Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mars and Comets and the Weekend Follies

Hi all, Just a few items of note as I work feverishly on my latest book, Murcat Manor, as it’s currently in the editing stage. 

Comet’s Close Encounter With Mars: A comet will give Mars a close shave on Sunday, Oct. 19, and NASA isn't taking any chances. 

Comet C/2013 A1, or 'Siding Spring,' is expected to come within 87,000 miles of the red planet. To keep debris from the comet's long trail from hitting the three NASA spacecraft now in orbit around Mars, the space agency has adjusted their positions so that they'll be on the planet's far side when the comet approaches. 

The Sliding Spring flyby will also give NASA its first-ever close-up look at a comet from the Oort Cloud, a spherical "cloud" of icy objects in the solar system's outer reaches. The space agency hopes that by studying the comet's trajectory, scientists will gain a better understanding of comets that whiz close to Earth. Huffington Post Reference 

The Survive and Thrive Bloghop: This event is Monday October 20th, and is meant to bring awareness of disease prevention and early detection regarding medical conditions that may be averted or treated if caught in the early stages. 

Our desire is to motivate people to go in for early screening, and if a condition is caught early and treated, then our world just became a little better place to live. 

The topics are wide open. You can post about a particular cause you support. Or you can share a personal or family experience that is near to your heart. You can still sign up at the Linky List below. 

Weekend Follies: Speaking of Mars and Comet’s, here’s a little Intergalactic Humor for your weekend. And don’t forget to sign up for the Survive and Thrive Blogfest below!


  1. Hi Stephen - we are certainly find out things about Mars and Space .. We had Professor Brian Cox on tv doing a series - it was fascinating .. almost beyond me, some of it. Love the intergalactic Humour .. and Monday is going to be a busy day ... I may be late for Survive and Thrive .. but I'll be looking forward to joining in .. cheers Hilary

  2. Glad my insurance doesn't cover alien probes.
    Hope they get some good pictures of that comet when it passes.

  3. I hope they great good comet pictures too. Those cartoons are a great Friday pick-me-up.

  4. I'm excited about the comet but it doesn't sound like we'll be getting any great pictures of it. Funny cartoons today. Love the aliens holding the picture in front of the rover.

  5. Great cartoons. I'm surprised I don't have my insurance card number memorized by now.