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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

  • Calling all students grades 4-12!
    May 1 – September 30
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Tereshkova: The First Woman to Fly to Space
    June 21
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Dwight Eisenhower and America’s First Steps Toward the Moon
    July 19
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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.

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Tereshkova: The First Woman to Fly to Space

    Date: Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere Banquet Room

    Celebrating the tenth year of our Coffee at the Cosmo series!

    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: "Thereshkova: The First Woman to Fly to Space," by Cosmosphere curator, Shannon Whetzel. 

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

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Dwight Eisenhower and America’s First Steps Toward the Moon

    Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere Banquet Room

    Celebrating the tenth year of our Coffee at the Cosmo series!

    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: "Dwight Eisenhower and America's First Steps Toward the Moon," with special guest speaker, Timothy Rives, Deputy Director at Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home.

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

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