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  • January 27 is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 1 tragedy

    January 27 is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 1 tragedy

    January 26, 2017

    January 27 is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 1 tragedy. To commemorate the tragic historic event, the Cosmosphere will open a new exhibit titled “Apollo 1: Valiant Pioneers”. The exhibit tells of events from the entire day of the tragedy, where nothing seemed to be going correctly and highlights changes made to ensure future missions did not end similarly.

    The exhibit, to be held on the main floor in the museum rotunda, will consist of Cosmosphere items and several borrowed artifacts of a private collector, Ray Katz. Artifacts on display from the mission include: emergency egress plans, thank-you cards sent out by the families following the death of the astronauts and a hard hat worn by a pad worker from Cape Kennedy.

    Shannon Whetzel, the Cosmosphere’s Collection Manager, noted that following the tragedy, NASA made several modifications in design to the capsule and emergency plans.

    “This was an unfortunate tragedy during a time when many thought the American space program was invincible,” Whetzel said. “But, failure often leads to innovation, which was the case here. Capsule design and emergency protocol changed dramatically following Apollo 1, eventually allowing us to land on the Moon.”

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Upcoming Events

  • Cosmosphere Cafe Closed for Renovation
    August 26 – November 30
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Glamorous Glennis
    October 19
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  • Space Out Saturday: Ghosts
    October 21
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  • Cosmosphere Cafe Closed for Renovation

    Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017
    Location:Cosmosphere Cafe

    The Cosmosphere Cafe will be closed through November 2017 (TBD) for renovation. During this time, please see our Concession Stand during regular business hours for refreshments and snacks. 

    We're sorry for any inconvenience. 

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Glamorous Glennis

    Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    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 on "Glamorous Glennis," by special guest speaker Paul Lytle, facilities engineer at Wichita State University and Cosmosphere volunteer for over 20 years. 

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

  • Space Out Saturday: Ghosts

    Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: GHOSTS! Kids will make their own friendly ghost!

    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! 

    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.

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