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Source: Heather Wagoner, 785-826-2917,
News release prepared by Natalie Blair, 785-826-2642,

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


SALINA -- As part of All-University Open House activities at Kansas State University at Salina, visitors will be able to touch a 3-billion-year-old moon rock, see the progress of the International Space Station, learn about NASA's next major program, Constellation, and discover why NASA is going back to the moon.

Open house at K-State at Salina will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 18. It is free and everyone is welcome.

The space-related events are all part of the NASA Johnson Space Center Driven to Explore exhibit, a traveling display about NASA and space exploration, which will be in the south parking lot. The exhibit is wheelchair accessible.

Also at K-State at Salina's open house, visitors can use a student-built cannon for target practice, learn about aerobatics from pilot and performer Wayne Handley at 10 a.m., witness a Wildcat flyover at noon, eat Purple Pride ice cream, and calculate how long it will take them to become a millionaire.

Visitors also can learn about unmanned aerial vehicles, get up close and personal with K-State's fleet of aircraft, check out a Life Star EMS helicopter and a Blackhawk Dustoff, see if concrete canoes can float, and use the university's flight simulators to take a jet for a spin. They also can make their own souvenir using K-State's plastic injection molder.

In addition, the Wildcat Breakfast Fly-In from 8-11 a.m. will be a chance to meet K-State pilots and mechanics of the past, present and future.

A full listing of K-State All-University Open House events is available at