Voyager anniversary feature at Ad Astra space celebration
Connected with the NASA Voyager program since its beginning, Lawrence scientist Thomas Armstrong is the perfect presenter to mark the 35th anniversary of the Voyager spacecraft at the annual Ad Astra Kansas Day Space Event, “Voyaging to the Stars,” to be held at Washburn University April 21.
In his work with NASA, Armstrong will be one of the first to see data sent back from interstellar space by Voyager spacecraft as it leaves the Milky Way Galaxy sometime in 2012. His illustrated lecture with video and sound, “Space History: Politics, Science and Discovery” will describe U.S. space exploration from the first satellite launch in 1958 through the present, which finds Voyager 1 about 14 billion miles from Earth.
Major discoveries and future possibilities will be discussed for general audiences, especially school children.
The free family event is sponsored by the Ad Astra Kansas Initiative Foundation in cooperation with the Washburn University Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Activities will include telescope displays; planetarium and observatory viewing; flight, telescope and robotics demos; “space” ice cream; a virtual solar system; hands-on activities and take-aways.
The event will be from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Stoffer Science Hall on the Washburn campus, 17th and Washburn, Topeka.
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