F. Richard Myers presents a program at Ingram Planetarium called “Mission Overview: James Webb Space Telescope” Mar. 5 at 7 PM. Myers calls the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) – scheduled to launch in 2018 — “one of the most audacious space programs in decades.” It will be placed approximately 1 million miles from Earth – much further out than the Hubble Space Telescope. The largest and most sophisticated space telescope ever conceived, the JWST promises to continue the legacy of the Hubble and, in the process, revolutionize humanity’s understanding of the universe and our place in it.
Rich Myers is currently a member of NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope Ground Segment and Operations team serving as the JWST Test Coordinator. He is employed by Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, the primary contractor responsible for developing the JWST. Myers’s role evolves over time and spans all phases of development, including design, integration, test, flight operations team training, launch, commissioning of the Observatory, and ultimately executing the science mission.
A Connecticut native, Myers received degrees from the University of Rochester in physics and astronomy in 1998. He spent three years working on naval ballistic missile defense programs before joining NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory Flight Operations Team in 2001. He transitioned to the Goddard Space Flight Center and the James Webb program in 2009. Among a number of achievements recognized by NASA, Myers was awarded the James Webb Space Telescope Award for Outstanding Achievement in 2014.
Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach, NC. This event is FREE! For more information, call 910-575-0033 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.