that a new solar cycle had begun.
Ulysses Flyby of the Sun's North Pole
Jan. 14, 2008: Consider it a case of exquisite timing. Just last week, solar physicists announced the beginning of a new solar cycle and now, Jan. 14th, the Ulysses spacecraft is flying over a key region of solar activity--the sun's North Pole.
The current flyby may help solve the puzzle because it comes less than a year after a similar South Pole flyby in Feb. 2007. Mission scientists will be able to compare temperature measurements, north vs. south, with hardly any gap between them.
Is this a detail of little importance or a major anomaly, signaling new things to come? Again, no one knows, and that's why now is a good time to visit the sun's North Pole.
Now, we would all be able to see whether the South Pole flyby observations a year before had been anomalous or the beginning of new insight into the way the Sun works, plus something even more important: the data we needed to complete the Planet X acid test.
The 2008 Look-Down North Pole Flyby
We kept a vigilant watch for initial reports from the 2008 look-down fly-over of the Sun's North Pole, but none materialized. All there was, was silence as the flyby date came and went. Then, disappointment struck.
SPACEFLIGHT NOW, 15-Apr-2008
Controllers working to keep Ulysses sun orbiter alive
"The mission is still operating, with a subset of the instruments providing data," said Richard Marsden, Ulysses project scientist and mission manager for the European Space Agency.
"We are unable to operate the full payload because of the current power and thermal limitations," Marsden said. "No instrument failures have occurred since launch."
In late February, the mission controllers announced that a fuel management error caused a substantial loss in Ulysses' observations, due to the lack of fuel to power the necessary payload instruments for detailed observations of the Sun's North Pole.
We viewed this as a bitter end to a mission that could have captured a treasure trove of invaluable data before the project funding expired in 2009. Just when we thought the last chapter had been written on the Ulysses mission, an obscure, but revealing epitaph would appear that following September. Continue to the next page...