As always, a lot of things happened in astronomy and planetary sciences this week. Here's your weekly round-up of stories from my subsite, and anywhere else that was downright interesting.
It's my last week as a Space Recruit. My numbers are healthy, but I still haven't passed that critical 300k boundary for US People to stay on. Here's my stories from this week. See something you like? Pass it on and share the love!
- Dragon Comes Home Bearing the Gift of Scientific Data
- Wind Whipping the White Dunes of Argentina
- A Robotic Arm in Space Mixes Brawn and Beauty
- Science in Game of Thrones: The Good, the Bad, and the Confusing
- An Earthgrazer Meteoroid Tracked by a NASA Telescope
- Spitzer's Newest Nebula is a Rorschach Inkblot Test in the Stars
- All the Robotic Space Explorers since 1958
- Flooding in the Balkans Comes with Landmines
- The Simple Joy of 100 Pounds of Magnetic Putty
- Reviewing the Science of Godzilla for Plausibility and Imagination
- Chatting with ISEE, the 1970s Spacecraft That's Coming Home
- One of the First Palaeontologists Wore a Top Hat on the Beach
- The Moon Seen from the Space Station is Beyond Breathtaking
- How Big Can An Earthquake Get? In 1960, Chile Found Out
- Fossil Poaching and the Black Market in Dinosaur Bones
- A Global Portrait Mosaiced from Self Portraits
- Mars Gets a New Crater, We Find it Within a Day
- The Ring Nebula Stretches Filaments of Gas into the Darkness
- Data from the Lunar Orbiter Creates Abstract Moon Art
- A Self-Repairing Space Robot on the International Space Station
- Radio Signature of the First Camelopardalids Meteor Shower
- How Did This Big Ball Of Space Junk Wind Up In Uruguay?
- This Flying Saucer Will be Plummeting Through the Skies Over Hawaii
- In the Midst of the Cold War, a Pact to Cooperate in Space Was Born
As always, we can't cover it all, so here's some stories from around the web:
- Canada is just a wee bit obsessed with dinosaurs, including a glow-in-the-dark dino-coin.
- How to pee in a spacesuit.
- New Horizons needs to pick a Kuiper Belt Object to go visit after Pluto.
- Run a fossil-finding activity for wee ones with felt and a box of paper scraps.
- Venus Express science mission ends; aerobraking experiment beginning
- NASA invites social media press to watch a launch in California.
- The Camelopardalididn'ts: the meteor shower was underwhelming, but watching a fuel dump is always cool!
- We're hosting the Carnival of Space this week!
Image credit: NASA/Spitzer Space Telescope of Kappa Cassiopeiae (HD 2905) in infrared.