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  • 60th Anniversary of Enos the Chimp

    60th Anniversary of Enos the Chimp

    November 23, 2021

    60 years ago this November, a chimp named Enos became the third hominid to orbit the earth, after Russians Yuri Gagarin and Gherman Titov achieved orbit earlier that same year.

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  • Giving Tuesday 2021 Will Support Cosmosphere Camp Scholarships! 

    Giving Tuesday 2021 Will Support Cosmosphere Camp Scholarships! 

    November 16, 2021

    On November 30, 2021, the Cosmosphere will participate in Giving Tuesday, an annual effort to emphasize philanthropy following Thanksgiving and a weekend focused on shopping.

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  • Up Close with the OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional

    Up Close with the OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional

    November 12, 2021

    Like a dazzling star, the OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional may seem nearly overwhelming in its beauty, at first glance.

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  • 2021 Top 13 Best Holiday Space Gifts

    2021 Top 13 Best Holiday Space Gifts

    October 29, 2021

    Looking for that unique gift for the space lover or STEM-minded youth on your list?

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  • Purchase the Holiday Bundle in November to give the gift of Cosmosphere Camp!

    Purchase the Holiday Bundle in November to give the gift of Cosmosphere Camp!

    October 25, 2021

    A summer 2022 Cosmosphere Camp is the perfect experience for the science-minded or space-loving student on your list!

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  • Why Is October an Important Month for the Moonwatch?

    Why Is October an Important Month for the Moonwatch?

    October 25, 2021

    October is a significant month in the story of the only watch flight-certified by NASA: the OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional.

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  • Watch Out! Four Historic Timepieces On Display at the Cosmosphere

    Watch Out! Four Historic Timepieces On Display at the Cosmosphere

    October 6, 2021

    Plus – Rock Your Astronaut Style! Now through December 5, Cosmosphere is raffling off one brand-new OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional, valued at $6,300.

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  • Launch of the Space Age

    Launch of the Space Age

    October 1, 2021

    October 4th is the 64th Anniversary of the launch of Sputnik and the start of World Space Week 2021.

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  • Liftoff of Mercury-Atlas 8!

    Liftoff of Mercury-Atlas 8!

    October 1, 2021

    Liftoff of Mercury-Atlas 8!

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  • OMEGA + NASA = A Match Made in Space

    OMEGA + NASA = A Match Made in Space

    October 1, 2021

    An enormous OMEGA watch displays the time to visitors from the southwest corner of the Cosmosphere lobby. But did you know that the same display houses some rather notable artifacts—including a watch worn on the Moon by the first U.S. Astronaut. 

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  • Space Artifact of the Month

    Space Artifact of the Month

    October 1, 2021

    Did you know that the Cosmosphere only displays about 7% of its total artifacts from our collection? Every month you're invited behind-the-scenes to learn about unique space artifacts not typically available to the public with Cosmosphere Space Arti-FACTS.

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  • Happy 90th Birthday to Astronaut Jack Swigert!

    Happy 90th Birthday to Astronaut Jack Swigert!

    August 30, 2021

    Happy birthday to John "Jack" Leonard Swigert Jr.! Jack would have been 90 years old today. (1931-1982) 

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  • Space Influencer Visits Cosmosphere

    Space Influencer Visits Cosmosphere

    August 11, 2021

    Camille Calibeo, aka The Galactic Gal, chose a visit to the Cosmosphere for her first travel excursion as Galactic Gal since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • So just how big IS the SpaceX Starship?

    So just how big IS the SpaceX Starship?

    August 10, 2021

    Starship, the massive new fully reusable launch vehicle designed by SpaceX, just finished a fit test at the company’s Boca Chica launch site in south Texas.

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  • Neil Armstrong: the first human to walk on the Moon

    Neil Armstrong: the first human to walk on the Moon

    August 5, 2021

    Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio.

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  • What a cool wreck!

    What a cool wreck!

    July 29, 2021

    No one was hurt when the first major launch of the Mercury program, the Mercury-Atlas 1, ended in disaster on July 29, 1960.

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  • NASA was founded on this day, 63 years ago!

    NASA was founded on this day, 63 years ago!

    July 29, 2021

    On July 29th, 1958, President Dwight D Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 into law, in order "To provide for research into problems of flight within and outside the earth's atmosphere, and for other purposes."

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  • The Cola Wars Head to Space!

    The Cola Wars Head to Space!

    July 28, 2021

    July 29, 1985, the Space Shuttle Challenger launched on the STS-51F mission, successfully completing an Abort to Orbit.

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  • A big piece of history … just hanging around.

    A big piece of history … just hanging around.

    July 28, 2021

    The flown SR-71 Blackbird spy plane in our lobby reminds us of the epic engineering feats we build on as we look to the future of flight.

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  • We love you, Wally Funk.

    We love you, Wally Funk.

    July 19, 2021

    Space travel is so new to us, as a species, that every crewed trip to space is historic.

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  • WHAT DO THE FIRST MOON LANDING, THE LIBERTY BELL 7 SPACECRAFT, AND PIONEERING SPACE-WOMAN WALLY FUNK ALL HAVE IN COMMON?

    WHAT DO THE FIRST MOON LANDING, THE LIBERTY BELL 7 SPACECRAFT, AND PIONEERING SPACE-WOMAN WALLY FUNK ALL HAVE IN COMMON?

    July 19, 2021

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  • Liberty Bell 7 Fun Facts

    Liberty Bell 7 Fun Facts

    July 19, 2021

    Join us in celebrating the 60th anniversary of Liberty Bell 7 with these Fun Facts about the Mercury spacecraft. 

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  • 60th Anniversary of Liberty Bell 7 Celebration!

    60th Anniversary of Liberty Bell 7 Celebration!

    June 23, 2021

    Join us in celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Gus Grissom's Liberty Bell 7—along with the celebration of Gemini X and Apollo XI!

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  • What is Flag Day?

    What is Flag Day?

    June 11, 2021

    Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th and was first proposed in the June edition of the 1861 Evening Press.

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  • The 100th Birthday of Cosmosphere Founder, Patty Carey

    June 9, 2021

    On June 9, 1921, Patricia Brooks was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. That baby girl was truly destined for the stars.

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  • Cosmosphere Kicks Off Summer

    Cosmosphere Kicks Off Summer

    May 25, 2021

    Launch your summer at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson with activities for all ages every day.

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  • Happy 70th Birthday to Sally Ride!

    Happy 70th Birthday to Sally Ride!

    May 24, 2021

    Happy birthday to Sally Ride (1951-2012) on what would have been her 70th birthday on May 26, 2021!

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  • The Super Flower Blood Moon Eclipse

    The Super Flower Blood Moon Eclipse

    May 21, 2021

    In the early morning Wednesday, May 26, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the only total lunar eclipse of 2021.

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  • Liftoff of Apollo 10

    Liftoff of Apollo 10

    May 17, 2021

    10, 9, we have ignition sequence start, engines ON, 5, 4, 3, 2, all engines running,​​​​​​​ launch commit, liftoff.

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  • Top 10 Reasons Why Your Bus Tour Needs to Visit the Cosmosphere

    Top 10 Reasons Why Your Bus Tour Needs to Visit the Cosmosphere

    May 17, 2021

    The Cosmosphere is worth the bus ride from anywhere – take off for the day with a Bus Tour Group to Hutchinson, Kansas!

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  • The Final Launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour

    The Final Launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour

    May 12, 2021

    The Space Shuttle Endeavour lifted off for the 25th and final time on May 16, 2011.

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  • Cosmosphere Remembers Astronaut Michael Collins

    April 28, 2021

    Cosmosphere joins the Nation and the World in grieving the loss of an outstanding human–Astronaut Michael Collins.

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  • 60th Anniversary of Freedom 7

    60th Anniversary of Freedom 7

    April 27, 2021

    On May 5, 1961, astronaut Alan Shepard became the first American to go into space.

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  • April 12 In Space History

    April 12 In Space History

    April 12, 2021

    On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to enter space and the first to orbit Earth.

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  • I’ll miss you, neighbor.

    I’ll miss you, neighbor.

    March 23, 2021

    On March 19, I lost a good friend and America lost a hero. 

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  • SPRING BREAK FUN FOR ALL AGES AT THE COSMOSPHERE

    SPRING BREAK FUN FOR ALL AGES AT THE COSMOSPHERE

    March 4, 2021

    Spring break 2021 may prove to be one of the most welcome spring breaks in recent history!

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  • Women’s History Month

    Women’s History Month

    March 1, 2021

    In celebration of Women's History Month, Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative is encouraging everyone to share about the inspirational and innovative women in our world – Women Making Change. 

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  • MARS 2020 PERSEVERANCE LANDING AND Q&A

    MARS 2020 PERSEVERANCE LANDING AND Q&A

    February 11, 2021

    Join the Cosmosphere on Thursday, February 18 at 2:20 pm CST as Michael Staab, Cosmosphere Camp alumnus and current Fault Management Systems Principal Engineer for the Lunar Lander and Lunar Gateway programs at Northrop Grumman, joins us for a virtual watch party leading up to the live landing of the next Mars rover: Perseverance.

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  • To the Stars Kansas: A Kansas Day Celebration

    To the Stars Kansas: A Kansas Day Celebration

    January 22, 2021

    Kansas Day is Friday, January 29, but we can't fit everything we love about this Ad Astra Per Aspera State into just one day!

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  • Preparing for a Lightning Strike: Cosmosphere Apollo Q&A

    Preparing for a Lightning Strike: Cosmosphere Apollo Q&A

    January 5, 2021

    In October 2020, as part of the Cosmosphere’s Onward and Upward virtual broadcast, I had the honor of sitting down with the great Gerry Griffin, former director of NASA's Johnson Space Center and legendary flight controller in Mission Control.

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  • The Great Conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter

    December 17, 2020

    Jupiter and Saturn will align on December 21, 2020 (coincidentally the Winter Solstice) to create a Great Conjunction of 2020. Jupiter and Saturn have not been this closely aligned at night since March 4, 1226.

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  • Temporary Parking Changes at the Cosmosphere

    Temporary Parking Changes at the Cosmosphere

    December 17, 2020

    The State of Kansas will use a portion of Cosmosphere’s parking lot south of 11th Street to conduct drive through COVID Testing beginning December 18.

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  • Holiday Desserts

    Holiday Desserts

    December 10, 2020

    Please enjoy these holiday recipes from a few friends of the Cosmosphere. 

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  • Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

    Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!

    December 8, 2020

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at the Cosmosphere!

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  • 48th Anniversary of Apollo 17: The Cosmosphere’s Cernan Statue

    48th Anniversary of Apollo 17: The Cosmosphere’s Cernan Statue

    December 7, 2020

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  • We’re Over the Moon for Our Healthcare Workers!

    We’re Over the Moon for Our Healthcare Workers!

    December 4, 2020

    To show our gratitude, now through January 3, 2021, healthcare workers and their families are invited to BOGO!

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  • Cosmosphere Camp Special Offers

    Cosmosphere Camp Special Offers

    November 24, 2020

    Don't miss these Cosmosphere Camp Special Offers!

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  • Top 13 SPACEY Holiday Gifts

    Top 13 SPACEY Holiday Gifts

    November 24, 2020

    Looking for that unique gift for the space lover or curious youth on your list? Check out our Top 13 SPACEY Holiday Gifts available in the Cosmosphere Gift Store – in-store or online.

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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 23, 2020

    We are closed Thanksgiving day, but we'll be open normal business hours on Friday.

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  • BLAST OFF With Crew-1 This Weekend!

    BLAST OFF With Crew-1 This Weekend!

    November 13, 2020

    SpaceX and NASA to Launch Crew-1 Mission

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  • Give a Very Spacey Christmas!

    Give a Very Spacey Christmas!

    November 11, 2020

    Give the gift of: experiences, memberships, camp and more! 

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  • Virtual Book Talk: How We Got to the Moon

    Virtual Book Talk: How We Got to the Moon

    November 3, 2020

    John Rocco discusses his new book "How We Got to the Moon" in a virtual book discussion.

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  • Museum Store Sunday

    Museum Store Sunday

    November 3, 2020

    On Sunday, November 29, 2020, for the fourth consecutive year, more than 1,400 museum stores representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia, 22 countries, and five continents will offer inspired shopping at museums and cultural institutions during Museum Store Sunday.

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  • Veterans Day Salute

    Veterans Day Salute

    October 29, 2020

    The Cosmosphere proudly supports the men and women of the armed forces.

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  • Rare Halloween Blue Moon for 2020

    Rare Halloween Blue Moon for 2020

    October 20, 2020

    There’s no better way to celebrate spooky ghouls, goblins and werewolves on Halloween than under the veil of a ghostly full Moon!

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  • Onward & Upward: A Virtual Telethon and Auction

    Onward & Upward: A Virtual Telethon and Auction

    October 9, 2020

    Help support the Cosmosphere as we move Onward and Upward!

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  • Mars 2020 Perseverance Launch and Q&A

    Mars 2020 Perseverance Launch and Q&A

    July 24, 2020

    Join the Cosmosphere on Thursday, July 30 at 6:30 am CDT as Michael Staab, Cosmosphere Camp alumnus and current Fault Management Systems Principal Engineer for the Lunar Lander and Lunar Gateway programs at Northrop Grumman, joins us for a virtual event leading up to the live launch of the next Mars rover: Perseverance.

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  • Back to School Splashdown

    Back to School Splashdown

    July 23, 2020

    Celebrate the end of summer and take advantage of the “Back-to-School Splashdown” discount at the Cosmosphere!

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  • Liberty Bell 7: The Peril and Promise of Space Exploration

    Liberty Bell 7: The Peril and Promise of Space Exploration

    July 17, 2020

    On July 21, 1961, with a 15-minute suborbital flight of the Mercury spacecraft Liberty Bell 7, Gus Grissom became the second American in space.

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  • Happy 59th Anniversary, Liberty Bell 7!

    Happy 59th Anniversary, Liberty Bell 7!

    July 15, 2020

    Join us July 20 and 21 for the 59th anniversary of Liberty Bell 7 during the Cosmosphere’s Summer Space Splashdown!  

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  • Summer Space Splashdown OMEGA Moonwatch Raffle

    Summer Space Splashdown OMEGA Moonwatch Raffle

    July 2, 2020

    Help support the Cosmosphere during the Summer Space Splashdown by participating in our OMEGA Moonwatch Raffle!

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  • Liberty Bell 7 Spacecraft to Splashdown at Cosmosphere June 16 through End of 2020

    Liberty Bell 7 Spacecraft to Splashdown at Cosmosphere June 16 through End of 2020

    June 4, 2020

    Liberty Bell 7 is set to splashdown at the Cosmosphere, following nearly six years of being on exhibit throughout the world. 

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  • Flying a T-38

    Flying a T-38

    April 27, 2020

    I was Deputy Director of FCOD (Flight Crew Operations Directorate) starting in 1992. 

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  • Thirty Years as a “Hubble Hugger”

    Thirty Years as a “Hubble Hugger”

    April 23, 2020

    I remember April 24, 1990 almost as though it was last week.  That was the date I was privileged to be on board the Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-31, the mission that launched the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) into Earth orbit.

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  • Conversation with SR-71 PIlot, Colonel Buz Carpenter

    Conversation with SR-71 PIlot, Colonel Buz Carpenter

    April 2, 2020

    Colonel Buz Carpenter piloted the SR-71 hanging in the Cosmosphere Lobby. Today, he checked in with us to answer students’ questions about what it was like to fly the SR-71.

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  • From the Launch Pad

    From the Launch Pad

    February 7, 2020

    This past summer, I was thrilled to be selected by NASA Social to attend the SpaceX Falcon Heavy’s first-ever night launch at Kennedy Space Center.

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  • The Cosmosphere is Your Place for Space in 2020!

    The Cosmosphere is Your Place for Space in 2020!

    January 7, 2020

    The Cosmosphere is Your Place for Space in 2020! And if you’re an educator in Northwestern Kansas, your students don’t even have to make the trek to Hutchinson to experience exciting, hands-on learning.

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  • Top 13 STEAM Holiday Gifts

    Top 13 STEAM Holiday Gifts

    December 6, 2019

    Looking for that unique gift for the NASA or space lover on your list? Check out our TOP 13 STEAM Holiday Gifts!

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  • You Never Know Unless You Ask…Sometimes There’s a Story to be Heard

    You Never Know Unless You Ask…Sometimes There’s a Story to be Heard

    November 20, 2019

    I was chasing an errand over the lunch hour on a Wednesday afternoon, when I stopped at a nearby Sam’s store for one of those inexpensive hot dog and drink combos.

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  • NASA’s 60th Anniversary: Guest Speaker, Tim Rives

    NASA’s 60th Anniversary: Guest Speaker, Tim Rives

    July 27, 2018

    Tim Rives, the Deputy Director and Supervisory Archivist of the Eisenhower Presidential Library, held a presentation at the Cosmosphere's July Coffee @ the Cosmo event regarding the late President’s establishment of NASA 60 years ago this weekend. Read our top takeaways here.

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  • MOCR Part 1: A Very Special Delivery

    MOCR Part 1: A Very Special Delivery

    March 26, 2018

    Back in January, the Cosmosphere received a very special delivery of 19 mission control consoles from the historic Johnson Space Center Mission Control room.

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  • In the News: January Sky

    In the News: January Sky

    January 9, 2018

    The New Year opens with some great celestial action before dawn, featuring a close planetary conjunction and a total lunar eclipse.

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  • Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse

    Get Ready for the Solar Eclipse

    July 24, 2017

    The Cosmosphere is teaming up with the Hutchinson Public Library to provide a great event for the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Read on for event information and links to education materials and solar eclipse safety information.

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  • This Space Museum in Central Kansas Was Worth the 20 Hour Drive

    This Space Museum in Central Kansas Was Worth the 20 Hour Drive

    June 23, 2017

    Check out a great blog by Maddie Stone, science editor at Gizmodo.

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  • In the News: Planets in the May Sky

    In the News: Planets in the May Sky

    May 12, 2017

    The May sky features Saturn, Jupiter, and Venus. Read on to learn what to watch for this month.

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  • In the News: Planets in the April Sky

    In the News: Planets in the April Sky

    April 11, 2017

    The April sky is a changing scene of planets and stars. Read on to learn what to watch for in the night sky this month.

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  • In the News: March Skies

    In the News: March Skies

    March 16, 2017

    The March sky has views of Jupiter and Venus. Read on to learn what to look for in the night sky this month.

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  • In the News: Planets in the February Sky

    In the News: Planets in the February Sky

    February 10, 2017

    The February night sky is filled will feature views of Venus, Jupiter, and Uranus. Read on for information on what to watch for in the sky this month.

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  • In the News: Hidden Figures Artifacts and STEM Education

    In the News: Hidden Figures Artifacts and STEM Education

    February 3, 2017

    Many artifacts featured and referenced in the film, Hidden Figures, can be found right here in Hutchinson, KS!

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  • Mercury Crosses the Sun and More May Planetary News

    Mercury Crosses the Sun and More May Planetary News

    May 2, 2016

    For the first time in nearly 10 years, the planet Mercury will be visible as it crosses in front of the sun on May 9. The Cosmosphere will provide its telescopes and specially fitted binoculars to the public to view the event between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Monday, May 9th. Join us (weather permitting) in the south parking lot of the Cosmosphere at the southeast corner of 11th Ave and Plum St.

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  • Welcome Home Scott Kelly! How are your fingernails?

    Welcome Home Scott Kelly! How are your fingernails?

    March 2, 2016

    US Astronaut Scott Kelly returned from 340 days in space today. Over the next several weeks, medical teams will be assessing the impact of the long mission on his health. They'll be considering some of the same issues to be addressed at the first-of-its-kind Space Medicine Camp, available for high school students this summer at the Cosmosphere. Students will learn about the physiological and psychological impact of long duration space travel alongside subject matter experts from a variety of health science fields.

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  • Night Sky Offers Rare View of Five Planets

    Night Sky Offers Rare View of Five Planets

    February 1, 2016

    During the next few weeks, all five of the visible planets - Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn will appear in the sky at the same time. This fairly rare planetary treat hasn’t happened since 2005.

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  • Top Ten Reasons Hutchinson, Kansas is the perfect Cosmosphere home

    Top Ten Reasons Hutchinson, Kansas is the perfect Cosmosphere home

    January 4, 2016

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