It’s the 344th Carnival of Space! The scheduled host was unable to put the carnival together last week, so Kimberly Arkand of the Chandra X-ray telescope blog stepped in to save the day. It’s the usual collection of space science and astronomy news, submitted by writers and bloggers from around the world. Each week the Carnival is hosted by a new editor, who sifts through the submissions and posts the very best for your benefit.
This week’s carnival features the Curiosity rover, a physics-based space exploration game, and fascinating new images and results from NASA’s Chandra X-ray space telescope. We get a look at Astronomy’s contributors to Women’s History Month, a look at just who is in charge of naming things in space and the announcement of the 2014 Cosmoquest Space Hangoutathon. The Lunar Planetary Institute are drumming up social media buzz for their conference this week, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has snapped images of a chinese spacecraft also orbiting the Moon, and cupcakes get used to teach geology!
There’s the really big news that the Kepler mission confirmed the existence of a huge batch of seven hundred exoplanets, speculation on the future of space elevator, and a discussion on how, hypothetically, the space shuttle Atlantis could have been sent on a rescue mission if anybody has known what was about to happen to the space shuttle Columbia.