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  • Cosmosphere Camp 301 Students

    Cosmosphere Camp 301 Students

    June 23, 2017

    For more than 30 years, students participating in what is now called Camp 301 at the Cosmosphere International Science Education Center and Space Museum in Hutchinson, KS, have traveled to Houston and Johnson Space Center as part of their camp experience. This week, their experience will sink to new depths.

    Cosmosphere was part of the Bezos Expeditions effort to recover and conserve the F1 engines that launched the Saturn V rockets of the Apollo program. Those engines were recovered from the bottom of the ocean floor in 2013 using highly sophisticated robotics.

    As one of the museums now exhibiting part of the recovered F1s from the Apollo 11 mission, Cosmosphere staff and patrons recently had the opportunity to learn more from Vince Capone who was operations manager for the Bezos Expeditions team. The connection inspired Cosmosphere Vice President Tracey Tomme to add a new element to this year’s Camp 301 experience.

    “I am very excited about the connections this year between our Space 301 camp and the F1 Project.  Based on discussions with Vince Capone and the video he showed of the F1 recovery project, we will use underwater rovers to retrieve artifacts during this camp,” Tomme said. “The students will study the Saturn V rocket and the recovery efforts by Bezos Expeditions.  Then as teams, they will build and test their own underwater rovers using SeaPerch kits available through the Navy.  They will solder, cut and place PVC pipe, build the motors and more to produce a working, neutrally buoyant underwater rover.”

    Campers will have the first chance to test their rovers in the pool at the Hampton Inn in Webster, Texas the evening of June 22nd. After they have toured NASA Johnson Space Center and seen an actual Saturn V rocket, they will receive a team challenge based on the F1 recovery project to complete the morning of Friday, June 23rd. 

    Just as with Bezos Expeditions, to complete the challenge the Campers will have to come together as larger teams.  It will take three SeaPerch to complete the challenge.  One will pick up the artifact, the next will bring it up in a basket, and the third will carry the underwater camera to view and record the experience. 

    This camp consists of 41 students, age 13 to 16 years old.  They are from KS, MN, TX, IA, OK, MO, and NM.

    For questions about this camp, contact Tracey Tomme at 719.641.9940.

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  • Calling all students grades 4-12!
    May 1 – September 30
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  • Members Only: Dinner Under Blackbird with SR71 Pilots
    August 2
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    August 16
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  • Calling all students grades 4-12!

    Date: Tuesday, May 01, 2018
    Location:

    Earth v the International Space Station Agriculture Contest

    Grow your way to Cosmosphere Aerospace Camp!

    Students fourth through twelfth grades are invited to take on the ISS in a competition to grow the most food within a one cubic meter garden space.

    A winner from each grade category below receives a camp package for 2019 summer camp season and will be recognized at the Cosmosphere this fall.

    Going into 4th - 6th Grade

    Going into 7th - 8th Grade

    Going into 9th - 12th Grade

    Contest starts May 1 and runs through September 30, 2018.

    We will be sharing our results with our Kansas Astronaut Col. Nick Hague while he is on the ISS!

    How It Works: Any student who wants to participate needs to carefully read the rules, set-up their garden, collect the required data, and turn in all results to the Cosmosphere at education@cosmo.org on or before September 30, 2018. 

    Click here to download the Space Ag Contest rules and entry form!

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

    Q. Can a plant trail outside of the cubic meter area? 
    A. No.  All of the growing area including roots and plant must remain inside the cubic meter area.

    Q. Is it okay to plant vines along with other plants?
    A.  Yes.  You can plant any combination of plants you chose.

    Q. Must the light source also be in the cubic meter?
    A. No.  It may be above and can be natural such as sunlight or you can use a grow light.

    Q. Does the cubic meter area have to be a cube?
    A.  No.  It can be any shape as long as the total volume is only one cubic meter.

    Q. Can you add water?
    A.  Yes.  It does not have to be a closed system.  You may use water as you wish.  (Don’t tell our astronaut friends!)  Since the system does not have to be closed, water will be lost depending on wind and heat so we are not limiting how much water can be used.

    Q.  Does the cubic meter have to be a built structure?
    A.  No.  you just need to measure and make sure the growing area (roots and plant) are all within a cubic meter volumetric area.

    Q.  Is it okay to use a plant light?
    A.  Yes.  Any light source is acceptable.

    Q. Do the roots count as part of the cubic meter?
    A. Yes, the entire plant including any leaves and roots, are included and must be inside of the cubic meter area.

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

    Date: Thursday, August 02, 2018 5:00 PM – 11:59 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    The Cosmosphere's main entrance, naviGATOR simulator and lobby will be closing early to the General Public on Thursday, August 2 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.

  • Members Only: Dinner Under Blackbird with SR71 Pilots

    Date: Thursday, August 02, 2018 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Grand Lobby

    Cosmosphere Members Only!

    Join us on Thursday, August 2 from 6:00-8:00 pm for a special dinner under the SR-71 Blackbird with Col. Buz Carpenter and Col. Joe Kinego, retired USAF command pilots and instructors for the SR-71.

    $20 per person + cash bar. RSVP here by July 27.

    Are you interested in super cool Members Only events like this and not a Cosmosphere member? Become one today! Click here.

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