What does the Mayans mean to us?? Explorer Jim Turner will help us all to better understand there importance.
On the night of November 17th, while attending a lobster cookout on the beach, Jim and three acquaintances witnessed the fiery reentry of a doomed Russian satellite originally bound for Mars. Many other islanders also witnessed the crash and the Chilean government began emergency procedures to attempt to locate and recover the plutonium batteries aboard the satellite in an effort to prevent radioactive contamination. Two weeks after the crash a cholera-like illness swept over the island, at the same time as Jim began to discover dead birds on what were by now well-known paths. After an intense bout with severe stomach cramps, Jim began to suspect that radiation poisoning was responsible for the illnesses and avian deaths. Recent years have contained a number of important astronomical events that were observed by Jim in the course of his research. A total lunar eclipse occurred on his birthday in November, 2003. He traveled to Italy in June 2004 to witness a rare transit of Venus, the first in over a century. A transit of Mercury occurred on his birthday in 2006 but, due to inclement weather, was unable to be seen. Instead, Jim spent the day arranging a work space and officially launched what would become the Apocalypse Island Project in an effort to document his travels and the discovery of the island monument, along with the insights the monument had provided in his interpretation of the inscriptions at Palenque and the Mayan calendar. This work continues to the present day.
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