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    Cosmosphere Commemorates 9/11 with New Exhibit

    August 31, 2021

    For Immediate Release—8/27/21—One American wasn’t on Earth when the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, occurred. A new exhibit opening September 1 at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS, conveys the story of 9/11 as recorded from space.

    On that date, astronaut Frank L. Culbertson, Jr. was 250 miles above earth aboard the International Space Station.

    When he learned of the attacks, the ISS was about to pass over New England. Culbertson grabbed a digital camera and moved to a window where he had a clear view of New York.

    The photo he snapped, showing the view from space of smoke pouring from the Twin Towers after they had both been hit, creates a unique and poignant record of that day.

    Cosmosphere’s exhibit includes a giant view of that image as well as the first public display of the actual camera Culbertson used to take it.

    “The dichotomy of being on a spacecraft dedicated to improving life on the earth and watching life being destroyed is jolting to the psyche, no matter who you are,” Culbertson recalls.

    The new exhibit, located in Cosmosphere’s rotunda gallery, will continue through September 30.

    “Those of us who remember September 11, 2001 typically have very specific memories and emotions associated with that day,” said Mimi Meredith, Cosmosphere senior vice president of communication and chief development officer. “To see the image of the destruction from the perspective of space creates a sense of relevance we might not otherwise have. Just as countless astronauts have said as they look back on their home planet, Earth is a beautiful, yet fragile place. Perhaps that is what our visitors will take away from this exhibit.”

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    Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Banquet Room

    Welcome back to in-person Coffee at the Cosmo at the Cosmosphere!

    This informative community gathering over coffee features guest speakers offering insight into STEM topics and space history. Coffee at the Cosmo is offered quarterly and is free of charge. It can also be enjoyed via Facebook Live from anywhere!

    Enjoy this free, presentation "EM...Who? EMU Spacesuit Secrets Past and Present." With special guest Kristine Larson Davis, a spacesuit engineer at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and Cosmosphere Camps alumna, is part of a team designing, testing, (and sometimes wearing prototypes!) of the new xEMU suit that will be worn by the first woman and next man to explore the moon as part of the Artemis program. Joining Kristine will be Cosmosphere curator, Shannon Whetzel.

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

  • Veteran’s Day Salute

    Date: Thursday, November 11, 2021 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    The Cosmosphere proudly supports the men and women of the armed forces.

    On Thursday, November 11, Veterans are invited as our guest for their choice of a documentary in our Carey Digital Dome Theater or a trip through the Hall of Space Museum. Mention that you're a veteran at the Box Office to receive this offer. 


    Date: Thursday, November 25, 2021 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    We will be closed Thursday, November 25 for Thanksgiving. We will be open normal business hours on Friday.

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