The traveling show has landed on my little blog for week 15. Please check out all the acts.
A Babe in the Universe discusses how the private space industry has long believed that they can explore Space for less cost than NASA.
This article discusses a plan that would service a lunar observatory and incidentally return people to the Moon.
Advancednano discusses a trio of proposals for $500/kg or less launches to space in this post Ram accelerators are variations on big cannons and could be very cheap to develop. Magnetic ring launch is similar but more expensive for infrastructure but would be cheaper to operate. Plasma hypersonic is interesting, has a credible promoter but has secret core technologies.
The Bad Astronomer points out that people sometimes just don’t get it. In this blog article, he point’s to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s recent article on space flight and then comments on the poor logic of folks arguing against NASA.
Astroblog takes readers on a walk through the sky. This post points toward a beautiful morning with the Moon, Pleiades, Mars and the Hyades close together. The to top it off, the ISS goes in front of Mars!
Astroversity notices that when people think of NASA, they think of a big building in Florida that is in charge of Space Shuttles and the Mars Rovers. This is a common misconception amongst the general population. In this post, the record is set straight by explaining that NASA is built upon by a foundation of other branches and centers that each individualize in something different to help NASA advance, learn, and build. NASA attempts to understand our Universe, and at the same time they try to better the lives of the individual person.
Centauri Dreams has a piece discussing new research that changes the ground rules for storing antimatter, and goes on to look at one proposal for using antimatter as a propulsion system that takes into account how hard it is to create significant amounts of antimatter at this point in our technological development.
Colony Worlds notes that if scientists are unable to develop faster than light or wormhole technology by the 22nd Century, humanity may find themselves using gravitational assistance in order to travel throughout our solar system. This leads to a discussion on how he Jovian king (aka Jupiter) has been frequently used to fling satellites across the gulf of space, and why establishing a colony inside its domain may be the next logical step for conquering the outer solar system–with Callisto being the key.
Cumbrian Sky asks that we put behind it a week of horror headlines involving drunk astronauts and embezzling employees, last weekend NASA successfully launched its latest probe to Mars. As Phoenix begins its long cruise to the Red Planet, blogger Stuart Atkinson looks at why people have been so moved by the mission, and wonders why one part of that mission – looking for a habitable environment near the martian pole – has such a hold on our imaginations…
Geek Counterpoint talks about the first high-resolution image of a dust devil as seen by MRO has just been released. This prompts the question — what do we know about Martian devils, and what’s the history of our knowledge of them?