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  • Apollo-era Astronauts and Mission Control Crew Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Cosmosphere

    Apollo-era Astronauts and Mission Control Crew Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Cosmosphere

    September 20, 2018

    On Saturday, December 1, the Cosmosphere, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, invites the public to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission with astronauts and members of the Johnson Space Center Mission Control crew. 

    The Earthrising event, which will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Meadowlark Building at the Kansas State Fairgrounds, will consist of a dinner and panel presentation.   

    Confirmed Apollo-era Astronauts to attend include: Walt Cunningham, Charlie Duke, Fred Haise, Jack Lousma, Jim Lovell, and Harrison Schmitt.  Confirmed Mission Control crew include: Arnold Aldrich, Jerry Bostick, Charles Deiterich, Gerry Griffin, Charles Lewis, Glynn Lunney, William Moon, Frank Van Rensselaer, and Milt Windler.  Other honored guests include book author Robert Kurson, who wrote “Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon” and current NASA Mission Control Engineer, Michael Staab. 

    A limited number of VIP tickets —which include an opportunity to visit with the NASA guests before the presentation—will be available.  Tickets sales for Cosmosphere members will begin online at on October 15, followed by sales to the general public on October 29.  Tickets will also be available by calling 620.665.9324.  All tickets for Earthrising are non-refundable. 

Upcoming Events

  • Space Out Saturday: Celebrating Halloween on the ISS

    Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: Celebrating Halloween on the International Space Station! Halloween is coming, how do astronauts celebrate on the International Space Station? Come and make your own ghosts while celebrating with the candy the astronauts eat in space!

    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.)

    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.

    11:00 am
    Open to all ages
    Sing, dance, read and have a blast!

    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.)


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

    Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018 5:00 PM – 11:59 PM

    The Cosmosphere's main entrance, naviGATOR simulator and lobby will be closing early to the General Public on Saturday, October 20 at 5:00 pm for a private event. The Carey Digital Dome Theater shows afer 5:00 pm will play as scheduled. The Hall of Space Museum and Gift Store are open normal hours until 7:00 pm.

    Please use the alternate entrance to the North of the main entrance, by the Richard E. Smith Science Center.

  • Drone Basics 2.0

    Date: Saturday, October 27, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Multi-Purpose Room

    Thinking of getting or giving a drone for the holidays, but not sure what to purchase?
    Do you already have a drone, but it's difficult to fly?

    Join experienced Cosmosphere Space Science Educators for this hands-on class on Saturday, October 27 from 2:00-3:30 pm in the Cosmosphere's Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) on the lower level. (Be sure to check-in at the Box Office first!)

    You'll review drone flight basics, polish your flying fundamentals, understand FAA regulations and troubleshoot technical challenges.

    The Cosmosphere will provide drones for practice.

    Admission is $5 per person. Participants are encouraged to register and pre-pay. Payment will also be accepted at the door.

    For questions or to pre-register, contact Kristen Spurlin at or 620.665.9323.

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