Sunday, December 4, 2016

Cassini and Saturn--An Update

On October 15, 1997, the Cassini–Huygens spacecraft was launched on an almost 7-year journey to the Saturn system. On its way, Cassini passed Venus (twice), Earth, and Jupiter — arriving at the Saturn system in 2004.The following images of Saturn were taken by this incredible spacecraft.  The images are from the NASA webpage

On Tuesday of this week, Cassini began what can be called a whole new mission. A gravity assist on that day from the targeted flyby of Titan flung the spacecraft into a daring set of 20 highly-inclined orbits of Saturn. On each of these "ring-grazing" orbits, the spacecraft will come near the outer edge of the main ring system, closer to the gas giant than ever before (except for the day of arrival in 2004).  The direct-sensing, in-situ instruments will be sampling particles and gasses in the ring plane, and the telescopic instruments will be making observations from many new perspectives. This annotated image of Saturn's rings makes it clear where Cassini will pass just outside of the F ring, but well inside the G ring.  An illustration of Cassini's path up to mid-day Nov. 29, 2016. At that time, the countdown clock in Mission Control was showing 289 days until the end of the mission.  At that time Cassini will be intentionally crashed into the surface of Saturn.

Cassini photos....

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Beach and Forest with No Snow

The other day I exercised with Lois by doing the steps at Sable Falls.  The little bit of snow we had is all gone since temperatures have been in the 40s.  Here are a few photos I took while we were out.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Tree Search and Cutting

While I was visiting with my son, Jonathan, and his family this past weekend, we went in search of a Christmas tree.

Before we went out looking for the tree, we played in the snow.  My grandson loves his new spiderman winter gear.

Looking for a tree...

Found one!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Starry, Starry Night and Big Lake Superior Agates

I hope that everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving Weekend.  I certainly did.  Thanks to Lois and Jamey for both having me over for dinner on Thursday as well as for them allowing me to set up a mini-booth for Starry, Starry Night -- which is Grand Marais's version of Black Friday.

I took just a few photos of my set up....

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to shop, chat, snack, and share a few laughs!

At the end of the evening one of my Minnesota friends, Chris Seidl, stopped by to sell me some agates.  Then he brought in one of his "agate mafia" boxes and showed us some of his big agates (not for sale).

Two pounder...


Another peeler...


Nice candy striper....

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiver -- Some Snow is on the Ground in Grand Marais

Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope it is joyous, fun, and safe for everyone!

Here is cranberry dish I made for dinner.  I am also making green been casserole from scratch.

We do have a few inches on the ground in Grand Marais.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Mackinac Bridge

On my way home this past weekend, I set up my camera in the car so all I had to do was hit the button.  Of course, I wanted to make sure I concentrated on my driving and not on the camera. 


Mackinac Island...