Athena’s Daughters, Day 23: Nobel Laureate Dr. John Mather, Christopher Ruz, A Podcast Appearance and More!

Hello, all! Remember yesterday’s post when I told you I had some big news about our brother anthology, Apollo’s Daughters? Well, I will officially spill the beans.

You may recall that astronaut and former space shuttle commander Pamela Melroy is writing the forward for Athena’s Daughters. So I’m happy to announce that we’re bringing in another NASA veteran to write the introduction for our brother anthology — astrophysicist and 2006 Nobel Laureate Dr. John Mather!

john mather

Dr. John C. Mather is a Senior Astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, MD. He is also a Senior Project Scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope.

Dr. Mather was the Principal Investigator for the Far Infrared Absolute Spectrophotometer (FIRAS) on the Cosmic Background Explorer (COBE). He and the COBE team showed that the cosmic microwave background radiation has a blackbody spectrum within 50 parts per million (ppm), confirming the Big Bang theory to extraordinary accuracy.

As winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize for Physics, chosen by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, Dr. Mather shares the prize with George F. Smoot of the University of California for their work using the COBE satellite to measure the heat radiation from the Big Bang.

They proved the Big Bang Theory. How cool is that?! We are so glad and so lucky to have Dr. Mather on board with this project. In more Apollo’s Daughters news, it now has its own Goodreads thread. Feel free to drop by and give the guys a shout! Christopher Ruz just posted a teaser there about the story he’s working on for the anthology:

“I’m working on a project close to my heart, a near-future detective noir centered around a returned Australian soldier who finds herself working as a peacekeeper in her own country.”

My reaction while reading about Christopher's story.
My reaction to reading about said story.

Athena’s Daughters was recently given another press boost through Janine Spendlove‘s appearance on the Veteran Empire podcast. Veteran Empire’s mission is to promote veterans and give them more exposure as they focus on “creative arts, business, and unique skill sets.” Also featured in this episode is graphic designer/Marine Sean Riordan. You can listen to it here.

 

SEVEN DAYS. That’s how long you have to become part of the Athena’s Daughters journey. Whether you’re reading this blog for the first time or the twelfth, please consider backing us or sharing news of the project with your friends and family.

We could not have done all of this without you, but we still have so many more awesome stretch goals and goodies waiting to be unlocked. Help us grab a few more of them this week!

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