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Founded in 2001 and an affiliate of the Kansas Space Grant Consortium since 2003, Ad Astra Kansas is an information resource focusing on high-tech and space research in the state of Kansas.

NASA scientist to give presentations at Wichita State

Les Johnson, technical adviser for NASA’s Advanced Concepts Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, will be giving two presentations at Wichita State University this month.

At 2 p.m., April 22, 128 Jabara Hall, he will give a scientific presentation of "Propellantless propulsion: Propelling spacecraft using the natural environments of space"

At 4 p.m., April 23, 100 Lindquist Hall, he make a public presentation of "Using space science and technology to help solve energy and environmental problems on Earth."

At the Mashall Space Flight Center Johnson serves as the principal investigator of the Near Earth Asteroid Scout solar sail mission. He is an author of several popular science books, including “Solar Sails: A Novel Approach to Interplanetary Travel”; has appeared on numerous documentaries on Th e Science Channel, NatGEO and PBS; and was featured in the January 2013 issue of National Geographic.


Ad Astra Kansas Day 2015 coming April 25

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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.


Probe to pass
near Pluto

This summer, the New Horizons space craft will fly by Pluto, the mysterious, icy planet discovered in 1930 by a young Kansan named Clyde Tombaugh


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Monarchs In Space

FHSU/Cosmosphere Repository of Space Exploration

 Kansas Space Initiative Meeting
November 20, 2008

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