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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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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: The Epic Life & Tragic Death of Yuri Gagarin
    March 15
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  • Space Out Saturday: The Moon’s Craters!
    March 17
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Storytelling in the Space Age
    April 19
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: The Epic Life & Tragic Death of Yuri Gagarin

    Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    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 Epic Life and Tragic Death of Yuri Gagarin," with 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: The Moon’s Craters!

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

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: THE MOON'S CRATERS! Why does the Moon have so many craters and the earth only has a few? Learn about the Moon’s atmosphere compared to Earth’s and make your own Moon.

    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: Storytelling in the Space Age

    Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    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: "Storytelling in the Space Age," by special guest speaker, John Mulnix, Space Tech writer, host of The Space Shot and The Cosmosphere Podcast, and Cosmosphere Volunteer.

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

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