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Former Google VP of Engineering to Speak at Cosmosphere

Former Google VP of Engineering to Speak at Cosmosphere

Sun, Aug 26 @ 5:00 pm

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  • 2019 Everything Under the Stars

    Date: Saturday, October 26, 2019 6:00 PM – 11:59 PM
    Location: Cosmosphere

    SAVE THE DATE!

    Saturday, October 26, 2019

    The much anticipated Everything Under the Stars event is back and promises to be out of this world!

    Exciting venues, live music, fantastic food and beverages, plus a live and silent auction which won't disappoint!
     

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Apollo 8: Earthrising

    Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location: Cosmosphere Banquet Room

    Celebrating the tenth year of our Coffee at the Cosmo series!

    Offered every Third Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 am, this enriching continuing education program for life-long learners features entertaining, insightful presentations by Cosmosphere staff and visiting professionals who are experts in a variety of topics related to science and space. Free to the public, coffee and pastries are provided. Watch cosmo.org for topics.

    Enjoy this free presentation: "Apollo 8: Earthrising," by Cosmosphere President and CEO, Jim Remar. 

    *Coffee at the Cosmo topics and speakers are subject to change.

  • Space out Saturday: Santa and NORAD

    Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location: Cosmosphere

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: Santa and NORAD! How does Santa fill his gift sack? Learn about volume and mass with your own Christmas sack; track Santa using NORAD.

    Family day at the Cosmosphere with free programming for kids – from little tikes to middle school. Join us every third Saturday for our FREE kid-friendly, fun and educational Space Out Saturday! Plus: Don't miss our guided tours at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.* (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    INNOVATOR'S WORKSHOP (LOBBY)
    10:00 am and 12:00 pm
    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-12
    Unique, fun, and educational experiences! Explore science, technology, engineering, and math with exciting hands-on demonstrations and activities.

    STORYTIME (LOBBY)
    11:00 am
    Open to all ages
    Sing, dance, read and have a blast!

    SPACE TREK* (LOBBY)
    1:00 pm
    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-12
    Adventures await! Take a special tour designed to inspire and engage our future astronauts and engineers. (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    SPACE OUT SATURDAYS ARE OFFERED EVERY 3RD SATURDAY AT THE COSMOSPHERE, AND ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

  • Earthrising: The Celebration of Apollo 8

    Date: Saturday, December 01, 2018
    Location: Meadowlark Building at the Kansas State Fairgrounds

    Save the date! 

    Saturday, December 1, 2018 • 6:00 pm
    Kansas State Fairgrounds / Meadowlark Building

    Join us as we help celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission!

    Currently our NASA VIP’s include: Jim Lovell, Jerry Bostick, Walt Cunningham, Charles Deiterich, Charlie Duke, Gerry Griffin, Fred Haise, Harrison Schmitt, Frank Van Rensselaer, and Milt Windler.

    There are several other exciting possible VIPs still to come!

    Tickets for the gala will go on sale on October 1, 2018 for Cosmosphere members and October 15, 2019 for non-members. So stay tuned!

  • Early Closing of the Cosmosphere at 5 pm

    Date: Saturday, December 01, 2018 5:00 PM – 11:59 PM
    Location: Cosmosphere

    The Cosmosphere in its entirety will be closing early on Saturday, December 1 at 5:00 p.m. for a private event. Please note there will be no feature film showing.

  • Space Out Saturday: Laika: the First Dog in Space

    Date: Saturday, November 17, 2018 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location: Cosmosphere

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: Laika, the First Dog in Space! Laika was the first dog to orbit the Earth on Nov 3rd, 1957. Learn about the animals that went into space before humans. Make your own rocket to send animals into space.

    Family day at the Cosmosphere with free programming for kids – from little tikes to middle school. Join us every third Saturday for our FREE kid-friendly, fun and educational Space Out Saturday! Plus: Don't miss our guided tours at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.* (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    INNOVATOR'S WORKSHOP (LOBBY)
    10:00 am and 12:00 pm
    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-12
    Unique, fun, and educational experiences! Explore science, technology, engineering, and math with exciting hands-on demonstrations and activities.

    STORYTIME (LOBBY)
    11:00 am
    Open to all ages
    Sing, dance, read and have a blast!

    SPACE TREK* (LOBBY)
    1:00 pm
    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-12
    Adventures await! Take a special tour designed to inspire and engage our future astronauts and engineers. (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    SPACE OUT SATURDAYS ARE OFFERED EVERY 3RD SATURDAY AT THE COSMOSPHERE, AND ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Buran: The Folly of Baikonur

    Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location: Cosmosphere Banquet Room

    Celebrating the tenth year of our Coffee at the Cosmo series!

    Offered every Third Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 am, this enriching continuing education program for life-long learners features entertaining, insightful presentations by Cosmosphere staff and visiting professionals who are experts in a variety of topics related to science and space. Free to the public, coffee and pastries are provided. Watch cosmo.org for topics.

    Enjoy this free presentation: "Buran: The Folly of Baikonur," by Cosmosphere curator, Shannon Whetzel. 

    *Coffee at the Cosmo topics and speakers are subject to change.

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

    Date: Saturday, October 20, 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 Saturday, October 20 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.

  • Space Out Saturday: Celebrating Halloween on the ISS

    Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location: Cosmosphere

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: Celebrating Halloween on the International Space Station! Halloween is coming, how do astronauts celebrate on the International Space Station? Come and make your own ghosts while celebrating with the candy the astronauts eat in space!

    Family day at the Cosmosphere with free programming for kids – from little tikes to middle school. Join us every third Saturday for our FREE kid-friendly, fun and educational Space Out Saturday! Plus: Don't miss our guided tours at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.* (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    INNOVATOR'S WORKSHOP (LOBBY)
    10:00 am and 12:00 pm
    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-12
    Unique, fun, and educational experiences! Explore science, technology, engineering, and math with exciting hands-on demonstrations and activities.

    STORYTIME (LOBBY)
    11:00 am
    Open to all ages
    Sing, dance, read and have a blast!

    SPACE TREK* (LOBBY)
    1:00 pm
    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-12
    Adventures await! Take a special tour designed to inspire and engage our future astronauts and engineers. (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    SPACE OUT SATURDAYS ARE OFFERED EVERY 3RD SATURDAY AT THE COSMOSPHERE, AND ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: The Restoration of MOCR and the Cosmosphere’s Role

    Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location: Cosmosphere Banquet Room

    Celebrating the tenth year of our Coffee at the Cosmo series!

    Offered every Third Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 am, this enriching continuing education program for life-long learners features entertaining, insightful presentations by Cosmosphere staff and visiting professionals who are experts in a variety of topics related to science and space. Free to the public, coffee and pastries are provided. Watch cosmo.org for topics.

    Enjoy this free presentation: "The Restoration of MOCR (Historic Mission Operations Control Room from Johnson Space Center) and the Cosmosphere's Role," by Cosmosphere President and CEO, Jim Remar. 

    *Coffee at the Cosmo topics and speakers are subject to change.

  • 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.

  • Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

    Date: Saturday, September 22, 2018 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
    Location: Cosmosphere

    Join us Saturday, September 22, 2018 for Smithsonian magazine Museum Day! 

    Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket. 

    Cosmosphere guests that show their printed ticket receive free admission into the Hall of Space Museum for two guests. Tickets are available HERE.

  • Space Out Saturday: Space Food

    Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location: Cosmosphere

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: Space Food! What do astronauts like to eat in space? Can they eat a sandwich? Learn what foods astronauts can and cannot eat in space. Select your own food for your space mission and then make some space food!

    Family day at the Cosmosphere with free programming for kids – from little tikes to middle school. Join us every third Saturday for our FREE kid-friendly, fun and educational Space Out Saturday! Plus: Don't miss our guided tours at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.* (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    INNOVATOR'S WORKSHOP (LOBBY)
    10:00 am and 12:00 pm
    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-12
    Unique, fun, and educational experiences! Explore science, technology, engineering, and math with exciting hands-on demonstrations and activities.

    STORYTIME (LOBBY)
    11:00 am
    Open to all ages
    Sing, dance, read and have a blast!

    SPACE TREK* (LOBBY)
    1:00 pm
    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-12
    Adventures await! Take a special tour designed to inspire and engage our future astronauts and engineers. (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    SPACE OUT SATURDAYS ARE OFFERED EVERY 3RD SATURDAY AT THE COSMOSPHERE, AND ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Planetary Probes

    Date: Thursday, September 06, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location: Cosmosphere Banquet Room

    PLEASE NOTE DIFFERENT DATE: Join us for this special Coffee at the Cosmo on, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6 from 9:00-10:00 am, upstairs in the Discovery Room. 

    Celebrating the tenth year of our Coffee at the Cosmo series!

    Offered every Third Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 am, this enriching continuing education program for life-long learners features entertaining, insightful presentations by Cosmosphere staff and visiting professionals who are experts in a variety of topics related to science and space. Free to the public, coffee and pastries are provided. Watch cosmo.org for topics.

    Enjoy this free presentation: "Planetary Probes," with special guest speaker Michael Staab, Spacecraft Systems Engineer/Flight Director, for the Opportunity Rover at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California, and former Cosmosphere Camp alum and counselor.

    *Coffee at the Cosmo topics and speakers are subject to change.

  • Former Google VP of Engineering to Speak at Cosmosphere

    Date: Sunday, August 26, 2018 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
    Location: Cosmosphere Grand Lobby


    At 5 p.m. Sunday, August 26, in the Cosmosphere’s Grand Lobby, the public is invited to a free lecture by former Google VP of Engineering, Brian McClendon of Kansas.

    From leading the computer graphics team that developed special effects for the mega-hit
    Jurassic Park, to leading the teams that developed Google Maps, Street View and more, to the
    design of better mapping and driver/riding matching for ride share and driverless vehicles, McClendon’s career has been a tribute to Kansas STEM education.

    This TED-style talk that will inspire and motivate future engineers, software designers and
    developers—or anyone who needs to remember what is possible!
     

  • 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 education@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.

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