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 →


What I’ve Been Up to September, Part 2

Let’s go way back to September. Yep, I’m super behind on everything. One has been been playing Pokemon too long when one sees leaves that look like Pikachu. JWST: Celebratory drink – 5 years free of breast cancer: Target painted their giant cement things like Pokeball! This was super fun! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nice 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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


JWST Telescope Structure

It was super exciting not long ago when a major piece of James Webb Space Telescope hardware came in to NASA Goddard. It was our flight “telescope structure” and this is like the bones of the telescope – it supports the mirrors and the instruments. And it’s the real deal, the one going into space! Here’s the giant packing crate … Continue Reading →


iPhone picture post, part 1

Some pics from the last few weeks! Some odd looking clouds… Let’s hear it for Bacon Salt! Kosher, vegetarian, low sodium, and out of focus! Why there were four chickens in the back of this person’s pickup at work, I don’t know. Yay for BLT Wednesday! Joe is stylin’ in a sweater vest he hasn’t worn since high school. A … Continue Reading →


A few recent iPhone pics

At author Andrew Chaiken’s talk on Mars exploration. He wrote my favorite book on the manned moon program, aptly named “A Man on the Moon”. I did poorly on my E&M final because I couldn’t put his book down long enough to study. Action shot of Joe playing guitar Moon rock! At the Visitors Center Informal education showcase Bizarre fortune … Continue Reading →