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Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Space Center's Aleta Clegg Publishes her Fourth Book. Space and Science News. The Imaginarium.

The Space Center's Very Own Aleta Clegg Publishes Another Book in her Series

Aleta Clegg with her Universally Famous Paklid Pizza.
A Special Dessert for her Favorite  Summer Campers.
Children on her Naughty List were given the uneaten Twinkies from previous year's camps

Hello Troubadour Readers!
     My name is Aleta Clegg.  I write under the name Jaleta Clegg. My kids think I'm insane, but in a good way. I write science fiction adventure and silly horror and dabble in other genres. I love watching bad monster movies and 80s classic SF. My music collection is very eclectic. Disco Accordion Polka Folk Music anyone?
     I've just published the 4th of 11 books in my sci-fi series.  I hope you enjoy it.    

Aleta Clegg

Thousands of Worlds, Trillions of Citizens...

                  One woman's destiny will destroy everything.

Book 1: Nexus Point
Stranded on a primitive world, facing death at the hands of the natives, hunted by drug smugglers, wanted by the Patrol, Captain Dace has one hope of escaping: Convince the Patrol agent trying to kill her that she's innocent.

Available in trade paperback and ebook. 
Book 2: Priestess of the Eggstone
Pursued by the Targon Crime Syndicate bent on revenge, the Patrol intent on recruitment, and the Sessimoniss who want their god back, the last thing Captain Dace needs is a handsome copilot with romance on his mind.

Book 3: Poisoned Pawn 
With their own ship and freedom, life is sweet; until Dace disappears and Jasyn learns the truth about their new copilot.

Book 4: Kumadai Run The biggest danger of the Kumadai Run lies on a fractured world deep in its twisted space. When the Phoenix is caught in a trap five hundred years old, Dace faces the most demanding challenge of her life.


Space and Science News

New Water Splitting Technique Efficiently Produces Hydrogen Fuel

A University of Colorado Boulder team has developed a radically new technique that uses the power of sunlight to efficiently split water into its components of hydrogen and oxygen, paving the way for the broad use of hydrogen as a clean, green fuel. 

The CU-Boulder team has devised a solar-thermal system in which sunlight could be concentrated by a vast array of mirrors onto a single point atop a central tower up to several hundred feet tall. The tower would gather heat generated by the mirror system to roughly 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,350 Celsius), then deliver it into a reactor containing chemical compounds known as metal oxides, said CU-Boulder Professor Alan Weimer, research group leader.  Read More

Spaceport America Readies to Welcome Space Tourists

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES, N.M. — Spread across 18,000 acres, Spaceport America continues to preen itself here in anticipation of booming business as the world's first purpose-built, commercial spaceport.
The "fit-out" of the Spaceport Operations Center continues at the site. New fire trucks and emergency vehicles are now on station, and field maintenance activities are in full swing. A runway extension effort is complete, now yielding a 12,000-foot "spaceway" to handle the projected comings and goings of anchor tenant Virgin Galactic, which plans to begin commercial space tourism flights there in the coming years. [Photos: Take a Tour of Spaceport America]  Read More

Curiosity Sends Photos of Mars' Two Moons

Take a look at this amazing photo, captured by Curiosity from the surface of Mars on sol 351 (August 1, 2013). It is unmistakably Phobos. And take my word for it when I tell you that the other bright blob is Deimos. Curiosity caught them both in one shot!  Read More

Astronomers estimate 100 billion habitable Earth-like planets in the Milky Way, 50 sextillion in the universe

Astronomers at the University of Auckland claim that there are actually around 100 billion habitable, Earth-like planets in the Milky Way — significantly more than the previous estimate of around 17 billion. There are roughly 500 billion galaxies in the universe, meaning there is somewhere in the region of 50,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (5×1022) habitable planets. I’ll leave you to do the math on whether one of those 50 sextillion planets has the right conditions for nurturing alien life or not.  Read More

The Imaginarium
You're reached the right place.  This is where the ordinary is magically transformed into the extraordinary through the power of imagination.

Will that be one pancake or two?

They can coexist

My future office.
Wait, there are spiral stairs.
Must think of risk management

Then we know it will be done right.
Wax on, wax off....

A foot of chocolate 

Sound advice, unless you're looking for trouble

Broken pot?
Time to make the ordinary broken pot into something extraordinary.

It would be better if he was handing out $1.00 bills

Above a child's crib

Burger King takes the first shot.
McDonald's won't give this a free pass.
The burger wars are about to begin.

Think about it.
This is why we study history.

Everybody needs a friend like this

Short Short Horror Stories.

A creative paint job


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