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Ad Astra Kansas Foundation Announces August 19 Space Education Forum

14 Jun 2017 9:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
Educators will be "ahead of the curve" with information from the 2017 Galaxy Forum to be held Saturday, August 19, at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. Topics for this free event will be:


"Lord of the Rings--the Cassini Mission to Saturn" will be given by Todd Barber.  Barber has been NASA-JPL's lead propulsion engineer on the Cassini mission since 2002.  Cassini has orbited Saturn for 13 years. In its aptly named "Grand Finale" Cassini swoops between Saturn and its innermost ring ending in the probe's crash into Saturn on September 15, 2107. What has Cassini revealed over the years?  What kind of close-ups, what kind of details, what do we hope to learn from this final mission? Barber is a Wichita native and Southeast High School grad.


"The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse: What, When, Where, Why?" As a primer on this unique event, Dean Stramel, professor of chemistry at Fort Hays State University, will look into  why this is such a big deal that people travel all over the globe to see it. What is the science behind it?  What are the logistics to watching it?  This will be information teachers can take directly into their classrooms on Monday morning--eclipse day.


"Mars: Through the Eyes (and Lasers) of  Curiosity" will begiven by Sarah Lamm. A Kansas State senior, she has spent two summers at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico working with data from Curiosity's ChemCam instrument (it's the part that looks like the head and eye of Curiosity.) Her team's studies about the presence of manganese, an indicator of the presence of liquid water, has important implications for the habitability of  Mars. She will share these and other  findings and what they mean.  Sarah, a Colby native, is a great illustration of what young Kansans are doing in the space sciences.


The 2016 Galaxy Forum will be Saturday, Aug. 19, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson

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The Galaxy Forum is free. Students and the public are also welcome.  Though not required, teachers are urged to register to help with count for materials preparation.  Continuing education credit available. Register with name and number attending to jeanettesteinert@att.net or contact@adastra-ks.org

KATS email:   kats.org1967@gmail.com

Payments and invoices should be sent to:

KATS Treasurer

P.O. Box 780899

Wichita KS 67278


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