Carnival of Space #530

Welcome, come in to the 530th Carnival of Space! The Carnival is a community of space science and astronomy writers and bloggers, who submit their best work each week for your benefit. So now, on to this week’s stories!

First, the big news story of the week was that the LIGO Scientists who Detected Gravitational Waves Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics.

Then, we go over to Urban Astronomer where Allen Versefeld features an interview with Cassini mission scientist Dr Michele Dougherty. Check out the podcast where they discuss the end of the Cassini mission, and it’s continuing legacy.

Data from the Mercury Atmosphere and Surface Composition Spectrometer, or MASCS, instrument is overlain on the mosaic from the Mercury Dual Imaging System, or MDIS. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Next up, Ryan Marciniak over at The Solstice Blog shares a Double Post: Mini Stars & Morning Micrometeorites on Mercury and The Trials of Solar Eclipse Photography.

Then, Brian Wang over at NextBigFuture highlights plans for the US to return to the moon as a top priority. And Elon Musk says that SpaceX is aiming for two rocket landings in 48 hours this weekend.

Over at Planetaria, Paul Scott Anderson shares the concept of ‘Hopping around’ on Pluto? Exciting lander mission concept presented at NASA.

A new study by a team from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) proposes using a magnetic shield to protect Earth from solar flare activity. Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Next, we return here to Universe Today. Matt Williams shares
a proposal for A Giant, Space-Based Solar Flare Shield for Earth. Next up, Matt presents New Clues for the Existence of Planet 9. Finally, Matt details that Tabby’s Star may Not be an Alien Megastructure, but a Cloud of Dust on a 700-Day Orbit.

CosmoQuest’s Image Detective project. Credit: CosmoQuest

Finally, don’t forget to go and join us at CosmoQuest for some citizen science! The new Image Detective project takes the thousands of photos taken by astronauts from space, and allows us to identify locations and features in them. This information is useful for doing all kinds of science, and the photos are amazing. Check out Image Detective here.

Thank you for all of your stories – we’ll see you next week!

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