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  • August is Cosmosphere Member Month

    August is Cosmosphere Member Month

    July 12, 2018

    August is all about Cosmosphere Members: BECAUSE YOU'RE AMAZING! (The best ever!)

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  • Camp Mission: Inspiration

    Camp Mission: Inspiration

    June 29, 2018

    It’s a steamy June morning in the middle of Kansas. Cosmosphere campers from Space 501 are hunched over rectangles of cold, pressed clay at the ClayWorks building in downtown McPherson.

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  • Educators Invited to See FREE Documentaries at Cosmosphere This Summer

    Educators Invited to See FREE Documentaries at Cosmosphere This Summer

    June 26, 2018

    The Cosmosphere is inviting educators to see any documentary showing this summer for FREE!

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  • Cosmosphere to Receive NASA Funding!

    Cosmosphere to Receive NASA Funding!

    June 6, 2018

    NASA has selected the Cosmosphere to receive a grant for a new traveling, interactive, educational program!

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  • Help the Cosmosphere reach new heights!

    Help the Cosmosphere reach new heights!

    June 5, 2018

    During the 66 days of the summer camp season, the Cosmosphere invites you and your friends to support a brand-new crowdfunding campaign highlighting the impact of our aerospace summer camps.

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Upcoming Events

  • Calling all students grades 4-12!
    May 1 – September 30
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  • Members Only: Dinner Under Blackbird with SR71 Pilots
    August 2
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Secrets of our Nearest Star: The Sun
    August 16
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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 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.

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

    Date: Thursday, August 02, 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, August 2 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.

  • Members Only: Dinner Under Blackbird with SR71 Pilots

    Date: Thursday, August 02, 2018 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Grand Lobby

    Cosmosphere Members Only!

    Join us on Thursday, August 2 from 6:00-8:00 pm for a special dinner under the SR-71 Blackbird with Col. Buz Carpenter and Col. Joe Kinego, retired USAF command pilots and instructors for the SR-71.

    $20 per person + cash bar. RSVP here by July 27.

    Are you interested in super cool Members Only events like this and not a Cosmosphere member? Become one today! Click here.

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