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  • Cosmosphere Satellite Location to Open Early at Bluhawk in Overland Park with Historic NASA Exhibit

    Cosmosphere Satellite Location to Open Early at Bluhawk in Overland Park with Historic NASA Exhibit

    October 22, 2018

    Liberty Bell 7 Capsule to Exhibit Starting February 2019

    OVERLAND PARK, KS; October 22, 2018 Cosmosphere Innovation Space and Bluhawk today announced that a significant piece of American history, the Mercury spacecraft Liberty Bell 7, will be the early centerpiece of a new exhibition by Cosmosphere Innovation Space at Bluhawk in Overland Park.

    “We have an exceptional plan that meets the needs of Cosmosphere, Bluhawk and the public, which is eager to see tremendous exhibits like Liberty Bell 7 as soon as possible,” said Jim Remar, President/CEO, Cosmosphere. “Opening a temporary Cosmosphere location in early 2019 is a big win for all parties as we continue forward with the plans for our satellite location at Bluhawk.”

    Cosmosphere Innovation Space will leverage the critical mass of crowds that Bluhawk will generate in its first phase, including visitors to Bluhawk Sports Park scheduled to break ground in 2019 and open the following year.

    Not only did Cosmosphere assist with the location and the recovery of Liberty Bell 7, but its SpaceWorks division restored and preserved the spacecraft—one of many NASA restoration projects in which SpaceWorks has been involved. This exhibit will give visitors to Bluhawk a chance to better understand history and the role Mercury missions and astronauts like Gus Grissom played in helping the United States win the Space Race.

    “We are very pleased that Overland Park residents and visitors will have an early look at this historic exhibit and others. Providing unique opportunities to shop, dine and experience is the foundation upon which Bluhawk is built,” said Doug Price, President, Price Brothers. “This new exhibition is a great venue for Cosmosphere to test new ideas while we are developing extensive plans for its new satellite location.”

    Additional information on Liberty Bell 7 is available on request. A NASA Team II Mission Control exhibit will follow Liberty Bell 7 in Q2 2019, and other exhibits will rotate on a regular basis.

    About Cosmosphere

    The Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum is located at 1100 North Plum in Hutchinson, KS. Its collection includes U.S. space artifacts second only to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, and the most extensive collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow. This unique collection allows the Cosmosphere to tell the story of the Space Race better than any museum in the world while offering fully immersive education experiences that meet the Next Generation Science Standards and introduce students to the power of wondering—asking the critical questions that lead to discovery.

    About Price Brothers

    Since 1922, Price Brothers has helped improve how people live and work. With residential and retail properties, planned communities, apartments and homes, Price Brothers builds, develops, and manages livable spaces with careful attention to quality, design and people.

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    SOURCE: Cosmosphere Innovation Space

    Press Contacts:

    For Price Brothers and Bluhawk:
    Phillip Bergman, Frankel Media Group; phillip@frankelmedia.com; 845-728-3984

    For Cosmosphere Innovation Space:
    Mimi Meredith, Cosmosphere Innovation Space; mimim@cosmo.org; 620-665-9339

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  • Space out Saturday: Santa and NORAD
    December 15
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    December 15
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    December 20
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  • Space out Saturday: Santa and NORAD

    Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: Santa and NORAD! How does Santa fill his gift sack? Learn about volume and mass with your own Christmas sack; track Santa using NORAD.

    Family day at the Cosmosphere with free programming for kids – from little tikes to middle school. Join us every third Saturday for our FREE kid-friendly, fun and educational Space Out Saturday! Plus: Don't miss our guided tours at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.* (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    INNOVATOR'S WORKSHOP (LOBBY)
    10:00 am and 12:00 pm
    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-12
    Unique, fun, and educational experiences! Explore science, technology, engineering, and math with exciting hands-on demonstrations and activities.

    STORYTIME (LOBBY)
    11:00 am
    Open to all ages
    Sing, dance, read and have a blast!

    SPACE TREK* (LOBBY)
    1:00 pm
    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-12
    Adventures await! Take a special tour designed to inspire and engage our future astronauts and engineers. (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    SPACE OUT SATURDAYS ARE OFFERED EVERY 3RD SATURDAY AT THE COSMOSPHERE, AND ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

  • Members Only: Science of the Season

    Date: Saturday, December 15, 2018 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
    Location:Justice Planetarium

    Cosmosphere Members: take a break from your busy holidays and enjoy this free event!

    For our third annual Science of the Season event, we will feature Ji Yon Shim, a doctorate of cello who has performed in Brazil, Japan, Switzerland and France. Ji will offer both an educational presentation and musical performance while scenes from the universe play out across the Planetarium dome. Wine tasting will happen throughout the evening as well.

    Seating is limited. An optional guided tour of the Hall of Space Museum will be available at 4:15 pm. 

    Please contact Marla Eriksen at 620.665.9320 or marlae@cosmo.org to reserve your seat!


    Are you interested in becoming a member of the Cosmosphere and enjoying all the exciting benefits membership offers? Check out cosmo.org/membership or contact Marla Eriksen at 620.665.9320 or marlae@cosmo.org to find out more!

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Apollo 8: Earthrising

    Date: Thursday, December 20, 2018 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere Banquet Room

    Celebrating the tenth year of our Coffee at the Cosmo series!

    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 cosmo.org for topics.

    Enjoy this free presentation: "Apollo 8: Earthrising," by Cosmosphere President and CEO, Jim Remar. 

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

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