Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, November 3, 2018

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 3, 2018 

TABLE FOR TWO by Peter Dills


If and hopefully you have been following me right here in the newspaper 
and my radio show on Sundays at 12 Noon. With that said you know 
I have found many Mexican restaurants in Southern California. It 
makes sense, doesn’t hurt to have many Mexican Restaurants, but how 
many of them are good. I mean even acceptable. There are those that 
have above average food but the drinks plain stink!!! Or the drinks are 
good but the food sucks!!! Well my friends since I am high and dry 
this month, the food part of this equation was what I was looking for, 
so with my friend Janice, (claims to be a restaurant critic in waiting) I 
trekked down to East LA to the Original El Tepeyac Café on Evergreen 
in the heart of East LA.

 The restaurant is fairly small with a counter and plenty of parking. 
The atmosphere is lively and the patrons come from all and I mean 
all walks of life. So what is it that brings patrons from all parts of the 
city to this Café? It’s the food, and it’s darn good too. Portions are big 
and you’ll always leave with half of your food in a to-go bag. I’m telling you friends I tried to order the 
whole menu so that I could bring to you my loyal readers and viewers the best review possible, but I failed 
the portions are toooo big. So what did I have? I asked the server on a few suggestions and I went with 
the Taquitos with Guacamole, as soon as saw this portion I knew I ordered too much food. Next was the 
Manuel tacos , friend Janice wouldn’t share but the look on her eyes I can tell she was pleased or was it that 
I am so handsome? Hmmm. The staple or the signature dish at El Tepeyak are the burritos my selection 
was the #2 A chile Colorado at this is a great dish and is pork slowly simmered in a red chile sauce, man it’s 
worth driving back for. If you are running from the cops stay away, El Tepeyac is a fav of the men in blue. 
The Hollenbeck Burrito is a favorite of the police and comes with chips and guacamole. Next time I’m 
going to order the Okie de Pollo…shredded chicken breast. So what does El Tepeyac mean? The Hill that 
the Virgin Mary was sighted!!! No beer or wine. My only complaint is this darn to go menu. I guess I’m just 
getting old the print is too small.

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After nine years in deep space collecting data 
that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of 
hidden planets—more planets even than stars—
NASA’s Kepler space telescope (https://www.nasa.
gov/kepler) has run out of fuel needed for further 
science operations. NASA has decided to retire the 
spacecraft within its current, safe orbit, away from 
Earth. Kepler leaves a legacy of more than 2,600 
planet discoveries from outside our solar system, 
many of which could be promising places for life.

 “As NASA’s first planet-hunting mission, Kepler 
has wildly exceeded all our expectations and 
paved the way for our exploration and search for 
life in the solar system and beyond,” said Thomas 
Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s 
Science Mission Directorate in Washington. “Not 
only did it show us how many planets could be out 
there, it sparked an entirely new and robust field 
of research that has taken the science community 
by storm. Its discoveries have shed a new light 
on our place in the universe, and illuminated the 
tantalizing mysteries and possibilities among the 

 Kepler has opened our eyes to the diversity of 
planets that exist in our galaxy. The most recent 
analysis of Kepler’s discoveries concludes that 20 
to 50 percent of the stars visible in the night sky are 
likely to have small, possibly rocky, planets similar 
in size to Earth, and located within the habitable 
zone of their parent stars. That means they’re 
located at distances from their parent stars where 
liquid water—a vital ingredient to life as we know 
it—might pool on the planet surface.

 The most common size of planet Kepler found 
doesn’t exist in our solar system—a world between 
the size of Earth and Neptune—and we have much 
to learn about these planets. Kepler also found 
nature often produces jam-packed planetary 
systems, in some cases with so many planets 
orbiting close to their parent stars that our own 
inner solar system looks sparse by comparison.

 “When we started conceiving this mission 
35 years ago we didn’t know of a single planet 
outside our solar system,” said the Kepler mission’s 
founding principal investigator, William Borucki, 
now retired from NASA’s Ames Research Center 
in California’s Silicon Valley. “Now that we know 
planets are everywhere, Kepler has set us on a new 
course that’s full of promise for future generations 
to explore our galaxy.”

 Launched on March 6, 2009, the Kepler space 
telescope combined cutting-edge techniques in 
measuring stellar brightness with the largest digital 
camera outfitted for outer space observations at that 
time. Originally positioned to stare continuously at 
150,000 stars in one star-studded patch of the sky 
in the constellation Cygnus, Kepler took the first 
survey of planets in our galaxy and became the 
agency’s first mission to detect Earth-size planets 
in the habitable zones of their stars.

 Before retiring the spacecraft, scientists pushed 
Kepler to its full potential, successfully completing 
multiple observation campaigns and downloading 
valuable science data even after initial warnings of 
low fuel. The latest data, from Campaign 19, will 
complement the data from NASA’s newest planet 
hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, 
launched in April. TESS builds on Kepler’s 
foundation with fresh batches of data in its search 
of planets orbiting some 200,000 of the brightest 
and nearest stars to the Earth, worlds that can later 
be explored for signs of life by missions such as 
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.

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