Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Koura romping in the fresh snow

Koura came to work with me today. Before heading into the office where she needs to behave we went out and played in the fresh snow. The light snow on the Flatirons is great today.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Grand Targhee

Yesterday we went over to Grand Targhee. This was a far better choice than the day before. The sun was out and the snow was soft.

More photos here.

Great morning and great views of the Crags:

Got some heavy freshies off Sacagawea lift:

Dan and Grace were loving the low cloud shedding a little on us:

Jackson Hole

To continue my month of traveling I went to Jackson Hole, Wyoming from Tuesday until today with some old friends from college. The conditions at Jackson Hole on Wednesday were a bit rough. Most of the day we were riding in and out of the clouds and it was pretty icy. Not a good combination on a mountain as steep as that. We were able to explore and have some fun though.

A few more photos here.

The clouds kept parting slightly to tease us:

Some heavy pillows in the trees off Apres Vous lift:

Beautiful views from the top of the tram:

Monday, February 15, 2010

Visit with the grandparents

Grandpa is turing 90 in April so it was really nice to see them doing so well. I took the two hour drive up to Lady Lake last week when I was at KSC to visit them.

A few more photos here.

The cute couple:

Taos Ski Valley

Taos was great. I am glad they finally opened the mountain to snowboarders. Lexey and I had a fun trip. The sun and snow were perfect.

Lexey and I:

Top of Juarez:

Taos from the top:

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Taos at night

Looking at Taos Mountain from a little ways out of town. 8 minute exposure:

Friday, February 12, 2010

PhotoFriday: Lightness

6 minute exposure of the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour on the STS-130 mission:

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Kennedy Space Center - Old Complex Exploration

Seb and I were sort of on call during our time down at Kennedy Space Center. We had to jump if the scientists or the other Bioservants needed our help. So, we went and drove around KSC and the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) and explored old launch sites. Many of the buildings were falling apart and we could easily get into them and explore. Some really cool stuff. I love wandering around ruins. Certainly my favorite site was the old Complex 34 which was the site of the Apollo 1 fire in 1967.

Photo album here.

Wiring harnesses in the basement of Complex 16's blockhouse:

Complex 37 with the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) preparing to launch:

Complex 34 - the site of the Apollo 1 fire. Look at this photo and notice the words "Abandon In Place" stenciled on the concrete with Complex 37 in the background with a new Atlas rocket inside it:

Monday, February 08, 2010

STS-130 Launch

There will be many more photos coming, but here are 3 from this morning's launch.

8:30pm, approximately 8 hours prior to launch from 3000 feet away:

6 minute exposure of STS-130 launch from the NASA Causeway:

STS-130 is underway:

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Cocoa Beach Sunrise

This morning I got up early and went out to the beach to catch the sunrise. So worth it...

More photos here.

Motel on the beach:

Great colors:


Friday, February 05, 2010

Kennedy Space Center

I am on a work trip for a few days to Kennedy Space Center in Florida near Cocoa Beach. Not a terrible place to be during February. We (work) have a payload call CGBA-6 going up to the International Space Station aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour as part of the STS-130 mission. Unless something terrible happens, we are pretty much done with work for the trip now since hand-over of our stuff is happening in about 90 minutes. Seb and I drove around and got as close as we could to Launchpad 39A, where the shuttle is right now, and took some photos.

Many more photos here.

Space Shuttle Endeavour on Launchpad 39A:

Launchpad 39B infrastructure:

Another angle: