Welcome to the latest 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 the M82 Supernova, NASA’S LADEE mission, the “mystery” Mars rock, and more!
First off, Next Big Future has a trio of articles covering some awesome new innovations coming out of NASA. First up is a conceptual solution to asteroid impacts by “fragmenting” the asteroid. Read more at: http://nextbigfuture.com/2014/02/nasa-institute-advanced-concepts-look.html
Next up are more NASA NIAC conference updates, learn more about Spiderfab, and “photonic” thrusters which use no propellant at: http://nextbigfuture.com/2014/02/nasa-niac-robert-hoyt-spiderfab-and.html
Last up from Nextbigfuture, Skybox was founded out of the CubeSat community and they are ardent believers in the power of commodity, commercial electronics to change the cost of doing business in space. Traditional satellites capable of taking imagery at better than 1 meter resolution weigh thousands of kilograms, which makes it prohibitively expensive to launch enough of them to capture timely imagery. Check out the full article on Skybox at:
Next up is a pair of articles from my good friends at Cosmoquest:
First up, What’s in an Asteroid? Asteroid Itokawa reveals a strange interior in new observations spanning 12 years. Learn more at: http://cosmoquest.org/x/blog/2014/02/whats-in-an-asteroid/
Next from Cosmoquest, M82 Supernova Update: The VLA doesn’t see the afterglow, but it does create a lovely new map of the central regions of the galaxy.
Full article at: http://cosmoquest.org/x/blog/2014/02/m82-supernova-update/
Keep reading for more awesome stories from the past week in space news!
In this month’s “What’s Up” from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, explore all eight planets in the sky, plus mission updates from comet and asteroid missions Dawn and Rosetta.
In case you missed it, here is the video of this week’s “Weekly Space Hangout” hosted by my pal, Fraser Cain. Lots of great space news, fun discussions, and some special guest appearances.
This month’s “What’s Up” from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory features Jupiter at opposition, Venus at conjunction, Juno mission updates, and the Quadrantid meteor shower happening this weekend.
Welcome to a special Christmas eve 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 Gravity (The Movie), Habitable Zones, Mars Exploration, and more!
First off, Next Big Future has a trio of articles covering China’s Lunar rover, Exoplanets, and the Big Bang. According to former astronaut/geologist Harrison Schmitt, China “has made no secret” of its interest in Helium-3. Schmitt observes, “I would assume that this mission is both a geopolitical statement and a test of some hardware and software related to mining and processing of the lunar regolith.” Read more at: http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/12/could-china-make-claims-to-moon-that.html
Next up, Physicists have long predicted that the universe may one day collapse, and that everything in it will be compressed to a small hard ball. New calculations from physicists at the University of Southern Denmark now confirm this prediction – and
they also conclude that the risk of a collapse is even greater than previously thought. Learn more at: http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/12/one-new-physics-theory-suggests-no-big.html
Last up from Next Big Future, Scientists at MIT have developed a new technique for determining the mass of exoplanets, using only their transit signal — dips in light as a planet passes in front of its star. Learn about this new method at: http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/12/new-technique-for-determining-mass-of.html
AM CVn are a rare class of objects where one white dwarf is pulling material from a compact companion star, such as a second white dwarf. Read the full story at: http://chandra.harvard.edu/blog/node/470