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  • Apollo-era Astronauts and Mission Control Crew Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Cosmosphere

    Apollo-era Astronauts and Mission Control Crew Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Cosmosphere

    September 20, 2018

    On Saturday, December 1, the Cosmosphere, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, invites the public to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission with astronauts and members of the Johnson Space Center Mission Control crew.

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  • Blast from the Past

    Blast from the Past

    September 17, 2018

    Washburn University Alumnus leads preservation of control consoles used during Moon landings

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  • Cosmosphere Receives Hansen Foundation Grant to Serve Northwest Kansas Counties

    Cosmosphere Receives Hansen Foundation Grant to Serve Northwest Kansas Counties

    August 30, 2018

    The Dane G. Hansen Foundation has awarded the Cosmosphere a $50,000 grant to bring the science center’s outreach programs to rural schools in Northwest Kansas.

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  • NASA Engineer to Speak At Cosmosphere

    NASA Engineer to Speak At Cosmosphere

    August 28, 2018

    NASA Engineer, Michael Staab, will attempt to answer some of life’s most difficult questions during a free public presentation.

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  • New Educator Cosmosphere Membership

    New Educator Cosmosphere Membership

    August 23, 2018

    Educators: take advantage of special discounts and exclusive offers with our NEW Cosmosphere Educator Membership for only $20 a year!

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Upcoming Events

  • Calling all students grades 4-12!
    May 1 – September 30
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  • Learn to Fly Your Drone: The Basics
    September 29
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: The Restoration of MOCR and the Cosmosphere’s Role
    October 18
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  • Calling all students grades 4-12!

    Date: Tuesday, May 01, 2018
    Location:

    Earth v the International Space Station Agriculture Contest

    Grow your way to Cosmosphere Aerospace Camp!

    Students fourth through twelfth grades are invited to take on the ISS in a competition to grow the most food within a one cubic meter garden space.

    A winner from each grade category below receives a camp package for 2019 summer camp season and will be recognized at the Cosmosphere this fall.

    Going into 4th - 6th Grade

    Going into 7th - 8th Grade

    Going into 9th - 12th Grade

    Contest starts May 1 and runs through September 30, 2018.

    We will be sharing our results with our Kansas Astronaut Col. Nick Hague while he is on the ISS!

    How It Works: Any student who wants to participate needs to carefully read the rules, set-up their garden, collect the required data, and turn in all results to the Cosmosphere at scied@cosmo.org on or before September 30, 2018. 

    Click here to download the Space Ag Contest rules and entry form!

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

    Q. Can a plant trail outside of the cubic meter area? 
    A. No.  All of the growing area including roots and plant must remain inside the cubic meter area.

    Q. Is it okay to plant vines along with other plants?
    A.  Yes.  You can plant any combination of plants you chose.

    Q. Must the light source also be in the cubic meter?
    A. No.  It may be above and can be natural such as sunlight or you can use a grow light.

    Q. Does the cubic meter area have to be a cube?
    A.  No.  It can be any shape as long as the total volume is only one cubic meter.

    Q. Can you add water?
    A.  Yes.  It does not have to be a closed system.  You may use water as you wish.  (Don’t tell our astronaut friends!)  Since the system does not have to be closed, water will be lost depending on wind and heat so we are not limiting how much water can be used.

    Q.  Does the cubic meter have to be a built structure?
    A.  No.  you just need to measure and make sure the growing area (roots and plant) are all within a cubic meter volumetric area.

    Q.  Is it okay to use a plant light?
    A.  Yes.  Any light source is acceptable.

    Q. Do the roots count as part of the cubic meter?
    A. Yes, the entire plant including any leaves and roots, are included and must be inside of the cubic meter area.

  • Early Closing of the Lobby and Main Entrance at 5 pm

    Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018 5:00 PM – 11:59 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    The Cosmosphere's main entrance, naviGATOR simulator and lobby will be closing early to the General Public on Thursday, September 27 at 5:00 p.m. for a private event. The Carey Digital Dome Theater shows after 5:00 pm will play as scheduled. The Hall of Space Museum and Gift Store are open until 7:00 pm.

    Please use the alternate entrance to the North of the main entrance, by the Richard E. Smith Science Center.

  • Learn to Fly Your Drone: The Basics

    Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Banquet Room and Drone Drome

    Join us Saturday, September 29 in the Banquet Room, as Space Science Educator's teach you the basics of drone safety, maintenance, operation, and troubleshooting for beginners. 

    The class will begin in the banquet room and continue at the “Drone Drome,” sponsored by the University of Kansas School of Engineering, for practice using the Cosmosphere’s small drones. 

    Admission will be free with registration at the door.

    For questions, contact Chuck McClary at chuckm@cosmo.org or 620.665.9340.

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