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  • Closed Christmas Day

    Date: Sunday, December 25, 2022 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Location: Cosmosphere

    We will be closed Sunday, December 25 for Christmas. We will be open normal business hours on Monday, December 26. 
     

  • OPEN 9 AM–3 PM CHRISTMAS EVE

    Date: Saturday, December 24, 2022 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Location: Cosmosphere

    We will be open from 9 am–3 pm on Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24. We will be closed on Christmas Day. 

  • First and Last Steps: Celebrating Time and Space

    Date: Friday, December 02, 2022 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Location: Meadowlark Building, Kansas State Fairgrounds

    Celebrate time and space as we observe the Cosmosphere's first steps from a poultry building, to the last steps of humans on the Moon.

    Join us Friday, December 2, 2022, as the Cosmosphere celebrates its 60th birthday and honors the 50 year anniversary of Apollo 17 at the Meadowlark Building at the Kansas State Fairgrounds.

    Cosmosphere members-only ticket sale begins 10 am, CDT, Friday, September 2, 2022.

    General public ticket sale begins 10 am CDT, Sunday, October 2, 2022.

    View event details here.

    HONORED GUESTS SCHEDULED TO APPEAR*:
    Jeff Ashby
    Jerry Bostick
    Charlie Duke
    Gerry Griffin
    Fred Haise
    Steven Hawley
    Gene Kranz
    Jack Lousma
    Harrison Schmitt
    Milt Windler

    *Guests are subject to change.

  • CLOSED THANKSGIVING DAY

    Date: Thursday, November 24, 2022 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Location: Cosmosphere

    We will be closed Thursday, November 24 for Thanksgiving. We will be open normal business hours on Friday.

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

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

    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.

  • Operation: Blackbird FREE Public Event

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

    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!

    Please note: The Cosmosphere will be closing early at 3 pm on Saturday, October 15, 2022, to prepare for a private event. Our hours of operation that day will be 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

    See the full schedule at OperationBlackbird2022.org.

  • Early Closing of Building at 3 pm

    Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Location: Cosmosphere

    The Cosmosphere will be closing early at 3 pm on Saturday, October 15, 2022, to prepare for a private event. Our hours of operation that day will be 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

    We will be open normal business hours on Sunday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

  • 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. 

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