Today is Pi Day. I love my annual reminder to do a space post in honor of this incredibly geeky day.
After my love of The Martian, I was super excited when I heard about The Saturn Run by John Sandford and Ctein.
I was drawn into the story from the first pages, and I loved it throughout. I’ve been describing it as The Martian with less science. The latter point is not a plus for me, but they did end up sneaking quite a bit of trajectory physics, which enabled me to have that fix. Lots of twists and turns, and there is a cat in space. What more could anyone want?
Not all of my space news is fictional. I followed Scott Kelly’s record-reaking, one year stay on the International Space Station. I first heard about it through the NASA twitter feed. Then, at the end of a lovely evening with friends, I looked up at the sky and saw the ISS fly by. That was so exciting! It will be interesting to see the results of the research that is conducted now that Commander Kelly has returned to Earth to see the effects of long-term space travel on the human body.
NASA made my heart go pitter pat for yet another reason: They recently released a series of travel posters for different planets and their respective satellites. The one for Titan is my favorite.
I want to travel in space! Unfortunately, my background is not what NASA is looking for (unlike a certain fabulous sister of mine who will remain unnamed). I will simply have to continue living vicariously through the current astronauts.
Does anyone else want to travel in space? Or Has anyone else spotted the ISS flying overhead?