World Space Week celebrated at FHSU Oct. 4 to 10

The Year of Science 2009 continues at Fort Hays State University with the 10th celebration of the United Nations-declared World Space Week from Oct. 4 to 10.

FHSU's celebration of World Space Week celebration includes several events:

A community-wide rocket launch contest is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4. The event is free and open to all members of the community. Contestants need to build their own rocket prior to the event and bring their own engines. Rockets will be judged on highest altitude, most realistic and most creative design. The contest will be split into over- and under-16 age groups. Rocket kits will be awarded as prizes. Launch facilities are provided. For entry forms and safety rules, visit the Space Week Web site at .

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, a Times Talk about the STS 128 shuttle launch, hosted by Dr. John Heinrichs, chair of geosciences, and Dr. Paul Adams, Anshutz Professor of Education and professor of physics, will take place at 11:30 a.m. in the FHSU Ballroom in Memorial Union on the FHSU campus.

A debate titled "Human Exploration: Worth our money or not?" is at noon on Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Cody Commons in Memorial Union. The debate features Adams and Dr. Doug Drabkin, associate professor of philosophy, and is moderated by Heinrichs.

For more information about Space Week at FHSU, visit the Web site at

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