This grand mosaic consists of 126 images acquired in a tile-like fashion, covering one end of Saturn's rings to the other and the entire planet in between. The images were taken over the course of two hours on Oct. 6, 2004, while Cassini was approximately 6.3 million kilometers from Saturn. Three images (red, green and blue) were taken of each of 42 locations, or "footprints," across the planet. The full color footprints were put together to produce a mosaic that is 8,888 pixels across and 4,544 pixels tall. The smallest features seen here are 38 kilometers across. Many of Saturn's splendid features noted previously in single frames taken by Cassini are visible in this one detailed, all-encompassing view: subtle color variations across the rings, the thread-like F ring, ring shadows cast against the blue northern hemisphere, the planet's shadow making its way across the rings to the left, and blue-grey storms in Saturn's southern hemisphere to the right. Tiny Mimas and even smaller Janus are both faintly visible at the lower left.Logic module welding detail.  Block II logic module design was a radical departure from Block I.  A multilayer printed board provided interconnections for 60 flat-pack dual Micrologic gates.  Each logic module held two boards, 240 gates, which doubled the packaging density.  Following the all-welded construction guidelines, Block II logic gates were welded to the multilayer board’s bonding pads. (Courtesy Eldon Hall and MIT)Gemini 7 as seen from Gemini 6A"OK, let's change the tires!" - Pistol Grip Tool in use.Astronaut Thomas D. Jones assembling a breakfast burrito during STS-80.  He later went on to assemble the Destiny laboratory to ISS-Alpha during STS-98, during several spacewalks.  Note that Tom is having decaf with his breakfast.Lift-off of Gemini-Titan 11 (GT-11) on Complex 19. The Gemini 11 mission included a rendezvous with an Agena target vehicle.  September 12, 1966.Suspended from an overhead crane in the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, the orbiter Discovery is lowered toward the Solid Rocket Booster and External Tank (seen below) already stacked on the top of the Mobile Launcher Platform (MLP). After Discovery has been mated to the External Tank/Solid Rocket Booster assembly on the MLP and all umbilicals have been connected, workers will perform an electrical and mechanical verification of the mated interfaces to verify all critical vehicle connections.View of the Flight Directors console in the Mission Control Center (MCC), Houston, Texas, during the Gemini 5 flight. Seated at the console are Eugene F. Kranz (foreground) and Dr. Christopher C. Kraft Jr. (background). Standing in front of the console are Dr. Charles Berry (left), an unidentified man in the center and astronaut Elliot M. See. (8/21/1965)

2005 MAPLD International Conference

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
Washington, D.C.

September 7-9, 2005

Improved Format: Three full days including expanded "Birds of a Feather" Workshop Sessions

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The 8th annual MAPLD International Conference will present papers on programmable logic devices and technologies, digital engineering, and related fields, for military and aerospace applications.   Devices, technologies, logic design, flight applications, fault tolerance, usage, reliability, radiation susceptibility, and encryption applications of programmable devices, processors, and adaptive computing systems in military and aerospace systems are topics for papers.

We are planning an exciting program with presentations by Government, industry, academia, and consultants, including talks by distinguished Invited Speakers.   This conference is open to US and foreign participation and is unclassified.  For related information, please see the NASA Office of Logic Design Web Site (

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  1. Design Integrity
  2. Space Plug-and-play Avionics (SPA) Technical Committee/Workshop
  3. Device Failure Modes and Reliability
  4. Reconfigurable High-Performance Computing

Industrial and Government Exhibits

  Special Talks
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks
    "NESC – Safety and Mission Success through Engineering Excellence"
    Ralph R. Roe, NASA Engineering and Safety Center (NESC) -- Abstract -- Presentation

  • Invited Mishap and Lessons Learned Talk: "Computer Overload and The  Apollo 11 Lunar Landing: An Insider's View"
    Jack Garman, Lockheed-Martin Information Technology (formerly NASA JSC/MSC) -- Introduction -- Presentation

  • Invited History Talk: "The Hubble Space Telescope"
    Steven Beckwith, Director, Space Telescope Science Institute -- Presentation

Technical Sessions
  • A: Applications: Military & Aerospace I
  • B: Logic Design and Processors
  • C: Reconfigurable Computing, Evolvable Hardware, and Security
  • D: Reliability
  • E: Radiation and Mitigation Techniques
  • F: Applications: Military & Aerospace II
  • P: Poster Session

Birds of a Feather, Workshop, and Special Sessions

  • BOF-L: Mitigation Methods for Reprogrammable Logic in the Space Radiation Environment
  • BOF-H:   Reconfigurable Computing
  • BOF-J: PLD Failures, Analyses, and the Impact on Systems
  • WS-S: NESC and Software
  • WS-G: Digital Engineering and Computer Design - A Retrospective and Lessons Learned for Today's Engineers - Paul Ceruzzi, Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
  • WS-W: Verification of Large Designs and Related Design Methodologies
  • WS-M: Low Power Design
  • Panel Session  - "Why Are Space Stations So Hard?"

Captain John Young of the NASA Johnson Space Center presents at the 2004 MAPLD International Conference: "The Past, Present, and Future of Human Space Exploration"
Captain John Young of the NASA Johnson Space Center
presents at the 2004 MAPLD International Conference:
"The Past, Present, and Future of Human Space Exploration"

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