Another week, another carnival of space! This one is special though because yesterday was the northern summer solstice! Go check out the Carnival over at Starts With a Bang, and enjoy the long hours of daylight (if you live in the North) or go have a snowball fight (if you live in the south).
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After three flights and a nice nighttime drive during which I got to watch a thunderstorm raging off on the horizon, lighting up the clouds like paper lanterns, I am in Los Alamos! I am here all week doing lab work: I finally get to shoot rocks with lasers! I’ll post some more info about why we are attacking rocks with sci-fi weapons at some point this week, but for now, go check out the 107th carnival of space over at Innumerable Worlds!
Hello folks, apologies for the lack of posts lately. I have been keeping busy trying to write up a draft of a paper on the Gale crater landing site for MSL, which is taking a very long time and becoming very large. I don’t anticipate having lots of time to post here this month. Even as I work on the draft, I will be traveling out to Los Alamos National Lab next week to begin analyzing some rock samples by vaporizing them with a laser, and then I’ll be rushing back to Ithaca to try to cobble together a coherent outline for my PhD thesis. I then get to defend that outline in front of my committee in early July. Assuming I survive that, they pat me on the back, hand me a master’s degree, and say “now go do all that stuff you listed in your outline”.
And of course, as if that wasn’t enough to keep me busy, I’m involved in a month-long novel outlining project over at the writing forum Liberty Hall. My novel is going to be character-focused realistic science fiction involving space pirates (sorry, no peg legs or eye patches here), colonizing and mining the planets of 55 Cancri, and lots of moral dilemmas. In other words, I’ve got my work cut out for me…
All of which is to say that posts here will be less frequent (unless you want to hear about planning a sci-fi novel or the mundane aspects of making figures for a paper). In the meantime though, other space-bloggers are writing some great stuff, and as always you can get a good sampling at the Carnival of Space. This week it is hosted by Next Big Future. Go take a look!
Back in the early naive days of space carnivals, we looked to the future and were certain that the 100th carnival of space would actually be a carnival, and that it would actually be held in space. Sadly, protests from the carnival spin-and-barf ride-cleaner’s union quashed that dream before it could become a reality.
Luckily, we found a new equally awesome place to have the 100th carnival: One Minute Astronomy! That’s right, following that link is almost as fun as going to an actual carnival in space!
So… why are you still here?
Do you like space? Do you like bread? Well hey, what a coincidence! This week’s carnival comes to you in the form of a recipe for yummy bread, over at Alice’s Astro Info! Go check it out!
It seems that the astro-blogs have Mars on the brain today! Bad Astronomy has a post about some mind-bendingly cool HiRISE pictures of dunes on Mars, and The Spacewriter has a post about Mars as a whole and Ganges Chasma in particular.
And, if you’d like a little more diversity in your space-blogging, go check out the 98th Carnival of Space at Universe Today!
The Carnival of space is up over at Orbitalhub!
Why are you still here? Go check it out!
This week’s Carnival of Space is up at the Planetary Society Blog! Alas, I am not in the carnival, I’ve been too busy. I’m afraid things are going to be pretty quiet here for the next week, but consider it the prelude to some really exciting blogging coming up:
Next saturday I’ll be joining my officemates and adviser on a weeklong geology field trip to Arizona, where we will be helping to teach his planetary surface processes class about the geology of the southwest and how it ties in with geology on other planets. We’ll be visiting the Grand Canyon, SP mountain and flow, meteor crater, walnut canyon, lava river cave, navajo dunes, grand falls, the Painted Desert, as well as Northern Arizona University, Arizona State, and the USGS. It’s a great field trip (I went last time the trip was offered, two years ago) and I will do my best to blog about our adventures every day.
After Arizona, I’ll be heading to Houston, TX for five weeks! The first week will be the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, where I’ll be presenting a poster about the Gale crater MSL landing site (which I am currently rushing to finish). Again, I’ll do my best to take good notes and post the latest planetary news here.
After the conference, I’m spending four weeks at Johnson Space Center, shooting rocks with lasers. No, really, I’m not making this up. I’m involved in a project to characterize rocks with Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy so that when MSL gets to Mars and starts zapping rocks with its own laser, ChemCam, we can rapidly interpret the data.
So, stay tuned, but in the meantime, check out the Carnival of Space!
Apologies for a slow week here at Martian Chronicles. Research and non-blog writing got in the way this week for me, but the rest of the space-related blogosphere has been posting away as usual. Check out this week’s Carnival of Space for all your space-blogging needs!