Ad Astra Newsletter: Issue #1 2024 (published on Mar 19, 2024)
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“Star Trek: The Reunion of Old Friends” by Helmut Eppich

Helmut Eppich is a remarkable artist and illustrator, whose cosmos-themed paintings are displayed throughout the college. His expertise spans various realms, but what truly sets him apart is his profound knowledge of all things related to Star Trek. A true Trekkie, Helmut possesses an unparalleled understanding not only of the episodes themselves but also of the intricate stories behind the production of this iconic series. In this captivating piece that he has crafted and illustrated, Helmut generously shares his passion for the Star Trek universe.

Cover Image: Encounter | Helmut Eppich

Ad Astra Newsletter: Issue #3 2021 (published on Dec 06, 2021)
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“William Shatner’s Fame Or Folly?” by Helmut Eppich

William Shatner’s fifteen minute trip into Earth orbit aboard Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin Space Capsule fuses the fictionality and legacy of Star Trek with the reality of experiencing actual space flight through his alter ego, if you will, Captain James Tiberius Kirk, through all those professional scientists, doctors, engineers, aerodynamic designers, artists, writers, teachers, and astronauts encouraged by the series. William Shatner and Captain Kirk took us all with them. We are the better for it.

Cover Image: drawing by Helmut Eppich. Mr. Spock and Captain James T. Kirk.

Ad Astra Newsletter: Issue #3 2020 (published on Dec 07, 2020)
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That Sense of... ENTERPRISE

by Helmut Eppich

An amazing story of the beginning of one classic, believable, scientifically based, intelligent, science fiction television series that became part of popular culture, and inspired scientists, astronomers, engineers, doctors, computer designers and technicians to enter their respective fields.