24 September 2012

Carnival of Space #268 Here at LINKS THROUGH SPACE



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This is the blog of our Astronomy Club here in Kustavi, Finland
We write/post news about space related topics and we showcase our Astrophotos and Timelapses.
Our blog is a way for you to follow Space/Astronomy news and find new links through the Internet about Space and astronomy.

So here we have it, Ladies and Gentlemen!
Links Through Space is honored to declare the 268th Carnival of Space live from Kustavi Finland.
 OPEN!


Title frame from "Losing the Dark", being produced
for the IDA as an educational project for planetariums
and other venues. Courtesy Loch Ness Productions.
Here on Earth 
TheSpacewriter talks about a project to bring light pollution awareness through a short film. Get involved!

Also Carolyn Collins Petersen @ her Spacewriter-blog urges folks to support crowd-sourced science research through Uwingu. Their campaign on Indiegogo ends at midnight PDT Monday, October 24th.

Take a break and listen to an short podcast.
Cheap Astronomy reports on its experience in running a blog-based Journal Club - which went about as well as you could probably expect.

The equinox has come, and marked the transition to Spring (or Autumn, if you take a Northern-Hemisphere perspective). Allen Versfeld at Urban Astronomer explains.

Space Missions
The 2U cubesat is alive and well in orbit.
Chief engineer and assistant professor for space science at Morehead State University, Kevin Brown runs through the subsystems for the just launched Big Bang X-ray hunter, the Cosmic X-ray Background Nanosatellite. Watch this explicatory video @ Kentucky Space

On the Chandra blog A Space Jigsaw Puzzle: Coordinating Chandra With Other Telescopes.
A rather exiting topic and a great article. The Chandra X-ray Observatory mission is living to it's expectations and more.

Space Community
Ray Sanders from dearastronomer.com has a new space/astronomy talk show. The latest episode airs Sept 25th at 10:00 PM Pacific. Ray's guest is none other than Fraser Cain from Universe Today and the Google+ Virtual Star Party. Join us as we discuss the awesome things people can see at star parties (both physical and virtual), an introduction to amateur astronomy, and a fall preview of what to expect in the night skies.

A pair of cool and stylish spacecraft (Image credit:NASA)
Space Technology
Flying Saucers From NASA. Great article by Colin Johnston @ Astronotes Armagh Planetarium's stellar blog. A must! 

Nextbigfuture - The NASA Johnson Space Center July, 2012 roundup newsletter has coverage of Harold White's space warping experiment. They are testing a physics loophole for faster than light travel which amazingly can be found in mathematical equations. Those equations are tested using an instrument called the White-Juday Warp Field Interferometer. “We’ve initiated an interferometer test bed in this lab, where we’re going to go through and try and generate a microscopic instance of a little warp bubble,” White said. “And although this is just a microscopic instance of the phenomena, we’re perturbing space time, one part in 10 million, a very tiny amount.”

Nextbigfuture - Elon Musk has bigs plans for Hyperloop transportation system (ground based Concorde), vertical takeoff supersonic commercial planes and plans for Mars colonization. Read article and watch video.

Nextbigfuture - A Hypervelocity Asteroid Intercept Vehicle (HAIV) mission architecture, which blends a hypervelocity kinetic impactor with a subsurface nuclear explosion for optimal fragmentation and dispersion of hazardous near-Earth objects (NEOs), has been developed through a 2011 NIAC Phase I study. Despite the uncertainties inherent to the nuclear disruption approach, disruption can become an effective strategy if most fragments disperse at speeds in excess of the escape velocity of an asteroid so that a very small number of fragments impacts the Earth. Thus, the proposed HAIV system will become essential for reliably mitigating the most probable impact threat: NEOs with warning times shorter than 10 years. It offers a potential breakthrough or great leap in mission capabilities for mitigating the impact threat of NEOs. The proposed Phase II study further develops the HAIV-based mission architecture and explores its potential infusion options within NASA and beyond.

Every rocket NASA launches is wired with detonation charges. That sounds like a bad idea, right? But it actually makes space flight safer. Read the article on Tranquility Base an inspiring blog on Space exploration.
 
Pyramid-shaped rock Jake Matijevic found
by the Curiosity rover.
Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / Stuart Atkinson
Mars
Paul Scott Anderson @ The Meridiani Journal shows us alien rocks from Mars. The pyramid and the egg: interesting new rocks seen by the Curiosity rover.

Carnival of Space #268 Host's closing sentence
In this Carnival of Space #268 theme picture (the one with the giant screen and the commande center at the begining of the post), one guy is looking at us confused as he see's the "big Carnival of Space #268 logo" appear on it's big screen. (Credits: Russian Space Agency)

So here you have it! All the thrills and excitements of the Astronomy/Space community.
The Carnival of Space #268

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