Carnivals of Space a Go Go

Yeah, yeah, yeah, I haven’t been good of late about keeping up with the Carnival of Space. You try managing a mid-nine-figures portfolio of syndicated loans at your day job and see how much space work you can get done…

Looking back I can see that the last CoS I blogged about was 115, and I see that this week’s is…the 123rd. Wow, two months of slack. What a Gen Xer.

This week’s edition sets up the big (really big. Like, cosmic big) top over at Weird Warp, where chrdann blogs about physics and space. The 123rd edition features a very nice image of a Soyouz docking with our Moon in the background, and a great in-your-face to the Moon Hoaxers article from Cumbrian Sky.

Who also happens to be host for the 122nd Carnival. That show was all about the water on the Moon, and the introductory photograph is priceless.

The 121st Carnival of Space took up residence at Next Big Future.
The 120th Carnival of Space was found at Music of the Spheres.
The 119th Carnival of Space paid a visit to the Planetary Society Blog.
The 118th Carnival of Space was once again at Cumbrian Sky.
The 117th Carnival of Space stopped by Simostronomy.
The 116th Carnival of Space took up residence at Habitation Intention.

While we’re doing Carnivals, there’s been so much interesting stuff going on recently regarding our Moon that I wanted to do a little Carnival of our Moon to share with everyone.

If you’re going to be down in Houston before the end of the year (like yours truly at the LEAG meeting), then you might want to stop by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston to see the exhibit “The Moon: ‘Houston, Tranquility Base Here. The Eagle Has Landed’”, which features over 100 paintings, photographs, treatises, telescopes, and lunar maps and globes. The Houston Chronicle has a nice review.

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Here in the D/FW metroplex, NSS of North Texas will be holding the programming part of their meeting at the Irving Arts Center this Sunday at 1pm to view the exhibition “NASA/ART: 50 Years of Exploration“, which runs through November 22nd. This travelling NASM show features 72 works illustrating our space past and space future. The Dallas Morning News has a brief blurb.

Also here in the metroplex, the UT Arlington Planetarium is teaming up with the Texas Astronomical Society for Astronomy Day on October 24th with free planetarium shows, telescope viewing, Astronomy presentations and interactive displays to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy!. Yours truly will be providing the Moon display.

If you’re looking for a harder core Moon experience, you can always stop by the Lunar Exploration & Analysis Group Annual Meeting in November down in Houston. This one’s going to be my next vacation.

Early next year is Ground-Based Geophysics on the Moon in Tempe, Az. If I don’t get accepted to speak at the ISU conference then I’m going to take a road trip to this one.

The conference I really want to go to is the Global Lunar Conference in Beijing in May and June. I guess I need to get my visa renewed. It’ll be a good opportunity to stop back by the Xidan Bookstore to see if there are any new titles to add to the Lunar Library.

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Space.com has been knocking out the stories on Moon water, tapping into the revival in interest being seen regarding our fellow traveler in space.

How NASA Hopes to Mine Water on the Moon – Jeremy Hsu
Our Changing View of the Moon- Andrea Thompson
Controversial New Idea Surfaces on Origin of Moon’s Water – Clara Moskowitz

Paul Spudis looks at the role that H2O plays in the space economy in Space Exploration Sets Sail on Lunar Water

This month’s Via Satellite not only features an ad from SpaceX on page 5, but also an editorial on page 74 on ‘Commercial Lunar Service’ by Owen Kurtin of the private equity firm The Vinland Group LLC. This complements nicely the article in the August 2009 edition (pdf) of From the Ground Up entitled ‘Augustine commission recommends commercialization’. Published by Near Earth LLC, From the Ground Up is really more of a telecom sector newsletter, but they have been paying attention to NewSpace.

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h/t to RLV & Space Transport News for pointing to Frontline magazine (“India’s National Magazine”) which features a cover story and numerous articles on the Moon:

Lunar surprise
To squeeze it out
A settled question?
Interview: Dr J.N. Goswami, Principal Scientist, Chandrayaan-1 mission
Telltale signs
`More to come’
Interview: R.R. Navalgund, Director, Space Applications Centre

SpaceRip gives us a view of life at a Lunar colony:

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