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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

  • Liberty Bell 7 Spacecraft to Splashdown at Cosmosphere
    June 16 – December 31
    More Details
  • August Back to School Splashdown Discount!
    August 1 – August 31
    More Details
  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Liberty Bell 7
    August 20
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  • Liberty Bell 7 Spacecraft to Splashdown at Cosmosphere

    Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    Liberty Bell 7 is set to splashdown at the Cosmosphere, following nearly six years of being on exhibit throughout the world.  Beginning Tuesday, June 16, visitors to the Smithsonian-affiliated space museum in Hutchinson, KS, will have the opportunity to get up close to an amazing piece of space history when the Mercury spacecraft, which took the second U.S. astronaut into space, returns to its home museum.  The craft will be on display in the Cosmosphere Grand Lobby through the remainder of 2020.

    For more information on Liberty Bell 7 go here

  • August Back to School Splashdown Discount!

    Date: Saturday, August 01, 2020
    Location:Cosmosphere

    Celebrate the end of summer and take advantage of the “Back-to-School Splashdown” discount at the Cosmosphere!

    CHILDREN 18 OR YOUNGER AND EDUCATORS WILL RECEIVE $5.00 OFF AN ALL-ACCESS MISSION PASS DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST!*

    *To take advantage of this offer, you must mention the “back-to-school” discount upon purchase.  Discount only available through in-person ticket sales or by phone at 620.665.9312. Educators will be asked to show their school ID.  No ID is required for children. No limit on the number of children or educators per family.

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Liberty Bell 7

    Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Online

    This will be a virtual presentation only. Join us live on our Facebook page on the day of the event or on Zoom at cosmomeeting.org.

    Grab your mug of Joe, sit back in the comfort of your own home and enjoy this free presentation titled, "Liberty Bell 7: The Peril and Promise of Space Exploration," with Cosmosphere President and CEO, Jim Remar. This presentation will be presented in front of the actual Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft!

    Attendees will learn the story of how astronaut Gus Grissom's Liberty Bell 7 was recovered from the ocean floor in 1999 after spending nearly 40 years submerged at a depth of more than 15,000 feet (deeper than the Titanic).  SpaceWorks, a division of the Cosmosphere, helped to retrieve and conserve the craft to the state it appears in today. Liberty Bell 7 is owned by the Cosmosphere, making it the only privately owned American spacecraft. The Cosmosphere is among only four museums worldwide to have a flown set of manned Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo spacecraft.

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

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

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