Sunday, July 18, 2010
Lots of stuff going on, busy bee, busy bee. I just finished my part of what I know is going to be a really sweet project. The Mars Society, a non-profit organization (& branch of NASA!) focused on exploring and pioneering the planet Mars, approached the dudes over at The Autumn Society to do a coloring book focused on everyone's favorite red planet. These will be distributed in schools and youth space ed. programs nationwide. I was really excited to be asked to be a part of it.
The book explores topics like living on Mars, terraforming, the MDRS research station and so forth. Research (and a fine suggestion from the Mr.) led me to the topic of transportation on Mars. The surface is viciously rocky, so a lot of scientists are suggesting airships as the main means of transporting equipment (and maybe people!) over the Martian surface. Naturally, I could not pass up the oppourtunity to draw (and type) dirigibles. Seriously. Type it. It's fun. You use your index fingers a lot.
Anyway, there's that.
In personal news, trying to turn these thumbs green by starting a vegetable garden, as well as expanding our flower beds into something J.M. Barrie would be proud of. It's late in the growing season, but I decided to give pumpkins a try. I planted these seeds 3 days ago. THREE. (Reference: That pot is about 12" wide.) I really want to do a time-lapse photo or something... I hear these jerks can grow 6" a day. Wild. Here's hoping I can get a good jack-o-lantern or two by Halloween, right?