Ad Astra Kansas

Ad Astra Kansas Day — April 30, 2005

Read the Governor's Proclamation naming
April 30, 2005 as Ad Astra Kansas Day and see photos of the proclamation signing.

Ad Astra Day 2005 was sponsored by the Ad Astra Kansas initiative and hosted at Stoffer Science Hall at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.

The winner of the 2005 Ad Astra Kansas Day poster contest, themed "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Satellite," was Kevin Burdick of Sts. Peter and Paul School, Seneca.

Schedule of Events:

  • Greetings and Introductions

  • Dr. Trevor Sorensen discusses the Clementine Mission to the Moon project with which he was involved. KU associate professor of aerospace engineering, Dr. Trevor Sorenson  spoke on the KUTESat project--a milestone project to send Kansas' first pico satellite into space--and its implications for Kansas' future, both short-and-long term.

    The Kansas University Space Program and Implications to the Future of Space in Kansas
    Trevor Sorensen, Ph.D., assistant professor of aerospace engineering at the University of Kansas and head of KUTESat program
  • Satellites and the Infrared Region of the Electromagnetic Spectrum
    Paul Adams, professor of physics, Fort Hays State University
  • Update of the Major Findings of Current Solar System JPL/NASA Missions
    Terri McManus, NASA solar system educator
  • How to Have Fun with Physics
    Steven Black, associate chair of the department of physics and astronomy, Washburn University.
  • Closing Remarks