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Former Astronaut Teaches KU Course on Extra-Terrestrial Life

Students at the University of Kansas can take a course on the study of extra-terrestrial life, taught by a former NASA astronaut. Professor Steve Hawley, who's been to space on five different shuttle missions, says part of the course work includes a discussion on UFOs.

KU is one of only three institutions in the country where students can earn a minor degree in astrobiology.

Ex-Astronaut Teaches KU Class on Extra-Terrestrial Life

Is there life beyond planet Earth? That's a big question... and one that students at the University of Kansas are trying to answer. KU offers a class about extra-terrestrial life. It's taught by former NASA astronaut Steve Hawley, a KU professor of astronomy and astrophysics. KPR's J. Schafer recently spoke with Hawley about the course... and about KU's new emphasis on astrobiology.

That's former NASA astronaut Steve Hawley, a professor of astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Kansas. He was speaking to KPR's J. Schafer about a course in the study of extra-terrestrial life. Only three schools in the nation offer a minor in astrobiology. KU is now one of them.

KU Offers Course in the Study of Extra-Terrestrial Life

Is there life beyond planet Earth? That's a big question... and one that students at the University of Kansas are trying to answer. KU offers a course on the study of extra-terrestrial life and now, students can get a minor degree in astrobiology.

That's former NASA astronaut Steve Hawley, who helps teach the course. He says UFOs are discussed in class but are not the main topic. Instead, students will spend time studying the possibility of NON-intelligent life on other planets.

KS State Fair Confident in Safety Measures

The general manager of the Kansas State Fair feels secure about the safety measures in place for the annual event in Hutchinson. Denny Stoecklein (STECK-line) says the fair's response to any emergency will involve a coordinated effort from public safety officials.

Stoecklein (STECK-line) says fair officials and law enforcement authorities will spend some extra time reviewing safety measures in the next week, in light of recent concerns about safety at large public events. Officials at the Indiana State Fair recently came under criticism after a stage collapse killed seven people earlier this month. The 99th Kansas State Fair gets underway September 9th and will run through the 18th.

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