2021/03/06

How to navigate the blog


Greetings.  This blog contains several hundred posts covering a wide array of topics.  The most recent ones are below.  For a chronological menu of older posts, see the lower left-hand side of this page.
Henri aboard 60' sloop, en route from Ibiza to Pireaus
(For the account about this fateful 1961 voyage, see the post of August 26, 2008)



2021/03/04

"Perseverance" Rover arrives on Mars -- with our names on it, making us "MARStronauts"

 


Did any of our blog readers sign on to NASA’s recent “Perseverance” mission?

Two years ago, we did. To our pleasant surprise we received these two ‘boarding passes’, shown here:




The mission launched 8 months ago and Perseverance landed safely on February 18th. 

The rover has our names on it, along with 10 million other people. 

The names were stencilled by electron beam onto three fingernail-sized silicon chips. It’s the era of nano-technology.


More than 10 million names have been placed 
onto three silicon chips, each the size of a fingernail. 

So the van Bentum’s are now “on Mars”. (See photos below.)

Marstronauts!

We also have earned a 'meagre' 😎 504,668,791 flyer points. The next mission is coming up in 2026 and you can also sign up to get your name on the next flight.


Henri van Bentum 'on Mars'

Natasha van Bentum 'on Mars'





Stay safe, everyone! 






2021/01/08

Article about some of our travels in the latest issue of the International Circumnavigators Club "LOG"



The most recent issue of "The LOG", a publication of the international Circumnavigators Club, has a feature article about a few of our travels that were connected in some way with the Club.







https://circumnavigators.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Circum-Log-2020-FINAL.pdf