Monday, June 6, 2016

Panelist at AwesomeCon about the James Webb Space Telescope

L to R: Rob, Chris, Laura, Nasreen, Mike, Maggie

On Saturday, June 4th, I (Rob) got to participate in a panel of 6 called NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope: Storytellers at a HUGE conference in Washington, DC called "AwesomeCon." 

Rob, Laura, Nasreen

Hear from the photographers, video producers, writers, web developers, and social media experts who tell the story of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The Webb telescope is a giant, next generation space telescope currently being built at NASA Goddard, that was designed to see the earliest stars and galaxies forming after the Big Bang.  It will launch in 2018.  For more information about this amazing space telescope, visit: or

(Panelists: Maggie Masetti (JWST social media/website manager), Mike McClare (JWST video producer), Chris Gunn (JWST photographer), Nasreen Alkhateeb (JWST video producer), Rob Gutro (JWST writer), Laura Betz (JWST writer))

Rob and Chris

Rob and Maggie
Maggie and Mike
It's a Science fiction/science fact/ comics book/superhero/fantasy and fiction conference. 

Chris, Rob, Laura, Nasreen

 ROB'S PART -  Since I'm one of the writers (Laura is the other - and pretty amazing), I got to tell the audience how I came up with quirky, memorable headlines, and
Chris the photographer (and Rob)
about my background as a meteorologist and "master of disaster." Of course, there were slides, so one of the slides was a pic of me in my Green Lantern Costume, to make it more relatable to the people there.

Mike and Maggie

SO, What is the James Webb Space Telescope? 
 The James Webb Space Telescope, previously known as Next
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
Generation Space Telescope, is a major space observatory under construction.
It is a large infrared telescope with a 6.5-meter primary mirror.  The telescope will be launched on an Ariane 5 rocket from French Guiana in October of 2018.
It will study every phase in the history of our Universe, ranging from the first luminous glows after the Big Bang, to the formation of solar systems capable of supporting life on planets like Earth, to the evolution of our own Solar System. 

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next