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)

2006 MAPLD International Conference

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
with a session at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Washington, D.C.

September 26-28, 2006

  I'll be posting the presentations and papers as rapidly as possible.  Thanks for your patience, -- rk  

Call for Papers

Registration Is Now Open

2006 Program Listing

  2005 Proceedings 2005 Highlights  

The 9th Annual International MAPLD Conference will address new developments on programmable logic devices and technologies, digital engineering, computing and related fields for military and aerospace applications. Papers are invited on a wide range of topics such as technologies, devices, processors, systems, high performance computers, logic design, reconfigurable computers, programming tools, standards, applications (e.g., flight, encryption, communications), fault tolerance, reliability, and radiation susceptibility.

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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Seminars (tentative)
  1. Spacewire 101
  2. Radiation and Programmable Logic Devices
  3. Systems Safety and Embedded Computing Systems
  4. Design Verification Tutorial

Industrial and Government Exhibits

Book Signings
and these others

The Complete Idiot's Guide to NASA by Dr. Thomas Jones
Sky Walking by Dr. Thomas Jones

Special Talks
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Invited History Talk: Fred Haise - Apollo 13, Shuttle ALT, Thursday, September 28, at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

  • Robert Seamans, NASA HQ.  Lunch time address, Wednesday, September 27, 2006.


Apollo EECOM: Journey of a Lifetime by Sy LiebergotSpace Station: Base Camps to the Stars by Dr. Roger Launius, Smithsonian National Air and Space MuseumJourney to the Moon by Eldon Hall
Planned Technical Sessions

Birds of a Feather, Workshop, and Special Sessions

Details To Be Announced

  • BOF-L: Mitigation Methods for Reprogrammable Logic in the Space Radiation Environment
  • BOF-H: Reconfigurable Computing
  • BOF-G: Digital Engineering and Computer Design - A Retrospective and Lessons Learned for Today's Engineers
  • BOF-M: Low Power Design
  • BOF-W: Verification of Large Designs and Related Design Methodologies
  • BOF-Z: Mixed Signal FPGAs and ASICs

2005 MAPLD International Conference Invited Speaker Program

Welcome to MAPLD and Keynote Address:
"NESC – Safety and Mission Success through Engineering Excellence"
Ralph R. Roe, NESC
Invited History Talk: "The Hubble Space Telescope"
Steven Beckwith, Space Telescope Science Institute
Invited Mishap and Lessons Learned Talk: "Computer Overload and The Apollo 11 Lunar Landing: An Insider's View"
Jack Garman, Manned Space Center


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Key Dates

Technical Committee

Facility and Floor Plan


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2005 Highlights

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