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Carnival of Space: October 2, 2008

In celebration of NASA’s 50th Anniversary, this week’s Carnival of Space is in the form of an acrostic.

H – Hills and what they have to do with moons [1] are discussed by the Bad Astronomer over at Bad Astronomy [2]

A – All’s quiet on the solar front, should we be worried? [3] Alan Dyer of What’s Up Astronomy [4] says “Nope.”

P – Posted by Space Video of the Day [5]: the Falcon of SpaceX achieves orbit [6]!

P – Poor Galileo – his saga is like a Mexican Soap Opera [7], or so claims Dr. Bruce Cordell of 21st Century Waves [8].

Y – Yummy planetary science [9] from Maria Brumm and Green Gabbro [10].

B – Back in 1989 a program called Lunar Oasis [11] was proposed, and David Portree examines it over at Altair VI [12].

I – Interstellar flight in a long-term context. Paul Gilster analyzes the survival of civilization and expansion into the cosmos [13] over at Centauri Dreams [14].

R – Research the history of the NASA meatball and worm [15] with Astroprof [16] this week, in celebration of NASA’s 50th Birthday!

T – Trouble comes to Hubble [17], and Steinn Sigurðsson of Dynamics of Cats [18] takes a look at what the problem is.

H – Huge telescopes held in place by magnetic flux pinning [19] and other giant mirrors are approached by Next Big Future [20].

D – (the) Death of a Martian moonlet [21]is exposed by Ryan Anderson Briony of Martian Chronicles [22].

A – Approaching martian winter, Ray Villard of CosmicRAY [23] talks about Phoenix’s limited future [24] and extensive past discoveries

Y – You know analogies always help, so Wayne of Idea Festival [25] reviews J. Richard Gott’s discussion of the Space Colonization Imperative, and how it’s similar to basketball and the Titanic [26].

T – To NASA! 50 years of exploration and collectibles [27], discussed by none other than collectSPACE [28].

O – On counting stars and cells [29] – Ethan Siegel of Starts With A Bang [30] wonders which is bigger, the number of stars in a galaxy, or the number of cells in the human body

Y – Yikes! Watch out for unruly astrophysicists wielding calculations [31] over at the Lounge of the Lab Lemming [32] (by Dr. Lemming)

O – Oh my, iPhone apps galore – including an awesome Starmap & Planetarium app reviewed [33] by Flying Singer in Music of the Spheres [34].

U – Universal Babe (I mean, A Babe in the Universe [35]!) discusses Hubble’s difficulties this past week [36].

D – Decelrating oddly, the Pioneer spacecraft are veering off course [37]. Twisted Physics [38]’ Jennifer Ouellette looks at why.

E – ESA’s new Planck spacecraft [39]‘s plant (oops, typo) plans to look at the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation is discussed in detail by dj at OrbitalHub [40].

A – Accretionary Wedge [41], the carnival from the Geoblogosphere was hosted this past week. Check out GoodSchist [42]’s artwork about Geology in Spaaaaace.

R- Research meets poetry with “Endeavour Calls [43]” by Stuart Atkinson of The ‘Verse [44].

N – Nuclear decay rates, are they related to the distance to the Sun [45]? Ian O’Neill of astroENGINE [46] tackles this question, by looking at the Cassini mission.

A – Action on Asteroids! [47]” says Alan Boyle in Cosmic Log [48].

S – Shubber Ali of Space Cynic [49] is interviewed on The Space Show [50].

A – Anniversaries (specifically NASA’s) are celebrated [51] over at Potentia Tenebras Repellendi [52] by Alexander Declama

! – !! I wish I had an “M” for Emily Lakdawalla’s Monday Mercury MESSENGER Madness [53] in the Planetary Society Weblog [54]!!

That’s it for this week! Tune in somewhere else to next week’s Carnival for more – or go to Universe Today’s Carnival of Space [55] page to learn what it’s all about. Thanks for your entries, and thanks for your help, Fraser!