Dr. Rewqust and his Researchers are Mad Scientists!

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Greetings Coteries in the Milky Way, it’s J.A. Ireland,

There’s been a lot of disturbing news from Dr. Rewqust and Qashlet lab recently. The words, Mad Scientists, are being used again in an article by Veem Weazan of The Wet Lands News. It seems, Xuro Qashlet and his team of scientists are unconcerned about the consequences of their genetic code modifying experiments. I’ll let you read this alarming article.

Dr. Rewqust and his Researchers are Mad Scientists!

The Wet Lands News:

Inside Qashlet Lab

Inside Qashlet Lab

Dr. Rewqust and his team of researchers are reportedly engaging in numerous experiments involving genetic code modification and have been for some time. It has been reported to us that Xuro Qashlet, the owner of Qashlet lab, his instructed his team of unethical and unscrupulous scientists to do whatever is necessary to further their horrific research into genetic code restructuring.  It would seem Mr. Qashlet sees monetary advantage in this pursuit. Their frightening work is under the umbrella of improving hatchling counts, which all Sesleans need.  All coteries are plagued by low hatchling yields—some more severely than others.

The Secret Room In Qashlet Lab

The Secret Room In Qashlet Lab

By means of DNA gene modifications, the lab is experimenting on un-hatched embryos.  It is believed that the lab is attempting to alter the genetic code chain of embryos causing a new creation or frightening mutation.  There have been reports of mutated embryos hatching while assuming grotesque forms. These horrific, mutated embryos don’t live long.  “Many citizens fear these radical experiments will become a reality.”  There are reports that these mutants are already surviving.  If that’s true, they could become horrific criminals or worse, they could become mutated zombies, or grotesquely disfigured cannibals.  What will we do then?

This reporter doesn’t have to remind anyone of the effects of genetic restructuring when it comes to the sea doxer.  Many wet landers are concerned that these experiments are having a similar result.  As we all know, the many Sesleans that have mutated due to doxer fever are frightening, grotesque mutants and are confined to mental hospitals or asylums.  Will Qashlet Lab produce evil, horrific mutants that our asylums and hospitals cannot control?  Will they create mutants that attack and eat Sesleans?  This reporter is fearful.

This leads me to my final question that many coteries are asking.  Are Dr. Rewqust and his team of scientists mutating embryos for profit without concern?  Thus creating a more frightening and horrifying strain of mutants that our society cannot control?  Are Dr. Rewqust and his scientists a team of mad scientists?  Concerned citizens want to know.  I want to know?

Written by Veem Weazan

J.A. again; there you have it. Many citizens of the wet lands and the desert are concerned about what the scientists at Qashlet lab might be creating. Rumors have circulated for years about a secret room where Rewqust performs genetic code experiments; this room has never been seen be anyone.

It is mine, as well as other’s belief that the Gang of Five, the heinous mutant group with super intelligence, is a product of the mutation experiments of Qashlet lab; possible created in the secret room?  If our suspicions are correct, what else will they create? The thought is horrifying.

I’ll keep you informed of further developments. Until we talk again.

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

Ice Mountains On Pluto

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Hi everyone,

Guess What? Ice and Mountains on Pluto!

Here’s the latest. Nasa has discovered a relatively young mountain range and ice; how fascinating.

Here’s a segment of the article from nasa.gov.

Icy mountains on Pluto and a new, crisp view of its largest moon, Charon, are among the several discoveries announced Wednesday by NASA’s New Horizons team, just one day after the spacecraft’s first ever Pluto flyby.

The Icy Mountains of Pluto

The Icy Mountains of Pluto

“Pluto New Horizons is a true mission of exploration showing us why basic scientific research is so important,” said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “The mission has had nine years to build expectations about what we would see during closest approach to Pluto and Charon. Today, we get the first sampling of the scientific treasure collected during those critical moments, and I can tell you it dramatically surpasses those high expectations.”

“Home run!” said Alan Stern, principal investigator for New Horizons at the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) in Boulder, Colorado. “New Horizons is returning amazing results already. The data look absolutely gorgeous, and Pluto and Charon are just mind blowing.”

A new close-up image of an equatorial region near the base of Pluto’s bright heart-shaped feature shows a mountain range with peaks jutting as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above the surface of the icy body.

The mountains on Pluto likely formed no more than 100 million years ago — mere youngsters in a 4.56-billion-year-old solar system. This suggests the close-up region, which covers about one percent of Pluto’s surface, may still be geologically active today.

“This is one of the youngest surfaces we’ve ever seen in the solar system,” said Jeff Moore of the New Horizons Geology, Geophysics and Imaging Team (GGI) at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.

Unlike the icy moons of giant planets, Pluto cannot be heated by gravitational interactions with a much larger planetary body. Some other process must be generating the mountainous landscape.

“This may cause us to rethink what powers geological activity on many other icy worlds,” says GGI deputy team leader John Spencer at SwRI.

The new view of Charon reveals a youthful and varied terrain. Scientists are surprised by the apparent lack of craters. A swath of cliffs and troughs stretching about 600 miles (1,000 kilometers) suggests widespread fracturing of Charon’s crust, likely the result of internal geological processes. The image also shows a canyon estimated to be 4 to 6 miles (7 to 9 kilometers) deep. In Charon’s north polar region, the dark surface markings have a diffuse boundary, suggesting a thin deposit or stain on the surface.

New Horizons also observed the smaller members of the Pluto system, which includes four other moons: Nix, Hydra, Styx and Kerberos. A new sneak-peak image of Hydra is the first to reveal its apparent irregular shape and its size, estimated to be about 27 by 20 miles (43 by 33 kilometers).

The observations also indicate Hydra’s surface is probably coated with water ice. Future images will reveal more clues about the formation of this and the other moon billions of years ago. Spectroscopic data from New Horizons’ Ralph instruments reveal an abundance of methane ice, but with striking differences among regions across the frozen surface of Pluto.

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J.A. here. Isn’t that fantastic! What other secrets does Pluto have that we will soon know? Thanks again Nasa.

Thanks for tuning in. I’m J.A. Ireland.

NASA’s Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter

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Hi everyone,

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto.

This is from nasa.gov.

After a decade-long journey through our solar system, New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto Tuesday, about 7,750 miles above the surface — roughly the same distance from New York to Mumbai, India – making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth.

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft is at Pluto

“I’m delighted at this latest accomplishment by NASA, another first that demonstrates once again how the United States leads the world in space,” said John Holdren, assistant to the President for Science and Technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. “New Horizons is the latest in a long line of scientific accomplishments at NASA, including multiple missions orbiting and exploring the surface of Mars in advance of human visits still to come; the remarkable Kepler mission to identify Earth-like planets around stars other than our own; and the DSCOVR satellite that soon will be beaming back images of the whole Earth in near real-time from a vantage point a million miles away. As New Horizons completes its flyby of Pluto and continues deeper into the Kuiper Belt, NASA’s multifaceted journey of discovery continues.”

“The exploration of Pluto and its moons by New Horizons represents the capstone event to 50 years of planetary exploration by NASA and the United States,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “Once again we have achieved a historic first. The United States is the first nation to reach Pluto, and with this mission has completed the initial survey of our solar system, a remarkable accomplishment that no other nation can match.”

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Congratulations to Nasa and all who made contributions to this historic mission. Imagine what we are going to learn as the data rolls in; what nasa has already learned. We are changed for the better-forever, due to this epic accomplishment. Thank you Nasa.

I’ll keep you informed on this blog. I’m J.A. Ireland.

Pluto As Seen From New Horizons on July 11, 2015

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Hi everyone,

It’s starting! The fly-by is beginning! New Horizons is still a million miles away from Pluto but in space that’s a short distance. Here’s the latest from nasa.gov. It’s so exciting!

Pluto as seen from New Horizons on July 11, 2015

Pluto as seen from New Horizons on July 11, 2015

One million miles to go; Pluto is more intriguing than ever!

At 7:49 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 14 the unmanned spacecraft will zip past Pluto at 30,800 miles per hour (49,600 kilometers per hour), with a suite of seven science instruments busily gathering data. The mission will complete the initial reconnaissance of the solar system with the first-ever look at the icy dwarf planet.

Follow the path of the spacecraft in coming days in real time with a visualization of the actual trajectory data, using NASA’s online Eyes on Pluto.

Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

View Feature

Last Updated: July 13, 2015
Editor: Tricia Talbert
Tags:  Dwarf Planets, Image of the Day, New Horizons, Pluto, Solar System

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J.A., Can you believe it? That’s Pluto!

I’ll stay on top of this epic story by Nasa. Thanks for tuning in. I’m J.A. Ireland.

UK Space Industry Boosted: Major New Space Facilities Launched

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Hi everyone,
Along with my continuing coverage of the New Horizons spacecraft, I wanted to recognize the UK for their outstanding achievements in the space program. This is an article from nasa.gov about the UK’s new space facilities.

Another boost for the UK’s £11.3 billion space industry as 2 new space facilities are opened at the UK Space Gateway in Oxfordshire.

  • Inauguration of European Space Agency’s ECSAT facility in the UK
  • STFC’s RALSpace opens £27.7 million state of art test facility
  • UK arm of Airbus Defence and Space awarded contract for Quantum satellite with Eutelsat and European Space Agency (ESA)

The inauguration day for the multimillion pound space facilities was also the backdrop for the first contract signed from the new European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications (ECSAT) – a €180m contract between ESA and Eutelsat for the first of an innovative class of geostationary communications satellite to be primed and manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space (ADS) in the UK using flexible payload technology and a new platform from Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL).

Speaking at the event, Minister for Universities and Science Jo Johnson said:

Putting cutting-edge knowledge and innovation and world-class space testing facilities right on the doorstep, the opening of the European Space Agency and R100 facilities at Harwell today are a major boost to the UK’s space sector.

Space is a great British success story and the partnership between Airbus Defence & Space, ESA and Eutelsat to build cutting-edge telecommunications satellites here in the UK is testament to that. Our investment in collaborative space science means the UK has the know-how and technical expertise to provide exciting and innovative space solutions that will drive growth and create jobs.

ECSAT – ESA’s home in the UK

ESA’s UK facility, ECSAT, has been developing steadily since 2008, following the UK government’s decision to increase its contribution to ESA.

Named after ESA’s British first Director General, Roy Gibson, ECSAT’s new building will host 120+ jobs including teams in telecommunications and integrated applications. Special emphasis will be put on the development of new markets for satellite-based services and applications. In addition, new satellite, ground infrastructure and product developments are being initiated through original schemes of public–private partnerships with world-class operators. The building will also house the Earth Observation Climate Office, Science and Exploration teams and Technology and Quality Management teams supporting ESA research and development programmes in the UK, focusing on ‘game-changing’ technologies and capabilities.

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I wanted to recognize the UK Space Industry’s outstanding achievements on this blog. I’m sure everyone feels the same way; we owe the UK a great debt for all you have done for humanity.

Thanks for reading. I am J. A. Ireland.

Rosetta’s Comet Races Through Space

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Space Enthusiasts,

Isn’t it fun to track asteroids,comets, and ships in space. I’ve been a space fan since my youth. This includes scifi books, movies, and TV shows; Star Trek being one of my all time favorites.

COMET SINKHOLES GENERATE JETS

COMET SINKHOLES GENERATE JETS

Another thing I’m keeping a close eye on is the comet, Rosetta. It’s racing through our solar system along with everything else. Here’s some information from Nasa’s website. nasa.gov. about Rosetta’s Comet.

A number of the dust jets emerging from Rosetta’s comet can be traced back to active pits that were likely formed by a sudden collapse of the surface. These ‘sinkholes’ are providing a glimpse at the chaotic and diverse interior of the comet.

Rosetta has been monitoring Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko’s activity for over a year, watching how its halo of dust and gas grows as the comet moves closer to the Sun along its orbit.

Active regions in Seth medium

Active regions in Seth medium

From a distance of a few hundred kilometres, Rosetta observes an intricate pattern of the dust jets emitted from the nucleus as they stream out into space. But now, thanks to high-resolution images from the OSIRIS camera from distances of just 10–30 km from the comet centre last year, at least some of these dust jets can be traced back to specific locations on the surface, the first time this has ever been seen.

In a study reported today in the science journal Nature, 18 quasi-circular pits have been identified in the northern hemisphere of the comet, some of which are the source of continuing activity.

The pits are a few tens to a few hundreds of metres in diameter and extend up to 210 m below the surface to a smooth dust-covered floor. Material is seen to be streaming from the most active pits.

“We see jets arising from the fractured areas of the walls inside the pits. These fractures mean that volatiles trapped under the surface can be warmed more easily and subsequently escape into space,” says Jean-Baptiste Vincent from the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, lead author of the study.

Scientists analysing the images think that the pits are formed when the ceiling of a subsurface cavity becomes too thin to support its own weight and collapses as a sinkhole. This exposes the fractured interior of the comet, allowing otherwise hidden material to sublimate, thus continuing to erode the pit over time.

Active pits medium

Active pits medium

“Although we think the collapse that produces a pit is sudden, the cavity in the porous subsurface could have growing over much longer timescales,” says co-author Sebastien Besse, of ESA’s ESTEC technical centre in the Netherlands.

The authors suggest three possible ways the voids are formed.

One idea is that they have existed since the comet itself formed, as a result of very low-speed collisions between primordial building blocks tens to hundreds of metres in size. The collapse of the roof above such a void could then be triggered through weakening of the surface, perhaps by sublimation or via seismic shaking or impact from boulders ejected from elsewhere on the comet.

Another possibility is the direct sublimation of pockets of volatile ices like carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide below the surface, heated by the warmth of sunlight penetrating an insulating top layer of dust.

Alternatively, sublimation could be driven by the energy liberated by water ice changing its physical state from amorphous to crystalline then sublimating the more volatile surrounding carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide ices.

This is fascinating stuff. While we’re on the name Rosetta, there’s also a satellite by that name. I took this information from nasa.gov as well.

Rosetta the satellite began her mission of traveling the galaxy in March 2004. The journey began in with an Ariane-5 launch from Kourou in French Guiana. The three-tonne spacecraft was first inserted into a parking orbit, before being sent on its way towards the outer Solar System.

Unfortunately, no existing rocket, not even the powerful European-built Ariane-5, has the capability to send such a large spacecraft directly to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Instead, Rosetta will bounce around the inner Solar System like a ‘cosmic billiard ball’, circling the Sun almost four times during its ten-year trek to Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

Along this roundabout route, Rosetta will enter the asteroid belt twice and gain velocity from gravitational ‘kicks’ provided by close fly-bys of Mars (2007) and Earth (2005, 2007 and 2009).

Rosetta Earth Fly By

Rosetta Earth Fly By

Rosetta first travels away from its home planet and then encounters Earth again, a year after launch, in March 2005.

Rosetta remains active during the cruise to Earth. The fly-by distance is between 300 and 14 000 kilometres. Operations mainly involve tracking, orbit determination and payload check-out. Orbit correction manoeuvres take place before and after each fly-by.

After the first fly-by of Earth in March 2005, Rosetta heads to Mars and then returns to Earth twice in November 2007 and November 2009 for its second and third fly-bys of our planet.

Rosetta Swings By Mars

Rosetta Swings By Mars

Rosetta flies past Mars in February 2007 at a distance of about 200 kilometres, obtaining some science observations.

An eclipse of Earth by Mars lasts for about 37 minutes, causing a communication black-out.

The spacecraft goes into passive cruise mode on the way to the asteroid belt. Rosetta observes the asteroids from a distance of a few thousand kilometres. Science data recorded on board are transmitted to Earth after the fly-by.

How Rosetta wakes up from deep space hibernation. After a large deep-space manoeuvre, the spacecraft goes into hibernation. During this period, Rosetta records its maximum distances from the Sun (about 800 million kilometres) and Earth (about 1000 million kilometres). Rosetta wakes up from deep space hibernation on 20 January 2014.

Our Sun by Hubble Telescope

Our Sun by Hubble Telescope

Rosetta arrives at comet.

In May 2014, Rosetta’s thrusters begin to brake the spacecraft, so that it can match Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s speed and orbit.Rosetta finally arrived at the comet on 6 August 2014. It is currently making the exciting transition to global mapping, lander deployment and the comet chase towards the sun.

This is so exciting; Rosetta’s Comet is terrific. I’ll continue to follow the comet right here.

Also check out my Maxx Zeqster blog at: https://detectivemaxxzeqsterscreepycrawlyamazingadventures.wordpress.com/ .

Thanks for tuning in. J. A. Ireland.

The Dunjyn Asylum Escape; Free Today

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Dear SciFi Readers,

My entire life I’ve dreamed of being a writer. Several years ago I pursued that dream. I created Detective Maxx Zeqster, Sesla…The Enchanted Planet, and a lot of other characters that makes my Maxx Zeqster Creepy Cases work.

The Dunjyn Asylum EscapeSesla is a magical planet within the Whirlpool Galaxy; she’s bewitched and beautiful; just as spectacular as the galaxy she dwells within. She loves and provides for her beloved animals, coteries, and plant life that dwells on her surface and in her mystical seas.

Just as the Whirlpool Galaxy is similar to the Milky Way in many ways, in many ways Sesla appears similar to a very small earth—in some ways. In other ways, she’s very different—very different indeed.

Today I’m giving away free downloads of the fourth book in my Maxx Zeqster Creepy Cases series, The Dunjyn Asylum Escape. In this youth, SciFi horror book, we join Detective Maxx Zeqster as he travels to the wet lands on a daring, life-threatening, mission to find a cure for Art’s dying parents in Dunjyn Asylum. Will he be successful or will he become another doxer fever mutant?

I hope you take advantage of my free offer and meet Detective Maxx Zeqster, Art Nekuma, and many of the other characters including the Mad Scientist; Dr. Myro Rewqust at Qashlet Lab. 

If you like, click on my book cover and get transported to my Kindle page for a free down-load.

Check out my Maxx Zeqster blog at: https: //detectivemaxxzeqsterscreepycrawlyamazingadventures.wordpress.com/ .

Thanks for stopping by and following my blogs. May good fortune guide your path.

J. A. Ireland.

Low Fat Cheddar Cheese Pizza

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Today I’m cooking another type of pizza that my family loves. I’m using low fat ingredients so it’s a healthy choice when my family wants pizza.

Ingredients:

One roll white bread dough—bought frozen then thawed the night before

One pound extra lean ground hamburger—96-4%

4.5 oz. sliced turkey pepperoni

8 oz. mini portabella mushrooms

One large bell pepper

One can black olives

One large onion

One bag, two cups cheddar cheese—low fat, low sodium

One cup parmesan cheese—low sodium, low fat

Small 14 oz. Jar of low sodium pizza sauce

Prep work:

Cook the hamburger. Then drain the grease and place the meat in a bowl lined with paper towels to absorb the grease; let sit.

Next chop the mushrooms, olives, onion, and peppers. Put everything including hamburger into separate bowls. Discard grease soaked paper towel. Place all items in the fridge until later.

Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Spray your pizza pan with non- stick; I prefer either canola or extra-virgin olive oil non- stick for heart healthy cooking.

Dough Ready To Roll

Dough Ready To Roll

Making the pizza crust. I use my counter top. I sprinkle the counter lightly with flour and unwrap the dough. It should look like a large, white mushroom ball.

Put the dough on the flour then flip it over. Begin rolling. Roll enough to fit your pan—don’t excessively roll. Dough stretches easily in the pan. Do this quickly. Carefully remove the dough from the counter; it peels off. Lay in the prepared pan with the edges sticking over the rim of your oven pan. If the dough isn’t quite big enough, that’s ok. Gently rub from the middle to the outside edges. It stretches easily on the non-stick sprayed oven pan. Complete this process quickly as well; don’t play with it.

Tuck the excess dough inside the rims. If there’s a tear in the dough—don’t worry. Use some of the excess dough on the walls and fill in the tear(s); pinch it off and rub it in the holes.

Prick small holes in the crust with a fork so it doesn’t bubble while baking; make many prick holes. But, don’t destroy your work; just vent it well. Sprinkle on the spices, basil, garlic, Italian Seasoning, oregano, parsley, pepper. Whatever spices you like.

Pizza Crust Ready To Bake

Pizza Crust Seasoned And Ready To Bake

This is what my pizza crust looks like before baking.

Bake the crust for 6 minutes at 400 degrees on the top rack. Remove from the oven.

Make The Pizza:

I start with ½ bag, one cup, of cheddar cheese on the crust ( spread evenly)

¾ of the jar of pizza sauce (save the rest for dipping sauce)

hamburger

onions

bell peppers

black olives

portabella mushrooms

The remaining ½ bag, one cup, of cheddar cheese followed by the parmesan cheese

Lastly; turkey pepperoni on top.

It’s ready to bake. I bake my pizza for 8 minutes then remove from the oven.

My Cheddar Cheese Pizza Ready to Serve

My Cheddar Cheese Pizza Ready to Serve

I cut it, and bake for 20 more minutes. The total baking time is about 30 minutes—until the top edges are golden brown. Also my pizzas are typically ¾ of an inch thick when ready for cooking—and full of natural juices. Portabella mushrooms are a trade-off; they add tremendous flavor along with a lot of extra juice. If you don’t want the liquid—maybe skip portabellas.

Here’s a picture of my low fat cheddar cheese pizza. It’s full of flavor and my family gobbled it down. Also check out my Maxx Zeqster blog at: https://detectivemaxxzeqsterscreepycrawlyamazingadventures.wordpress.com/

Thanks for stopping by. J. A. Ireland.

Next Novel Giveaway Day Coming Soon

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Dear SciFi fans,

I’d like to begin by thanking everyone who tunes in to my blogs; whether this one or my other at; https://detectivemaxxzeqsterscreepycrawlyamazingadventures.wordpress.com/. I’d also like to thank everyone who has read one or all of my books; I hope you’ve enjoyed them.

It has been a joy to create Maxx Zeqster and Sesla…The Enchanted Planet, and a pleasure to write my Maxx Zeqster Creepy Cases series.

It is an honor to have occasional novel giveaway days when I offer free downloads of my books. Soon, I’ll offer The Dunjyn Asylum Escape for a day of free downloads. Stay tuned to my blogs for the exact day.

The Dunjyn Asylum Escape

The Dunjyn Asylum Escape on Kindle

Here’s an excerpt from my book; Rydon Nekuma, the sailor and Pirtt-Coterie is ill and has admitted himself into the hospital at Tos-Xiron—the sea village on Sesla.

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Morning; Thirteen Days Ago

Dr. Zewio entered Rydon Nekuma’s room. “How are you feeling?” he asked as he reviewed the charts.

Rydon painfully replied from his hospital bed, “A little better. Last night was scary. I don’t know what’s wrong with me.”

Dr. Zewio replied, “Your fever was very high last night. It is lower today. How is your rash? Let me have a look.” He rolled back Rydon’s blanket. “Your rash is a little better. It isn’t as red as was reported last night. It seems to cover both of your hands, arms, and much of your torso.” He paused to check the charts again. “How did you acquire doxer fever?” he asked.

Rydon was shocked as he stated, “That’s impossible! I don’t have doxer fever.” Suddenly he remembered the storm. “While being distracted by a storm and my financial concerns, I unloaded the fish and doxers from my boat without my gloves. The doxer’s ridged dorsal fins stabbed me several times on both of my hands. I didn’t even notice. I was so distracted,” he said as a panic began. He looked at Dr. Zewio with horror. “Am I going to mutate?” he asked as he trembled.

Dr. Zewio replied, “At this point, I couldn’t say. Doxer fever is a little different for each patient. When did you encounter the doxers?”

Rydon replied as he trembled from fear, “Maybe two weeks ago. I’m not really sure.”

Dr. Zewio was surprised as he replied, “Usually the doxer’s venom reacts much faster than that. With many victims, it’s instantaneous. Your symptoms are developing much slower than usual.”

Rydon replied as he trembled, “I had a small case of doxer fever once before. I only got a small rash. It was nothing.”

“That could explain it. You might have some resistance to the doxer’s venom,” he said with hope.

Rydon looked hopeful as well. “Do you think that will help? Do you think that will stop me from mutating?” he asked as he trembled.

Dr. Zewio responded, “Only time will tell. For now, I’m going to keep you one more day and continue with the medications that I have you on. Your symptoms should go into remission, at least for a while. Again, only time will tell.”

Terror gripped him as he said, “You mean, I’m going to be sick again?”

Dr. Zewio replied, “I’m afraid that’s the nature of doxer fever. The symptoms seem to repeat. We will get you feeling better and send you home.” He quickly exited the room.

Instantly, he recalled Lyndi’s doxer fever. He thought, “Her condition has slowly progressed to the point that she is in Dunjyn Asylum.” He was horrified. He began to imagine and fear the horrific possibilities of his mutations…

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What kind of situation is Rydon in? What is doxer fever? Just how disgusting is a doxer fever asylum? Read my books and see.

My giveaway is in a few days. Stay tuned to my blogs and twitter for the exact day. Thanks for tuning in. J. A. Ireland.

NASA’s New Horizons Spacecraft Begins First Stages of Pluto Encounter

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Space Lovers, I’m J. A. Ireland. I’ve had an interest in space from a very young age and I’ve always been very interested in what Nasa’s working on. For my interest and learning, and perhaps others, I’m going to track the spacecraft, New Horizons as it approaches Pluto, and other points of interest while I’m at it.

New Horizons Spacecraft Approaches Pluto

New Horizons Spacecraft Approaches Pluto

This is the beginning of an exciting new era for humanity. Imagine what we as a civilization will learn from Nasa’s work? What we’ve already learned?  The contributions Nasa’s made throughout history to humanity is unmatched. My thanks and I’m sure countless others thank Nasa and their personnel for their work and achievements. Some of my article today is taken from nasa’s website, nasa.gov—as are many photos. Some are from the Hubble telescope as well. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft recently began its long-awaited, historic encounter with Pluto. The spacecraft is entering the first of several approach phases that culminate July 14 with the first close-up flyby of the dwarf planet, 4.67 billion miles (7.5 billion kilometers) from Earth.

New Horizons

New Horizons-2

New Horizons

“NASA’s first mission to distant Pluto will also be humankind’s first close up view of this cold, unexplored world in our solar system,” said Jim Green, director of NASA’s Planetary Science Division at the agency’s Headquarters in Washington. “The New Horizons team worked very hard to prepare for this first phase, and they did it flawlessly.” The fastest spacecraft when it was launched, New Horizons lifted off in January 2006. It awoke from its final hibernation period last month after a voyage of more than 3 billion miles, and will soon pass close to Pluto, inside the orbits of its five known moons. In preparation  for the close encounter, the mission’s science, engineering and spacecraft operations teams configured the piano-sized probe for distant observations of the Pluto system that start Sunday, Jan. 25 with a long-range photo shoot. The images captured by New Horizons’ telescopic Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) will give mission scientists a continually improving look at the dynamics of Pluto’s moons. The images also will play a critical role in navigating the spacecraft as it covers the remaining 135 million miles (220 million kilometers) to Pluto. TimelineTimeline of the approach and departure phases — surrounding close approach on July 14, 2015 — of the New Horizons Pluto encounter. Credits: NASA/JHU APL/SwRI “We’ve completed the longest journey any spacecraft has flown from Earth to reach its primary target, and we are ready to begin exploring,” said Alan Stern, New Horizons principal investigator from Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. LORRI will take hundreds of pictures of Pluto over the next few months to refine current estimates of the distance between the spacecraft and the dwarf planet. Though the Pluto system will resemble little more than bright dots in the camera’s view until May, mission navigators will use the data to design course-correction maneuvers to aim the spacecraft toward its target point this summer. The first such maneuver could occur as early as March. “We need to refine our knowledge of where Pluto will be when New Horizons flies past it,” said Mark Holdridge, New Horizons encounter mission manager at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) in Laurel, Maryland. “The flyby timing also has to be exact, because the computer commands that will orient the spacecraft and point the science instruments are based on precisely knowing the time we pass Pluto – which these images will help us determine.” The “optical navigation” campaign that begins this month marks the first time pictures from New Horizons will be used to help pinpoint Pluto’s location.

OUR SOLAR SYSTEM  

Planets via Hubble Telescope

Planets via PhotoJournal

Throughout the first approach phase, which runs until spring, New Horizons will conduct a significant amount of additional science. Spacecraft instruments will gather continuous data on the interplanetary environment where the planetary system orbits, including measurements of the high-energy particles streaming from the sun and dust-particle concentrations in the inner reaches of the Kuiper Belt. In addition to Pluto, this area, the unexplored outer region of the solar system, potentially includes thousands of similar icy, rocky small planets.

Dawn Survey Orbit Image 11

Dawn Survey Orbit Image 11

More intensive studies of Pluto begin in the spring, when the cameras and spectrometers aboard New Horizons will be able to provide image resolutions higher than the most powerful telescopes on Earth. Eventually, the spacecraft will obtain images good enough to map Pluto and its moons more accurately than achieved by previous planetary reconnaissance missions. APL manages the New Horizons mission for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Alan Stern, of the Southwest Research Institute (SwRI), headquartered in San Antonio, is the principal investigator and leads the mission. SwRI leads the science team, payload operations, and encounter science planning. New Horizons is part of the New Frontiers Program managed by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. APL designed, built and operates the spacecraft. For more information about the New Horizons mission, visit: www.nasa.gov/newhorizons and http://pluto.jhuapl.edu Dwayne Brown Headquarters, Washington 202-358-1726 dwayne.c.brown@nasa.gov Michael Buckley Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, Md. 240-228-7536 michael.buckley@jhuapl.edu Maria Stothoff Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio 210-522-3305 maria.stothoff@swri.org Last Updated: June 30, 2015 Editor: Karen Northon Tags:  New Horizons, Pluto, Solar System Pluto I’m keeping a close eye on New Horizons and will report it on this blog. May good fortune guide your path. I’m J. A. Ireland.

Solar Dynamics Observatory Sees M7.9-Class Solar Flare

Solar Dynamics Observatory Sees M7.9-Class Solar Flare

Astronaunts Working In Space

Flying Over An Aurora