Merry Christmas!

No links, just heart felt best wishes for the holiday season! I’ll probably get breakfast going for the family soon, which will probably include toasted English muffins, scrambled eggs and some smoked salmon. Then presents, then get dinner started, then relaxing. Happy Holidays!

Nice article on the Cassini/Huygens mission

On Christmas Eve the Huygens lander successfully disconnected from the Cassini orbiter and is set for a landing on Titan on January 14th. There is a good article published by the IEEE Spectrum on how Swedish engineer Boris Smeds saved the $300 million dollar mission by detecting an undetected problem in the telemetry system which would have hopelessly scrambled the data relayed from Huygens.

Good luck, and soft landings.