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  • Kansan’s going up: International Space Station is astronaut’s destination

    Kansan’s going up: International Space Station is astronaut’s destination

    May 16, 2017

    From hutchnews.com. Read the full story here

    This spring, U.S. Air Force Col. Nick Hague got the news he had been waiting on for two years: He will join the ranks of Steve Hawley, Joe Engle and Ronald Evans as a Kansan to travel into outer space.

    Hague, who was selected by NASA as an astronaut in 2013 and completed training in 2015, is assigned to travel to the International Space Station in September 2018, NASA announced March 28.

    “It’s a six-month mission to the I.S.S.,” Hague said in a phone interview May 4.

    He will be a flight engineer for Expedition 57/58, which will launch from Russia aboard Soyuz 56S, according to a NASA biography.

    “It was really hard to believe,” he said of getting the news. “You wait for something, you work hard for something. I still have those ‘Pinch me’ moments now.”


    Hague was born in 1975 in Belleville and grew up in Hoxie, where he graduated from Hoxie High School in 1994. He graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in astronautical engineering, and he later received a master’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Hague said he always found the idea of space travel intriguing, and many experiences in his youth, including a field trip to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, got him interested in becoming an astronaut.

    “The ultimate dream was to go explore space,” he said.

    He said the Apollo astronauts who made the moon landings were an inspiration, but added that his family and parents were crucial inspirations as well, teaching him the importance of persistence. And now he counts on his wife, U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Catie Hague, and his two sons for support.

    He applied to become an astronaut for the first time in 2003. On his third application, in 2013, he was accepted.

    Required skills and training

    Hague said it is obvious that anyone who wants to become an astronaut needs to have considerable technical knowledge, but he said people might not realize how important the ability to work well with others and to handle stress is. The success of a mission is a whole-team effort, he said.

    Competing in athletics and participating in other group activities in his youth helped develop those teamwork skills, Hague said, and his Air Force career helped him take the next step.

    Hague said learning Russian – Russian Soyuz spacecraft are the only vehicles to send crew to the I.S.S. since the U.S. space shuttle program ended in 2011 – has been one of the more challenging parts of training for the assignment.

    In the meantime, Hague has been assisting NASA’s mission from the ground in the Space Station Operations branch supporting resource planning and operations. Hague said that involves lending an astronaut’s perspective in planning missions.

    As a flight engineer, Hague will conduct scientific experiments aboard the I.S.S. and help maintain the station.

    Lessons learned

    Hague said achieving his goals has been a step-by-step process, with failure along the way. The important thing has been picking himself back up and working again to reach his goals.

    He said the world can seem a long way from small-town Kansas, but he is proof that big dreams aren’t out of reach. He said achieving big dreams starts with knowing it won’t be easy and not letting that stop you.

    “Don’t give up,” he said. “Dream big and work hard.”

Upcoming Events

  • Members’ Only Eclipse Viewing Party

    Date: Monday, August 21, 2017 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM
    Location:Atchinson, Kansas



    August 21, 2017...

    The Sun will disappear behind the Moon.

    Daylight turns to twilight. 

    Temperatures drop. 

    Light streaks throughout the sky. 

    Come experience the 2017 Eclipse Across America with the Cosmosphere! Members' take a daytrip with the Cosmosphere team to the Eclipse Aire Fest at the Amelia Earhart Airport in Atchison, Kansas, to view the total solar eclipse. Depart in a luxury motorcoach from the Cosmosphere parking lot at 6:30 a.m., returning to Hutchinson at 6:30 p.m. 

    Provided on the trip: Eclipse viewing glasses, viewing through the Cosmosphere telescope and binoculars with Cosmosphere educators, snacks, beverages, a fact and safety booklet on the total eclipse and a commemorative eclipse t-shirt. Lunch is on your own and can be enjoyed at your choice of a variety of food trucks at the Eclipse Aire Fest (atchisonkansas.com/events/eclipse-aire-fest).

    Complete schedule will be provided to participants. 

    For more information on the 2017 August 21 Eclipse, check out these great websites!


    Date: Monday, August 21, 2017 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    On August 21, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in Hutchinson. The Cosmosphere and Hutchinson Public Library have partnered to bring the public a unique event in order to take advantage of this special occasion.

    From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Cosmosphere’s south parking lot, attendees will be able to view the eclipse using the Cosmosphere’s special solar telescope and binoculars and receive a pair of eclipse glasses (supplies limited). On the east side of that same parking lot, local food trucks— Hoggs and Doggs and the Traveling Bowl— will be ready to serve the crowd.

    Free activities will be held by both the Cosmosphere and Library staff and will include a chalk aurora art project, a make-and-take solar system jewelry piece and more.

    A detailed timeline of events will be available soon!

    For more information, please call the Cosmosphere at 620.662.2305 or 800.397.0330.

    For more information on the 2017 August 21 Eclipse, check out these great websites!

    Your eyes are precious! Check out these sites for eclipse eye safety:

    Eclipse Driver Safety Tips from AAA of Kansas:

    AAA Driver Safety Tips During the Solar Eclipse
    • Exit the roadway and park in a safe area away from traffic to view the eclipse
    • Do NOT stop along the highway or interstate or park on the shoulder of the road
    • Keep headlights on – don’t rely on automatic headlights
    • Do NOT wear eclipse glasses while driving.
    • Do NOT try to photograph or video the eclipse while driving.
    • Be mindful of pedestrians that many be walking around with their eyes on the sky.
    • Prepare for extra congestion on the roads during the eclipse period, but also in the days before and after the eclipse as many travelers head to the totality zone.
    • Have your viewing location set and stay in place, avoiding travel during the eclipse.

    Travel Tips for Eclipse Road Trips
    According to AAA Kansas, many people made their travel plans for this unique event months in advance, so accommodations in the totality zone could be nearly impossible to come by, but there are other considerations to help make eclipse road trips go smoothly.

    AAA Eclipse Road Trip Tips
    • Try to get to your viewing location one to two days ahead of the eclipse (Aug. 21).
    • With many hotels, motels and campgrounds in the path of 100 percent eclipse totality booked for months, consider other nearby locations, a short drive to where you’d like to view the eclipse from. A travel agent or online travel booking resource, such as those from AAA, can help you locate a hotel with vacancy.
    • Pack your patience and plan for congestion on the roads, especially as you get closer to locations within the path of totality.
    • Keep up to date on weather conditions – if you find your original location may be cloudy/rainy, consider moving to another location.
    • Don’t forget approved, safe eye protection for viewing the eclipse. NASA provides details on how to view the solar eclipse safely.
    • Learn about eclipse viewing parties and events across the state, highlighted by Travel Kansas

  • Lunar Outpost Closed for Renovation

    Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017
    Location:Cosmosphere Lunar Outpost

    The Lunar Outpost Food Court will be closed August 26, 2017 through October 2017 (TBD) for renovation. During this time, please see our Concession Stand during regular business hours for refreshments and snacks. 

    We're sorry for any inconvenience. 

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