Rocket Boys Festival
October 4, 5, 6 2013
2013 Rocket Boys Festival in Beckley
Visitors to this year's Rocket Boys Festival will also have the opportunity to meet Rocket Boys Homer Hickam, Roy Lee Cooke, O’Dell Carroll, and Billy Rose as well as other residents of the tiny hamlet of Coalwood, made popular in the series of best selling books set in Southern West Virginia.
GUESTS from NASA
Russell L. Werneth, an aerospace engineer at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt,Maryland was the ExtraVehicular Activity (EVA) Manager for the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) Project. Mr. Werneth contributed to numerous programs throughout his long Federal career, but he earned the most acclamation for his many efforts during the five Hubble servicing missions. He has played an important role in several projects, including designing unique tools, procedures, and training that the astronauts used during their EVAs, or spacewalks, to upgrade and repair HST. During his career he also served as the lead manager for astronaut tool development at Goddard for NASA's two critical Return-to-Flight Space Shuttle missions in 1995, when astronauts performed first-of-its-kind spacewalking demonstrations using repair tools that Goddard and JohnsonSpaceCenter teams created. After retiring from civil service in 2007, Russ returned to serve as Educational and Public Outreach Engineer for the Hubble Space Telescope Project and Astrophysics.
Mr. Werneth graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with bachelors and masters degrees in mechanical engineering and also received a master's degree in engineering administration from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He previously was an Instructor and Lecturer at the University of Maryland and an Adjunct Professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey,California. He is also a long-time national officer of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society.
Mr. Werneth has been recognized with such prestigious awards as NASA's Exceptional Achievement Medal for his work on Return-to-Flight and Hubble servicing missions and the Astronaut Silver Snoopy Award for his efforts on the EVA-intensive Space Shuttle missions to Hubble. TheUniversity of Maryland presented Russ with a College of Engineering Centennial Award, an honor bestowed to their top 100 engineering graduates.
Russ worked with Homer Hickam when Homer was an engineer at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, AL. They were scuba divers supporting astronaut training for Hubble in the Neutral Buoyancy Simulator (NBS) facility.