Carnival of Space #372

“Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends…” well, the Carnival of Space seems to be going on for a very long time now at #372.

For over 7 years various bloggers and other website owners have been contributing and hosting the Carnival of Space and we’re going strong with solid commitments through March 2015 and others beyond that.  If this is interesting to you, follow the link above to see how you can help carry on the legacy!

This week we have more excellent articles for your reading pleasure.  Let the show begin!

The Godlee Observatory: Manchester Astronomy Society Since 1903
Stefan Lamoureux | Links Through Space

If you are visiting Manchester, England say hello to the folks at the Manchester Astronomical Society and visit the Godlee Observatory at the Manchester University. This arcticle is about the Godlee Observatory and The Manchester Astronomical Society.

NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory Finds Planet That Makes Star Act Deceptively Old
Megan Watzke | Chandra X-Ray Observatory

A giant planet appears to be weakening the magnetic field of the star it closely orbits.

NASA press release images selected by Arizona State University’s Ronald Greeley Center for Planetary Studies and hosted on the Lunar and Planetary Institute’s Flickr page. This month: Rosetta’s Comet, Enceladus, Mars, Mercury, and the Moon.

Solar System Ambassadors Sought
Nicole Gugliucci | CosmoQuest

Applications are open now to become a Solar System Ambassador thought Jet Propulsion Laboratory!

Completely Clandestine CLIO Climbs Through Clouds to Orbit on Mystery Mission
Ken Kremer | Universe Today

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, FL – On a gloomy night and delayed by rain showers and thick threatening clouds to the very last moment of a two and a half [unit of time] launch window, the completely clandestine satellite known only as CLIO climbed slowly from a Cape Canaveral launch pad atop the thunderous flames of an Atlas V rocket on Tuesday evening on a mysterious mission to…

Sandy Ridges Pose A Mystery For Future Martian Beach Vacations
Elizabeth Howell | Universe Today

What are these thick dune-like features on Mars, and how were they formed? Scientists are still trying to puzzle out these ridges, which you can see above in a more tropical region of the Red Planet called Iapygia, which is south of Syrtis Major. The thick ridges were captured from orbit by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), and we’ve included some more intriguing pictures below the…

‘We’re Here!': Curiosity Rover Arrives at Mount Sharp on Mars
Paul Scott Anderson | The Meridiani Journal

After a long, and at times risky two-year journey, the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity has reached the base of the lower slopes of Mount Sharp, the primary destination since its landing back in 2012. Mount Sharp is about the same height as Mount Rainier on Earth and sits in the middle of the expansive Gale crater. The arrival was announced on Thursday, Sept. 11 at a NASA telecon which discussed Curiosity’s achievements so far and what else now awaits at…

Landing Site Selected for First-Ever Attempt to Land on a Comet
Paul Scott Anderson | The Meridiani Journal

A landing site has now been chosen for the Rosetta spacecraft’s lander, Philae, on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, it was announced yesterday morning. After several candidate landing sites had been considered, site J has now been selected for…

Tiny Galaxy Has a Supermassive Black Hole
Carolyn Collins Petersen |

Carolyn Collins Petersen reveals a tiny galaxy that has a supermassive black hole at its heart.

Three Sips from the Firehose of Space News
C.C. Peterson | TheSpacewriter’s Ramblings

TheSpacewriter shares three delicious sips of space news from the firehose of astronomy and space science stories this week.

Boeing With Blue Origin Helping Will Get $4.2 Billion and Spacex Gets $2.6 Billion for NASA Crew Capsule Mission Contracts
Brian Wang | Next Big Future

NASA will pay longtime space company Boeing $4.2 billion and SpaceX $2.6 billion to certify, test and fly their crew capsules on as many as six missions. The deal will end NASA’s expensive reliance on Russia to ferry astronauts to and from the space station. NASA has set a goal of 2017 for the first launch from Cape Canaveral, but stressed it will not sacrifice safety to meet that date. Each contractor will conduct at least two, and as many as six, crewed missions to the space station. These spacecraft also will serve as a lifeboat for astronauts aboard the station. The Boeing CST-100 is designed to transport up to seven passengers or a mix of crew and cargo to low-Earth orbit destinations such as…

I’ll update through the weekend, then you’ll need to visit Joe Latrell’s Photos to Space for the next Carnival because I will be away.  Enjoy the Carnival!

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