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  • Cosmosphere Virtual Events to Feature Space Legends Lovell, Haise and More

    Cosmosphere Virtual Events to Feature Space Legends Lovell, Haise and More

    September 17, 2020

    HUTCHINSON, Kan.— Apollo-era legends will be part of the experience viewers can expect from Onward and Upward, the Cosmosphere’s first virtual telethon and auction, which will launch Sunday, Oct. 4, at 2:00 p.m. (CT). 

    The events, which will be accessible through Cosmosphere’s Facebook page:, will begin with a fundraising telethon which will include virtual tours of artifacts such as the Apollo 13 Command Module Odyssey and the Liberty Bell 7 along with guest appearances by individuals involved in space exploration from the Apollo and Shuttle era to today. 

    “While the goal is to raise operating funds for the Cosmosphere, it is also to inspire,” said Mimi Meredith, Cosmosphere Sr. VP of Development and Chief Development Officer. “There’s nothing like the story of human spaceflight to remind us what incredible things we can do when we work together. That’s what the Cosmosphere, and the telethon, are all about—reminding us that seemingly insurmountable challenges can be overcome with tenacity and teamwork.” 

    The Onward & Upward Virtual Auction will kick off immediately following the Telethon. It will offer hundreds of items ranging from travel experiences and artwork, to collectibles and autographed space memorabilia. The Auction will be live until 5 p.m. on October 18. Proceeds from both events will help the non-profit museum overcome challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    About the Cosmosphere: 

    Featuring the largest combined collection of U.S. and former Soviet space artifacts —the Cosmosphere International Science Education Center & Space Museum in Hutchinson, KS—tells the story of the Space Race unlike any other museum! As Kansas’ only Smithsonian-affiliated museum, the Cosmosphere is the only place in the Midwest to boast a flown craft from all three early manned spaceflight programs (the Mercury Liberty Bell 7, the Gemini X and the Apollo 13 Odyssey). 

    Offering hands-on learning opportunities, standards-aligned STEAM content and camp programs—Cosmosphere educational programming engages students in project-based learning, fosters teamwork and cultivates soft skills needed for any workplace setting. 

    The Cosmosphere also offers documentary films in the Carey Digital Dome Theater, an opportunity to explore the universe in the Justice Planetarium, and see live explosive science demonstrations in Dr. Goddard’s Lab. 

    Finally, the Cosmosphere’s SpaceWorks division is known from the Smithsonian to Hollywood for space-centered restoration, replication and fabrication. From restoring the historic consoles for the Mission Operations Control Room at NASA’s Johnson Space Center to creating props for major films, like 2018’s "First Man", the team’s work can be found around the world. 

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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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