Shore Leave, A fan run Science Fiction Convention
Dr. Kenneth Carpenter is the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Operations Project Scientist and the Ground Systems Project Scientist for the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland and a member of Goddard's "Exoplanets and Stellar Astrophysics Laboratory". He has a PhD. in astronomy from Ohio State University and enjoys photography and is an enthusiastic fan of all things Joss Whedon, Star Trek and Disney. Carpenter credits both Star Trek and the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, which he attended as a child, with fueling his desire to work for NASA. Dr. Carpenter will give a science talk this year and will appear at the HST Table, along with other Hubble staff, to talk with attendees about Hubble and Space Astronomy in general.
From the beginning, Art and Science have been inextricably intertwined, with one informing and motivating the other and improving our understanding and appreciation of both. Perhaps no other astronomical facility illustrates this better than NASA's Hubble Space Telescope (HST), whose images have appeared throughout modern culture. Its images appear in magazines and books, on the side of U-Haul trucks, on postage stamps, on greeting cards, in tattoos, in arts & crafts, on clothing, in movies and TV, in music videos, and in fine art exhibits. Dr. Carpenter will explore all of these and highlight two on-going and forthcoming major Hubble Art and Science shows that seek to explore, as LA Fine Artist Simone Wright has said, this "intersection of Art and Science, where true discovery, creativity and innovation happen."