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Carnival of Space Number 360

Welcome to the latest edition of Carnival of Space. This week’s collection of articles looks into our political past, explores deep space and looks at what the future may hold for humans. Let’s get started.

First up is an article about the political history of the Apollo program:

A brief political history of the Apollo program.

Universe Today brings us our next trio of articles, starting with a look at supermassive black holes:

In a galaxy four billion light-years away, three supermassive black holes are locked in a whirling embrace. It’s the tightest trio of black holes known to date and even suggests that these closely packed systems are more common than previously thought.

NASA’s Curiosity rover celebrated a milestone anniversary today, June 24 – 1 Martian Year on Mars!

The violent blazer 3C 454.3 is throwing a fit again, undergoing its most intense outburst seen since 2010. Normally it sleeps away the months around 17th magnitude but every few years, it can brighten up to 5 magnitudes and show in amateur telescopes.

What does it mean to be human when considering long term spaceflight? , Next Big Future takes a in-depth look into just that question:

Transhumanism is overly fixated on technology for the individual. etting big technology like reusable space craft, Spiderfab robotic construction in space, cheap nuclear fission and nuclear fusion for energy and propulsion would enable the survival of humanity against any natural disaster.

A Kardashev 1.5 civilization (ie with nuclear fusion propulsion and molecular nanotechnology) could not be killed even by a sun going Nova. Spaceships and powered asteroids could move away from the star and use water and materials in asteroids and comets.

The Enhancement of people and plants for space and for long duration space travel would be what matters, not temporary status inequality or democratic systems.

In the long run, getting and using the technology for easy and cheap interplanetary movement and then having the resources of a solar system (trillions of times what is on Earth) is what is needed to enable going interstellar.

A solar system economy trillions of times larger is one where individuals can reach greater heights. Earth is like a tiny Pacific island and the World is the solar system. A spacefaring, super high technology economy is where we will need enhanced people and systems.

Being able to do this is what can make human civilization immortal.

Enhanced individuals need to be within a technological civilization in order to keep getting the treatments for longevity. They must be within an immortal (growing, thriving and learning) technological civilization.

Next up, the Chandra X-Ray website brings us a pair of intriguing stories to read:

A new study reporting evidence for a mysterious X-ray signal in galaxy clusters

Mysterious X-Ray Signal Intrigues Astronomers

Carolyn over at space.about.com brings us a great article on Dark Matter:

Dark Matter 2014: The Latest on this Mysterious, Invisible Cosmic “Stuff”

Finally we close this week with an article from www.brownspaceman.com discussing an impact of galatic proportions:

What happens when two galaxies collide. Let’s take a look at the Antennae galaxy!

That wraps up this edition of the Carnival hosted here at Photos to Space. Tune in next week for another exciting edition.

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