I'm back from the Thanksgiving holiday and trying to catch up on the news; fortunately, there were few press releases issued last week, so I should be able to come up to speed pretty quickly. In the meantime, please check out Carnival of Space #30 over at Bad Astronomy. I also want to point out an entry of his from last week that totally astonished me: apparently most Americans think that NASA receives a quarter of the federal budget. A quarter? The actual fraction is closer to one two-hundredth -- it's 0.58% of the federal budget. No wonder many Americans (including, apparently, Katie Couric) think NASA is a waste -- if it were a quarter of the budget it certainly would be a waste. This seems like a good question to trot out at a social event -- poll your friends and family and see how much money they think NASA gets.