Welcome to the 579th Carnival of Space! The Carnival is a community of space science and astronomy writers and bloggers, who submit their best work each week for your benefit. We have a fantastic roundup today, so now, on to this week’s worth of stories!
- Breakthrough Carbon nanotube bundles are over 20 times stronger than Kevlar and would be strong enough for space elevators if they could be made in large quantities
- NASA JPL update on progress to assembling giant 100+ meter space telescopes and starshades
- Giant satellites in high low-earth orbit to provide internet directly to smartphones
- A Japanese Company is About to Test a Tiny Space Elevator… in Space
- New Reasons why Pluto Should be Considered a Planet After All
- What is the Cosmic Microwave Background?
- Japanese Startup is Working on a Reusable Rocketplane to Carry Passengers to Space, as Early as 2023
- Cassini Data Has Revealed a Towering Hexagonal Storm at Saturn’s Northern Pole
- This is the Exact Spot that ESA’s SMART-1 Crashed Into the Moon in 2006
- Exploring the Ice Giants: Neptune and Uranus at Opposition for 2018
- Europan Space Whales Anyone? Planets Covered by Deep Oceans Can Still Have Life on Them
- Forming Dense Metal Planets like Mercury is Probably Pretty Difficult and Rare in the Universe
Thank you for all of your stories – we’ll see you next week!
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