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  • Cosmosphere Internal COVID-19 Safety Plan

    Cosmosphere Internal COVID-19 Safety Plan

    May 11, 2020

    Cosmosphere staff and volunteer's health and safety, in addition to the health and safety of our visitors, is of utmost importance!  The policies outlined below have been put in place to ensure the Cosmosphere can be the Safe Place for Space for everyone during this time. Cosmosphere will continue to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines, as directed by state and local health and governing authorities.

    Staff, Volunteer and Visitor Safety
    • All Front Line Staff and Volunteers (Box Office, including all venue ticket takers; Cafe; Gift Store and Maintenance) will be required to wear a mask during their shift when they are in public areas. 
    • It is required that all other staff and volunteers wear a mask when they are in public areas of the building of the Cosmosphere or in groups where it’s difficult to maintain a distance of six feet between themselves and others. 

              ◦ Visitors, employees and volunteers are required to wear a mask. Free disposable masks are available at the Box Office. 

              ◦ A clean mask will be required to be worn daily during an employee/volunteer's shift.

              ◦ Employees/Volunteers will be responsible for laundering their mask. 

              ◦ Masks will be recommended until the State of Kansas/Reno County Phase Out is announced.

    • All staff/volunteers at retail points of sale will be required to wear gloves.
              ◦ Cafe points of sale will need to use new gloves when switching between register transactions and handling food.
    • Staff and volunteers are required to maintain safe behavioral practices: social distancing (specifically, staying 6 feet away from others in shared spaces) • follow appropriate hand washing protocol to wash hands frequently and/or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available • wear face masks according to guidelines • avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth • stay home when sick • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
    • A temporary plexiglass shield will be installed at all retail points of sale.
    • 6’ markers on the floor at Box Office, Gift Store, Cafe, and outside all venues will indicate social distance for visitors.

    Staff Health
    • Staff and volunteers are asked to stay at home if they are sick or not feeling well. Staff/volunteers who have sore throat, nasal congestion, cough, a temperature in excess of 99 degrees, body aches, etc. will be required to stay at home.   

    Disinfect and Sanitize
    • All high-traffic, hard/non-porous materials and more will be sanitized daily or multiple times during the day, including: hard/non-porous materials: surfaces • railings • tables • doorknobs • light switches • countertops, • handles, • desks • phones • keyboards • toilets • faucets and sinks • touch screens and more will be sanitized daily or multiple times during the day. 
    • Outdoors: Outdoor areas require routine cleaning and do not require disinfection. 
    • Unoccupied area: If an area is unoccupied for seven days or more, it will only need normal routine cleaning to reopen. This is because the virus has not been shown to survive on surfaces longer than this time. 

    Contactless and Limited Contact Pay
    • Online and phone sales will be encouraged.
    • Access to information racks and other sources of paper that can be handled by multiple individuals will be eliminated.

    Additional Precautions
    • The toys and activities in the main lobby will be temporarily removed as will the scale, the penny machine and the wishing well.
    • Neither the CosmoKids area nor the simulator will be open for use until further notice.
    • Seating in the theaters and Dr. Goddard’s Lab will be limited to no more than 30 and visitors will be asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines for space between themselves and other visitor groups. Every other row in these venues will be unoccupied.

    Click here to see our Coronavirus Safety Plan infographic for the public. 

    For questions on any of the Cosmosphere COVID-19 safety procedures, or to plan your visit, call the Cosmosphere Box Office at: 620.665.9312.

    Find out what safety measures you can expect when you visit:

    ✅ Safety of the public, here.

    ✅ Safety of our campers and camp staff, here.

Upcoming Events

  • Veteran’s Day Salute
    November 11
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  • Virtual Coffee at the Cosmo: Apollo 13: Saying “Yes, And” to Collaboration
    November 19
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  • Museum Store Sunday
    November 29 –
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  • Veteran’s Day Salute

    Date: Wednesday, November 11, 2020 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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

    On Wednesday, 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 recieve this offer. 

  • Virtual Coffee at the Cosmo: Apollo 13: Saying “Yes, And” to Collaboration

    Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Join us on Thursday, November 19 at 9:00 am CT, for this virtual presentation! Join us live on our Facebook page on the day of the event or on Zoom at

    Grab your mug of Joe, sit back in the comfort of your own home and enjoy this free presentation on "Apollo 13: Saying "Yes, And" to Collaboration," with Sandy Marshall, Cosmosphere volunteer, TV/film actor, business speaker, and former Cosmosphere Camps counselor.

    On April 13, 1970, NASA’s Apollo 13 mission was aborted after an oxygen tank ruptured on the way to the moon. 3 astronauts were on board. They all came home. Later classified by NASA as a “successful failure” because of experience gained in rescuing the crew, Apollo 13 has become a classic example of quick thinking, problem solving, and working together as a team.

    Fast forward to today’s disruptive business world, where global workers create virtual, agile environments and manage change without a flight plan…all while incorporating principles of the Yes, And method of collaboration. Now more than ever, remote teamwork is mission critical. There’s a lot we can learn from Apollo 13.

    Tune-in to “Coffee at the Cosmo” (home of the flown "Odyssey" Command Module), and learn about what Apollo 13’s “successful failure” can teach us about agility, problem solving, effective communication, and working together.

    Presented by Sandy Marshall (Emmy-nominated writer/producer) with special guests, learn about the intersection between NASA's mission control environment and principles of collaboration.

    Because when the flight plan changes in the middle of the mission, your most important asset is your team.

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

    Thank you to our corporate partners: Airshare, Evergy, The Clayworks of Disability Supports, Dillons, KU School of Engineering and RCB Bank


    Date: Thursday, November 26, 2020 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    We will be closed Thursday, November 26 for Thanksgiving. We will be open normal business hours on Friday.

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