Archive | October 2014

Meet the Team: Andy Martin

Today we have the next installment of our Meet the Planet Four Team series, featuring Andy Martin one of our Planet Four Talk moderators.

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Name: Andy Martin

Where are you originally from/where did you grow up? 

Horndean in Hampshire, now own and run a campsite in Bude, Cornwall

What drew you to participate in Planet Four?

Being able to get up close and personal with the surface of another world

What is your role as a Planet Four Talk moderator?

I guess it’s to help people find their way around at Planet 4, answer the questions they have, which I only know the answers to because I asked the same thing when I started out. Hopefully we can encourage them to get involved and not be afraid to post, ask questions and put up their own theories about how things work. And of course I’ve got plenty of questions of my own to post 😉

What do you find interesting about Mars?

What i really like about the Planet4 project is that we are looking at what is still pretty much an unexplored world. There’s lots to look and wonder at, more questions than answers and no-one yet has the definitive line on everything going on with regard to the seasonal fans.

What is your favorite movie?

Animal House

What is your favorite book?

Lord of The Rings is the one I read again and again,

What is the song you currently can’t get out of your head?

The Dahlmanns cover of Amy Rigby’s “Dancing with Joey Ramone”, but I also have a repeat of 2 lines from James – Sit Down running through my head “If I hadn’t seen such riches, I could live with being poor”

What three albums would you take with you to a desert island?

Ohh toughie – Live albums any one from The Ramones – It’s alive/Green Day – Bullet in a Bible/Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous ; Wreckless Eric – Greatest Stiffs; Eddie and the Hot Rods – Teenage Depression

Favorite cocktail or beverage?

Youngs Double Chocolate Stout

Meet the Team: John Keegan

Today we have the next installment of our Meet the Planet Four Team series, featuring John Keegan one of our Planet Four Talk moderators.

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Name: John Keegan

Where are you originally from/where did you grow up?

I was born in Rochdale, Lancashire. For the last 30 years I’ve lived in the hills of Todmorden, West Yorkshire.

What drew you to participate in Planet Four?

The opportunity to help produce ‘weather maps’ on Mars was too good to miss, but if I’m really honest then I’ve got to admit I was lured by the fabulous HiRISE images on display.

What is your role as Planet Four Talk moderator?

I see myself as something of a ‘tour guide’, answering questions and sharing what I have learnt here on Planet Four. I try to keep track of who’s discussing what, so that I can point visitors to discussions that may be of interest to them. I’ve also got a bit of a reputation as the P4 comedian, but judging by the groans of other visitors I’m not sure that’s working out too well.

What do you find interesting about Mars?

Just about everything I see on Mars is interesting in some way or another, but the ‘spiders’ are definately my favourite objects. I’m beginning to take a particular interest in spiders that form at the bottom of craters.

What is your favorite movie?

It’s a tie between Orwell’s ‘1984’ and ‘Copying Beethoven’ starring Ed Harris.

What is your favorite book?

Another tie, between Orwell’s ‘1984’ and Kepler’s ‘Harmonices Mundi’.

What is the song you currently can’t get out of your head?

‘You Really Got Me’ by the Kinks.

What three albums would you bring with you to a desert island?

All nine symphonies of Beethoven should fit on three albums.

Favorite cocktail or beverage?

Coffee with milk, no sugar, in a never ending stream.

Help Feature Planet Four on the Daily Zooniverse

Have you found an intriguing image you’ve classified on Planet Four? Have you come across a stunning fan field or an image with blue frost? Now’s your chance to have it featured on the Daily Zooniverse. The Daily Zooniverse blog  brings something new and different each and every day from across all the Zooniverse, and Grant and the Daily Zoonvierse team are  looking for contributions from volunteers  (including Planet Four’s Mars Explorers) to present.  Just add the hashtag #dailyzoo to an image’s Planet Four Talk page to nominate it. You can learn more here.