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NEXT MEETING: November 18
Main program: Astronomy Show and Tell      
Join us at 6:30 pm!
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August Hybrid Meeting

amateria Published on August 15, 2022

Next Meeting: Friday, August 26

We will be both in person at the Ponderosa fire station training room (see address in side bar) and on Zoom this month. If you are Zooming, check back here for the Zoom link before you join the meeting.

6:30 PM: We will have a special FYI session honoring Loyd Overcash.

A tribute to and examination of images of Loyd Overcash.  How he started and grew in astroimaging, including a live presentation of processing some of his best work.

7:30 PM: Main presentation… Open Lines: A Journey with Webb

Join NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador volunteers Leonard Ferguson and Annie Wargetz for a lively discussion about the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST)! We’ll journey with JWST from its launch to its first views of the universe and on to its latest imagery and science. Bring your questions and your curiosity!

 

ANNIE WARGETZ

Annie Wargetz is a life-long space enthusiast who has a passion for getting the public and all those around her as excited about space exploration as she is. Annie holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston in Communications. She focused on public relations and advertising and earned a minor in mathematics. She holds a graduate degree in Space Sciences from the University of North Dakota where she focused her studies on human spaceflight. She studied mission and spacecraft design as well as life support systems. Her master’s thesis looked at the psychological challenges humans may face during the long duration missions back to the Moon and Mars. Her favorite topics to speak on as an ambassador are human spaceflight, any of the multitudes of NASA missions, and heliophysics, or the study of the Sun. She hopes to inspire people to look up to the stars with hope and to learn more about the advances in our space program.

 

LEONARD FERGUSON

Leonard Ferguson is an active amateur astronomer with a particular interest in our sun and variable stars. He is a longtime volunteer at the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s George Observatory, conducting classroom presentations during public star parties and assisting with the operation of the domed telescopes. He is active in Fort Bend Astronomy Club, assisting with educational programs and helping to support and organize club meetings and activities and writes stargazing articles for several publications.

July 22 Meeting

amateria Published on July 9, 2022

Join us for monthly meeting on Friday, July 22

LOCATION:

Ponderosa Fire Station training room:
17061 Rolling Creek Drive (map)

We’d love to see you there!

(We will not be Zooming the meeting this month, but plan to in August.)

FYI Session 6:30pm
James Webb Space Telescope

 

Main Presentation 7:30pm

The Artemis Program

Jenny Gruber, PhD will talk about the Artemis Campaign and the programs involved.

Bio:  Jenny Gruber was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering in 1999. During her time at BU, she was a cooperative education student at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. In 2002, she earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering Science from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Her thesis title was, “A Study of Erosion Due to Low-Energy Sputtering in the Discharge Chamber of the Kaufman Ion Thruster”.

Jenny joined NASA JSC as a full-time employee in the fall of 2002. She spent 16 years in the Flight Operations Directorate, first as a Flight Dynamics Officer (FDO) in Space Shuttle Mission Control, and then as a manager for two ISS Mission Control Groups—Mission Planning Software and the Inventory and Stowage Officers. In October 2018, Jenny left Flight Operations to work on the Artemis Campaign, which aims to return humans to the moon–this time to stay and prepare for human exploration of Mars. She currently serves as the Cross Program Integration Lead for the Human Landing System (HLS), responsible for the people and processes that will ensure safe and successful interfaces between the Lander and other spacecraft or lunar surface assets. In lunar orbit, HLS will interact with the Orion spacecraft and the Gateway station. On the lunar surface HLS crew will utilize extravehicular activity suits, rovers, and habitats.

Jenny is wife to a fellow NASA engineer and mom to a teenager. In her spare time, she enjoys long-distance running, serving with her church, travel, camping and other outdoor activities, reading, mentoring young people, and learning about Ethiopian history, language, and culture.