While we're on the subject of the red planet, did you know you could have sent your name to Mars via NASA's InSight Mission?
I left it too late to sign up, but there will be more opportunities, starting with the Exploration Mission 1. Follow this link to sign up for email notification of future missions.
I had meant to post about the recent Blood Moon over a week ago, but time slipped away almost as fast as the Lunar Eclipse itself. At least it felt that way. As this week's post is space-related, I bumped it to today.
Like a lot of my British friends, I set my alarm for 2am on September 28th. I watched bleary-eyed from the comfort of my bed. All I had to do was open my curtains! I didn't get as good a view as some of my friends, because I live in town and there is considerable light pollution. However, thanks to favourable weather conditions, I did watch it turn red. I was glad I'd made the effort - I'll be 76 years old when the next one occurs, assuming I'm still alive.
I do have some photographs of the event, as seen from Exmouth, courtesy of one of my work colleagues. Thanks for allowing me to share them, Simon.
All photographs © Simon Stone 2015
If you're a science fiction fan and on Twitter, there's a fantastic weekly science fiction chat every Friday, between 3-5pET. The chat is hosted by @scifichat (David A. Rozansky) and always produces lively and inspiring conversations. Last week's topic was Mars. To take part, use the #SciFiChat hashtag.
Finally, I have a huge favour to ask. Fellow Untethered Realms member M. Pax needs help to promote both her upcoming book release and this year's Realms Faire. If you're unable to do much, just signing up for her Thunderclap would be an enormous help. Please drop by her blog and see how you might be able to help.
Have you read The Martian and/or are seeing the film? Does sending your name to Mars on a NASA mission excite you? Did you see the Lunar Eclipse and Blood Moon?