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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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  • Ground Control Coffee Shop

    Date: Monday, May 01, 2017
    Location:Cosmosphere Cafe

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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Apollo Saturn V F-1 Engine Recovery

    Date: Thursday, May 18, 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 of "Apollo Saturn V F-1 Engine Recovery," presented by special guest speaker, Vince Capone, speaker and lecturer on marine technology, shipwreck search OPS, diving, and marine sciences. 

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

  • Members-Only Event with Vince Capone

    Date: Thursday, May 18, 2017 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Banquet Room

    Cosmosphere members, join us Thursday, May 18 from 5:30 - 7:00 pm, for an exclusive, members-only presentation by Vince Capone, the operations manager for the Apollo F-1 engine recovery project. He designed the search and helped analyze the data, developing the recovery prioritization strategy.

    In 2012 Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon.com, and his team successfully retrieved the Apollo F-1 engines from the floor of the Atlantic Ocean. The Cosmosphere's fabrication, restoration and high fidelity division was choosen to conserve the parts in order to preserve their complete history. 

    Capone will give a multimedia presentation on the recovery of those very engines. You don't want to miss this. 

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