Astrosphere for August 2, 2007

New member Strongmanmike has joined the Bad Astronomy/Universe Today forum, and offers up this picture of Omega Centauri. Thanks, and welcome!

Now for the stories.

The Spaceward Foundation has opened up registration for their Light Racer Championship. In this race, drivers will compete with light-powered remote-control cars. Apart from being really fun, the technologies will help engineers work out the challenges of powering a vehicle with a beam of light.

There’s also a story over at about the space elevator challenges that’ll be happening at the event.

In the movie Sunshine, one of the characters goes out into the vacuum of space without a spacesuit. What would really happen to the human body? Slate magazine has the answers.

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