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Archive for October, 2009

10-22-09

Carnival of Space #125

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Credits: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

 

 

 

Carnival of Space #125 is hosted by Robert Simpson at Orbiting Frog.

 

This week you can read about superconducting magnets used to enable hyperdrive propulsion, the LCROSS mission, surprising early results from the IBEX mission, the Kepler mission, variable stars, affordable microgravity research on the International Space Station, and much more.

 

 

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10-22-09

Rosetta’s Last Visit Home

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Credits: ESA/AOES Medialab

 

On November 13, 2009, the Rosetta spacecraft will swing by Earth for the last time. This maneuver will provide the boost needed by the spacecraft to reach the outer Solar System. The critical swingby events are described on ESA’s web site.

 

Rosetta’s mission began on March 2nd, 2004, when the spacecraft lifted off from Kourou, French Guiana. In order to optimize the use of fuel, the probe has a very complicated trajectory to reach its final target, the comet 67/P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. The long trajectory includes three Earth-gravity assists (2004, 2007, and 2009) and one at Mars (2007). The probe uses the gravity wells of Earth and Mars to accelerate to the speed needed for the rendezvous with the comet.

 

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10-18-09

Carnival of Space #124

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Credits: HMCT/Giotto/ESA/MPAE

 

 

 

Carnival of Space #124 is hosted at We are all in the gutter, looking at the stars.

 

This week you can see an interesting picture of our nearest galactic neighbour Andromeda, you can read about the discovery of a new ring around Saturn, Halley’s Comet, sunspots, Orbital Gun Launch Systems, Skylab Orbital Workshop, and much more.

 

 

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10-10-09

Carnival of Space #123

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Credits: NASA

 

 

 

Carnival of Space #123 is hosted by Chris Dann at Weird Warp.

 

This week you can read about space tourism, the Messenger spacecraft, the Cassini mission, the Mars Science Laboratory, heliospheric crossings and their consequences, space travel, nanotechnology, the space elevator, and much more.

 

 

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