Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Carnival of space #301

Welcome to another edition of Carnival of Space! And in this issue we have the following articles

From The Chandra telescope - There are just too many things over our heads so actions are required in order to avoid collisions in space

From Here,There and Everywhere we learn that not all lightnings are equal. Ever heard of "dark lightnings"?

From the Meridian journal we learn about new discussion of a manned Mars mission by 2030.

From 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.

Also from Nextbigfuture - Northop Grumman completed a lunar lander study for Golden Spike.

And the last piece from Nextbigfuture- Spacex Grasshopper moved to New Mexico so it can fly higher and farther

Everyday Spacer - What Would You Do With a Million Dollars? Please give this some serious thought because it could happen to you! If it does, you will either be prepared to tell someone what you will do with the money or you will not. If it happens, who do you think will get that reward?

And another one from Everyday spacer: Around Town, End of May 2013 Around Town posts feature ‘quickie’ notes about activities that you can do locally or online. We want to let you know about as many different things out there that you can do – often, right where you are – and sometimes just for taking the time to go look. Remember… It’s all about action!

It is impossible to end this carnival of week with the expensive cover versions ever recorded. Chris Hadfield recorded a cover for the famous David Bowie hit: "Space Oddity". Words somewhat changes and there are not two voices, but that is a great tribute to summarize Chris's 5 months in the ISS. Read more about the recording on Universe Today (who neglected to send an article, but I add anyway and hope they don't mind).

My personal opinion is that the ISS is a highly costs project with limited benefits and that its part in NASA budget is too large. As much as I like the cool movies from there I do wonder, is there a purpose for that huge giant structure in space? It started over 20 years ago, and it seems that now we are facing the question: "What to do with it?". IMHO, funding more planetary missions will give more value of NASA budget". What do you think?