MikeD
Since Mar 9, 1998

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Scientist in San Antonio, originally from NC, with a side detour through Michigan. Six guitars, two kids, one cat, one wife, and one LORD.

I had the privilege of working on and delivering the ALICE instrument to New Horizons. Here is a picture I took of the ALICE installation:

As you can see, the spacecraft was very incomplete at that stage. The completed spacecraft is almost ready to go into the launch fairing below:

The spacecraft launched on January 19, 2006, and will reach Pluto in July of 2015. Go New Horizons, Go!

Below is an image of Jupiter taken with the LORRI camera on February 10, 2007, at a distance of 29 million km (18 million miles) from the planet.

Where is New Horizons right now? See below:

I have also worked on LRO/LAMP (launched on June 18, 2009) and Juno-UVS (due to launch August 5, 2011). One of these days I'll have pictures of those, too.

My job also offers the privilege of occasional travel. Here is a map of states I have visited on and off the job:


visited 32 states (64%)
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