NASA's chief administrator will be in Kansas next week to speak about the agency's future initiatives and to visit the Hutchinson cosmosphere.
Daniel Goldin, head of NASA, will visit Kansas University Feb. 20 to speak about the future of space exploration, KU officials announced Tuesday.
Goldin, will speak at 7 p.m. in Alderson Auditorium, in the Kansas Union. The event is open to the public.
Among the subjects that Goldin will address is the International Space Station.
Led by the United States and involving 15 other countries, the space station will be the largest and most complex international cooperative science and engineering program ever attempted.
Beginning in June 1998 with the launch of the first element, the partnership will ultimately assemble more than 100 components in low Earth orbit during the next five years. When completed, the station will provide permanent laboratories in space that will be available to researchers around the world.
Tom Armstrong, KU professor of physics and astronomy, and a leader in KU's space physics group, said he has ``no particular agenda in mind to discuss with Goldin, other than to be ... as appreciative as we can of the support that the agency has placed in the science community for research that we have been doing.''
KU research scientists are involved in projects for a number of NASA initiatives, including Voyagers I and II, Ulysses, Galileo, Cassini, and the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE).
``We have a tremendous debt to NASA, and it's clear that the agency has been a fundamental part of life here in the space physics group,'' Armstrong said. ``(The projects) are highly cost effective, and the science return is very large.''
In April 1992, Goldin became the ninth administrator at NASA.
His initiatives have included bringing the agency's budget process under control, and promoting cooperatives with the Russian space agency. Today, Russia is a full partner in the International Space Station program.
On Feb. 20, Goldin and Brownback will visit the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson.
Goldin's visit is sponsored by Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and the office of KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway.