Trip Home from JPL

Using 210 E – 605 S – 10 E Note: Had to turn around after going 210 W; had to turn around after going too far on Azusa Trip Odom: 36.6 mi Moving Time: 1 hrs 13 min Stopped: 8 min 11 sec Max Speed: 83.3 mi/hr Moving Avg: 29.9 mi/hr Overall Avg: 26.9 mi/hr

GPS to Work

There was surprisingly little traffic this morning. I drove about 33 miles at an average 42 miles per hour, completing the trip in about 47 minutes. If I get sleepy, I’ll go out and walk around, marking waypoints on the GPS. That probably won’t happen though, since I’m so busy these days. I’ll use the…Continue Reading…

Syd Lieberman: Twelve Wheels on Mars

The website of Syd Lieberman, who NASA commissioned to write the story of the Mars Exploration Rovers, is impressive.

NASA Centers

JPL is the star of NASA. Other than manned spaceflight, what do the other centers do? Yet 2/3 of NASA’s budget goes into manned spaceflight. Robotic missions are way cool, the technology is revolutionary, and we could do so much more. In the words of someone here: “NASA’s insane.”

Andrew Viterbi Worked At JPL

Andrew Viterbi, who donated $52 million to the USC School of Engineering, joined a communications research group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) upon graduating from MIT in 1957. It was “the most intriguing job he was offered”. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in 1962, invented the Viterbi algorithm in…Continue Reading…

Walking around JPL

It’s about time I posted to the “Big Room” category, dedicated to the outdoors. I’ve found that when I’m cold and sleepy, I can usually wake up by walking (or, for faster results, running) around. So, I made up a goal that perhaps could add a sense of achievement to these morning walks: take a…Continue Reading…