Sunday, June 18, 2017

Participated in a NASA Panel at AwesomeCon!

L to R: Mike, Rob, Christine, Laura, Maggie, Chris
 I (Rob) got to participate in a NASA panel at Awesomecon in Washington, DC on Saturday night, June 17th. AwesomeCon is a convention that brings together science, technology, pop culture like movies, tv, comics, superheroes, science fiction and more.

   I talked about how I write stories about the next generation space telescope (the James Webb Space Telescope) and try to come up with clever headlines to get people's attention and interest them in the science and technology. Of course I wore my Superman shirt so that I fit right in! 
Rob in his Superman Shirt Ready to Speak

WHO WAS ON THE NASA PANEL:
   I was joined by Mike who is an amazing video producer, Laura who manages all of the outreach for the Webb telescope for NASA, arranges interviews, hosts events, and more; Maggie who is the Social Media guru and has an amazing knowledge of astrophysics; Chris who is one of the most amazing photographers, and Christine who does education outreach in so many ways (and she's an actress, too). 
Laura standing in front of a packed room
   
THE EVENT: We all talked about how we do our jobs to bring the excitement of science and technology to the general public, and what the Webb telescope is going to see (as far back as 13.5 billion years, just after the big bang; exoplanets, galaxies forming, atmospheres of planets in other solar systems and so much more). 

THE ROOM: The room was actually filled to capacity. It was amazing!

JWST spacecraft
NASA's James Webb Space Telescope
WHAT IS NASA's JAMES WEBB SPACE TELESCOPE: The James Webb Space Telescope 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. FOR INFORMATION: visit: www.jwst.nasa.gov; or www.nasa.gov/webb.
Artist Karen Hallion and NASA's Maggie Masetti

HOW AWESOMECON CAME TO BE: 
Ben Penrod and Steve Anderson from Third Eye Comics (Rob's Comic book shop) created the Annapolis Comic-Con, soon followed by the Southern Maryland Comic-Con, both still thriving local shows that cater to comic book lovers like themselves. Ben started planning Awesome Con full-time in 2012, and the first one launched in April 2013. It was an immediate success, and it quickly grew into one of the largest fan conventions on the East Coast.

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