Hosted by Universe Today's Fraser Cain, along with Dr. Pamela Gay and Dr. Phil Plait, the webcast will feature interviews with special guests, a live video feed from NASA of the landing, and live coverage from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the Planetary Society's PlanetFest by reporters Scott Lewis and Amy Shira Teitel, who will be on location to interview members of the MSL team.
(B) MSL Live coverage by NASA JPL: As Curiosity prepares to make its historic descent to the surface of
Mars, the Earth's inhabitants will be watching... and waiting. Officially known as the Mars Science Laboratory, Curiosity is the largest and most sophisticated vehicle ever sent to explore the surface of another planet. With a landing system specially developed to lower the 900 kg rover safely to the Martian surface, Curiosity will be on its own for seven minutes as it descends towards Mars. There's nothing controllers at JPL back on Earth can do but wait, and the rest of the world will watch and wait with them. Catch the live
coverage at: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/participate/
Many thanks to all of you who completed the survey, participated in interviews, and have contributed by way of comments, suggestions, quotes, explanations and photographs. Special thanks to Terry Moseley, Jay Anderson, David Makepeace, James McClean, Dave Balch, and Rick Brown for participating in the interviews. Thanks also to Glenn Schneider, Michael Zeiler, Fred Espenak, Jay Pasachoff, Daniel Lynch, Xavier Jubier, Miloslav Druckmullar for your contributions.
If you are planning to read the book (and I hope many of you do), then I'd be really interested in your feedback. You can do this via Amazon, or directly to me at my preferred email email@example.com. I am also in the final stages of developing a website where folk are welcome to add comments. Details of the site will be announced when it is ready (note – I am not an IT expert, this may take a few weeks).
Next steps – I will be having a book launch party here in Belfast most likely in September, before I then go to Australia for six months where I plan to be involved in various outreach activities related to the eclipse, in addition to doing a little book tour in the path of totality. Kate Russo, Eclipse chasing Psychologist.
(IAA members had a very interesting talk by Kate last year, and some participated in the surveys for the book. I've seen the proof copy, and it really does make fascinating reading. I thought that I was addicted, but just wait until you read some of the accounts from other eclipse-chasers!)
I'm very happy to report after a long and hard road Balbriggan Astronomy Club is now up and running. Our first public watch will be for the Perseid meteor shower and will be held on Saturday and Sunday August 11th and 12th in the dark grounds of Ardgillan Castle, just south of Balbriggan itself.
The Perseids will be a great start for the clubs first observing session as you don't need any telescopes to view the meteor shower. There will be lots of telescopes on hand though to view other wonders of the night sky.
Contact Carl at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Please note, only confirmed attendees will be permitted access to the grounds of Ardgillan Castle for the watch!
8. Dublin Stargazers meet up for the Perseids
The Dublin Stargazers Meetup group are planning to get together for observing the Perseid meteor shower on the night of August 11th. The venue is the car park at the foot of the Sugarloaf in Wicklow and more details can be found at http://www.meetup.com/The-Dublin-Stargazers-Group/events/65595802/