NASA engineer discussing James Webb Space Telescope at upcoming UNK event

WHAT: University of Nebraska at Kearney Science Café

HOSTED BY: Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society

TITLE: “Twenty Years with the James Webb Space Telescope”

TOPIC: Launched on Dec. 25, 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope studies 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. Unlike the Hubble Space Telescope, which orbits Earth, the James Webb Space Telescope orbits the sun – 1 million miles away from Earth.

PRESENTER: John McCloskey is the chief electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) engineer at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland, where he’s worked since 1998. McCloskey was a design engineer and electrical systems engineer on various NASA projects before taking the chief EMC engineer position in 2010. He continues to provide EMC support to GSFC projects, including the James Webb Space Telescope, while providing EMC training and educational opportunities for the GSFC workforce.

TIME: 5:30 p.m.

DATE: Wednesday, Oct. 11

PLACE: Copeland Hall Room 142

CONTACT: Allen Thomas, UNK chemistry professor, 308.865.8452,