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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 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

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Apollo 8: Earthrising
    December 20
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: The Lunar Rover
    January 17
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Come Spy With Me: Robert Henry Lawrence, Jr., & the Manned Orbiting Laboratory
    February 21
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  • 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 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.


    Date: Monday, December 24, 2018 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

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

    Please note: There will no feature film showing on Christmas Eve. 

  • Closed Christmas Day

    Date: Tuesday, December 25, 2018 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    We will be closed Tuesday, December 25 for Christmas. We will be open normal business hours tomorrow.

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