2. Curiosity Rover to Land on Mars: Nasa's most ambitious Mars mission to date will reach a crucial milestone on 6 August when the SUV sized rover is due to land on the Red Planet. This will involve the most complex landing sequence ever attempted: see http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2012/16jul_daring/, and http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2174808/Are-Fears-Nasa-lose-touch-latest-Mars-Rover-lands-red-planet-month.html, and: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/07/17/nasa-loses-key-mars-satellite_n_1678554.html
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!)