OFJ Field Journal from Glenn Orton - 11/8/95The next two days were catchup with mountains of mail and phone messages. I finally started real work on Wed. (Nov. 8) by about 2 PM, but I was able to make a few arrangements for other observatories to be on line for Galileo support. Padma disappeared on Wednesday afternoon with the news that her mother, back in Maryland had been taken to the hospital in critical condition with some sort of heart condition; she didn't appear on Thursday. I hope things work out all right.
I find a message from Pierre Drossart, Paris Observatory, that he and colleagues - using the Pic-du-Midi Observatory in the French Pyrenees - had begun their support of the Galileo atmospheric mission by CCD imaging and they had their latest pictures on the World Wide Web (WWW).
Now, I DO wish I had a Web page myself, but even if it weren't such a Godawful pain to set one up through JPL's ubiquitous security awareness, I'd have a real problem getting anything done except "curating" the WWW site. I'll have to find out how to get our images over to a public access site. This one appears to have one of the best chances for public exposure, in fact.
I worked with John Martonchik, another colleague, who is a real expert in radiative transfer. He's long since gone from planetary science and is working on MIZER, one of JPL's experiments which will be flown on the Earth Orbiting Satellite (EOS) system. He is the primary author of the "Matrix Operator" radiative transfer code that I'm using for "full-up" scattering problems, that is those problems dealing with not only absorption by atmospheric gases but scattering by atmospheric particles, as well. We're modifying the code to account more accurately for the behavior of radiation in the deep and optically thick parts of planetary atmospheres where it's increasingly hard to synthesize the behavior of radiation in a continuously varying inhomogenous atmosphere with a finite number of thin, homogeneous layers.
I also had an ear-nose-throat specialist appointment to monitor the progress (or lack thereof!) of an edema (medicalese for a piece of junk!) which I managed to propel into my left inner ear after developing a bad head cold at the summit during the summer of 1992 and descending to sea level. It's left me with a constant (but low-level) high-frequency ringing in that ear, but neither medication nor an ear shunt have managed to remove or reduce. In fact, a test showed that my hearing in BOTH ears was a little worse off than the last test a year ago. There is a little hereditary component to this at work, as well, I suspect! Anyway, he referred me to have an MRI of my left audial canal to remove some possibilities.