Meet the Team: 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.