Carnival of Space

Carnival of Space #294

26 Mar , 2013 by

This week’s Carnival of Space is hosted by our pal Ray Sanders at his Dear Astronomer website!

Click here to read Carnival of Space #294.

And if you’re interested in looking back, here’s an archive to all the past Carnivals of Space. If you’ve got a space-related blog, you should really join the carnival. Just email an entry to [email protected], and the next host will link to it. It will help get awareness out there about your writing, help you meet others in the space community – and community is what blogging is all about. And if you really want to help out, sign up to be a host. Send an email to the above address.

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Nancy Atkinson is currently Universe Today's Contributing Editor. Previously she served as UT's Senior Editor and lead writer, and has worked with Astronomy Cast and 365 Days of Astronomy. Nancy is also a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador.

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March 27, 2013 1:06 AM

The article linked by “Next Big Future” about fusion rocket propulsion as proposed by Prof. John Slough is, simply put, mind blowing! Direct conversion fusion propulsion is after the fact, a method for achieving extremely high impulse rocket motors. The interview, while somewhat elusive technically speaking, shows that there ARE people out there thinking about using ‘cool’ fusion for rocketry. He proposes to reduce plasma temperatures via magnetic field confinement and by using a compressed propellent to create fusion temperature plasmas…. with the heat generated to be carried away as part of the exhaust. IF this could be achieved, it certainly would open doors! Mars in 90 days sounds good… too good to be true? Time will tell….

Elmar Moelzer
April 1, 2013 2:25 AM

Actually the 90 days is the conservative estimate. They also made a mission profile that does Mars in a mere 30 days. Now that would open the exploration of the solar system!

April 1, 2013 2:47 PM

Yes! Fusion power DOES fit in the future of rocket power. Come on NASA, get a clue!

nannasin smith
nannasin smith
March 28, 2013 6:25 AM

It will help get awareness..