Sunday, 8 October 2017

Books and Mission to Mars...

I am a voracious reader ... always have been and always will. I have a few addictions in my life. One is watercolour paintbrushes - I can't seem to resist buying them when I see them (good quality ones that is) and along with that is art supplies. My other addiction is buying books.

I say to myself I'll be good and only buy one but of course that never works. Decided the other week I'd read the Agatha Raisin books. Now any normal person would buy one to see if they liked it before outlaying money on the rest - not me!

I found a place in England that had the first 20 books for under $40aus so had to have them. They turned up last week and now I'm up to book 5 and loving them (thank goodness).

Of course then the latest Dan Brown book was released through the week and I just had to have it - I mean it might have sold out world wide. The publishers might have decided not to print more and then I'd never get a copy!

Anyway, that was my excuse. I went into Kmart to buy it for 2 reasons - 1. it was cheaper than at the bookshop and 2. I wouldn't be tempted by all those lovely books calling me from the shelves.

Yeah I know.

And yes I did buy another book, I really wanted to read it (that's my excuse).  So now my TBR pile has hit astronomical heights.  Last count there were 78 books on it and I have decided not to count it ever again.

On an interesting note I was on the NASA website when I read they had opened the books for people to add their names to the next lander Mars Mission. I missed out last time so quickly logged in and now I have my boarding pass!

I'm off to Mars!!

When it lands on Mars in November of 2018, NASA's InSight lander will be carrying several science instruments -- along with hundreds of thousands of names from members of the public.
In 2015, nearly 827,000 people signed up to add their names to a silicon microchip onboard the robotic spacecraft. NASA is now adding a second microchip, giving the public another chance to send their names to Mars. New submissions will be accepted from Oct. 2 to Nov. 1, 2017

InSightInSight: A NASA Discovery Program mission Spacecraft 

Mission Type: Lander
Launch Window Begins: May 5, 2018
Launch Vehicle: Atlas V 401
Launch Location: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Landing: Nov. 26, 2018
Landing Site: Elysium Planitia, Mars
InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a NASA Discovery Program mission that will place a single geophysical lander on Mars to study its deep interior. But InSight is more than a Mars mission - it is a terrestrial planet explorer that will address one of the most fundamental issues of planetary and solar system science - understanding the processes that shaped the rocky planets of the inner solar system (including Earth) more than four billion years ago.

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