Saturday, March 14, 2009
I'm Launching My Blog and Sending My Book Characters into Orbit
For my very first blog post, I'm sending the two main characters from my debut middle grade novel into orbit. Tamara Ann Simpson and Douglas (Muscle Man) McGinty are now part of NASA's Glory Satellite Mission. Their names will be placed in a microchip that will become part of the spacecraft. When that satellite is launched, Tamara and Muscle Man will circle the earth. It's part of NASA's "Send Your Name Around the Earth Program".
Incidentally, the Glory Satellite is having a debut too. It's the first mission dedicated to understanding the effects of particles in the atmosphere. The satellite will collect data on stuff like volcano debris, dust and smog.
I'm thrilled that Tamara and Muscle Man will orbit the earth for years to come. It's a great way to celebrate a blog launch for a book that has the name Neil Armstrong in its title.
Check out the official certificate from NASA. The one shown is for Muscle Man. Tamara has one too!