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Carnival of Space #280

The Internets were abuzz last week with all sorts of spacey news. Let’s dive right in for the 280th edition of Carnival of Space!

Last week marked the 40th anniversary of Apollo 17 leaving the Moon. Amy Shira Teitel with Vintage Space offers a look back at the last words they spoke while still on its surface.

The Air & Space blog brings us “Dr Paul Spudis’s The Lunar Surface – What Lies Beneath, what the The NASA mission GRAIL (Gravity Recovery And Interior Laboratory) shows us.The Meridian Journal also reports on the odd ‘bubble rings.’

The Lunar and Planetary Institute highlights odd ‘bubble rings’ from Curiosity, and NASA press release images for November. Mars, Moon, Mercury, Titan and Mount Kilimanjaro.

Cheap Astronomy indulges in a little speculation on the future of humanity (podcast).

EverydaySpacer offers up “#108 See Emily’s Snapshots. From explaining the seasons on Mars to sorting out Saturn’s rings, it seems there is already plenty of variety in the six videos on the Snapshots from Space page of The Planetary Society website as of this publication.

Cosmoquest reminds us that Citizen science projects abound, whether you want to study the weather, nature’s critters, or the night sky. Get out more and do some science.

The Chandra blog helps us understand ‘What’s Out There By Looking Down Here as well as Revealing Hidden Black Holes”.

There’s an abundance of news at NextBigFuture. The president of SpaceX said the U.S. domestic space launch market has “changed dramatically” in the last two weeks as a result of an Air Force decision to award the upstart company its first military contracts. Gwynn Shotwell also said SpaceX plans to grow its nascent military launch business. After calling the market for commercial space launches “incredibly stable, if not growing,” Shotwell said her company was not worried about how sequestration could impact the industry. Shotwell warned that the U.S. runs the risk of falling behind international competitors. “The U.S. has definitely been complacent, I think, on launch,” Shotwell said, specifically mentioning that China is investing heavily in space technology. “I think it’s critically important not to write the Chinese off. I think they will be the fiercest competitor here in the next five to 10 years.”

Astroblogger brings us spectacular images of the asteroid Toutais flyby. Universe Today also brings us NASA’s radar images from Toutais’ tumbling pass as well as images of the incredible sky show put on by the Geminid meteor shower. Also check out the great video of GRAIL capturing LRO as it flew by, a Nile-like delta on Titan. And lastly, Hubble census unveils galaxies near the cosmic dawn, at a record-setting red shift of 12.

Tranquility Base writes about teachers in space: pioneer Christa McAuliffe and the teachers that followed her.

The folks with the NASA/ESA Hubble regularly release spectacular images from the orbiting telescope. StarryCritters, this website, lets you lose yourself zooming into an image of ESO 318-13 full of glittering stars and far-away galaxies. StarryCritters also promotes Hubble Star Cards; a game that lets you hold the universe in your hands.

Want to catch up or read back posts on COS? Uni­ver­se­To­day has the entire archive. If you have a space-related blog and you want a lit­tle expo­sure con­sider con­tribut­ing to the Car­ni­val of Space. Just email your post to and the cur­rent week’s host will add a link. If you feel really ambi­tious and want to help send an email to the above email and sign up as a host. We’d love to have you either way.

Carnival of Space #276

Heya! Over here. I found a back way into finding out the most amazing astronomy and space news of the week. Come with me into Carnival of Space #276.

Chasing eclipses is great fun but so is watching them from the comfort of your chair at home; something that wasn’t really possible a decade ago. Universe Today has a round-up of images and video from the total solar eclipse this month visible in southern Australia.

Astroblogger gives an excellent description of his eclipse experience in Cairns with photos.

Want to take part in space exploration today? Sure you do. Join the National Space Society

Nextbigfuture reports that NASA’s Kepler Space telescope is transitioning to an extended mission after finding 2300 exoplanet candidates

Nextbigfuture discusses accelerated from technologies other than greater than human AI and molecular nanotechnology. Here are videos related to several high impact technologies including several anticipated space related developments.

Abell 30: X-rays from a Reborn Planetary NebulaChandra X-ray Observatory brings these images of the planetary nebula Abell 30, (a.k.a. A30). They show one of the clearest views ever obtained of a special phase of evolution for these objects.

Spacex this week released video of their Grasshopper rocket; a prototype being used to develop reusable rockets

The Here, There & Everywhere exhibit moved to Radford, Virginia for November 2012.


From Amy Shira Teitel, President Obama’s re-election means we’ll stay on the space track we’re currently on, but is it enough to get us to the big goals like Mars we’ve been promised?

One of the lead actors of my favorite TV show of all time, Babylon 5, a space-time spanning science fiction show running five seasons from 1994 to 1998, has recently died. Next Big Future talks about Michael O’Hare who played Commander Sinclair. He died following a heart attack last week.

In conversation with the sky. Photo: Bill Dunford

On a remote military base in the desert, the United States government is communicating with outer space.
(A visit to NASA’s Goldstone Deep Space Communication Complex)

Technical Readiness: Like the intellectual tug of war involving man vs. machine, there also is a tug of war between proven technology and high-tech. Creating these barriers and distinctions is nonsensical. We need it all. And we can have it all.

Live webcast Nov 28, 8 pm ET. Chat with Tom Carlone about the Polaris rover.

Want to catch up or read back posts on COS? UniverseToday has the entire archive. If you have a space-related blog and you want a little exposure consider contributing to the Carnival of Space. Just email your post to and the current week’s host will add a link. If you feel really ambitious and want to help send an email to the above email and sign up as a host. We’d love to have you either way.

Carnival of Space #272

It’s time for another roundup of the latest space news from various blogs around cyberspace; something we call Carnival of Space. Watch your step and look up as you board the latest ride through the carnival.

Perhaps the biggest, certainly the most exciting, news last week was the announcement from the European Southern Observatory of a scorching world orbiting uber-close to Alpha Centauri B. It’s also the lightest exoplanet discovered around a Sun-like star, reports Next Big Future.  Nancy Atkinson at our host Universe Today detailed the new finding. Astroblogger offers reflections (and a celestia file) on the recent Earth-sized red-hot planet.

Artist's impression of the planet around Alpha Centauri B.

This artist’s impression shows the planet orbiting the star Alpha Centauri B, a member of the triple star system that is the closest to Earth. Alpha Centauri B is the most brilliant object in the sky and the other dazzling object is Alpha Centauri A. Our own Sun is visible to the upper right. Credit: ESO

The Carnival is full of more information on this nearby world from The Meridian Journal and Aartscope

The official countdown toward the end of the world has begun (if you believe in that sort of thing). Nancy Atkinson of Universe Today explores the 2012 craziness and why people are so willing to get sucked into the hype.

CosmoQuest hits one million total craters between the Moon and asteroid Vesta. What are the fruits of this citizen science labor of love?

Next Big Future writes that Keck observations reveal the more details of Uranus than even the Voyager flyby in 1986.

Researchers presented infrared spectroscopy and mass spectrometry analyses of Apollo samples that reveal the presence of significant amounts of hydroxyl inside glasses formed in the lunar regolith by micrometeorite impacts.Lunar regolith is everywhere on the lunar surface, and glasses make up about half of lunar regolith. Finding hydroxl in the glass means that a huge amount of material that could be turned into water on the moon.

Spacex is developing a new more powerful engine that will enable a rocket to take 200 tons of payload to low earth orbit. Musk said the new rocket, which he calls MCT, will be “several times” as powerful as the 1 Merlin series, and won’t use Merlin’s RP-1 fuel. Beyond adding that it will have “a very big core size”, he declined to elaborate, promising more details in “between one and three years”.

NASA’s Commercial Crew Program (CCP) partner Blue Origin has successfully fired the thrust chamber assembly for its new 100,000 pound thrust BE-3 liquid oxygen, liquid hydrogen rocket engine. As part of Blue’s Reusable Booster System (RBS), the engines are designed eventually to launch the biconic-shaped Space Vehicle the company is developing. Blue Origin is a reusable rocket being developed by Jeff Bezos CEO of Amazon.

The NH National Guard Child and Youth Program and NHNG Military Education Outreach Committee were proud to present a pilot science event with the Chandra Education & Outreach Group on October 14, 2012 in Concord, New Hampshire.

Cheap Astronomy presents a podcast on the Hubble Servicing Missions and the expected future for the telescope.

While Any Shira Teitel of Vintage Space readily admits Felix Baumgartner’s high altitude sky dive was awesome to watch, we may have missed an opportunity to teach a huge audience a thing or two about science.
Tranquility Base asks during the Cold War, did the U.S. or the Soviet Union ever launch an armed spacecraft? And, have there been any weapons in space since the cold war ended?
Encounter with Unidentified Flying Object in Southern Finland. The bright light and the irregular pace of the craft caught my attention. Read more on Links Through Space.

Eruptions on Io from Earth

Observations of several bright & young eruptions detected at short wavelengths (~2.1 microns) on the top and longer wavelengths (~3.2 microns) on the bottom since 2004 using the W. M. Keck 10-meter telescope (May 2004, Aug 2007, Sep 2007, July 2009), the Gemini North 8-meter telescope (Aug 2007), and the ESO VLT-Yepun 8-meter telescope (Feb 2007), all with their adaptive optics systems. The thermal signature of the Tvashtar outburst can be seen near the north pole on images collected in 2007. A new eruption on Pillan Patera was seen in Aug 2007. A young and bright eruption was detected on Loki Patera in July 2009. This is the last bright eruption that was detected in our survey; since then, Io’s volcanic activity has been quiescent. Credit: F. Marchis

You fancy yourself an armchair astronomer? John Williams writes at Universe Today about a group of California researchers who have stepped it up a notch by monitoring the intense volcanic eruptions on Jupiter’s strangest moon Io from the comfort of their home.

Lastly, peer into a tightly spun rainbow. Explore the arching tails of the Pinwheel Galaxy in this composite image featuring imagery from NASA’s Hubble, Spitzer, Chandra and GALEX telescopes.

Carnival of Space #241

Welcome back to episode #241 of the Carnival of Space; the source for the latest space news from various blogs from the past week. Step right up for the latest ride around the carnival.

Asteroids: they’re big, scary and can kill millions. Nuclear weapons: they’re big, scary and can kill millions. Ian O’Neill of Discovery News asks wouldn’t it make sense to unite the two?

Chandra Blog’s guest blogger Uroš Kostić explores theoretical work on the destruction of asteroids by supermassive black holes.

Blogger Ray Sanders has a “Guest Post” at the Planetary Society Blog. The guest posts provides information on how space enthusiasts can “Make an Impact” with Yuri’s Night 2012.

Paul Gilster takes a look at the latest Kepler results in light of what may be a discouraging trend for those hoping for abundant terrestrial planets.

AstroWow asks how rainbows reveal the chemical makeup of the Universe?  The Astronomy Word of the Week is “Fraunhofer”!

Sarah Scoles at Smaller Questions asks: “Where do the Martians get their water?

At Astroblogger, the topics of the week are earthquakes, astronomical alignments and 2012 DR30 (alignments still don’t cause earthquakes) and the death dive of the first Kreutz comet found by the SWAN instrument.

The spring equinox is this week, however the lengths of the day and night are not equal on the equinox. Find out why in the Venus

If string theory is true and universal inflation is true then traversable wormholes are possible without exotic matter or negative energy. Nextbigfuture takes a look at this subject as well as a plan DARPA is developing for on-demand satellite imaging for soldiers and a summary of older NASA papers on using nuclear fusion for interstellar travel.

Is Kepler getting close to finding another Earth? The Meridian Journal probes the possibilities.

At Links Through Space follow there Astronomy Club as they travel through Spain. As we travel the south of Spain we visit beau­ti­ful sites and astro­nom­i­cal land­marks to bring you very cool astropho­tos and sto­ries about the his­tory of Span­ish Astronomy.

Vintage Space takes a look at the animals that the US shot into space before the era of Ham and Enos.

And lastly, here at StarryCritters, explore the entire infrared mosaic in this whole sky view from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, WISE. Be dazzled zooming into the intense swarm of stars of Messier 9 in this image from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope.


Want to catch up or read back posts on COS? UniverseToday has the entire archive. If you have a space-related blog and you want a little exposure consider contributing to the Carnival of Space. Just email your post to and the current week’s host will add a link. If you feel really ambitious and want to help send an email to the above email and sign up as a host. We’d love to have you either way.


Carnival of Space #209

Welcome to the 209th edition of Carnival of Space. Something a little different in store for you this episode. Carnival hosts are scattered across the globe spreading the space news of the week. Click on a marker and space news will appear.

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