• The Kansas Association of Teachers of Science

    Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Fee Family Learning Center

    The Kansas Association of Teacher of Science has teamed up with the Cosmosphere to bring the joy of all things STEM to you and your families!

    This lab-coat-casual professional development opportunity will blend “out of this world” simulators, interactive labs, and engineering challenges that only the Cosmosphere can provide along side cutting edge classroom teaching techniques and strategies offered by Kansas educators. These simulations and activities are not open to the public and recommended for children age 10 and up. So, if you want to experience the Cosmosphere at maximum Gs, the KATS in the Cosmos Fall Event is for you! 

    For more information or to register, see the KATS website. 

  • Operation: Blackbird FREE Public Event

    Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    Get ready for a super-sonic day! Enjoy stories of flying three times the speed of sound at the edge of space. Hear what it took to operate and maintain the world’s fastest manned air-breathing jet.

    Meet SR-71 pilots and crew and enjoy book-signing events plus intimate breakout sessions on SR-71 Blackbird operations, maintenance, training and technology. Free and open to the public!

    See the full schedule at OperationBlackbird2022.org.

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: The Incredible True Story of Astronaut Bruce McCandless II

    Date: Thursday, October 20, 2022 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    The Incredible True Story of Astronaut Bruce McCandless II, a special author talk and book-signing with his son, Bruce McCandless III

    This informative community gathering over coffee features guest speakers offering insight into STEM and space topics. Coffee at the Cosmo is free and open to the public.

    Thursday, October 20 from 9-10 am, meet Bruce McCandless III, appearing in-person at the Cosmosphere to discuss and sign his recent book, WONDERS ALL AROUND: The Incredible True Story of Astronaut Bruce McCandless II and the First Untethered Flight in Space. McCandless will share slides, images, and stories to help us get to know “the man behind the visor.” His father, Bruce McCandless II (1937-2017), served as CapCom for Apollo 11 during Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind in 1969, he made the first untethered spacewalk and spaceflight using an MMU jet pack (now retired from use) in 1984, and in 1990 he served as Mission Specialist 1 on STS-31, the NASA shuttle mission to deploy the Hubble telescope.

    His son, our presenter Bruce McCandless III, grew up in the shadow of Houston’s Johnson Space Center during the Apollo and Skylab eras. He holds a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. His other books include the science fiction novel Sour Lake (2011), the modern fairy tale Beatrice and the Basilisk (2014), and the Western supernatural thriller In the Land of Dead Horses (2021). He is currently working on a narrative history of the American space program called Starbound, which is intended for non-technical readers.

    Coffee at the Cosmo can be enjoyed in-person at the Cosmosphere or live online via Zoom from anywhere!

    Learn more about Bruce McCandless III here.

    *Coffee topics are subject to change.

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Hall of Space Museum
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