Vicent Peris and José Luis Lamadrid, Javalambre, Teruel, Spain
This image of comet 17P/Holmes was taken from an observing site in Spain, 2,000 meters above sea level, over the night of November 1-2, 2007. To bring out details in the inner and outer coma and much fainter tail, they combined 26 one-minute, 4 ten-minute, and 3 fifteen-minute exposures.
A number of bloggers have been thinking about issues in the private side of space. The Space Cynics look at the space "industry" and its parallels with the development of international manufacturing, production and offshoring. Mark R. Whittington responded to an Op Ed in the British newspaper The Guardian, arguing that there is no reason to attempt to preserve the lunar surface as "pristine." Clark Lindsey at Hobby Space pulls together news of a collaboration between Bigelow Aerospace and Space Florida to create a new space exploration fund. In a piece he wrote for the Globe and Mail (a Canadian newspaper), James Watt details some Canadian participants in the 2007 Space Elevator Games. Advancednano reports from the 2007 Technology Prize Competitions that robotics work great and are improving quickly.
Want to build your own space station-saving cufflinks, like the ones used to repair the International Space Station's torn solar array? collectSPACE shows you how. Pamela Gay reported from the annual meeting for the American Association of Variable Star Observers, highlighting a presentation made by Jordan Raddick about "Astrodemocracy" in astronomical research. Universe Today reports that NASA has unveiled a new mockup for its Orion crew module. This life-sized model of the capsule will help engineers make sure they can cram everything into the relatively small spacecraft. A Babe in the Universe looks at the Kaguya HD movie from the Moon as well as Germany's plans for a future lunar probe. And, finally, Colony Worlds asks you to consider ice mining, which may, one day, be the most profitable job in the solar system.