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 →


On meeting Bill Nye the Science Guy and Robert Picardo

Here’s a really cool thing I got to do at work. My co-worker Laura was organizing a visit by Bill Nye the Science Guy to visit Goddard and do an interview with Amber, one of our scientists. I agreed to help her out for the day, since these visits are often a lot of work and logistics, and it’s good … Continue Reading →


How Stuff Works Video Shoot

My friend Holly came to visit me at Goddard with her film crew for How Stuff Works. We did interviews for a day (all of which were actually ahead of schedule and went extremely smoothly), and then intros/outros/interstitials the next. It was a really fun two days – and here are some pics! Blurry selfie of me and Holly: Interviewing … Continue Reading →


Nov 2 Sunset

November 2, just after I found out that an astronaut co-worker has stage 4 pancreatic cander, we saw this beautiful golden sunset. It was bittersweet. (ETA: He wrote this powerful op-ed: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/17/opinion/sunday/cancer-and-climate-change.html?smid=tw-share) Alex worshipping the fire orb: Group selfie with the fire orb: Somehow we got Don in a picture – AND he’s not rolling his eyes!


Explore @ NASA Goddard

A couple weeks ago, we held an Open House at NASA Goddard – it was 5 years since we last opened our doors to the public. It’s a huge undertaking, from the security standpoint, from the logistical standpoint (food trucks!), and from the entertainment standpoint. For JWST, we had Q&As from inside the cleanroom, an IR camera, and other related … Continue Reading →


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