Welcome to the sixteenth carnival of space. Emily Lakdawalla will be hosting the Carnival of Space next week at: the planetary blog
Submissions are made to [email protected]
In this edition we have two articles on asteroids, three on future space plans and visions, three on present day space, three related to astronomy and astronomical phenomena.
Plans for Deflecting and using asteroids
The post discusses ways to deflect incoming asteroids and examines a recent paper that analyzes space-based response systems stationed at two of the Lagrange points.
Avoid this … asteroids hitting the earth
Using things like asteroid tractors
Discovery Enterprise, a group blog on exploration, science and science fiction, submits Islands in Space: The Challenge of the Planetoids, the Pioneering Work of Dandridge M. Cole
Alex M. Bonnici looks at the the work of space visionary Dandridge Cole and how he foresaw the utilization of asteroids for space colonies.
Other space future speculations and plans
2007 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Space Age, agreed by most to have begun with the launch of the first artificial Earth satellite, Sputnik, on October 4th, 1957. While some are taking stock of the last fifty years of space exploration, noting what has been accomplished and, more importantly, what has not been accomplished, others are wondering what the next fifty years might bring. And therein lays the problem.
Chris Reed of Bigelow Aerospace announces Plans for the first human habitable spacecraft, the Sundancer. posted at Bigelow Aerospace
The Bigelow aerospace sundancer
Present day space (space shuttle, satellite dishes and the ISS)
Damaged shuttle tile
A review of the structures used to launch a space shuttle, and why it keeps being hit by debris every time.
As yet another space shuttle crew dons space suits to fit yet more pieces to the International Space Station, and its completion date edges a little closer, space enthusiast Stuart Atkinson looks back at his own troubled relationship with the controversial orbital outpost, and wonders what lies in store for Mankind’s “gateway to the solar system” in the future…
Astronomy and Astronomical submissions
Spectacular photos from the Hubble Space Telescope show the value of astronomy. Emphasis on the “dark side” is said to undermine the appeal of astrophysics to future generations of scientists and the public at large.
The sun and Venus
A meditation on my last glimpse of Venus in the evening, plus a mobile phone shot!
thanks to Henry Cate of of whyhomeschool for allowing me to host this weeks carnival of space