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  • Cosmosphere Executive Team Grows

    Cosmosphere Executive Team Grows

    February 6, 2019

    The Cosmosphere, a Smithsonian-affiliated science education center and space museum in Hutchinson, Kansas, has recently promoted and hired new members to the organization’s Executive Team.

    Michele McCartney has been promoted to the Vice President of Marketing and Creative at the Cosmosphere. McCartney manages the organization’s marketing, creative and branding efforts and has been instrumental in designing galleries and exhibits for the museum. Additionally, McCartney oversees print and digital materials for operations and marketing.

    McCartney began her career with the organization in 2008 as the Creative Design Manager. During her time, she has participated in a number of significant projects for the Cosmosphere, including the design work for an exhibit commissioned by CEO Jeff Bezos' company, Bezos Expeditions, showcasing the recovery and conservation of F-1 engines from the Apollo program. McCartney’s work can also be seen in the design and gallery exhibit at the B-29 Doc Hangar and Education Center in Wichita, Kansas. McCartney holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design and 3D Design from the Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO.

    Nathan Meyer has been hired as the organization’s Vice President of Strategy and Product Innovation.

    Meyer comes to the Cosmosphere after starting his own online data management company, which he subsequently sold in 2017. In his new role, Meyer will grow revenue and develop new opportunities to expand the Cosmosphere brand and impact.

    Meyer is a native of Ellinwood, KS, and holds a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix—Wichita and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Kansas

Upcoming Events

  • Apollo 50th Anniversary Celebration
    May 1 – August 31
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: No, the Moon is Not Made of Cheese
    September 19 –
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  • Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2019
    September 21
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  • Apollo 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Date: Wednesday, May 01, 2019



    APOLLO 11 SCAVENGER HUNTPick up the Apollo 11 artifact list at the Box Office, and see how many artifacts you can find throughout the Cosmosphere, or download here.

    APOLLO 11 CELEBRATION WALLFind activity sheets for children and adults at the Information Desk. Fill out your sheet and drop it at the Box Office for display on our Apollo 11 Celebration Wall.

    APOLLO 11 SELFIE STATIONTake a selfie “on the Moon” with our lifesize photo opportunity in the Grand Lobby. 

    “WE CHOOSE TO GO TO THE MOON” EXHIBITThis celebration of the Moon exhibit is on display in our museum rotunda area, near the Cosmosphere Cafe. On display until August 2019. 

    APOLLO REDUX TRAVELING EXHIBITExperience this new, interactive traveling exhibit with an authentic Apollo-era Mission Control back room console in the Our Universe Gallery. Designed and built by the Cosmosphere, this exhibit was funded by the NASA TEAM II Grant. Find out more about this traveling exhibit here. On display through August 2019.

    APOLLO 11: FIRST STEPS EDITION DOCUMENTARYIn observance of the 50th anniversary of NASA’s celebrated Apollo 11 mission, APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition is a thrilling cinematic experience that showcases the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the Moon. Check out the trailer here. Go here for tickets. 

    APOLLO 11 SOUVENIRSDrop by the Cosmosphere’s Gift Store for Apollo 11 gifts, or shop online!

  • Early Closing of the Lobby at 5 pm

    Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    The Cosmosphere's main entrance, naviGATOR simulator and lobby will be closing early to the General Public on Wednesday, September 11 at 5:00 pm for a private event. The Carey Digital Dome Theater shows afer 5:00 pm will play as scheduled. The Hall of Space Museum and Gift Store are open normal business hours.

    Please use the alternate entrance to the North of the main entrance, by the Richard E. Smith Science Center.

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: No, the Moon is Not Made of Cheese

    Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019

    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, special presentation "No, the Moon is Not Made of Cheese,"with special guest, Karen Lechtenberg, a Hutchinson native and Cosmosphere camp alumna, now a geologist in Denver, Colorado, will be discussing the geologic history of the Moon, the Moon rocks of the Apollo program, and the possibility of mining lunar resources. Stop by for a cup of a joe and a talk that totally rocks. smile

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

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