Carnival of Space #314
Welcome to another installment of The Carnival of Space! Here’s some highlights of space and astronomy news from the past week. We’ve got great stories on Curiosity’s first year on Mars, Kerbal Space Program, The Universe in 3D, and more!
First off, The First Fall session for Astronomy Club Toutatis in Finland: Motion in the night sky. Small animation of the constellation Cygnus with Satellite trails. Learn more at: http://linksthroughspace.blogspot.fi/2013/08/motion-in-night-sky-first-dark-skies.html
Everyday Spacer explores Triton Rocket Club – “UC San Diego’s Pre-professional Rocketry Club” – they are having fun and gaining skills to use after they graduate. http://spacer.pamhoffman.com/triton-rocket-club/
Guest blogger Katja Poppenhaeger brings “X-Ray Whispers in a Noisy Pub” to the Chandra Blog. Read more at: http://chandra.harvard.edu/blog/node/450
The rockets may look like toys, and the astronauts may look like something out of the Simpsons, but Kerbal Space Program has real physics and lots of educational potential. Even at its relatively early stage of development, KSP does a lot, and is worth a serious (and fun) look. Full coverage at Music of the Spheres: http://flyingsinger.blogspot.com/2013/08/kerbal-space-program.html
A new project that aims to map the Universe’s structure has looked back in time to create a 3-D map showing a portion of the Universe as it looked nine billion years ago. Learn more at Universe Today: http://www.universetoday.com/103986/new-3-d-map-shows-large-scale-structures-in-the-universe-9-billion-years-ago/
Keep reading for more great highlights from the past week of space and astronomy news!
Here is a trio of great stories from Next Big Future. First, A guest post by Joseph Friedlander explores “A Way To Plot Design Space of Space Launch Systems” – http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/08/needed-way-to-plot-design-space-of.html
Our second article from Next Big Future is another guest post by Joseph Friedlander – “In Praise of Large Payloads for Space” – http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/08/in-praise-of-large-payloads-for-space.html
Lastly, Reaction Engines Ltd have signed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for a €1 million study into the next European Launch System. The “Skylon-based European Launch Service Operator” contract has been finalised by the Launcher Directorate of the European Space Agency in Paris, France and work has started to study how the SKYLON spaceplane can meet Europe’s Space access demands in terms of cost, flexibility and responsiveness, from the early 2020’s. Read more at: http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/08/european-space-agency-has-13-million.html
NASA’s “Curiosity” Mars Rover recently celebrated its first year on Mars. Learn more about the accomplishments of NASA’s largest planetary rover to date at the Meridiani Journal: http://themeridianijournal.com/2013/08/curiosity-rover-completes-first-year-on-mars/
A number of black holes have been identified in the Andromeda Galaxy from data returned over 13 years by the Chandra X-ray space telescope. Full coverage from the Urban Astronomer at: http://www.urban-astronomer.com/Urban-Astronomer-Updates/chandrafinds26blackholesinnext-doorgalaxy
That’s it for this week’s Carnival of Space! Stay tuned for the next weekly showcase of articles written on the topic of space. If you have a science/space blog, joining the carnival is a good way to meet members of the space/science blogging community and help your site reach a wider audience.
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