Recent Events

There’s always something going on at the Cosmosphere! Check out some of our recent events below and browse through the photos to relive the fun.

 

REPLICATION: “Apollo 13” Movie Props

April 13, 2023

Did you know that SpaceWorks, a division of the Cosmosphere, designed and built many of the props for the 1995 film, Apollo 13? 

From gloves, astronaut suits, in-flight suits and boots, to the hatch and Hasselblad cameras — SpaceWorks created 80% of the props from the movie! Below are a few samples.

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Astronaut Fred Haise Book Signing

December 3, 2022

Astronaut Fred Haise and author Bill Moore signed copies of their book, "Never Panic Early," in front of the Apollo 13 command module, Odyssey, with over 400 people in attendance. Thank you to photographer, Chuck McClary

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First and Last Steps Gala

December 2, 2022

The 60th birthday of the Cosmosphere and 50th anniversary of Apollo 17 were celebrated by more than 450 who gathered for the First and Last Steps Gala on December 2, 2022. Thank you to photographers, Chuck McClary, Mary Smith and Sandra Milburn. You can find more photos from photographer Nick Hemphill here

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Pre-Gala Reception with Honored Guests

December 2, 2022

Pre-gala VIP cocktail reception with Honored Guests. Thank you to photographers, Chuck McClary, Mary Smith and Sandra Milburn. You can find more photos from photographer Nick Hemphill here

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Pre-gala VIP group photos with Honored Guests

December 2, 2022

Pre-gala VIP group photos with Honored Guests. Thank you to our photographer, Chuck McClary

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Tour of Cosmosphere with Honored Guests

December 2, 2022

Tour of Cosmosphere with Honored Guests. Thank you to photographer, Chuck McClary

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LaunchLearning Fellow Breakfast with Honored Guests

December 2, 2022

LaunchLearning Fellows breakfast with Honored Guests. Thank you to photographer, Chuck McClary

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VIP Dinner with Honored Guests

December 1, 2022

VIP Dinner with honored guests at Prairie Dunes Country Club. Thank you to photographer, Chuck McClary

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Cosmosphere Leadership Forum: Lessons from Mission Control

December 1, 2022

Leadership forum for local businesses with honored guests: Gerry Griffin, NASA Mission Control Flight Director; and Jerry Bostick, NASA Mission Control FDO Flight Controller. Thank you to photographer, Chuck McClary

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Liberty Bell 7 Restoration

July 21, 2021

On July 20, 1999, nearly 38 years after it was lost to the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, Liberty Bell 7 was resurrected from its watery grave. It was then brought to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, Kansas, for restoration by SpaceWorks, a division of the Cosmosphere, internationally known for spacecraft restoration and preservation as well as replica fabrication. Read more here. 

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Liberty Bell 7 Recovery

July 21, 2021

The Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft was recovered from the ocean floor and returned to Port Canaveral on July 21, exactly 38 years after its flight into space. Read more here. 

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Liberty Bell 7 Historic

July 21, 2021

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. The flight was by-the-book until splashdown when the explosive-powered hatch jettisoned prematurely, flooding the capsule and Grissom’s space suit. Read more here

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RESTORATION: The Apollo 13 Command Module, Odyssey

April 11, 2020

Images from 1995 to 1997 depicting the restoration of the Apollo 13 Command Module, Odyssey. Restoration took place in the Cosmosphere's Hall of Space Museum, so visitors could watch the progress. Restoration work done by SpaceWorks, a division of the Cosmosphere. 

On loan from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. 

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2019 Everything Under the Stars

October 26, 2019

Thank you to all that attended our biennial fundraiser, Everything Under the Stars – it was a magical night! Thank you to Kristen Piper for the wonderful photos. 

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Landing on the Lawn

July 20, 2019

Thank you to EVERYONE that helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of Man’s first steps on the Moon! Landing on the Lawn was a success because of YOU!

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Earthrising: The Celebration of Apollo 8

December 1, 2018

Thanks to all who helped us celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission with this exciting end of the year event Earthrising: The Celebration of Apollo 8.

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Earthrising Honored Guests

December 1, 2018

A sneak peek, behind the scenes look of our Apollo 8 Honored Guests during breakfast at the Cosmosphere and a VIP tour at SpaceWorks, a division of the Cosmosphere, to view the historic Mission Operations Control Room consoles. 

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Pluto-Palooza

February 14, 2018

We welcomed members of NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto and the Kuiper Belt to the Cosmosphere.

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2017 Everything Under the Stars

August 26, 2017

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Everything Under the Stars Event

August 27, 2016

ONE PLACE. FIVE ENTERTAINMENT VENUES. ONE PURPOSE...
to celebrate the vision of Cosmosphere Founder, Patty Carey, and to insure it continues for generations to come!

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The 50th Anniversary of Gemini X: A Pathway to the Moon

July 30, 2016

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Gemini X Mission with special guest, NASA Astronaut Michael Collins, Gemini X Pilot and Apollo XI Command Module Pilot. 

To see a special interview with Michael Collins in front of the Gemini X in the Hall of Space Museum, click HERE.

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