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Carnival of Space No. 441

Greetings on and all to the latest edition of carnival of Space. This week sees a great assortment of articles covering everything from rocket, to orbital space habitats to deep space. So grab your favorite beverage and settle in for a grand time!

The Lunar and Planetary Institute has posted another 10 NASA press release images to their Flickr page. Images of Pluto, Ceres, Mars, Epimetheus, and the Moon

NASA’s Chandra Finds Supermassive Black Hole Burping Nearby

NASA’s Great Observatories Weigh Massive Young Galaxy Cluster

Dawn spacecraft begins extensive study of dwarf planet Ceres from lowest orbit

Pluto’s large nitrogen ice ‘sea’ probably formed from giant impact, scientists say
DREAM CHASER SPACEPLANE GETS ‘GO’ AS NASA AWARDS TRIO OF SPACE STATION CARGO CONTRACTS

DAWN UNVEILS NEW BRIGHT FEATURES ON CERES IN STRIKING CLOSE-UPS

Gregory Matloff has some thoughts on the kind of space facility we can build with our current technologies. The Bigelow B330 expandable station has been proposed for quite while. The new analysis is about the exact location of a base and using two stations for spinning for simulated gravity.

We need to answer some fundamental questions regarding human life beyond the confines of our home planet. Will humans thrive under lunar or martian gravity? Can children be conceived in extraterrestrial environments? What is the safe threshold for human exposure to high-Z galactic cosmic rays (GCRs)?

To address these issues we might require a dedicated facility in Earth orbit.

SpaceX hopes to make history again on Jan. 17 by landing a Falcon 9 rocket on a drone ship at sea after launching a payload into orbit. SpaceX confirmed to NBC News that it would be making the attempt; the news was earlier reported by space journalist Charles Lurio on Twitter.

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