Thanksgiving and Hanukkah converge this year for the first time since 1888 and maybe not again for another 79,000 years. As the Associated Press writes, "The merger of two largely happy, fun holidays has triggered a rush of kitschy marketing." We join in the fun with this quick gift-giving guide -- not that either holiday is about giving gifts. However, it's as good an excuse for another slideshow as that other holiday coming up.
Note, you can click on any image at any time to scroll quickly through the images.
Gift 1: CubeSat
Send a payload into orbit with your own CubeSat satellite. The brainchild of Professor Bob Twiggs, now of Morehead State University in Kentucky, the CubeSat is a teaching tool and ultimate science experiment around which a community of students and citizen scientists can launch experiments, hitching rides on decommissioned Russian rockets, or as on December 5, on an Atlas V rocket. (We gave away a few CubeSats when Prof. Twiggs spoke at an Embedded Systems Conference some years ago.) On December 5, 2013, 12 CubeSats will go up with Atlas V rocket as part of the NROL-39 primary payload.
CubeSat from M-Cubed2, Michigan Exploration Laboratory's (MXL) CubeSat mission. "M-Cubed2 is a mission designed around flight evaluation of a NASA JPL image processing FPGA called COVE," MXL states. (Source: MXL)
NASA Edge interviews CubeSat founder Bob Twiggs.