Welcome to Ad Astra Kansas Foundation

Founded in 2001, the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation is an information resource focusing on
high-tech and space-tech research in Kansas and promoting STEM education in our state.


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If you're interested in being one of the first women on the moon, the International Lunar Observatory Association is offering a chance to win an all-expenses trip to Hainan, China for the ILOA Galaxy Forum, "First Women on the Moon," Dec. 4-7, 2018

The winner of an essay contest will participate in a special luncheon panel featuring Astronauts Soyeon Yi, Naoko Yamazaki, other women Astronauts from China and USA.

To enter describe in 100 words or less why you would like to be the First Woman or one of the First Women on the Moon, and the significance of the First Woman landing on the Moon. Send your essay with subject line of “First Women on the Moon” to 1stWomenontheMoon@iloa.org along with your full name, age, mailing address, and telephone number listed at the bottom.

For full details visit http://www.iloa.org/1stWomenontheMoon.pdf


Science in Kansas, 150 years and counting

The Ad Astra Kansas Initiative is sponsoring a project for the Kansas Sesquicentennial; Science in Kansas: 150 Years and Counting. 

We have created a series of "trading cards" highlighting Kansas scientists of accomplishment with the goal of inspiring young Kansans to go into STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields.  

The final set of trading cards are available now!! To download all the trading cards click here.

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New Horizons spacecraft
passes near Pluto

Pluto, the mysterious planet discovered in 1930 by Kansan Clyde Tombaugh, got a little less mysterious last summer when the New Horizons spacecraft took this picture

Free materials available
for educational project

you can be one!

  Kansas scientists
Kansas Kids

Educational activity information

The scientists:

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Monarchs In Space

FHSU/Cosmosphere Repository of Space Exploration

 Kansas Space Initiative Meeting
November 20, 2008

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Ad Astra Kansas Day activities

optics demo

K-State demonstration of fiber optics


Northeast Kansas Amateur
Astronomists League demonstration



Galaxy Forum Presentation on New Horizons