Ad Astra Kansas

Ad Astra Kansas Day — April 24, 2004

Ad Astra Day 2004 was sponsored by the Ad Astra Kansas initiative and hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Washburn University in Topeka.

Steve Hawley
Photo credit: Randall Chambers 

Winner of the 2004 Ad Astra Kansas Day poster contest, themed "Super Sleuths--Researching for the Stars," sixth-grader Phillip Eller of Phillipsburg, receives his award from Kansas astronaut Steve Hawley. Eller also won for his school an outreach presentation from the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. The contest was also sponsored by the Kansas Space Grant Consortium. Two hundred-sixty entries were received.

Steve Hawley
Photo credit: Randall Chambers 

After giving his presentation on the Hubble Space Telescope, Steve Hawley was very accessible to visitors, spending at least 30 minutes answering questions.

Schedule of Events:

  • Opening Greetings
    Brenda Culbertson, Dir. Crane Observatory
    Jeanette Steinert, Ad Astra Initiative representative
    Washburn University representative
  • One Comet -- Many Asteroids -- Now What?
    Graham Bell, Northeast Kansas Amateur Astronomy League (NEKAAL)
  • Black Hole Collisions -- Sources of Gravitational Waves
    Karen Camarda, Ph.D. Washburn University
  • What has NASA Done For You Lately?
    Daniel Bateman, B.S., Kansas Cosmosphere and
    Space Center, Hutchinson
  • Eyes in the Sky -- How Kansas Scientists Use NASA Space Technology to Study Planet Earth
    Kevin Price, Ph.D., Kansas Applied Remote Sensing (KARS), Lawrence
  • It's Not Your Father's Astronaut Training --
    The Evolution of Astronaut Training Technologies into the 21st Century

    Dr. Randall Chambers, Ph. D., Distinguished Professor Emeritus in engineering, Wichita State University
  • The Hubble Space Telescope --
    14 Years of Servicing and Science

    Astronaut Steven A. Hawley, Ph.D.
  • Viewing Session
    Crane Observatory, Washburn Campus