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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.

Upcoming Events

  • Cosmosphere Cafe Closed for Renovation
    August 26 – November 30
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Glamorous Glennis
    October 19
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  • Space Out Saturday: Ghosts
    October 21
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  • Cosmosphere Cafe Closed for Renovation

    Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017
    Location:Cosmosphere Cafe

    The Cosmosphere Cafe will be closed through November 2017 (TBD) for renovation. During this time, please see our Concession Stand during regular business hours for refreshments and snacks. 

    We're sorry for any inconvenience. 

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Glamorous Glennis

    Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    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 on "Glamorous Glennis," by special guest speaker Paul Lytle, facilities engineer at Wichita State University and Cosmosphere volunteer for over 20 years. 

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

  • Space Out Saturday: Ghosts

    Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: GHOSTS! Kids will make their own friendly ghost!

    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! 

    INNOVATOR'S WORKSHOP (LOBBY)
    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.

    STORYTIME (LOBBY)
    11:00 am

    Open to all ages
    Sing, dance, read and have a blast!

    SPACE TREK* (LOBBY)
    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)

    SPACE OUT SATURDAYS ARE OFFERED EVERY 3RD SATURDAY AT THE COSMOSPHERE, AND ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

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