Carnival of Space #459

Carnival of Space
Image Credit: Jason Major

Welcome to the Carnival of Space, where we bring together the newest and most interesting space news for your weekly consumption.  If you’ve been wondering when last week’s carnival was going to land, well we’re doing something a little different today!  Pam Hoffman from Everyday Spacer and I have worked together for a double-release, meaning that you get not one but two carnivals!  The first you can read here, on this page, and the second is over at Everyday Spacer. … Continue reading →

Johannes Kepler

A 1610 portrait of Johannes Kepler by an unknown artist

If you’ve ever heard of the Kepler Telescope, it should come as no surprise to learn that it’s named after an astronomer. The Kepler Telescope is involved in the search for habitable planets beyond our solar system — but why would it be named after an astronomer who was born in 1571? Johannes Kepler was lucky enough to be taught by some of the greatest astronomers of his time. In return, he discovered three major laws regarding how planets move. … Continue reading →

Carnival of Space #453

Carnival of Space
Image Credit: Jason Major

And here we are again, with another Carnival of Space!  As always, we bring you the past week’s very best writing on space science and astronomy, fresh from The Internet.  Read on to find out what’s new in the Universe!Our first submission comes from last week’s host, Gadi Eidelheit of The Venus Transit. As an astrophotographer, he has been trying for some time to capture a recognizable image of the International Space Station, and finally he’s managed! Then comes Universe … Continue reading →

Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe

Tycho Brahe: The Wildest Astronomer Strange men are common, but strangely awesome men are not! Tycho Brahe, born Tyge Ottesen Brahe, led a most unusual life. Even from his earliest years, Brahe was simply not made to fit the mold.   If Brahe had the misfortune of being born into poverty, we might have had nothing in the history books about him. Weirdly, it doesn’t actually matter what Brahe was born into, since he was stolen from his parents at … Continue reading →

What do astronauts eat in space?

Apparently the two most popular questions people like to ask astronauts are how the toilet works in zero gravity, and what the food is like.  The answer to the first question is “reasonably well”, but the second deserves a little more time.  Happily, this infographic recently landed in my mailbox from the good folks at Labely.com which looks at the evolution of food in space from Yuri Gagarin’s pioneering first orbit up till the modern meals served on the International Space … Continue reading →