Carnival of Space 159

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1. The Universe Today looks at the biggest space news from last week – Kepler Spacecraft finds 750 Exoplanet Candidates

3. The Exoplanet motherlode was discussed by Planetaria as well.

3. explores a boomerang-shaped cloud inside IRAS 05437+2502 that hints at a star moving at more than 200,000 kph.

4. Martian Chronicles considers how space based solar power could free us from burning fossil fuels.

Collect space reports that an interplanetary art smuggler is sought by PBS detectives for moon mystery questioning

5. Weird Sciences considers the idiocy of alien abductions

6. Weird Sciences considers the scientific research of life on Mars (in particular Halophiles) and recent findings and data sent from Mars Phoenix Lander.

7. Discovery News goes to the UK Parliament.

The UK spends only £230 million ($340 million) on space activities each year (compare this with NASA’s $18 billion budget — although the UK’s space infrastructure doesn’t even compare to NASA’s), but the industry as a whole is worth £6.5 billion ($9.6 billion) to the UK’s economy. It is also the fastest growing industry in a nation where the global recession has bitten hard.

The YuriGagarin50 launch event was packed with space industry experts, MPs, UKSP members, Russian space agency representatives and future “space stars”, youngsters of all ages with a passion for space. The UK’s first astronaut, Helen Sharman, was also there. She flew on the Soyuz TM-12 8-day mission to the Mir Space Station in 1991

8. Thespacewriter has an article celebrating her 1,000th post by remembering highlights from Stargazing.

9. Habitation Intention is considering a project to look at every database and generate a list of every article that is directly related to space settlement and articles where the author claims the paper be applied to space habitation. He also will include books on the field in the list. His first look uses Google Scholar to find papers on space settlement. This first look indicates a growing volume of space settlement research.

10. Centauri Dreams sends “Protecting the Lunar Farside,” about the need for maintaining a specific zone on the dark side of the Moon to ensure that future radio telescope and SETI work can proceed without interference.

11. We are in the gutter – submit a joint post from Niall and Stuart about the two telescopes they’re both currently using.

12. From Urban Astronomer an Astronomy101 piece on Novae and Supernovae.

13. From Astroblogger

How many exoplanets!!!! Analysis of the 72 planets announced by Kepler, and the papers discussing the first 312. What does this mean for earth-like worlds?

14. Cheap Astronomy has a podcast about the other Lagrange points.

15. A Babe in the Universe looks at the Ancient Oceans of Mars.

Could Mars of 3.5 billion years ago have been covered with oceans?

Photos from our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show many signs of ancient waterflows. New published data from the MRO laser altimeter indicates that the deltas fed into one enormous ocean. 3.5 billion years is also the age of biomarkers found in a Martian Antarctic meteorite. Data from both Earth and Mars conflicts with the ancient “Faint Sun” hypothesis.

16. Many pictures of noctilucent clouds observed from Kendal, England by Cumbrian Sky.

Two articles from Nextbigfuture:
17. Better adaptive optics will enable the Large binocular telescope to have ten times the image sharpness of the Hubble Space Telescope. Adaptive optics are also being applied to cheap liquid mercury telescopes. The combination means a lot more telescopes that are a lot better.

Spacex is signing what looks like the beginnings of a flood of new launch deals

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