Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Great and Powerful A to Z Theme Reveal Blogfest, India reaches Mars, Other Countries in Space, Nuclear Capabilities, and Mpre

The Great and Powerful A to Z Theme Reveal Blogfest! Do you or will you have a theme for the event? Sign up on the Linky list below, and on March 23rd (Monday) reveal your theme, tell us why it is exciting, and give us a hint of what to expect from it! Then, once your post is up the week leading up to A to Z, use the Linky to visit other blogs announcing their themes. Enjoy! 

This is a great opportunity for all of you to get a jump start on your A to Z experience. You can link up with fellow bloggers, scout out and bookmark themes that you look forward to, and set out delicious themed bait on your blog to lure in wandering participants! This way, by the time the frenzied posting begins on April 1st, you will already have an audience eagerly awaiting your posts. 

Sign up below, ready your theme, and post March 23rd on your calendar! 

India Reaches Mars
Did You Know: India's $74 million Mars mission cost less than 'Gravity' movie. That’s right. When the Mangalyaan spacecraft slipped into orbit around Mars on Wednesday after a 10-month voyage, India became the first country to successfully reach the Red Planet on its first attempt. The U.S. Maven satellite, for example, arrived in orbit on Sunday in a mission that cost taxpayers $671 million. The European Space Agency's 2003 mission to Mars had an initial budget of nearly $200 million.

ISRO is able to save money by using short development cycles, and taking advantage of India's cheap labor market. Highly-skilled aerospace engineers in the country might receive a salary of $1,000 per month, a fraction of what the same workers would be paid in Europe or the U.S. Reference 

Fun Facts: Ten countries have the ability to launch space satellites or vehicles using their own rockets. The Soviet Union was the first with Sputnik in 1957 followed by the United States, France, Japan, China, United Kingdom, the European Space Agency, India, Israel, Ukraine, Russia, Iran, India, and North Korea. And there are many more countries with space endeavors on the drawing board.

Not So Fun Fact: Of these countries (excluding European Space Agency), all except for Japan have developed nuclear weapons. And if Japan felt threatened by China or Japan, they would develop the ability real fast. They probably already have, just not advertising it. 

Cover Reveal: Heather M. Gardner and One Good Catch. Set for release March 13, 2015. Good luck Heather! 

Title: One Good Catch
Author: Heather M. Gardner
Genre: Contemporary Romantic Suspense
Cover Design: Najla Qamber Designs
Release Date: March 13, 2015

Okay, the Linky List awaits you. And have fun with your theme and pre-writing your posts.