Carnival of Space 16

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

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.

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Plans for Deflecting and using asteroids

Paul Gilster of Centauri dreams submits Defending Earth: Two Space-Based Approaches

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

Mark R. Whittington has his curmedgeon’s corner speculates on the next fifty years in space My post for the next carnival of space will be my version of a forecast for 2057 in space.

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.

Mars now

Phil B. presents How to Terraform Mars posted at Phil for Humanity.

Chris Reed of Bigelow Aerospace announces Plans for the first human habitable spacecraft, the Sundancer. posted at Bigelow Aerospace

The Bigelow aerospace sundancer

I had discussed the Bigelow plans for 2010 and beyond as well with photos of the planned modules

Present day space (space shuttle, satellite dishes and the ISS)

Kevin Fleming presents How to Mount a Satellite Dish posted at Satellite TV Guru

From Astronomy Down Under talks about
The Shuttle problems with

Damaged shuttle tile

A review of the structures used to launch a space shuttle, and why it keeps being hit by debris every time.

From Cumbrian Sky about How I learned to stop worrying, and love the International Space Station

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

From A Babe in the Universe a follow up to carnival of space 15 ethereal dark energy about
Why Dark Energy Is Bad For Astronomy?

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.

Astroblog bids
Farewell Venus for another Year

The sun and Venus

A meditation on my last glimpse of Venus in the evening, plus a mobile phone shot!

Renata Vincoletto presents Falando pelos Cotovelos – 365 Days of Skywatching posted at Falando pelos Cotovelos.

thanks to Henry Cate of of whyhomeschool for allowing me to host this weeks carnival of space

List of past carnival of space postings

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