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  • Cosmosphere Plans Safe Re-Open and Camp Season

    Cosmosphere Plans Safe Re-Open and Camp Season

    July 2, 2020

    MISSION UPDATE: July 13, 2020

    The Cosmosphere is requiring masks in all public spaces. Free disposable masks are available at the Cosmosphere Box Office.

    MISSION UPDATE: May 20, 2020

    Following the announcement by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly of the “Ad Astra: A Plan to Reopen Kansas: {modified} Phase 2” in regards to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cosmosphere will be re-opening its doors safely to the public beginning, Friday, May 22. 

    Hours of operation will be 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. 

    Visitors to the Smithsonian-affiliated science center and space museum can expect the following safety measures when they visit:

    • Visitors are required to wear a mask. Free disposable masks will be available for visitors at the Box Office. 
    • Multiple hand-sanitizer stations will be available throughout the Cosmosphere
    • Seating in the Justice Planetarium, Carey Digital Dome theater and Dr. Goddard’s Lab will be limited and attendees will be asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines
    • With seating being limited, visitors are encouraged to use contactless pay to reserve their seats. Tickets are available online at: cosmo.org/visit/tickets or by calling the box office at: 620.665.9312. 
    • Plexiglass shields and six foot floor guides will be at point-of-sale locations
    • All high-contact, hard/non-porous surfaces will be sanitized daily or multiple times during the day
    • Access to information racks and other sources of paper, which can be handled by multiple individuals, will be eliminated
    • The new interactive CosmoKids area, naviGATOR Simulator and children’s activities in the Cosmosphere lobby will not be available for use by the public until further notice

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

    Cosmosphere museum and camp staff with public contact will be required to wear a clean face mask and disposable gloves during their shift. Staff who exhibit symptoms of illness will be required to stay at home. General COVID-19 safety practices, like social distancing and frequent hand washing, are also being practiced by all staff.

    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 our staff and volunteers, here.

    ✅ Safety of our campers and camp staff, here.

Upcoming Events

  • Onward & Upward: A Virtual Telethon
    October 4
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  • Onward & Upward: A Virtual Auction
    October 4 – October 18
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  • Virtual Coffee at the Cosmo: Celebrating the SR-71
    October 15
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  • Onward & Upward: A Virtual Telethon

    Date: Sunday, October 04, 2020 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Location:Online

    Join us, as we move onward and upward!

    Two great events will unfold as we celebrate the history of space exploration and the lessons it teaches, which are especially relevant today.

    Launch: 2 p.m. CT, October 4—Sputnik Day!

    Mission Objective: Onward and Upward Fundraising Telethon to raise $150,000 for the Cosmosphere

    Space Legends participating include:

    • Fred Haise, NASA astronaut
    • Jim Lovell, NASA astronaut
    • Michael Collins, NASA astronaut
    • Gene Kranz, NASA flight director
    • Gerry Griffin, NASA flight director
    • Charlie Duke, NASA astronaut and Moonwalker
    • Dr. Harrison Schmitt, NASA astronaut and Moonwalker
    • Dr. Steven Hawley, NASA astronaut from Kansas 
    • Cosmosphere Camp Alumni working in space industry

    Enjoy appearances by space legends and get a sneak peek at incredible items available in our Onward and Upward Virtual Auction, which will follow the Telethon and run until October 18.

    Stay tuned for details! And thanks for loving the Cosmosphere!

    Virtual Telethon will be available here and on YouTube, link coming soon. 

    Plus, don't miss the Virtual Auction that begins immediately following the Virtual Telethon on Sunday, October 4. Virtual Auction is available here

    Thank you to these Cosmosphere Corporate Partners:
    Airshare, Evergy, The Clayworks of Disability Supports, Dillons, KU School of Engineering and RCB Bank

  • Onward & Upward: A Virtual Auction

    Date: Sunday, October 04, 2020
    Location:https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Cosmosphere-13948

    Join us, as we move onward and upward!

    Two great events will unfold as we celebrate the history of space exploration and the lessons it teaches, which are especially relevant today.

    Launch: 5 p.m. CT (approximate), October 4—Sputnik Day!

    Mission Concludes: 5 p.m. CT, October 18

    Mission Objective: Onward and Upward Virtual Auction to raise $50,000 for the Cosmosphere

    Bid on three blocks of incredible auction items from one-of-a-kind pieces of art and jewelry to autographed space collectibles, from October 4 to October 18.

    That’s right! Two whole weeks of opportunities to bid on experiences, space memorabilia, and more, all of which will support the Cosmosphere.

    Stay tuned for details! And thanks for loving the Cosmosphere!

    Virtual Auction is available here

    Plus, don't miss the Virtual Telethon, Sunday, October 4 at 2:00 pm CT here.

    Thank you to these Cosmosphere Corporate Partners: Airshare, Evergy, The Clayworks of Disability Supports, Dillons, KU School of Engineering and RCB Bank

  • Virtual Coffee at the Cosmo: Celebrating the SR-71

    Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:www.cosmomeeting.org

    Join us on Thursday, October 15 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 cosmomeeting.org.

    Grab your mug of Joe, sit back in the comfort of your own home and enjoy this free presentation on "Celebrating the SR-71," with SR-71 pilot, Buz Carpenter. 

    Hear first-hand stories from the pilot of the SR-71 displayed in the Cosmosphere Lobby

    *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

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