JWST – Spring 2017

Spring 2017 brought our last looks at JWST for Goddard – I really tried to savor every moment it was right in front of me, because it would soon be leaving forever. I still miss it! Face down: Reflections of Goddard: I managed to get a lot of visitors for a last look before the telescope left. Chelsea (with Miranda … Continue Reading →


JWST Friends and Family Day

In April, we had a Friends & Family day for JWST – as well as an Employee Day, where we got to show the telescope off to people at Goddard, and then friends & relatives of people working on the project. Both were really special. My parents were able to come for Friends & Family day, and our friend Conley … Continue Reading →


JWST Art Exhibit

So, I posted (a while ago now) about an artist event I organized for work – we were kindly offered Visitor Center space – and so the artists all doubled down and created amazing works of art, and we put on an exhibit. I was so impressed and happy that of the artists at our event, only 3 didn’t participate … Continue Reading →


JWST Fall/Winter 2016-17

We continue being incredibly behind on posting anything, with some old pics from last fall/winter of JWST. As of now, it is gone from Goddard forever. It’s in Houston being cryo tested. I miss it, like a good empty-nester, even though I know it is moving onwards with its life. I still can’t believe this was ever my view. So … Continue Reading →


Artist Event

The following is an event I organized that turned into a massive project, that has turned into one of the most rewarding experiences of my career. I posted about our having a media day for JWST back in November. We also wanted to have a social media component to it, but we’re always trying to come up with ways to … Continue Reading →


JWST Media Day

We had a big media day for JWST in early November – the planning for it was totally intense, but it definitely paid off. I helped out where I could, but my big contribution to the day came in the afternoon, when we had an event for artists. I’ll get into that for another post though. :-) The media portion … Continue Reading →


RIP Piers

So very sad today to hear that astronaut and scientist Piers Sellers passed away this morning. A year ago in November, he announced that after thinking he had complications after gall bladder surgery, in fact he had learned that he had terminal pancreatic cancer. I can’t even imagine getting a sudden diagnosis like that, but his email about it was … Continue Reading →


First Look at JWST

I’ve posted photos here and there over the last 9 months or so of the truly amazing experience and privilege of getting to witness JWST being built. Seeing those gold-coated mirrors for the first time was truly amazing. Getting to see them upright and in front of me, and see myself reflected… in the same mirrors that are going to … Continue Reading →


AwesomeCon

Feeling kind of down today, so maybe a post about some happy stuff. How about AwesomeCon? This was a Con I have meant to attend multiple times. Last year health issues kept me away. This year I had organized a science panel for work, so dammit, I was going! The plan was Saturday afternoon panel, and then dinner with Mike … Continue Reading →


A special JWST moment

I have a veritable ton of photos to share of JWST because it has been a hugely eventful spring with much of the construction of the actual telescope part of it coming together right here. Some of the photos I’ve been posting in my little reports of what I get up to each month. But this one is special so … Continue Reading →


John Barrowman Visit

Here’s a cool work thing that happened recently. So sometimes talk to tour and other groups about JWST by our cleanroom window. A volunteer was needed for some AwesomeCon people, so I said I would take that tour, since my co-workers and I were doing an AwesomeCon panel on JWST. And I figured it would just be a group of … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up To, June, part 3

I fed Kevin and Jenna’s cats for a few weeks while they were on vacation – here’s Raoul: On this particular day I wasn’t feeling great so I took a day off. I got some relaxing in with Willow: Then she helped me change some guitar strings. Love this Gretsch. My fav guitar to play: We met Alicia, my oldest … Continue Reading →


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