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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

  • Early Closing of the Main Entrance and Lobby at 5 pm
    June 12 –
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  • Space Out Saturday: EROSION
    July 15
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Capturing the Elusive Solar Eclipse
    July 20
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  • Early Closing of the Main Entrance and Lobby at 5 pm

    Date: Monday, June 12, 2017
    Location:Cosmosphere

    The Cosmosphere's main entrance, naviGATOR simulator and lobby will be closing early to the General Public on Monday, June 12, 2017 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: EROSION

    Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: EROSION! There is a lot of sand at the beach, where did it all come from? Learn about erosion and the different types of rock that break down to make sand. Make your own sand art creation from eroded rocks!

    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.

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Capturing the Elusive Solar Eclipse

    Date: Thursday, July 20, 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 "Capturing the Elusive Solar Eclipse," with special guest speaker Martin Rattcliffe, writer and Planetarium astronomer.

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

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