School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

UT Dallas Department of Physics to Host Astronaut Janice Voss at Texas Astronomical Society Meeting Aug. 24

The University of Texas at Dallas will host the Texas Astronomical Society (TAS) and its guest speaker, Astronaut Janice Voss, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, in the Kusch Auditorium of the Founders North building on campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Voss, the science director for the Kepler spacecraft mission at NASA’s Ames Research Center, will discuss the Kepler mission, which will launch in February 2009 and search for Earth-like planets around distant stars. Voss will also address the design and expected results from the three-year mission.

TAS meetings take place on the fourth Friday of each month at UT Dallas.  The meetings include programs presented by members or guest speakers, a slide show of the current “constellation of the month” and a traveling library from which members may withdraw books.

Visitors are encouraged to sign in at the registration table.  Parking is available in lots H, I or J.  A campus map is available at http://www.utdallas.edu/campusmap.html.

The TAS was established in 1955 to promote the study of astronomy and related fields and to pursue observation and construction of instruments as a hobby.  Membership is open to anyone interested in astronomy and related subjects.  Additional information about TAS is available at www.texasastro.org.

News Contact:Jenni Huffenberger, UT Dallas, (972) 883-4431, 8/21/2007

  • Updated: December 19, 2007