While Mike Maihack is taking some time off to spend with his new baby, I’m filling in this week on his cool comic Cleopatra in Spaaaace! It’s the story of the young Egyptian ruler who is zapped into the future to fight in a centuries long war alongside her friend Khensu the cat. What could be more fun than that? Go see!
The authorized biography of Dr. Cornelius Strang is pretty much required reading here at the Institute. And at 2263 pages and thirteen pounds, it’s a hefty tome. But it’s definitely not a dull read. The Doctor was a pretty interesting guy which makes it difficult to put it down. That, and finding a piece of furniture to support it. Haha…yeah…
I’ll be sure to post an excerpt or two in the future. Now, back to reading!
Man, I should have gotten the digital version.
Last week I posted a drawing of the statue of Ellie that sits in front of the Mission Control building at the Strang Institute. Well here’s the building itself! You can see the famous telescope that Dr. Strang used in his discovery of Planet X way in back, and atop the building is the dish (one of many around the globe) used to receive Ellie’s transmissions from over eight light years away.
By the way, that’s me taking the Institute mascot, Bijou, out for her own mission: an afternoon pee and pull.
I was having a little discussion about the star that Planet X revolves around with Ellie reader Neutrino. It was pointed out to me that I’ve never actually stated which star it is except in some vague clue from time to time. Of course that was an accidental oversight on my part, and it took Neutrino to not only remind me, but also point out exactly which star it happens to be.
Another thing Neutrino reminded me was that Planet X’s parent star is only 200-300 million years old – not enough time for life to evolve. So the fact that there definitely is life there is not only an amazing discovery, it’s also a real mystery. Part of Ellie’s mission is to discover those answers. Anyway, Neutrino inspired me to go down to the archives and dig out this magazine article from the early 70s.