|I consider myself
among the lucky ones, who could make one of their
hobbies their profession.
Ok... no, I don't work as an offshore diver, but it also has to do with
environments, humans are not made for, and lots of technology,
... the unknown that waits to be discovered...and the world we live in.
Astronomy and Spaceflight
The Infrared Space ObservatoryThis is a project I spent quite some time on (1990-2002). I had the opportunity to follow a space
mission from a very early stage on, long before launch, to its end into the archival phase.
The Herschel Space ObservatoryThis is also an ESA mission. This time I accompany it from an American perspective. We, the
Nasa Herschel Science Center at Caltech will support the American Astronomical Community
in using this new observatory for their science.
The launch date for this 3.5m class Far Infrared telescope is scheduled for 2007.
PublicationsI am working at the interface between instrumentation and astronomy. I am rather a physicist,
engineer and software developer when it comes to develop new instrumentation, while I get to act
more like a "real" astronomer, when I work on Active Galactic Nuclei and Ultraluminous Galaxies.
Here is a short CV if you are really interested.
Scuba DivingDolphin Dive Club: Our local dive club. We do beach diving at least once a month in the Pacific.
Christina's Web Page: The site has some pictures of me in scuba gear...what a sight ;-)
AviationSpaceship One A quite remarkable enterprise in our time, where manned space flight has lost much of it's public appeal of the early days. Also remarkable considering it a milestone in powered civil aviation, that exists only for the last 100 years.
Aero Association of Caltech/JPL The club I fly with, and where I look after the maintenance for a Cessna 152.
El Monte Airport An airport close to my home, where we keep the club fleet.
Cuatro Vientos Airport The airport close to Madrid, where I received my first flight training in 1999.