Welcome to the latest installment of The Carnival of Space! Here’s some highlights of space and astronomy news from the past week. We’ve got great stories on the M82 Supernova, NASA’S LADEE mission, the “mystery” Mars rock, and more!
First off, Next Big Future has a trio of articles covering some awesome new innovations coming out of NASA. First up is a conceptual solution to asteroid impacts by “fragmenting” the asteroid. Read more at: http://nextbigfuture.com/2014/02/nasa-institute-advanced-concepts-look.html
Next up are more NASA NIAC conference updates, learn more about Spiderfab, and “photonic” thrusters which use no propellant at: http://nextbigfuture.com/2014/02/nasa-niac-robert-hoyt-spiderfab-and.html
Last up from Nextbigfuture, Skybox was founded out of the CubeSat community and they are ardent believers in the power of commodity, commercial electronics to change the cost of doing business in space. Traditional satellites capable of taking imagery at better than 1 meter resolution weigh thousands of kilograms, which makes it prohibitively expensive to launch enough of them to capture timely imagery. Check out the full article on Skybox at:
Next up is a pair of articles from my good friends at Cosmoquest:
First up, What’s in an Asteroid? Asteroid Itokawa reveals a strange interior in new observations spanning 12 years. ...