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  • Celebrate Apollo 13 During Spring Break (March 14-29) at the Cosmosphere!

    Celebrate Apollo 13 During Spring Break (March 14-29) at the Cosmosphere!

    March 5, 2020

    (HUTCHINSON, Kan.) – Spring Break visitors are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission at the home of the authentic Apollo 13 spacecraft—the Cosmosphere! The Smithsonian affiliated space museum will offer extended hours until 7 p.m. from March 14 through 22. From a new exhibit detailing the harrowing mission, to hands-on activities for all ages—the Cosmosphere is your place to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this mission of survival. 

    NEW Exhibit: Apollo 13: A Mission of Survival 
    Restored on-site, the authentic Apollo 13 spacecraft—Odyssey—calls the Cosmosphere home! SpaceWorks, a division of the Cosmosphere specializing in restoration, replication and exhibit design also had a major role in re-creating the mission for Hollywood and the 1995 movie “Apollo 13”— producing more than 80 percent of the movie’s props. From spacesuits worn by Tom Hanks to the replicated Lunar Module, the Cosmosphere’s work can be seen throughout the film. Learn more about the mission and the Cosmosphere’s role in the film in this new exhibit near the Cosmosphere Café, at the top of the museum entrance. 

    Apollo 13 Special Activities 
    Take a selfie with Odyssey, find all Apollo 13 artifacts in the Cosmosphere museum, or collect exclusive trading cards (while supplies last) featuring key team members and hardware from the Apollo 13 mission. For a full list of all the fun activities, visit: www.cosmo.org. 

    Guided Tours 
    Docent guided tours through the Cosmosphere museum, with special attention given to the Apollo 13 mission and artifacts will be available at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. on the following Saturdays in March: 14, 21 and 28. Interested participants are asked to meet at the museum entrance stairs. Admission to the Hall of Space is required to participate in guided tours. 

    NEW CosmoKids Area & X-Plane Gallery Opening 
    On March 16, two brand new areas in the Cosmosphere museum will open to the public. 

    The CosmoKids interactive area is designed specifically for the Cosmosphere’s youngest visitors (ages two to six) and will introduce children to STEM (or STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) principles with hands-on learning activities. Children will be able to design and launch a rocket, climb in an “Orion” style space capsule and build a habitat for another world using stacking building blocks. 

    The redesigned Cosmosphere museum entrance area will feature a brand new X-Plane gallery, where visitors will learn about the program’s important testing and breaking of boundaries which lead to a better understanding of the impact high altitude and high speed flight had on humans and hardware. 

    The space will also allow the Cosmosphere to display additional artifacts—including a new full-view of the cockpit of the replica Bell X-1 ‘Glamorous Glennis’, a display of Kansas Astronaut Joe Engle’s X-15 flight suit, as well as the XLR99 rocket engine from the X-15 program and introduce visitors to the Space Race story told throughout the Cosmosphere museum. 

    NEW Documentary 
    A new documentary, titled: “Ancient Caves” will open to the public on Friday, March 13. Combining science and adventure, viewers will follow paleo-climatologist, Dr. Gina Moseley, on a journey to unlock the secrets of the Earth’s climate in the most unlikely of places: caves. For show times, call: 620.665.9347 or visit www.cosmo.org

    Coffee @ the Cosmo 
    On Thurs., March 19, the Cosmosphere will hold the monthly free event, Coffee @ the Cosmo. Nathan Meyer, Cosmosphere VP of Education, will offer an inside look at all the new offering for camp this summer at the Cosmosphere. From new hands-on activities to new team missions in the Astralis simulator—the 35th year of Cosmosphere Camp promises to be epic! 

    Coffee @ the Cosmo is held each month on the third Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. and is free and open to the public. Coffee and pastries are provided. 

    For a full listing of all the fun activities at the Cosmosphere during Spring Break, click here.

Upcoming Events

  • Virtual Coffee at the Cosmo: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 13
    April 16
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  • Virtual Coffee at the Cosmo: 30th Anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope
    May 21
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  • The Cosmosphere is temporarily closed

    Date: Monday, March 16, 2020
    Location:Cosmosphere

    With safety of our visitors and staff as its utmost priority, the Cosmosphere is temporarily closed. 

    Until then, we encourage those who were hoping to visit during this two-week period to take a virtual tour of the Cosmosphere’s world-renowned collection via this link

    Get fun science facts and home experiments by signing up for the Cosmosphere Newsletter here. If you can’t bring your family to the Cosmosphere, bring the Cosmosphere to your family!

    Take time to learn more about what summer camp experiences your children and grandchildren might enjoy at at cosmocamps.org. Planning ahead and anticipating new and exciting things in the future are sure ways for children—and all of us—to dispel anxious thoughts about the present.

    We will reopen and we will be ready to share our new CosmoKids area and X-Plane gallery with all our visitors, along with the rest of the experience only the Cosmosphere can offer.

    Until then, we will share the power that comes from facing these unprecedented times together as a community, a nation and a world.

    If you booked any Cosmosphere experience, please contact our Box Office Manager to discuss rescheduling: samanthas@cosmo.org or 620.665.9304.

    If you booked any educational outreach activities, please contact our School Programs Manager to discuss rescheduling: joannas@cosmo.org or 620.665.9319. 

    Please accept our profound apologizes for any inconvenience.

  • CANCELLED: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2020

    Date: Saturday, April 04, 2020 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    From the Smithsonian: Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2020 will not take place on April 4. As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings through May 3. We appreciate your understanding.

  • Virtual Coffee at the Cosmo: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 13

    Date: Thursday, April 16, 2020 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    This will be a virtual presentation only. Join us virtually on our Facebook page here. 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. 

    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 Mission at the HOME of Odyssey! Enjoy this free, presentation on "Apollo 13: The Mission of Survival. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 13," with Cosmosphere curator, Shannon Whetzel. 

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

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