Hi, everyone. I guess I should have planned a little better — should have written a “new year’s post” and then saved it before the holiday season began, scheduled the post, and then enjoyed overeating, overdrinking, and sleeping in.
If you find a big rock in your backyard, and you can’tbreak it open with normal tools, guess what?
The researchers argue that the Maryborough meteorite is much rarer than gold. It’s one of only 17 meteorites ever recorded in the Australian state of Victoria, and it’s the second largest chondritic mass, after a huge 55-kilogram specimen identified in 2003.
This next bit is more interesting to me:
“Other rare meteorites contain organic molecules such as amino acids; the building blocks of life.”
Do they have atmospheres and how thick are they? What kind of clouds? Do they possess oceans on their surface? Do they have rings and moons? Cheops ought to be able to address such questions just from looking for these tiny dips in light during a transit.
ESA finally does something! Wow. Go Europe!
I love how BBC says “The Americans” when referring to NASA, as if a) American is an ethnic group and b) all NASA scientists are American.
Prof Didier Queloz, who won this year’s Physics Nobel for discovering the first planet orbiting a Sun-like star in 1995, was on hand to watch the launch.
After what seemed like ages, the ship rolled left and headed toward the location of the explosion. Earth slowly came back into view, followed by a new field of debris streaming away from the planet.
Silence filled the command module.
It’s been a long road, getting from there to here… 🎶
And the time is finally almost right…to announce that I am nearing the end of my science fiction slash fantasy novel, Bringer of Light.
The story follows Captain Clarissa “Riss” Kragen and a misfit crew of mixed ethnic backgrounds as they encounter a mysterious alien life-force, begin to question their sense of self and reality, and are swept up into a conspiracy to overthrow the ruling councils of the Lunar Base and Ceres Mining Consortium. Fans of Philip K Dick, Ursula Le Guin, Philip Joe Farmer, and the Expanse will love this!
Click here to read the Prologue, which introduces Riss and her mentor, along with a crew that will eventually prove to be both ally and enemy…