Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, October 13, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, October 13, 2018 

TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills


I usually save the local news for the end of my article but this is 
too big to wait on, one of my favorite restaurants , Café Beaujolias 
in Eagle Rock is losing two of it’s best waiters, but their lose is our 
gain . Coming to Old Pasadena on October 22rd is ENTRE NOUS 
French Bistro (that translates to between us) will open its doors on
Monday, details to follow. Save the Date. Annual Food and Wine 
Festival and the Parkway Grill in Pasadena, It’s always a sell out so call 
now for tickets, resources benefit the Huntington Hospital Trauma 
Center. Sunday, October 28th 5 PM (626) 795-1001.. Times are a 
changing. My radio show Dining with Dills is moving from 5 PM to 12 
Noon this Sunday, tune your radio to AM 830 KLAA.

 Many of you know that I was born in Athens, Greece, I flew back just a 
few years ago. Expensive trip, but you don’t have to fly to Greece for 
the real deal Greek food! Recently (last week) I stopped by Papa Cristos 
on Pico in Los Angeles for an all-you-can-eat, Bar-B-Qued Country-
Style Lamb ribs feast, it came with a Greek salad and red rub seasoned 
potatoes, Yum ! It is served on their patio every Saturday from 3:00 
until 7:00 and Sunday from 12:00 until 3:00. Available also a menu that 
includes Chicken, Beef, Veggie kebabs, Moussaka and Spanakopita. A 
huge selection of Greek pastries including Galactoboureko (layers of Phyllo with custard inside) and the Loukoumades 
(fried dough balls topped with honey, crushed walnuts and cinnamon.) Of course no meal would be complete without 
Baklava which Cousin/owner Mark will tell you is specially engineered not to go to your hips! How do they do that? 
It’s scientific and too difficult to explain in layman’s terms. 

Every Thursday night they have “Big Fat Greek” family-style meal (endorsed by Nia Vardalos and attended by various 
cast members from the movie). This is a party, which you invite yourself to. The evening begins at 6:30 with a Greek 
wine-tasting and a couple nibbles (Greek sausage & Dip). Everyone sits together and shares Spanakopites, Tiropites, 
Dolma, Feta Cheese, Olives, Tzatziki & pita followed by Greek Salad; then platters of Lemon-Oregano Chicken, Rack 
of Lamb chops, (Vegetarian entrees are available), Greek-style Green beans, Papa Cristos potatoes and fresh-baked 

With my belly full, I watched a belly dance show and people were encouraged to join in. After that, Greek coffee and 

 They are closed on Mondays. Tuesday is a short day 10:00 - 3:00. Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 until 8:00 and 
Sundays we close at 4:00. Parking is always free.

 Papa Cristos 2771 W. Pico Blvd. Los Angeles 323-737-2880 Listen to Dining with Dills at 12 Noon AM 830 KLAA 

The near-Earth asteroid Ryugu, located 
approximately 300 million kilometers from 
Earth, has a new inhabitant: On 3 October 2018, 
the Mobile Asteroid Surface Scout (MASCOT) 
landed on the asteroid and began to work. The 
lander successfully separated from the Japanese 
Hayabusa2 space probe at 03:58 CEST. The 16 hours 
in which the lander will conduct measurements 
on the asteroid’s surface have begun for the 
international team of engineers and scientists. The 
day before, the Japanese Space Agency’s Hayabusa2 
began its descent towards Ryugu. MASCOT was 
ejected at an altitude of 51 meters and descended 
in free fall—slower than an earthly pedestrian—to 
its destination, the asteroid. 

 The relief about the successful separation and 
subsequent confirmation of the landing was clearly 
noticeable In the MASCOT Control Centre at the 
German Aerospace Center (Deutsches Zentrum 
für Luft- und Raumfahrt; DLR) as well as in the 
adjoining room: “It could not have gone better,” 
explained MASCOT project manager Tra-Mi Ho 
from the DLR Institute of Space Systems. “From 
the lander’s telemetry, we were able to see that it 
separated from the mothercraft, and made contact 
with the asteroid surface approximately 20 minutes 
later.” The team is now in contact with the lander.

 The moment of separation was one of the risks 
of the mission: If MASCOT had not successfully 
separated from Hayabusa2 as planned and often 
tested, the lander’s team would hardly have had the 
opportunity to solve this problem. But everything 
went smoothly: Already during the descent on the 
asteroid, the camera switched MASCAM on and 
took 20 pictures, which are now stored on board 
the Japanese space probe. “The camera worked 
perfectly,” says Ralf Jaumann, DLR planetary 
scientist and scientific director of the camera 
instrument. “The team’s first images of the camera 
are therefore safe.” The magnetometer team was 
also able to recognize in the data sent by MASCOT 
that the MASMAG instrument had switched 
on and performed measurements prior to the 
separation. “The measurements show the relatively 
weak field of the solar wind and the very strong 
magnetic disturbances caused by the spacecraft,” 
explains Karl-Heinz Glaßmeier from the Technical 
University of Braunschweig. “At the moment of the 
separation, we expected a clear decrease of the 
interference field—and we were able to recognize 
this clearly.”

 MASCOT came to rest on the surface 
approximately 20 minutes after the separation. 
Now, the team is analyzing the data that MASCOT 
is sending to Earth to understand the events 
occurring on the asteroid Ryugu. The lander 
should now be on the asteroid’s surface, in the 
correct position thanks to its swing arm, and have 
started to conduct measurements independently. 
There are four instruments on board: a DLR 
camera and radiometer, an infrared spectrometer 
from the Institut d’Astrophysique Spatiale and 
a magnetometer from the TU Braunschweig. 
Once MASCOT has performed all planned 
measurements, it is expected to hop to another 
measuring location. This is the first time that 
scientists will receive data from different locations 
on an asteroid. “With MASCOT, we have the 
unique opportunity to study the Solar System’s 
most primordial material directly on an asteroid,” 
emphasises DLR planetary researcher Ralf 

 With the data acquired by MASCOT and the 
samples that Hayabusa2 brings to Earth from 
Ryugu in 2020, scientists will not only learn more 
about asteroids, but more about the formation of 
the solar system. “Asteroids are very primordial 
celestial bodies.”

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