J a c k I r e l a n d
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Tuesday February 23, 1999
"Pointing" and Pizza
6:15 pm comes, and the CDS Operation Engineer tells me we have 45 minutes until the end of current observations schedule. This means I have about 15 minutes to add the pointing to the plan so that the CDS Operation Engineer can send the plan up to the instrument on the spacecraft. I finish the plan just in time and it is sent up to the instrument. As far as I know the plan is OK. And that's the end of my work today.
But now it is time for me to go to my beginner's Japanese class (starting 7:30 pm) in Washington DC. I decided to learn Japanese mostly out of an academic interest in learning a non-European language. I studied Dutch at night classes in the UK, which I really enjoyed. Studying another language forces you to think in different ways, and Japanese is a very different way of thinking!