Carnival of Space Week 62 – Space Disco (Discovery)

A black hole feeds off its companion star (NASA)

This week, the Carnival is a little different. Our host Dave Mosher at the superb blog Space Disco has assembled all this weeks entries into a nifty slideshow which works really well. I don’t think it’s been done before (and I wish I thought of it when hosting CoS week 51), but it is really effective and most importantly, interactive. I loved all the entries this week, and I entered my ramblings about when soil is not regolith on Mars and how Phoenix is helping us out with all the confusion. I thought it was important anyway… ;-)

Enjoy! Ian

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Carnival of Space Week 61 at Mang’s Bat Page

Tesla (deathray) experiment!

For this week’s adventures into all things astro, check out David Gamey’s Mang’s Bat Page. There is a large number of blog posts about the recent Tunguska research plus loads of other space news you’ll enjoy. For my entry, I submitted Watch out Phoenix! Don’t Scratch the CD! – my concerns for the safety of the CD on board the Phoenix Mars Lander that appears to be dropping piles of abrasive Mars regolith over the most expensive data disk ever made, let alone sent to Mars… (I wouldn’t lose any sleep over this though!)

Enjoy! Ian

Carnival of Space Week 60 – Slacker Astronomy


For the big week six-oh, we take a novel approach at doing the Carnival, and I must admit, I found it quite entertaining. Over at Slacker Astronomy, the 60th Carnival of Space, our host Michael takes the week’s news from the blogosphere and literally hard-wires it straight onto the web. Every week we send Fraser our little messages with a link to our little works of web space text, and each week those messages get lost in the host’s inbox. Not any more! For the world to see, Michael has lovingly displayed our messages, plus links. Good on you Michael, I was wondering how this week’s Carnival could stand out from the crowd. Some great entries too! Plus my entry is right near the top! Happy days :-)

Carnival of Space Week 58 @Universe Today

Space fuel depot concept

This week’s space escapades are being held over at my online hangout, the Universe Today. As always, everyone has put in a sterling effort and come up with some great stories. I’m especially taken with Rob’s Orbiting Frog entry, “How many astronomers does it take to screw-in a lightbulb?” (the physicist’s one is very true!).

I entered my article “The Case of the Supermassive Black Hole, the Infrared Object and Perceived Accuracy of Science“.

Get over the the Universe Today!

Carnival of Space Week 57 @Out of the Cradle

Artist impression of a Wolf-Rayet star (NASA)

For this weeks outing into the space blogosphere, Ken over at Out of the Cradle gives a superb rundown of the week’s entries. Ken starts out with all the goings on at the National Space Society’s 27th annual International Space Development Conference in Washington DC and ends up in the realms of gravitational waves and neutron stars.

My entry this week focused on some excellent work by a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics. I love Wolf-Rayet stars, they are awesome…

Carnival of Space Week 56 @Lifeboat Foundation

The Phoenix lander successfully touched down on Sunday (NASA/JPL/UA)
Another week, another Carnival! And this week it is being hosted over at the Lifeboat Foundation Blog, an organization with a focus on safeguarding the future of mankind. A superb site with some great concepts. This weeks Carnival, again, has a large range of subjects, focusing (obviously) on the Sunday landing of Phoenix on Mars to my article on the closedown of the Goonhilly Earth Station.

Check out the Carnival of Space Week 56!

Carnival of Space Week 55 @Catholic Sensibility

Saturn (NASA)

This week’s outing to all things spacey is being hosted over at Catholic Sensibility.

Our blogger Neil presents a great and informative edition this week, with a space habitation (or space real estate) theme. I put my 2c-worth into the ring with my adventures in Cornwall last week. Visiting the Eden Project near St. Austell really did spike my interest into how the superb geodesic domes could be used for future Mars colonies. Check out all the posts from the space blogosphere to find out more!

Carnival of Space Week 54 @Altair VI

The Carnival at Altair IV

This week’s Carnival of Space was held over at Altair VI, David S. F. Portree’s space blog. It is a superb read at the best of times and he’s done a wonderful job with the 54th edition. I entered a small article about the recent observations of the STEREO solar observatory with a nice little video of evolving coronal loops (how I miss studying those things). The scope and quality of all the stories from the space blogosphere are top drawer (as it is every week), from Fermi’s Paradox to the Phoenix Mars mission, we have it all, so be sure to check it out!

Carnival of Space Week 53 @Space Cynics

Google Earth - a story from Orbiting Frog

It’s that time of the week again, when all the space enthusiasts get together for one big party. This week, the Carnival is being held over at the Space Cynics. They may be a cynical bunch, but they’ve put on one great, enthusiastic gathering. Like a huge art gallery, they’ve looked at the artistic merit of each entry and turned it into something beautiful…

My entry (filed under “Audio Gallery”), was the great interview I had with Dr Adrian Brown, CRISM scientist and SETI Institute member. It was aimed toward the Mars Foundation, so there were lots of fun Mars settlement ideas. Have a look at the Mars Foundation for the full interview, or here for a summary