Astrosphere for December 5th, 2007

For your astrophoto of the day, please enjoy this great image of the Horsehead Nebula captured by Phil22. I wonder what kind of holiday creature it might look like?

What’s your favourite Cassini image for 2007? I know, how could you possibly choose from all those images. Still, now’s your chance to vote.

Dilbert is working to build a lunar rocket. Here’s Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday so far. Thanks to Transterrestrial Musings for catching this one.

Have you heard rumours that the Chinese faked their moon photographs from Chang’e-1? Emily Lakdawalla from the Planetary Society is pretty sure they didn’t fake it, and has found examples of Photoshop mistakes that were made trying to build the large image.

Here’s a link to a fascinating essay by sci-fi writer Charles Stross about how we’ll probably never colonize space. 🙁