John Martinez has been passionate about astronomy and space since his first view of Saturn through a childhood telescope, becoming his gateway into science and a lifelong journey of personal discovery and learning. He was a young teenager during NASA’s Apollo Moon landing missions, and they had an awe inspiring effect on his imaginings of what else might be “out there” in the Solar System and beyond, waiting to be discovered.
For many years John was the Project Manager of the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network. LCOGT’s science mission focused on discovery and/or characterization of exoplanets, supernovae, and near-earth objects. To this end, he was deeply engaged with the design, fabrication, and deployment of their 1-meter class research telescopes and observatories to various mountaintop sites in the U.S. and around the globe. Currently John serves as a volunteer astronomy lab technician at the University of New Orleans, and operator of its Lakefront campus observatory and telescope.
John has participated in hundreds of astronomy engagements with school groups and the general public. There is nothing he enjoys more than sharing with others our human mission to explore, through telescope and spacecraft, this Solar System and Universe we call home.
Past Events Hosted By This Ambassador:
Louisiana Childrens Museum "Space is the Place" summer camp Louisiana Childrens Museum
UNO Einstein Week public lecture: "TRAPPIST-1 and the Hunt for Alien Planets", presented by NASA SSA John Martinez. Followed by UNO Observatory Open House and Star Party by the Pontchartrain Astronomy Society. University of New Orleans lakefront campus, Room SC2120 (Science Bldg.)
Variability of the Solar Constant and its Influence on Climate Change UNO Science Building, Room 1001.
UNO Astro Camp Campus of the University of New Orleans
Astronomy Day Infinity Science Center at NASA's Stennis Space Center