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  • Apollo-era Astronauts and Mission Control Crew Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Cosmosphere

    Apollo-era Astronauts and Mission Control Crew Celebrate 50th Anniversary with Cosmosphere

    September 20, 2018

    On Saturday, December 1, the Cosmosphere, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum, invites the public to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 mission with astronauts and members of the Johnson Space Center Mission Control crew. 

    The Earthrising event, which will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Meadowlark Building at the Kansas State Fairgrounds, will consist of a dinner and panel presentation.   

    Confirmed Apollo-era Astronauts to attend include: Walt Cunningham, Charlie Duke, Fred Haise, Jack Lousma, Jim Lovell, and Harrison Schmitt.  Confirmed Mission Control crew include: Arnold Aldrich, Jerry Bostick, Charles Deiterich, Gerry Griffin, Charles Lewis, Glynn Lunney, William Moon, Frank Van Rensselaer, and Milt Windler.  Other honored guests include book author Robert Kurson, who wrote “Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man’s First Journey to the Moon” and current NASA Mission Control Engineer, Michael Staab. 

    A limited number of VIP tickets —which include an opportunity to visit with the NASA guests before the presentation—will be available.  Tickets sales for Cosmosphere members will begin online at cosmo.org on October 15, followed by sales to the general public on October 29.  Tickets will also be available by calling 620.665.9324.  All tickets for Earthrising are non-refundable. 

Upcoming Events

  • Space out Saturday: Santa and NORAD
    December 15
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  • Members Only: Science of the Season
    December 15
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Apollo 8: Earthrising
    December 20
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  • Space out Saturday: Santa and NORAD

    Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: Santa and NORAD! How does Santa fill his gift sack? Learn about volume and mass with your own Christmas sack; track Santa using NORAD.

    Family day at the Cosmosphere with free programming for kids – from little tikes to middle school. Join us every third Saturday for our FREE kid-friendly, fun and educational Space Out Saturday! Plus: Don't miss our guided tours at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.* (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    INNOVATOR'S WORKSHOP (LOBBY)
    10:00 am and 12:00 pm
    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-12
    Unique, fun, and educational experiences! Explore science, technology, engineering, and math with exciting hands-on demonstrations and activities.

    STORYTIME (LOBBY)
    11:00 am
    Open to all ages
    Sing, dance, read and have a blast!

    SPACE TREK* (LOBBY)
    1:00 pm
    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-12
    Adventures await! Take a special tour designed to inspire and engage our future astronauts and engineers. (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    SPACE OUT SATURDAYS ARE OFFERED EVERY 3RD SATURDAY AT THE COSMOSPHERE, AND ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

  • Members Only: Science of the Season

    Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Location:Justice Planetarium

    Cosmosphere Members: take a break from your busy holidays and enjoy this free event!

    For our third annual Science of the Season event, we will feature Ji Yon Shim, a doctorate of cello who has performed in Brazil, Japan, Switzerland and France. Ji will offer both an educational presentation and musical performance while scenes from the universe play out across the Planetarium dome. Wine tasting will happen throughout the evening as well.

    Seating is limited. An optional guided tour of the Hall of Space Museum will be available at 4:15 pm. 

    Please contact Marla Eriksen at 620.665.9320 or marlae@cosmo.org to reserve your seat!


    Are you interested in becoming a member of the Cosmosphere and enjoying all the exciting benefits membership offers? Check out cosmo.org/membership or contact Marla Eriksen at 620.665.9320 or marlae@cosmo.org to find out more!

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Apollo 8: Earthrising

    Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere Banquet Room

    Celebrating the tenth year of our Coffee at the Cosmo series!

    Offered every Third Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 am, this enriching continuing education program for life-long learners features entertaining, insightful presentations by Cosmosphere staff and visiting professionals who are experts in a variety of topics related to science and space. Free to the public, coffee and pastries are provided. Watch cosmo.org for topics.

    Enjoy this free presentation: "Apollo 8: Earthrising," by Cosmosphere President and CEO, Jim Remar. 

    *Coffee at the Cosmo topics and speakers are subject to change.

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