A Black Hole ‘Choir’

The blue dots in this field of galaxies, known as the COSMOS field, show galaxies that contain supermassive black holes emitting high-energy X-rays. via NASA http://ift.tt/2aB7Ifz

The Loneliest Young Star

An unusual celestial object called CX330 was first detected as a source of X-ray light in 2009. It has been launching “jets” of material into the gas and dust around it. via NASA http://ift.tt/2aqttPC

Cockpit of the First All-Electric Propulsion Aircraft

NASA’s Scalable Convergent Electric Propulsion Technology and Operations Research (SCEPTOR) project has reached a critical milestone, where the electric propulsion integration and conversion of the Tecnam P2006T aircraft into the X-57 will commence. via NASA http://ift.tt/2au7n11

Hubble Views a Galaxy Fit to Burst

This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image reveals the vibrant core of the galaxy NGC 3125. Discovered by John Herschel in 1835, NGC 3125 is a great example of a starburst galaxy — a galaxy in which unusually high numbers of new stars are forming, springing to life within intensely hot clouds of gas. via NASA http://ift.tt/2a7K2wJ

Writing all the words 

I finished the line edits on Wednesday, after deciding to take the rest of the week off from dayjob after mum was rushed to the ER on Tuesday night. ( She wasn’t admitted,  but I felt she shouldn’t be alone)  After taking Thursday off from writing, I decided to get back to Vanished. 

So far this has been a very good decision . I wrote 1000 words yesterday and 1500 today. I am hoping for another 1000 words tomorrow. 

The draft is at 21000 words and the estimated wordcount is 25000. I think it will be a bit longer than that since it feels like I have more story left. 

Aquanauts Splash Down, Beginning NEEMO 21 Research Mission

The NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) 21 mission began on July 21, 2016, as an international crew of aquanauts splashed down to the undersea Aquarius Reef Base, 62 feet below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. The NEEMO 21 crew will perform research both inside and outside the habitat during a 16-day simulated space mission. via NASA http://ift.tt/2a1syW3

NASA’s Hubble Looks to the Final Frontier

This view of a massive cluster of galaxies unveils a very cluttered-looking universe filled with galaxies near and far. Some are distorted like a funhouse mirror through a “space warp” phenomenon first predicted by Einstein a century ago. via NASA http://ift.tt/2ajiTfA


I thought I would never reach this stage but the line edits are done. Woot. Which means I need to send all the e-mails on Monday. 

For the rest of the week I am going to read all the books on my Kindle and enjoy the weather.  I hope you have a nice weekend!  

Sunset at the Viking Lander 1 Site

On July 20, 1976, at 8:12 a.m. EDT, NASA received the signal that the Viking Lander 1 successfully reached the Martian surface. This major milestone represented the first time the United States successfully landed a vehicle on the surface of Mars, collecting an overwhelming amount of data that would soon be used in future NASA missions. via NASA http://ift.tt/2a90sYR

Melt Water Over Arctic Sea Ice

Sea ice across the Arctic Ocean is shrinking to below-average levels this summer. NASA’s Operation IceBridge, an airborne survey of polar ice, just completed its first flights studying the aquamarine pools of melt water on the ice surface that may be accelerating the overall sea ice retreat. via NASA http://ift.tt/29RigKX