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Carnival of Space #372

Carnival of Space. Image by Jason Major. The tent is up! This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by Pamela Hoffman at the Everyday Spacer blog.

MAVEN Arrives at Mars Ready to Go to Work

Tension and concentration in the control room at Lockheed Martin shortly before MAVEN successfully entered Mars orbit tonight September 21, 2014.

Watch Live as MAVEN Meets Mars!

MAVEN Meets Mars on Sept. 21, 2014. Credit: NASA. Watch here live, below, for the Mars orbital insertion of the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft, on Sunday, September 21 (or early Sept.

Spectacular Nighttime Blastoff Boosts SpaceX Cargo Ship Loaded with Science and Critical Supplies for Space Station

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a Dragon cargo capsule packed with science experiments and station supplies blasts off from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, at 1:52 a.m.

SpaceX Commercial Resupply Dragon Set for Sept. 20 Blastoff to Station – Watch Live

SpaceX Falcon 9 awaits launch on Sept 20, 2014 on the CRS-4 mission. Credit: NASA KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – SpaceX is on the cusp of launching the company’s fourth commercial resupply Dragon spacecraft mission to the International Space Station (ISS) shortly after midnight, Saturday, Sept.

Weekly Space Hangout – Sept. 19, 2014: Private Spaceflight!

Host: Fraser Cain (@fcain) Guests: Morgan Rehnberg ( / @cosmic_chatter) Brian Koberlein (@briankoberlein) Ramin Skibba (...) Read the rest of Weekly Space Hangout – Sept.

Space Station Extension May Cost More Than NASA Expects: Report

The International Space Station. Credit: NASA NASA’s anticipated $3 billion to $4 billion annual budget for the International Space Station is “overly optimistic”, a new report from NASA’s Inspector General says.

Lazy Giant Galaxies Gain Mass By Ingesting Smaller Neighbors

Some of the many thousands of merging galaxies identified within the GAMA survey. Credit: Professor Simon Driver and Dr Aaron Robotham, ICRAR.

How NASA’s Next Mars Spacecraft Will Greet The Red Planet On Sunday

An artist concept of MAVEN in orbit around Mars. (Credit: NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center). NASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) orbiter is oh-so-close to its destination after a 10-month journey.

219 Million Stars Create the Most Detailed Catalogue of our Milky Way Yet

A density map of part of the Milky Way’s disk. The axes show galactic latitude and longitude, coordinates that relate to the position of the center of the galaxy.

Stunning Photo Alert! Winners Announced for “Astronomy Photographer of the Year” Competition

Aurora over a Glacier Lagoon. Credit and copyright: James Woodend, UK The winners of the 2014 “Astronomy Photographer of the Year” competition have been announced at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich England, and British photographer James Woodend’s gorgeous image of the aurora dancing across the Icelandic night sky was named the overall winner.

Look Up! The Space Station Must Be The Ultimate Stargazing Location

“I never imagined that flying to space would give me a different view of our entire galaxy,” tweeted Expedition 41 astronaut Alexander Gerst from the International Space Station in September 2014.

This Exoplanet Has Prematurely Aged its Star

Optical and X-ray images of the star WASP 18. X-ray Credit: NASA / CXC / SAO / I.Pillitteri et al; Optical Credit: DSS; Illustration Credit: NASA / CXC / M.Weiss Hot young stars are wildly active, emitting huge eruptions of charged particles form their surfaces.

Sandy Ridges Pose A Mystery For Future Martian Beach Vacations

A September 2014 image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter showing transverse aeolian ridges.

Saturn-Circling Cassini Spacecraft Plumbs Titan’s Seas This Weekend

Titan’s thick haze. Image: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute. Is the surf up yet on Titan? As the moon of Saturn moves towards northern summer, scientists are trying to spot signs of the winds picking up.

Completely Clandestine CLIO Climbs through Clouds to Orbit on Mystery Mission

United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the CLIO mission for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company launched at 8:10 p.m.

Radiation Blast Delays NASA Spacecraft’s Arrival At Dwarf Planet Ceres

Artist’s conception of the NASA Dawn spacecraft approaching Ceres. Credit: NASA NASA’s Dawn spacecraft experienced technical problems in the past week that will force it to arrive at dwarf planet Ceres one month later than planned, the agency said in a statement yesterday (Sept.

Giveaway: Win a Copy of “Astrophotography” by Thierry Legualt

‘Astrophotography’ by Thierry Legault, now in English. Image courtesy Rocky Nook. A newly published English version of the book, “Astrophotography” by Thierry Legault provides detailed, step-by-step instructions of how to start or improve your photography of astronomical objects.

Surprise! Tiny Galaxy Sports A Huge Black Hole, And There Could Be More Like It

Artist’s conception of a supermassive black hole in a galaxy’s center. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech In a finding that could turn supermassive black hole formation theories upside-down, astronomers have spotted one of these beasts inside a tiny galaxy just 157 light-years across — about 500 times smaller than the Milky Way.

Book Review: Learn from the Master with “Astrophotography” by Thierry Legault

‘Astrophotography’ by Thierry Legault, now in English. Image courtesy Rocky Nook. If you’re looking for detailed, step-by-step instructions of how to start or improve your photography of astronomical objects, look no further.