Welcome to Ad Astra Kansas
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.
2013 Galaxy Forum
The 2013 Galaxy Forum has been scheduled for July 27 in the Endeavour Classroom of the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson. Professional development credit available for educators.
Presentations will include:
Introduction to the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation:
Learn more about the sponsor of the Galaxy Forum— its mission and future projects.
Exploring Space Weather—the Van Allen Storm Probes:
Earth's weather is familiar with to everyone but weather also occurs in space. Twin probes launched last August are helping us learn how this affects our space-based and ground-based technologies. Learn what scientists are looking for from veteran NASA scientists Dr. Thomas Armstrong and/or Dr. Jerry Manweiller.
From Understanding Basic Particle Physics to exploring the Universe
This year a number of startling advances in astro-particle physics have been announced:
- The first clear evidence of Dark Matter;
- A series of high energy gamma ray observations are expanding and changing our understanding of how stars end their lives;
- The Ice Cube Neutrino Telescope at the South Pole suggests the existence of ultra massive particles yet to be created by manmade particle accelerators;
- A brief intro into particle physics and how it is used to help understand the universe and its forces.
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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.
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- 2013 Galaxy Forum scheduled for July 27 at the Cosmosphere
- Coffee at the Cosmo: SpaceWorks, May 16:
The Conservation of F-1 Engines
- McClouth Middle School plans Science Night May 3
- Apollo rocket engines land in Kansas for conservation
- Weather Channel show 'Forecasting the End' will spotlight KU researchers
Cosmosphere visitors to watch restorations
- Kansas meteorite expert getting calls after meteorite rocks Russia
- Wichita Society of Women Engineers annual Expo set for
- Kansan discovers asteroid that may come near Earth
- KU researcher active in BigBOSS project to unlock secrets of dark
energy in the universe
- We, Robot
- Kansas BEST robotics team dominates Arkansas Regionals
- Banner Creek Science Center expands facility programs
- KU professor solves medieval solar puzzle
- KU awarded grant for DARPA robotics challenge
- Supercharged: Researchers discover technique to kick a record number of electrons out of an atom with an X-ray laser
- NSF awards KU grant to develop advanced polar research radar
- Kansas BEST 2012: Warp XX! results uplifting
- Washburn Rural High students headed to robotics competition
- By measuring lithium, KU researchers learn more about the
structure of stars
- KU professor receives grant to study cosmic complexity
of the universe
- Cosmosphere Builds UFO for International Exhibit
- Space Men: Lawrence company analyzes Voyager data
- Cosmosphere’s SpaceWorks Completes Project for
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston
- KCSC announces a new astronaut advisor
- Valley Center students hope to raise enough money to compete
in space education program
- Native American Storytelling Sept. 15 at Lake Afton Observatory
- Astronaut and former Salinan Steve Hawley remembers
- NASA Radiation Belt Storm Probe launch party to be held
in Lawrence on Aug. 24
- WSU scientist searching salt for answers about life on Earth, Mars
- Lenexa teen who named Curiosity rover will be part of Mars landing
- Mars rover Curiosity expected to land under watch of
engineer from Wichita
- See the Perseid meteor shower at Lake Afton observatory Aug. 13
- International conference in Wichita to continue discussion
of Higgs Boson discovery July 23-28
- A Big Bang: "God particle" announcement gives weight to scientific
theory, K-State contributions
- Higgs boson discovery opens new doors, says Wichita State
- Strength in Numbers: Physicists identify new quantum state allowing
three--but not two--atoms to stick together
- Tracking dangerous asteroids from a backyard in Kansas
- Telescope night at Lake Afton Observatory June 15
- Wichita Education students selected for NASA training
- View Venus transit at Wichita State University, June 5
- K-State Physics Research Sheds New Light on Quantum Dynamics
- "Star Wars" up close at Exploration Place through Sept 3.
- Sizing up Saturn program at Lake Afton Observatory June 1-2, 22-23,
and 29-30; July 27-28; and Aug. 24-25 and 31-Sept. 1
- STAR WARS exhbit coming to Exploration Place, April 27
- Kansas Cosmosphere celebrates 50 years of education, exploration, April 26
- New KU program teaches kids the nitty-gritty of nanoscale, energy, April 26
- KU SpaceUp for Kansas set for April 29
- KU climbs in national ranking for federally funded research, April 12
- Kansas Science Olympiad to be held, April 6
- 144th Kansas Academy of Science Annual Meeting held at Wichita
State University, Mar.30-31
- Electron-detection breakthrough could unleash next-generation
technologies, Feb. 28
- Emporia State is site of regional science fair, Feb 25
- Former astronaut thinks we'll miss the Shuttle, Feb 15
- Wichita State University helps student get to NASA, Feb 13
- The Right Recipe: Engineering Research Improves Laser
Detectors, Batteries, Feb 13
- Wichita State to host robotics competition for young students, Feb. 1
- Cosmic ray research to be focus of international meeting at
Wichita State, Jan 29
- "Wildest Weather in the Solar System" at Exploration Place, Jan 23
- KU professor peeks into universe's ancient past, Dec. 6
- Robots to take center stage at WSUs Koch Arena Nov. 5
- K-State engineer's work at home in the final frontier, Oct. 28
- Hawley to hold book signing and lecture at Spencer Art Museum Nov. 5.
- Physicist to speak Oct. 18, at Pittsburg State about possible
Kansas observatory, Oct 12.
- "Astronomical Zoo" is one of Lake Afton Observatory's new fall
events, Sept. 25
- Nuclear engineering laboratory developing radiation detectors for industry,
government agencies, Sept. 25
- Kansas joins national science standards team, Sept. 25
- Here Comes the Sun: Research shows solar rays could replace
petroleum fuels, Sept. 25
- NASA's Driven to Explore exhibit will be at the Sedgwick Co.
Exploration Place Sept 7-8.
- Wichita State second in nation in aeronautical R&D expenditures, Aug 15
- Wichita State University physics faculty and students take part in cosmic ray project, Aug 3.
- WSU physics project provides real-world experience for students, Aug, 3.
- WSU wins NASA grant to research composite material repair, July 23
- Liberty Bell 7 celebration planned for July 21 at the Kansas Cosmosphere, July 18
- Lake Afton Observatory to offer "Bring Your Own Telescope" programs in June July and August, June 6
- Gov. Brownback signs measure to increase engineering graduates, May 26
- Cosmosphere to show last launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour, May 16
- Wichita Science Cafe' presents:
High-Energy Cosmic Rays
by Dr. Nickolas Solomey, May 9.
- The TIV is coming to the Cosmosphere on April 11, March 24
- Full Scale Mars Rover Model from JPL at Cosmosphere, March 24
- Sticking Power: new adhesive earns patent, could find place in space, March 22
- Native Kansan, one of NASA's original "Men of Mission Control," to speak at Cosmosphere on March 26.
- KU researchers detect the curving flight of a spinning electron
for the first time, Mar. 7
- NIAR researcher's friction stir welding invention results in Wichita State's first royalty-bearing license, Mar. 3
- Come to the Cosmosphere to Watch the Final Launch of
Discovery, Feb. 22
- K-State scientists say small particle means big research for international
physics project, Feb 17
- World's Smallest Transponder On Board K-State Salina Unmanned
Aircraft, Feb. 9.
- K-State's Wisely named to list of Kansas scientists, Feb. 9
- Michael Byers scheduled to discuss his novel Percivals Planet, inspired by
the true story of Kansan Clyde Tombaugh, Feb 3.
- Celebration of Kansas scientific history recognizes influential
KU minds, Jan. 24
- WSU Senior selected for NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate
Project, Jan 13
- Regional Science Competition Coming To K-State Salina, Jan. 6
2012 Galaxy Forum featured Dr. Thomas Armstrong
The Ad Astra Kansas Fondation held its 2012 Galaxy Forum at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson Saturday, September 22
The event was highlighted by a presentation on Voyager 1’s anticipated crossing into interstellar space and NASA’s new Radiation Belt Storm Probes mission by Dr. Tom Armstrong of Lawrence, a Kansas space physicist who is a co-investigator on both missions. For more than 40 years, Armstrong has participated in design and development of instrumentation and software for 10 NASA satellite missions, including Cassini and Galileo, as well as ongoing analysis of data gathered by those missions.
Other presenters included Vicki Johnson, PhD, Society of Women Engineers and Ken Moum, Ad Astra Kansas Foundation.
To see the presentations from the 2012 Galaxy forum, click here.
To see the latest data from Voyager Missions, click here
2012 Ad Astra Kansas Day featured Voyager Anniversary
The Voyager Spacecraft's 35th anniversary was featured April 21 at the 2012 Ad Astra Kansas Day Space Celebration at Washburn University in Topeka.
Lawrence scientist Thomas Armstrong, who has been connected with NASA's Voyager program since its beginning gave an illustrated lecture “Space History: Politics, Science and Discovery,” that described U.S. space exploration from the first satellite launch in 1958 through the present, with Voyager 1 about 14 billion miles from Earth.
The free, family event was sponsored by the Ad Astra Kansas Initiative Foundation in cooperation with the Washburn University Dept. of Physics and Astronomy.
Activities included telescope displays; planetarium and observatory viewing; flight, telescope and robotics demos; “space” ice cream; a virtual solar system; hands-on activities and take-aways. More