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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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  • Members’ Only Eclipse Viewing Party

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

    THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

    Mission:Totality

    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!
    https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/
    https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/
    http://mreclipse.com/
    https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/citizen-science
     

  • MISSION:ECLIPSE

    Date: Monday, August 21, 2017 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    On August 21, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in Hutchinson. The Cosmosphere and Hutchinson Public Library have partnered to bring the public a unique event in order to take advantage of this special occasion.

    From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Cosmosphere’s south parking lot, attendees will be able to view the eclipse using the Cosmosphere’s special solar telescope and binoculars and receive a pair of eclipse glasses (supplies limited). On the east side of that same parking lot, local food trucks— Hoggs and Doggs and the Traveling Bowl— will be ready to serve the crowd.

    Free activities will be held by both the Cosmosphere and Library staff and will include a chalk aurora art project, a make-and-take solar system jewelry piece and more.

    A detailed timeline of events will be available soon!

    For more information, please call the Cosmosphere at 620.662.2305 or 800.397.0330.

    For more information on the 2017 August 21 Eclipse, check out these great websites!
    https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/
    https://www.greatamericaneclipse.com/
    http://mreclipse.com/
    https://eclipse.aas.org/resources/citizen-science

    Your eyes are precious! Check out these sites for eclipse eye safety:
    https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety/iso-certification
    https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety


    Eclipse Driver Safety Tips from AAA of Kansas:

    AAA Driver Safety Tips During the Solar Eclipse
    • Exit the roadway and park in a safe area away from traffic to view the eclipse
    • Do NOT stop along the highway or interstate or park on the shoulder of the road
    • Keep headlights on – don’t rely on automatic headlights
    • Do NOT wear eclipse glasses while driving.
    • Do NOT try to photograph or video the eclipse while driving.
    • Be mindful of pedestrians that many be walking around with their eyes on the sky.
    • Prepare for extra congestion on the roads during the eclipse period, but also in the days before and after the eclipse as many travelers head to the totality zone.
    • Have your viewing location set and stay in place, avoiding travel during the eclipse.

    Travel Tips for Eclipse Road Trips
    According to AAA Kansas, many people made their travel plans for this unique event months in advance, so accommodations in the totality zone could be nearly impossible to come by, but there are other considerations to help make eclipse road trips go smoothly.

    AAA Eclipse Road Trip Tips
    • Try to get to your viewing location one to two days ahead of the eclipse (Aug. 21).
    • With many hotels, motels and campgrounds in the path of 100 percent eclipse totality booked for months, consider other nearby locations, a short drive to where you’d like to view the eclipse from. A travel agent or online travel booking resource, such as those from AAA, can help you locate a hotel with vacancy.
    • Pack your patience and plan for congestion on the roads, especially as you get closer to locations within the path of totality.
    • Keep up to date on weather conditions – if you find your original location may be cloudy/rainy, consider moving to another location.
    • Don’t forget approved, safe eye protection for viewing the eclipse. NASA provides details on how to view the solar eclipse safely.
    • Learn about eclipse viewing parties and events across the state, highlighted by Travel Kansas

  • Lunar Outpost Closed for Renovation

    Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017
    Location:Cosmosphere Lunar Outpost

    The Lunar Outpost Food Court will be closed August 26, 2017 through October 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. 

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