Curiosity landing tonight.

Bob La Quey robert.laquey at
Mon Aug 6 07:01:33 PDT 2012

Great work. It took me back. I watched the celebration in the control
room in real time.

I was lucky enough to design and help build electronics in some
instruments that went to the moon. See

David Reasoner, mentioned in the cited articel was my lab partner and
best friend thru graduate school. It was a great time to be young and
into technology and science.

I suppose it was stressful. We certainly worked hard.

John Freeman was a young assistant Professor. He says,

"The Apollo program had such incredible time pressures on it,” Freeman
said. “We were building hardware and hiring subcontractors before we
actually had the paper contracts. This was the story of NASA

SIDE was built by subcontractors in California and tested at Rice in a
series of vacuum chambers, ion beams and vibration tables set up in
the basement of the Space Science Building.

“That’s where we worked day and night, 24 hours a day, getting this
thing tested and calibrated and ready for flight,” Freeman said. “It
was so rough that I actually ended up in the hospital with a
near-nervous breakdown.”

LOL. Great fun!!!


PS. Tremendous rain storm here in the Philippines so I spent most of
the day surfing the net ... My favorite site

On Mon, Aug 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM, Franklin P. Johnston
<fpjohnston at> wrote:
> On 8/5/2012 10:53 PM, Gregory K. Ruiz-Ade wrote:
>> On Aug 5, 2012, at 8:40 PM, Gregory K.Ruiz-Ade wrote:
>> No s@*t, it actually worked.
>> Gregory
> So far, so good, but they're planning to take several weeks to check it out
> before they actually start the mission (i.e., attempt to move it).
> Keeping my fingers crossed, though.
> Franklin
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