Carnival of Space 301

Carnival of Space 301 is up at the Venus Transit

The Meridiani Journal – Humans 2 Mars conference discusses manned NASA mission by 2030

Dark Lightning “Lights Up” the Sky

Scientists have recently discovered the phenomenon they call “dark lightning.” This burst of high-energy gamma rays happens just before the flash of ordinary lightning. And while they still aren’t sure how, researchers think there’s a connection between both flavors of lightning.

The Fermi Gamma-Ray Space Telescope, a NASA satellite that was launched into orbit in 2008, found evidence that lightning strikes were generating antimatter blasts heading out into space.

Nextbigfuture – Ohio State University has performed some computational studies of molten salt reactors for NASA space applications.They looked at 4 MW thermal and 60 MW thermal reactors and flow dynamics and basic design. Molten salt reactors are an appealing technology for space because of their high temperature and low pressure operation, controllability, and high fuel burn up, among other features.

Nextbigfuture – Northop Grumman completed a lunar lander study for Golden Spike.

Nextbigfuture- Spacex Grasshopper moved to New Mexico so it can fly higher and farther

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