Carnival of Space 199

Here’s this weeks carnival of space with  spaceplanes, dark energy, cosmology and a lot more.

  • Next Big Future posts about how the Skylon space plane got a thumbs up with a 52 page review from the UK space agency,  James Woodward talks about the scientific history of science, gravity and the Mach Effect and a post on how the NASA Kepler space telescope is finding a lot more multi-planet systems.
Space Taxi SKYLON

Space Taxi SKYLON

  • From the Chandra blog a new Chandra image shows the famous Carina Nebula with 14,000 stars and a diffuse X-ray glow.
Chandra Telescope

Chandra Telescope

  • Discovery news reports on how according to a new book, the Roswell incident of 1947 wasn’t a crashed flying saucer, it was an elaborate Soviet plot to cause mass panic in the U.S.
  • Simostronomy pokes fun at astrologers and astrology with a threat to remove Scorpius from the Zodiac and replace it with the more deserving Ophiuchus.
  • An anthology of recent posts from Crowlspace about SpaceX and the Falcon, as well as Zubrin’s recent Mars Semi-Direct Lite proposal.
ySpaceX Falcon9

SpaceX Falcon9

  • Vintage Space has a look at the Rogallo paraglider wing in the context of the Gemini program. The landing system promised to downgrade splashdowns from primary to emergency landing procedure by turning the spacecraft into a glider during its final descent and landing. Development of the paraglider began in 1961, but it never flew. It was cancelled before the first manned Gemini flight in 1964.
  • Urban Astronomer looks at a recent experiment that has brought us one step closer to understanding the nature of Dark Energy by eliminating one of the more popular alternate theories.
  • In this post by Vega00, the 22nd in the series, “Introduction to Cosmology”, there is a brief presentation about particle physics

What's The Time
What’s The Time
  • Starry Critters explores the celestial loops of gas and dust of NGC 3582 in a recent image from the European Southern Observatory.
  • describes how major economic booms trigger Apollo-style exploration at the International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2011).It was a real pleasure being part of the International Space Development Conference (ISDC 2011) Space Business Track chaired by Clifford McMurray.


  • The Spacewriter talks about the galaxy discoveries the WISE mission is making.
  • NoisyAstronomer goes fangirl for the Expanded Very Large Array at Discovery.
  • Music of the Spheres discusses two books that consider the future of Earth in the wake of possible eco- and other disasters, “Orbital Resonance” and “2084: An Oral History of the Great Warming.” Can space save us? Maybe.
  • Astroblogger critiques a paper that purports to show comet Elenin causes Earthquakes.
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  1. Jordan says:

    I came across this quite unexpectedly while driving through the New Mexico desert on the two lanes…a surreal experience…some more detail would have helped the article…I think they are 80 ft across and move (slowly) on railroad tracks to rearange for miles for different experiments…free walk around tour….

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