The Dillon Lecture Series invites Kansas-born NASA astronaut Nick Hague

On Tuesday morning, April 5, Nick Hague, a Kansas-born astronaut, will speak at the second lecture in the Dillon Lecture Series for 2022 at the Hutchinson Sports Arena.

The Dillon Lecture Series Committee has invited Hague as the 162 speaker for the series. He is the fifth astronaut to speak during the series. Other astronauts include Wally Schirra and Scott Kelly, but Hague is the first Kansas astronaut to speak.

Dillon Lecture Series coordinator Robin Woodworth said the committee had invited The Hague for the 2019 lectures but had to postpone to 2022 due to COVID-19 quarantine restrictions.

“At the time Nick was envisioned, he was working on the space station and we knew he would be returning in the fall of 2018,” Woodworth said. “We are delighted to have him with us now.”

After the lecture series, Hague will visit the Cosmosphere, where second-grade students from Plum Creek Elementary and sixth-grade students from McCandless Elementary will share results from classroom experiments.

“We hope to allow them to experience someone they wouldn’t normally know,” Woodworth said. “It looks like he was very proactive in achieving his goal, and I hope he inspires others to do the same.”

About Nick Hague

Hague, born in Bellville, Kansas, attended the US Air Force Academy in 1998, earning a bachelor’s degree in astronautical engineering.

He then earned a master’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000.

In 2015 Hague completed astronaut candidate training and in 2018 NASA selected him for an expedition to the International Space Station which launched on October 11, 2018.

He then acted as a flight engineer on the space station in 2019 for Expeditions 59 and 60.

Angela C. Hale