Hello everyone and welcome to the Carnival of Space number 167, here at the warm and cozy home of the Space Tweep Society. We hope to use our uberl33t twitter skills to promote space exploration and to push STEM education. I can tell you from personal experience that every member loves space and all their tweets are highly encouraging, sort of like how a litter of puppies just loves life. Plus, having chats over twitter late at night with other sleep deprived members is hilarious. That’s why I’m proud to share some of the top articles about space in this week’s Carnival of Space.



Quick Version (Now with twitter):

Discovery News: Can Solar Storms Cause Wildfires?: Tweet This

Weirdwarp: Is Human Colonisation of Europa Possible?: Tweet This

Next Big Future: Spacex talks Falcon X Heavy for 125 tons of heavy lift and Falcon XX for 140 tons and Nuclear Thermal interplanetary Rockets : Tweet This

Next Big Future: Army Working on Nanomissiles for Launching 10-23 kilogram Nanosatellites: Tweet This

Next Big FutureWide Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) is Top Priority Space Telescope Project: Tweet This

IAG Planetary Geomorphology Working Group: Featured images for August 2010: Tweet This

Dr. Schenk’s 3D House of Satellites: Saturn Triple Play – Tethys, Rhea & Iapetus: Tweet This

Music of the Spheres: Space Models!: Tweet This

Brains Matter and Cheap Astronomy: Astronomy for non-human life forms: Tweet This

The Spacewriter’s RamblingsWe’re Losing Our Skies and our Inspiration: Tweet This

AstroblogUnexpected Rainbows (Part 16) The Copenhagen Edition: Tweet This

Dynamics of Cats: Decadal Survey: 2010: Tweet This

We Are All in the Gutter: No Rings Round Rhea: Tweet This

Beyond Apollo: The LUT, the Orbiter, and the Saturn V S-IC stage (1969): Tweet This

Weird Sciences: Short Article: Hawking’s Weirdness Continued: Tweet This

Weird Sciences: Hyperluminal Travel Without Exotic Matter: Tweet This

Rocket Scientist: RS Classic: Manned vs. Unmanned: Tweet This

FlyingJenny: Kick Starter Kennedy Space Center Sunrises- a photo book: Tweet This

We first begin with an update on the never ending war with doomsday theories. Ian O’Neill posts an article on Discovery News which goes over why the sun won’t fry this planet into something crisper than KFC’s new “sandwich”. (Hint: we have seen the worst case already). But let’s move on from worrying and onto imagining about the future. Weirdwarp goes beyond dreaming about moon and Mars bases and instead thinks about Human Colonisation of Europa. While not a money earner, there are people actively planning this mission. As extreme as the environment is, Europa could be a great home away from home.

Speaking of big dreamers, no one beats Next Big Future in that department. Every article posted is about a ground breaking technology. This has be a particularly amazing week, so they have three submissions to the carnival and all are worth your time. First, they report on SpaceX’s crazy ideas for a 125 ton, 140 ton and nuclear powered, interplanetary rockets. (Crazy is a positive word in my book) Then, on the smaller end, they have an article about the Army’s nanomissles for launching nanosatellites. Finally, they offer an article about the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope’s (WFIRST) new (science) rockstar status. A close second is Weird Sciences, who brings two articles about the cool stuff in the future. First, they go over how Hyperluminal Travel might be possible by increasing the local speed of light then they move onto reasons why space habitation isn’t the best option for humanity at the moment.

Speaking about….um…ok I really don’t have a segway for this, but the Planetary Geomorphology Working Group has some cool pictures focusing on Hematite-rich regions on Mars. Who know nature could produce sphere like rocks? No, really, don’t let my awkwardness prevent you from looking at the shiny images. Equally mind blowing as the Planetary Geomorphology Working Group’s pictures, Dr. Schenk’s 3D House of Satellites brings us the Saturn Triple Play – Tethys, Rhea & Iapetus. Gaze in wonder at the craters on Rhea, stare in awe of the impact basin on Odysseus and drool over the Equatorial Mountains of Iapetus.

Now, wipe the drool from your face, you don’t want to get any of it on the extremely detailed Space Models discussed at Music of the Spheres. The work is worth drooling over, but I’m not sure if the paint on these beautiful reproductions will stand up to all your space nerds flooding them. (Aside: Ooo no, they are starting to drool, must save the models…what to do? What to do?!? I know, show them something shiny.) Next up, Astroblog shows us some Unexpected Rainbows at a train station in Kongens Nytorv. Quickly, go take a look at the shiny, I think it might even be a triple rainbow. (Aside: …that was close) 

But we humans aren’t the only life forms who enjoy shiny things in the sky. The fine folks over at Brains Matter and Cheap Astronomy talk about how animals use astronomy for their daily life. After listening to this podcast, I’m convinced wildlife appreciates the sky most than us humans. What pushed me over the edge was The Spacewriter’s article titled We’re Losing Our Skies and our Inspiration. As if the light pollution isn’t bad enough, poor funding is killing any chance of inspiring our kids. Read more over at her blog.

But things might not be that bad. Dynamics of Cats live blogs Devadal’s eTownhall meeting, there is a ton an juicy and exciting content, this post might be a list of all the future astronomy projects. But there is progress today! We Are All in The Gutter reports on a paper which may disprove the rings around Rhea. After reading these two articles, I’m sure we can push through.

Over at Beyond Apollo, David Portree covers how the Launch Umbilical Tower and the Saturn V S-IC stage could have modified to support a version of the space shuttle and a space station. The Rocket Scientist swoops in with an article detailing why forcing a choice between manned spaceflight and unmanned spaceflight is something that can be avoided so we can have more of the cool stuff blogged about at Beyond Apollo.

Finally, I would like to remind the whole space community about FlyingJenny‘s project. She only needs $1005 more to publish her book of sunrises at the Kennedy Space Center.  It epic the we raised about $5,500 dollars for her, but we owe her at least this last bit. She built what is a major hub for the space community and she brought together a raggy bunch of space tweeters into a group who has some of the most mind blowing tweetups ever. The sleepless nights chatting with other space cadets we meet through the Space Tweep Society can not be repaid, let’s atleast do this.

Well, that’s all folks. Do you want to join the amazing collection that is each week’s Carnival of Space, then check out the instructions on how to join us and I hope to see you at the next Carnival of Space.


Images by:

NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center




Lights In The Dark

Opal Lei


Flying Jenny