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July 13, 2012

Geek Of The Week July 13, 2012

Building solar panels for the Webb Telescope.

Again, this week’s Geek of the Week should be of no surprise.

On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, I went to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and had an AMAZING 6-hour tour, organised by my pal, and NASA astrophysicist, Dave Batchelor (@davidabatchelor) — the dude who wrote The Science Of Star Trek, among other things.

Aside from the things shown below (The Clean Room, Radiation Lab, Webb Telescope being built, Science on the Sphere), I saw where they create movies, the mission control center for satellites, talked with the educational outreach facility, learned loads about radiation physics, talked about Hubble — naturally Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer and multiple guest on the Geeky Pleasures Radio Show) came up in conversation as a few people I talked to there worked with him on Hubble — saw a whole lot of climate science, and OMG SO MUCH MORE that I can’t remember.

As soon as I come down from the high of this visit, I’ll be writing about it for Wired’s GeekMom.

I even squee’d a few times, which made the wonderful folks at NASA smile.

So until the time I’m able to recount all that I did and saw at Goddard, here are some pictures.

My special visitor's badge. They made me return it when I was finished.

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Jules
I never know what to say in this about me sections/bios. I am a mother, geek, gamer, tech enthusiast, radio personality, actor, artist, dancer, crafter, writer, music fanatic, science fiction nut, lover of the great outdoors, and so much more.




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