Not the Green Hornet, Not the Green Lantern, but tonight…

Comet Lovejoy January 2015 Sky Map

Aloha – for your viewing pleasure, we have an opportunity tonight to see a green comet in the sky.  You should be able to see it in the proximity of Orion.  The rest of the story is available at

http://www.space.com/28196-comet-lovejoy-visible-eridanus-constellation.html

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Who says NASA doesn’t have a sense of humor

NASAs All About That Space Parodies All About That Bass

Aloha – I ran across a delightful parody (warning:  it also includes some nice space shots :o)  where NASA employees create their own music video.  My only recommendation if they choose to do one again….. more pictures from space and fewer of employees attempting to put on the dance moves.  The link is below:

http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-space-parodies-bass-153842450.html

Debbie convinces kidnappers to let her pilot the flying saucer

Aloha – Ryder’s younger sister Debbie exudes confidence in almost all settings.  When Ryder and his friends are drafted or kidnapped, depending on your point of view, Debbie immediately wants to fly the interstellar craft.  By the time they reach Demeter she has convinced the Captain to let her do exactly that.  The following is excerpted from Chapter 7, Arion.

Ryder came to himself and moved on down the stairway. At the bottom, he turned and looked at the Pegasus and realized why they had lost their windows. The ship had reformed to a circular shape. “A flying saucer?” Ryder commented.

Cynthia came up and stood next to him. “It sure looks like a flying saucer, like they show on those UFO movies. Maybe this is where they got the idea from.”

“I wonder how big it is now?” Ryder asked.

About this time, Debbie came bouncing down the staircase. “It’s three stories high, and in saucer mode it can be as small as sixty feet wide. However, at the moment it is ninety-four feet in diameter to meet the minimum needs of its passengers, luggage, and cargo.”

“Great, now I have a walking encyclopedia for a sister. We’ll start calling you Debbipedia.”

“You can’t bother me today. I got to fly the Pegasus,” Debbie gushed. “In fact, Captain White has agreed to give me and Becky flying lessons as soon as we settle in.”

“Great! There goes our ride home. I hope they have a good body shop here,” Ryder responded.

As the lights began to flare in Debbie’s eyes, Cynthia interjected, “That’s wonderful news Debbie. I’m sure you’ll make a great pilot.”

This seemed to defuse the battle before it even began. Cynthia whispered to Ryder, “You could lighten up on her once in a while.”

“Sure,” Ryder replied. “Debbie, I’m sure you’ll be the best pilot in the class.”

Just then Rebecca joined them. “Oh, so you think I’ll stink as a pilot?”

Ryder just turned red and realized he was in a no-win situation.

Demeter and Return to Demeter are available on Amazon.  Defending Demeter should be out for Christmas.  Check out the first few chapters of Demeter at:

http://www.amazon.com/Demeter-Dr-Alan-Hansen-ebook/dp/B00MZFH8R6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418188778&sr=8-1&keywords=demeter+alan&pebp=1418188990950

Pilot, Astronaut, President

Aloha – As I’ve posted before, much of the characterizations for the Demeter series came from my children.  Even some of the dialog at times is almost verbatim.  We get further insights into Ryder’s crazy sister in the following sequence from Chapter 4:  Outta this World, from Demeter (available on Amazon).

Over the next few weeks Ryder frequently regretted talking his parents into letting Debbie come along. She seemed twice as irritating as normal, and her confidence seemed to be expanding beyond reality.

“I’ll bet I can get the pilot to let me fly the plane,” she boasted. She would then go on to say she was going to be a pilot when she grew up. Later, she was going to join the Air Force. Then she was going to be the President of the United States.

“After that I assume you’ll be an astronaut and become a multi-millionaire selling energy drinks,” Ryder responded sarcastically.

The fire in Debbie’s eye warned him in time, and he ducked as the TV controller sailed past his head and broke against the far wall.

“Dad’s going to kill you.” Ryder laughed as he fled to his room, locking the door behind him as Debbie’s body slammed into it.

“I’ll get you sooner or later,” she screamed. “You have to come out some time.”

Orion and Orion’s Spur

Looks like NASA was successful in their test flight of the system that will ultimately take us to Mars.  A good article is available at http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-tries-again-launch-orion-spacecraft-085238083.html  I enjoyed watching an extended clip of the launch earlier today.

In other news related to Orion’s Spur, I did make headway on proofreading Haumeah over the last couple of days.  Ryder faced his greatest challenge yet, and perhaps most humorous as well.  I hope to finish the proofreading of Haumeah in January, then I can get started on the final book of the series, Orion’s Spur.

Orion

Aloha – An interesting day in NASA news that is a bit ironic for my series.  The setting for the entire series is Orion’s Spur, which is also the title of the last of the five novels that will probably be out sometime in 2015.  Meanwhile, NASA was planning to launch an Orion craft today, which is intended for deep space exploration.  However, in this case deep space is defined as Mars.  I’m a fan an wishing NASA well.