Sunday, March 1, 2015

Dwarf Planet Ceres, The Martian, Jessica Chastain, New Projects, and IWSG Website

NASA Spacecraft Arrives at Dwarf Planet Ceres This Week: NASA's Dawn spacecraft will begin orbiting the mysterious dwarf planet Ceres this week, ending a deep-space chase that lasted 2 1/2 years. Dawn is scheduled to reach Ceres — the largest body in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter — on Thursday night (March 5). The probe has been headed for Ceres since September 2012, when it departed Vesta, the asteroid belt's second-biggest denizen. 

Dawn's observations of these planetary building blocks should shed light on the planet-formation process and the conditions prevalent during the solar system's early days, NASA officials have said. Reference 

What I’m Reading: The Martian by Andy Weir. Think Tom hanks in the movie Castaway. But no Wilson, at least not yet. I’m only thirty pages into the book, but am enjoying it immensely. 

This is a book I can read in a few days if I had the time. But since I’m going over the final final final edits of Salem’s Daughters, It’ll take a couple weeks to finish. 

The book, with 8,000 reviews averaging 4.75 stars, will be released as a movie this year. Directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon is slated for release November 2015. 

Jessica Chastain Also Stars in The Martian
Synopsis: During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. 

Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible, rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return. Based on a best-selling novel. Kindle Link Click Here 

What I’m Writing: Outside of finishing the final edits for Salem’s Daughters, I’m outlining a MG series. More on this later but it’s going to be very cool IMHO. Oh yeah, and another Chase Manahttan book too. 

IWSG: That’s this Wednesday. Time to give s shout out for what’s ailing you or to give support to other writers. Click Here to check out the IWSG Web site, chocked full of useful articles and posts from an array of talented writers.