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Carnival of Space #278

2 Dec 2012, 16:37 UTC
Carnival of Space #278
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It’s time, once again, to see what’s got the Internet buzzing (space-wise) this week with another Carnival of Space! Today’s unrelated spaceflight image is Wally Schirra boarding the gondola at the Johnson Spaceflight Centre’s centrifuge. This picture was taken on … Continue reading →

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It’s time, once again, to see what’s got the Internet buzzing (space-wise) this week with another Carnival of Space! Today’s unrelated spaceflight image is Wally Schirra boarding the gondola at the Johnson Spaceflight Centre’s centrifuge. This picture was taken on New Year’s Day in 1960. I’m not sure spinning in circles pulling multiple Gs is the best way to ring in a new year, but there are worse ways!

The biggest news this week, or at least the news that’s gotten everyone’s attention, is that NASA’s MESSENGER team has confirmed there’s water on Mercury! But it’s ice in the bottom of super cold polar craters; not exactly a vacation destination. The Meridiani Journal gives us the details on this icy discovery, which is covered with a layer of organics. Nextbigfuture meanwhile brings us a more technical look at just what scientists have found – and the impressive amount of water on the ...

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