The Callahan Kids: Tales of Life on Mars

Stories by Ben Bova, Marianne Dyson, Jim Denney, Michael Carroll, Brian Enke, Rebecca K. Rowe, and Tom Hill, lavishly illustrated by Michael Carroll and Phil Smith

FearTerror-04-w-4FCc_tnWhat would it be like to live on Mars? Find out in The Callahan Kids: Tales of Life on Mars, an anthology for middle-school readers created by science fiction writers and a team of engineers at 4Frontiers Corporation.

The stories take place at Bradbury Base, a realistic Mars settlement that is full of surprises for the first kids growing up there. The nine original tales in the book are beautifully illustrated by Michael Carroll whose artwork has flown in space.

Proceeds from sales of the books will support educational projects to promote the human settlement of the space frontier—and the kids who read this book may be the very ones who open the final frontier to human settlement!

Contributors include Hugo-winning author Ben Bova, Timebenders author Jim Denney, Rebecca Rowe (author of Forbidden Cargo and Circle Tide), artist Phil Smith, former NASA flight controller Marianne Dyson, space scientist Brian Enke, and aerospace engineer Tom Hill. For more information about The Callahan Kids: Tales of Life on Mars, visit the 4Frontiers Authors’ Page.

And visit the Crazy4Mars site for free games, comics, and more!

Dazzling NASA Video of the Transit of Venus

The Transit of Venus is one of the rarest of events that can be predicted by astronomers. It takes place when the planet Venus passes directly between the Sun and the Earth, so that it can be seen silhouetted against the disk of the Sun. The entire transit lasted 6 hours and 40 minutes, and this video speeds up and compresses the transit to a matter of seconds.  The video below shows the Transit of Venus that occurred on June 5 and 6, 2012—the last Transit of Venus in our lifetime. The next Transit of Venus will take place in December 2117. Watch the beautiful NASA video: