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  • Vince Capone presented on Apollo F-1 engine recovery at the Cosmosphere

    Vince Capone presented on Apollo F-1 engine recovery at the Cosmosphere

    June 2, 2017

    In 1969, the famous Apollo 11 mission landed the first two men on the moon. It was an enormous undertaking of men and machines. In 2013, a search expedition mounted by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, set out to find the massive F-1 engines from Apollo 11 near the Bermuda Triangle, in water depths of over 14,000 feet or 4,300 meters. Now the remains of the famous Apollo missions have been conserved and are on display at the Cosmosphere International SciEd Center and Space Museum in Hutchinson, Kansas, inside its newly-created laboratory.

    Operations manager, Vince Capone, who headed up the three-week mission off Cape Canaveral, Florida, was asked by the Cosmosphere to present on the Apollo 11 F-1 Engine recovery.

    Capone’s audience consisted of two different Cosmosphere groups: The Coffee Club, and the Museum’s corporate and business sponsors. He also created a video of his presentation that will be watched by Summer Camp students who will be coming to the Cosmosphere over the summer.

    The lectures included a slide presentation with an overview of the expedition, followed by a short video produced by Bezos Expeditions, which provided footage of the F-1 engine artifacts on the seabed during the recovery. The recovered and restored space artifacts were initially shown during the Explorer's Club annual dinner, at the Waldorf, Astoria, in New York City, when they were first unveiled to the world.

    During the 2013, 24-7 recovery mission, scientists examined the submerged debris fields located during the previous year’s search operation. The original search area covered over 180 square miles and contained the wreckage from seven Apollo mission first stages. No intact engines were found, but the remains of several engines, including one of the Apollo 11 F-1 engines, were brought back to the surface after 43 years on the bottom of the ocean.

    The Cosmosphere now has, in two different displays, the thrust chamber from the center engine of the first stage of Apollo 11, as well as the turbo pump and the LOX dome from the same engine. (The first stage is the part of the rocket engine that ignites during the launch sequence into space. It then “falls away” back to earth, once its fuels have been burned off, and the second stage rocket engine takes over—a process called serial staging.)  

    Full article with pictures continues here. 

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    May 1 – September 30
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    June 21
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  • Calling all students grades 4-12!

    Date: Tuesday, May 01, 2018
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    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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