Everything Under the Stars

Saturday, August 26

6:00 - 11:59 pm

Adult beverages, live local music, amazing food and good fun - plus a live and silent auction.

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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 cosmo.org for show times or call 800-397-0330. 

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

Upcoming Events

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: First Man on the Moon
    August 17
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  • Space Out Saturday: Aviation
    August 19
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  • Members’ Only Eclipse Viewing Party
    August 21
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: First Man on the Moon

    Date: Thursday, August 17, 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 cosmo.org for topics.

    Enjoy this free presentation by Cosmosphere staff, on "First Man on the Moon."

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

  • Space Out Saturday: Aviation

    Date: Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: AVIATION! August 19 is National Aviation Day. Kids can make their own airplane!

    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)


  • Members’ Only Eclipse Viewing Party

    Date: Monday, August 21, 2017 6:30 AM – 6:30 PM
    Location:Atchinson, Kansas


    August 21, 2017...

    The Sun will disappear behind the Moon.

    Daylight turns to twilight. 

    Temperatures drop. 

    Light streaks throughout the sky. 

    Come experience the 2017 Eclipse Across America with the Cosmosphere! Members' take a daytrip with the Cosmosphere team to the Eclipse Aire Fest at the Amelia Earhart Airport in Atchison, Kansas, to view the total solar eclipse. Depart in a luxury motorcoach from the Cosmosphere parking lot at 6:30 a.m., returning to Hutchinson at 6:30 p.m. 

    Provided on the trip: Eclipse viewing glasses, viewing through the Cosmosphere telescope and binoculars with Cosmosphere educators, snacks, beverages, a fact and safety booklet on the total eclipse and a commemorative eclipse t-shirt. Lunch is on your own and can be enjoyed at your choice of a variety of food trucks at the Eclipse Aire Fest (atchisonkansas.com/events/eclipse-aire-fest).

    Complete schedule will be provided to participants. 

    For more information on the 2017 August 21 Eclipse, check out these great websites!

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