After a brief hiatus from the blogosphere (that is if you do not count Twitter and FriendFeed) Colony Worlds is back.
Since I missed posting about the Carnival of Space (two weeks ago), I'll post an update here before mentioning last weeks post.
Space Cynics Are Us?
The 53rd Carnival of Space was hosted by everyone's favorite critic, the Space Cynic, with the theme being that of the Night Gallery.
Posts ranged from Martian dust devils, how physics discovered Neptune, to even better ways at finding exo-solar worlds (or planets outside our solar system).
Some interesting posts readers might be interested in include:
- Clark Lindsey of RLV and Space Transport News highlights Russia's attempts at building a 16 passenger space tourism vehicle (which, if successful could help lower the price tag provided they conduct numerous launches).
- Louise Riofrio from A Babe in the Universe suggests that we should visit the asteroids after the Moon, a mission that may be more practical (and appealing) for the next US President.
- Bruce Irving via Music of the Spheres ponders about the possibilities of the Space Elevator, as well as posts a review on a book highlighting this technology from LiftPort.
- Stuart Atkinson of Cumbrian Sky explains why humanity should take the utmost care in preserving the lunar landings as they are, an item that may not site will with Google Lunar X-Prize teams (as they would have to avoid visiting the site lest they damage it).
Moving on, David Portree via Altair VI hosted the 54th Carnival of Space, with articles ranging from UFO skeptics, to rethinking galactic alien empires, and even a post about Iron Man (note: yes, its space related).
Articles of interest included:
- Stuart Atkinson of Cumbrian Sky talks about the upcoming Phoenix Lander's visit upon Mars, not to mention a unique approach in defending the spending for public space programs.
- Ethan Siegel from Starts With A Bang! argues that a powerful nuclear bomb may be able to deflect an asteroid a few months away from Earth impact (note: hopefully he is right, I think anything less than a year guarantees a "not-so-happy" scenario).
- Kevin White via Out of the Cradle discusses how the moons gravity would affect lunar sports, and perhaps make exercising a whole lot more fun.
Thanks for reading, and hopefully these snippets will encourage "the lurkers" out there to join our ever growing group of space bloggers/journalists, as its always encouraging to see a new perspective regarding the cosmos, and humanties role in it.
For those of you desiring to submit your article towards the next blog carnival, you can visit Universe Today for more details in how your post can be viewed by hundreds (if not thousands) of eyeballs.
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