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  • Medical Effects of Space Travel is Topic for Teens at Cosmosphere Summer Camp

    Medical Effects of Space Travel is Topic for Teens at Cosmosphere Summer Camp

    June 13, 2017

    June 12 through 16, 10 campers will arrive at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson from around the United States to participate in Space Rx Camp—the first summer camp experience in the nation to focus on the impact of long duration space travel on humans.

    The campers will engage with a variety of health care professionals and scientists, and engage in hands-on activities from learning how to suture wounds to a class on the unique challenges of cooking in space.

    Physicians and experts at Hutchinson Clinic and Wichita State University will share topics from their respective medical fields including orthopedics, dermatology, radiology, cardiology and physical therapy. The students will experience clinical environments such as the state-of-the-art Heart Catheterization Laboratory at Hutchinson Regional Medical Center and will learn how to suture using pigs feet.

    The cooking classroom at Apron Strings Kitchen Store in Hutchinson will be the site for discussing nutrition as well as the obstacles to cooking in space. Planning meals in space that don’t produce crumbs is important. Sweeping up crumbs isn’t possible in microgravity, and instead, those crumbs can get caught in air handling systems.

    Campers will travel to WSU’s Human Performance Studies department where they will consider other physiological and psychological aspects of life in space. One of the faculty members working with the campers is Ryan Z. Amick, Phd, himself a former Cosmosphere Camper who worked with NASA before joining the team at WSU. Dr. Amick will offer the campers insight into Human Factors Engineering, Ergonomics, and Biomechanics as they relate to space crew safety and improved crew performance, as well as the development of prototype spacesuit designs.


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  • Calling all students grades 4-12!
    May 1 – September 30
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    September 29
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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 scied@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, September 27, 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, September 27 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.

  • Learn to Fly Your Drone: The Basics

    Date: Saturday, September 29, 2018 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Banquet Room and Drone Drome

    Join us Saturday, September 29 in the Banquet Room, as Space Science Educator's teach you the basics of drone safety, maintenance, operation, and troubleshooting for beginners. 

    The class will begin in the banquet room and continue at the “Drone Drome,” sponsored by the University of Kansas School of Engineering, for practice using the Cosmosphere’s small drones. 

    Admission will be free with registration at the door.

    For questions, contact Chuck McClary at chuckm@cosmo.org or 620.665.9340.

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