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Carnival of Space #109

29 Jun 2009, 22:22 UTC
Carnival of Space #109
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Welcome to Carnival of Space #109! First off, Starts With a Bang continues the countdown on his ongoing list of great space-y scientists over the last 100 years; this week's installment names Fred Hoyle as "scientist of the 1950s." Hoyle won the Nobel Prize for his work in nucleosynthesis, yet steadfastly rejected the Big Bang theory even as it gained ground among his colleagues -- and we mean the actual theory, people, not the popular sitcom of the same name. In other history news, Beyond Apollo delves into NASA's historical archives and finds out that yes, the agency had a backup plan in the 1960s, just in case the Saturn V rocket or Apollo spacecraft got stuck in development. We now know Plan B proved unnecessary, but it's a fascinating glimpse into the lesser-known aspects of NASA history. Meanwhile, Cumbrian Sky bemoans the dearth of photgraphic and video documentation of the Apollo 11 moon landing, pronouncing this lack a major FAIL.Over at AstroEngine, Ian asks a burning question: How do you directly observe a black hole when it's 26,000 light years away. The answer involves an array of telescopes with "very large baselines," apparently. For details on this "Event Horizon ...

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