Carnival of Space #377

Today, immerse the senses in this cornucopia of articles from spacer bloggers in the Carnival.

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Chandra’s Archives Come to Life
Megan Watzke | Chandra X-Ray Observatory

To celebrate Chandra’s decade and a half in space, and to honor October as American Archives Month, a variety of objects have been selected from Chandra’s archive. Each of the new images we have produced combines Chandra data with those from other telescopes. This technique of creating “multiwavelength” images allows scientists and the public to see how X-rays fit with data of other types of light, such as optical, radio, and infrared. As scientists continue to make new discoveries with the telescope, the burgeoning archive will allow us to see the high-energy Universe as only…

Our Universe in Color
Kim Arcand | Chandra X-Ray Observatory

…we care so much about how people perceive and respond to our images that we’ve put together a research group called “Aesthetics and Astronomy”. And we continue to investigate ways to make the best images possible – including how we use color – so that anyone can enjoy a window to our Universe.

New Volcanism on the Moon
Nicole Gugliucci | CosmoQuest Blog

Signs of recent volcanism on the Moon, brought to you by the Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter and some really weird looking surface features

When a Null Result is a Result
Nicole Gugliucci | CosmoQuest Blog

On reporting “zeroes” in citizen science

Over 500 Exo-Comets Studied Around Beta Pictoris Which is 63 Light Years Away
Brian Wang | Next Big Future

The HARPS instrument at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile has been used to make the most complete census of comets around another star ever created. A French team of astronomers has studied nearly 500 individual comets orbiting the star Beta Pictoris and has discovered that they belong to two distinct families of exocomets: old exocomets that have made multiple passages near the star, and younger exocomets that probably came from the recent breakup of…

China Ready for Thursday Unmanned Sample Return Mission From the Moon
Brian Wang | Next Big Future

The Chang’e 5-T1 mission is set to blast off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan, China, on 23 October. It will fly around the back of the moon and return to Earth on October 31st.
It’s a precursor to a more advanced mission planned for 2017. This future mission will send a lunar orbiter that will release a lander to touch down on the moon’s surface and collect…

MESSENGER Takes First Images of Ice Near Mercury’s North Pole
Paul Scott Anderson | The Meridiani Journal

Mercury, the planet closest to the Sun, is a baking hot world, as would be expected. It is one of the last places where you would think anything would or could be frozen, but things aren’t always as they seem. There has been tantalizing evidence already for water ice deposits in craters at Mercury’s north pole, and now the MESSENGER spacecraft in orbit around the small planet has visually…

Saturn’s Moon Mimas May Have an Underground Ocean – or Just a Weird Core
Paul Scott Anderson | The Meridiani Journal

Unlike moons such as Europa and Enceladus, Mimas’ heavily cratered surface doesn’t really exhibit many features that would provide clues to what is happening down below. An ocean would be the most exciting explanation, since liquid water brings up the possibility of life of some kind. If Mimas just has an odd core though, that would also be interesting, since it would be a record of the moon’s formation, frozen in time, since scientists would expect that the core would normally have formed into a spherical shape over the past…

Comet C2013 A1 (Siding Spring) Approaches Mars – LIVE COVERAGE
Peter Lake | AstroSwanny’s AARTScope Blog

All the action and live coverage of Comet Siding Spring approaching Mars from Siding Spring. Great images and video.

NASA Press Release Images Selected by ASU Issued Sept. 2014.
Lunar and Planetary Institute

10 new NASA press release images added to the Lunar and Planetary Institute Flicker page. Mars, Moon, Saturn, Mercury, and Earth.

China Launches Moon Mission to Test Key Lunar Sample Return Technologies
Ken Kremer | Universe Today

Today’s unmanned launch of what has been dubbed “Chang’e-5 T1” is a technology testbed serving as a precursor for China’s planned Chang’e-5 probe, a future mission aimed at conducting China’s first lunar sample return mission in 2017.

Stinky! Rosetta’s Comet Smells Like Rotten Eggs And Ammonia
Elizabeth Howell| Universe Today

While you can’t smell in space — there is no medium to carry the molecules, the same reason you can’t hear things — you can certainly detect what molecules are emanating from comets and other solar system bodies. A new analysis of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko by the orbiting Rosetta spacecraft thus found a rather pungent chemistry combination…

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