Here are a few pics from the actual meeting I was in Austin for:
Northrop JWST booth:
STScI JWST booth:
JWST Town Hall:
An astronaut, Steven Hawley, talks about NASA History. His talk was fun:
1:4 scale model of Herschel:
One night we went to the Old Pecan Street Cafe for dinner – the food was SO good. We had a nice group for dinner too, Don, myself, Don’s college friend Jimmy, our old Goddard friend, Laura, who is in Boston now, and Jim, another co-worker that is temporarily at HQ. The theme of last year’s AAS was “Let’s annoy Jimmy by talking about the First Starbucks constantly” – after a prolonged discussion about the movie Dirty Dancing, we decided this year it was “No one puts Jimmy in the corner.” It was a fun night.
This is the etouffee:
Laura and I split a chocolate dessert and the pecan pie – the pecan pie was to die for. Not normally my fav, but it was really amazing here.
There’s a lot of glare on it, but I like this painting that was hanging up:
Back at the meeting – a cool 3D holographic LSST model:
There was a meet and greet for students and John Mather, our Nobel Laureate. He’s such a great guy. And we had a full house:
Buddy Holly star:
We tried another BBQ place for dinner – here’s Don rolling his eyes, as per usual, Tom, Jim, and my college friend, Eric:
Here’s what I had. The ribs were kind of fatty. But the mac and cheese was ok and the fried okra was fine, but how much of it can you really eat?
My poster was in a good spot, right across from the NASA booth:
They were often showing pretty things on the Hyperwall.
One day I had lunch with Jim at a really great Crepe place:
We split this amazing dessert crepe, which had bananas, caramel sauce, whipped cream and nuts:
I went to a really cool press session on extrasolar planets wherein my college friend Eric presented a really cool planetary system (with rings!) that he discovered:
Neat plants near my hotel:
A Hyperwall demo going on across from my poster:
Dinner that night was at a great Mexican place called “El Sol y La Luna” which was appropriate for astronomers. I didn’t photograph my dinner (which was quite good, a Camerones a la Diabla), here’s my Mojito:
The view from my hotel again:
I went back to the crepe place with Don and Tom.
This time I had the Greek one for lunch, which was amazing:
On my last night in Austin, Don and I went to a place Eric pointed out, Chupacapras, which had goat burgers. And goat enchildas. Those were the specialties. I had the burger, he had the enchiladas:
The burger was really good:
We checked out but did not pay to go into the museum of the weird:
Lastly, I’ll say that Facetime was really fun – I was able to talk to Doug and see Willow!