A long, long time ago in a place not so far away (at least online), Henry Cate founded the very first Carnival of Space.
While blog carnivals are nothing new, this was the first time a group of scientists, engineers and space enthusiasts working at aerospace companies, labs, or simply posting from their computer gathered together online in order share their thoughts regarding the future of humanity--blog style.
The diversity of people publishing articles for all to see is truly amazing, and hopefully one day we will all be able to meet--whether in this world or on the next (note: as in the Moon or Mars--now wouldn't that be glorious?).
Without further delay, here are just a small sample of the articles that caught my eye from the Carnival of Space hosted by Henry, which you can see over at Why Homeschool.
- Jim Plaxco of Artsnova Digital Art and Space publishes his thoughts on how space art has played a role in helping humanity visualize themselves on other worlds, a scenario that may need to be repeated for today's world.
- Robert Simpson from Orbiting Frog highlights the hazardous debris from China's Anti-Satellite Test (aka ASAT) using Google Earth, a "minor thorn" for future space stations orbiting Earth.
- Ian O'Neil via AstroEngine brings some startling news about solar flares erupting from the Sun without any sunspot activity. Sunspots can help act as an "early warning system," as solar flares can give future Martians (and Lunites) an unhealthy dose of radiation.
- Brian Wang on Next Big Future brings good tidings regarding the VASIMR System, which has the potential of reducing a Martian trip (one way) to as little as 39 days. Did I mention we could be a few years away from an actual flight test?
- P. J. Blount (from Res Communis) conducts an interesting interview with Mike Gold of Bigelow Aerospace regarding ITAR, and how it may be hindering the American space race.
Thanks for reading, and be sure to tune into the next Carnival of Space coming up this Thursday.
For those of you desiring to share your opinion regarding space, humanity and what lies "beyond the black," feel free to contact Fraser over at Universe Today and he will give you the necessary details on how your article can be posted upon the next Carnival of Space.
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