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1. Farewell Atlantis

It's been 40 years since Columbia lifted off. I barely remember the launch, although as a space buff from the time I was six-years-old, there is no doubt I was excited beyond words.

What I do remember is seeing the space shuttle touch down and being speechless watching the sight of a space craft/airplane not only orbiting the earth but returning safely.

Sadly, Columbia would not "live" to retire or make a final flight in this history-ending summer. During the 28th mission, the shuttle broke up on entry in 2003 and took 7 souls on one final journey.

Only time will tell where the next chapter in space exploration will take us.

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2. The final countdown...

I hope everyone had a wonderful, firework-filled Fourth of July! My fiance, his boys, and I are in Florida awaiting the launch of the space shuttle Atlantis. Not just any launch, but the final one. Not just the final one for Atlantis, but the final launch for the entire program.

After thirty years and over 135 launches, America's space shuttle program will come to an end. Atlantis is scheduled to lift off for the last time on Friday morning, July 8th at 11:26 a.m. And we're here to see it!

Officials here at Cape Canaveral are expecting a million people to pour into the neighboring towns to watch Atlantis soar into the sky one last time. We've already staked out our viewing location--12 miles away--and plan to get there wicked early to set up our lawn chairs, cooler of ice water, still cameras, and video recorders. If you've got deep pockets, you can pay for a ticket to watch the launch from the causeway--about 5 miles away. If you're one of the lucky ones who won tickets, you can view the launch from the area with the astronaut's families--3 miles away. This is the closest you can get to the orbiter.

The Crew of Atlantis

...or so we thought.

Patrick and I were at the Canaveral National Seashore to swim and hang out when we noticed something toward the end of Playalinda Beach. We walked and walked and walked...probably for a mile...until we reached a security fence protruding into the ocean. A man in a guard tower held up his hand to keep us from getting closer. But we were allowed to stand there with others and stare in awe...Atlantis in all of her glory sitting on Launch Pad 39A only ONE MILE away!


Truly a moment to cherish!

Have you ever seen a shuttle launch? It's got to be a magical experience...which we'll find out soon. We'll see if the weather holds off and Atlantis and her crew speed away on Friday morning! Keep your fingers crossed!

Godspeed the crew of Atlantis!

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3. Space Shows

The PBS series Nova has turned out some really great episodes about the space program over the years, and last night's episode was no exception. "Space Shuttle Disaster" took a look at the 2003 Columbia accident - not just the accident itself, but the social and political factors around it, through the past and into the future. They made a good case for the claim that the Columbia accident was a product of the environment that made the Shuttle what it was in the first place, and then explored the ways that the accident has changed NASA's plans for the future. If you missed it, you can look for your local PBS station to rerun it, or go here to watch it online:


Meanwhile, I've got a space show of my own to do. The Space Show, in fact:

I'll be on the air from 12:00noon to 1:30pm Pacific Time this Sunday, talking about Lunar Pioneers. You can hear the show streamed live from the Space Show website or download it as a podcast later. Be sure to check it out!

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4. Friday Procastination: Link Love

by Cassie, Publicity

I don’t know about y’all, but this week has been very, very long for me. Luckily, it’s almost over! Hopefully these links will help you get through the rest of Friday. If not, well, you have more problems than I can help you with.

Rest in peace, Eden Ross Lipson.

Did you miss this one? I did. Browning’s birthday was last week.

Like YA author Rick Riordan? Sad that he finished the last book in his Olympians series? Here are videos to tide you over until the next great YA book comes out!

Having trouble getting a publisher for your book? You’re not alone. So did some now-famous authors.

Get some inspiration on what to do with your tiny apartment!

Eating disorders can also kill your sex drive.

Sarah Palin’s writing a memoir. Will you buy it?

Stephanie Meyer wins author of the year at the Choice Children’s book awards.

A new collaborative blog for women has launched: Double X.

Blogging for Academics: future OUP author Jeffrey Wasserstrom (China in the 21st Century) looks at ten misconceptions historians make about blogging.

There’s a possibility the space shuttle Intrepid may land in the Hudson. I so hope that happens.

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5. Old world, new world

Realistic 3D cover illustration about the transition of an old world to a new world.

You're invited to Sevensheaven.nl for more imagery.

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6. Signs that Summer is Almost Here

I look at the calendar and it tells me it's the middle of May. The middle of May? Seriously? Another school year is wrapping up, television shows are having their finales, and summer is just around the corner...literally.

Here are some signs that summer is almost here:

People Tweeting about the prom: So many friends of mine have been posting about getting their son or daughter ready for the prom. Amazing how the girls love the shopping, picking out their dress, how they'll wear their hair and makeup, and the boys just complain that they have to stop playing video games long enough to take a shower and get ready. LOL!!

School's Out: There's no better feeling than the last school bell ringing to signify the end of a school year and the start of summer vacation. I remember that faithful bus ride home every year where people would celebrate by shaking up Coke cans and spraying them on each other. No one got off the bus dry. (I'm sure that's not permitted theses days.)

Picking up the boys at the airport: With the end of school, that means my fiance's son's will be joining us on the RV until they go back to school in August. They're flying up to Baltimore from Atlanta where we'll spend a few days in Gettysburg, then up to Boston, and then to Illinois and upstate New York for events and then down to Florida. We're planning on catching the VERY LAST launch ever of the space shuttle program.


Memorial Day: The official opening of summer! The campground is full of people with their grills and lawn chairs already set out. The pool will be open soon and hopefully, the sun will grace the east coast with its presence.

Good books to read: Well, my fifth GHOST HUNTRESS book, THE DISCOVERY, just came out and it would make excellent beach reading. So would any of the books from the Buzz Girls. Get them online, at the bookstore, or from us directly. Or, try downloading a digital copy for your eReader. Whatever the case, enjoy escaping into the story as you soak up the sun.


So what are some signs for you that summer is on the way?

Marley = )

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