Production Update: Specimens Complete! A Peek Inside the Companion Guide, Curiosity Mars Celebrates Two Years, Rosetta Probe Achieves Orbit
It's been a busy few weeks, but I'm happy to report that all specimens are complete on schedule! The image below shows the specimens in their working containers. The actual prepared specimens are inside, packaged in various ways according to the nature of the material.
Looking over the full collection, I can't help but feel an immense sense of gratitude for all of the assistance I received to reach this stage of the project. We still have a long way to go, but this milestone is a big one and shared by many.
Now, I'm moving on to preparing for production. If everything goes well, mini museums should begin shipping at the end of September.
I very much look forward to sharing pictures of mini museum #1!
A Peek Inside the Companion Guide
In the last update, I mentioned that I would share a few spreads from inside the companion guide and here they are!
The electronic version of the companion guide will be released when we are ready to ship the first mini museums. Backers who purchased the printed version will receive their booklets along with their pledge shipment.
I am very happy with the way the companion guide turned out. The illustrations I commissioned for certain specimens look great, and there are a few surprises as well which I hope everyone will enjoy.
Curiosity Mars Celebrates Two Years
This week marks the two year anniversary of NASA's JPL Curiosity Mars Rover's arrival on our nearest planetary neighbor. So, it seems fitting to share a few pictures of the process of preparing Mars for the mini museum.
There are several meteorites in the mini museum, and each and every one presented different challenges. With Mars, the material was quite porous and required several rounds of special preparation before getting down to working on the individual specimens. Given the fragile nature of the material, the new microscope I have turned out to be incredibly helpful.
In the image below, one can see the work surface after I've been working for awhile. The grains under the microscope are discards from initial preparations:
Below you will see finished specimens in the sorting tray.
After many hours, work like this adds up and eventually one has a container with a few thousand specimens!
One may think that lunar rock would be about the same, but that was another adventure I'll save for a different update. :)
Rosetta Probe Achieves Orbit
Today, the European Space Agency's Rosetta Probe went into orbit around comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko was discovered in 1969 by Klim Churyumov and Svetlana Gerasimenko. The comet orbits the Sun every 6.5 years.
The arrival of the Rosetta Probe is a tremendous milestone for science and space exploration. It represents the culmination of a 10 year journey and will capped by landing a probe on the surface of the comet itself.
As I begin this new phase of the project, I am greatly inspired by these images. They remind me that persistence and care are required to achieve any goal. The key is to keep working day in and day out. Speaking of which, now it's back to work!