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  • From a marine search and recovery expert to a poet with insight into insects, May is Great!

    From a marine search and recovery expert to a poet with insight into insects, May is Great!

    May 10, 2017

    HUTCHINSON, KS—May 10, 2017—Vince Capone, the operations manager for the Apollo F-1 engine recovery project, will be speaking about the deep ocean search to recover the engines on May 18 at the Cosmosphere. All Capone’s presentations will take place in the Cosmosphere Banquet Room.

    Capone will speak at 9 a.m. in a free public presentation as part of the monthly Coffee at the Cosmo event.

    At a luncheon for Cosmosphere Corporate Partners and Corporate Members from 11:30 to 1, Capone will offer information about the growth of his business, Black Laser Learning, Inc., which trains marine-based businesses in the use of deep water recovery technology, as well as the Apollo engine recovery efforts.  

    Capone will conclude his day at the Cosmosphere with a presentation and reception for Cosmosphere members from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

    The Cosmosphere's fabrication, restoration + high-fidelity replica division was chosen to conserve the recovered F-1 engines in 2012. Currently the conserved thrust chamber, LOX dome and turbo pump from the Apollo 11 mission are on display at the Cosmosphere.

    At 11 a.m. on May 20th, Cosmosphere member and well-known local poet, Carol Murray will offer a multi-media presentation and book reading of her new book of children’s poetry, Cricket in the Thicket as part of Cosmosphere’s Space Out Saturday activities. Murray has spent decades researching the book, which offers beautifully constructed poems about the peculiarities of a variety of insects. Murray will sign books after her presentation. Cricket in the Thicket is available for purchase in the Cosmosphere Cargo Bay Gift Store.

    Other insect-themed activities during Space Out Saturday include Innovator’s Workshop presentations on butterflies that went to space. Participants can make their own butterfly astronauts at 10 a.m. and noon at the Innovator’s Workshop in the Cosmosphere lobby. And at 1 p.m., children and their families can enjoy Space Trek, the Space Out Saturday tour of the Hall of Space Museum specially designed to ignite the imagination of young visitors. Space Trek requires a Hall of Space admission ticket for visitors from outside of Reno County. All other Space Out Saturday activities are free of charge.

    Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, a new documentary Aircraft Carrier: Guardians of the Sea, will premiere at the Cosmosphere. The giant screen format film explores the engineering and technology that make the modern U.S. nuclear carrier possible while providing a behind the scenes view of RIMPAC, the world’s largest and most comprehensive international maritime training exercise. See for show times or call 800-397-0330. 

    For more information on the recovery of the Apollo F-1 engines, see the article here

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

    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! 

    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)


  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Capturing the Elusive Solar Eclipse

    Date: Thursday, July 20, 2017 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    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 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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