Carnival of Space 234

1. Universe Today – Orion Gets Beefed Up, Silver-Metallic Thermal Protection Coating for Next Flight on EM-1

On future missions, a silver, metallic-based thermal control coating will be bonded to the Orion crew module’s back shell tiles. Credit: NASA

2. Universe Today – Earth May Be “Hairy” with Dark Matter

This illustration shows Earth surrounded by filaments of dark matter called “hairs. A hair is created when a stream of dark matter particles goes through the planet. A new study proposes that Earth and the other planets are filled with “hair”. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

3. Vega00 – NASA’s New Horizons continues sending images of its flyby. A new sequence of images shows both Pluto and its main moon, Charon, in a full rotacion over their axes

4. Planetaria – NASA developing new ‘Chemical Laptop’ to search for evidence of alien life

The “Chemical Laptop” being designed by NASA to help search for evidence of alien life elsewhere in the Solar System. Photo Credit: NASA

5. Arcandwatzke – A Universe of X-rays

Centaurus A, an active galaxy about 12 million light years from Earth, shown in X-ray light collected by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory. Credit: NASA/CXC/U.Birmingham/M.Burke et al.

6. Arcandwatzke – Butterflies, Insects and Claude Monet

7. Chandra X-ray Space Telescope blog – Where Alice in Wonderland Meets Albert Einestein

8. Coloing the Universe – A Love Letter to Kitt Peak