After taking a longer than expected hiatus from blogging, it looks like I forgot to mention the previous carnival (not to mention a few other key stories). So in an attempt to "catch up," both space carnivals will be rolled into one post.
Carnival of Space 39
The 39th Carnival of Space was hosted by Sean Welton of Visual Astronomy who linked to posts ranging from astro-poetry to analysis on the raging Jupiter storms.
A few interesting posts readers should check out from the Carnival include:
- Amanda Bauer of Astropixie gets a little excited about Virgin Galactic's Spaceship Two (note: how could you not get excited?).
- Brian Wang of Next Big Future discusses the upcoming Space Elevator Games, and their one kilometer challenge (note: I'll have to see if I can book a flight out there in September).
- Missy Fryer asks whether or not the lunar missions should be replaced with missions towards asteroids.
- Pamela Gay of Star Stryder lays out the case for the existence of dark energy, a controversial item being debated among hard core astronomers (and amatures as well).
Those were some of the highlights from last week's Carnival of Space, and here are some of the interesting articles from this week's Carnival of Space (hosted by Orbiting Frog).
Carnival of Space 40
- Brian Wang discuses the progress of SpaceX's Merlin engines, which is very good news for NewSpace.
- Clark Lindsey of HobbySpace highlights Bigelow Aerospace teaming up with Lockheed Martin in order to launch their inflatable space stations.
For those wondering why this is an incredible event, Clark publishes a second post that will enlighten new comers and old timers alike.
- Sean Welton (last week's space carnival host) thinks humans should pay closer attention to the sky lest we get our astro-turf kicked around by a wandering space rock.
- John Benac via Action for Space is attempting to "rally the troops" to help promote human exploration within the 2008 election. It looks as if Hillary got the message (note: go John!!).
- Paul Gilster of Centauri Dreams discusses a way for a probe to reach Alpha Centauri in under ten lifetimes, give or take a century.
That's it for the latest Carnival of Space (both 39 and 40). For those of you thinking about submitting an article, astro-poem or space post towards the next round, you can simply visit Universe Today for more details.
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