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  • Cosmosphere Visitors Can Visit the Lunar Landing Site and More!

    Cosmosphere Visitors Can Visit the Lunar Landing Site and More!

    August 6, 2019

    Thanks to a new 3D interactive display, visitors to the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson, KS, can visit the Apollo 11 landing site on the Moon, take a close look at an Apollo spacesuit or explore planet Earth. A new Liquid Galaxy display surrounds visitors with seven vertically placed, 50-inch, screens of rich imagery generated through data from Google Maps, Google Earth and Google Street view as well as images from the Moon.

    The display was donated to the Cosmosphere by Brian and Beth McClendon of Lawrence.

    “Beth and I first experienced the Cosmosphere last year and were very impressed,” Brian McClendon said. “As the Cosmosphere team works to improve the museum, this is one way we could help. We hope it inspires people to learn more about their world and universe, and how technology makes these experiences accessible.”

    Brian McClendon may appreciate more than most how the Google technology immerses visitors in the exploration of their own planet and beyond. He was vice president of engineering and an original investor in Keyhole, Inc. In 2004, Google purchased Keyhole and Keyhole’s main application suite, Earth Viewer, became the foundation of Google Earth. McClendon worked with Google for ten years leading efforts including Google Maps, Google Earth, Streetview and Waze. 

    “The Liquid Galaxy gives the Cosmosphere its first state-of-the art interactive in our efforts to offer more hands-on activities for visitors,” said Jim Remar, Cosmosphere CEO. “Not only are we grateful for the donation of this incredible technology, but more importantly, for the support and interest the McClendons have extended to the Cosmosphere.”

    The Liquid Galaxy experience is included with admission to the Hall of Space Museum on the lower level of the Cosmosphere.

    For more information on Liquid Galaxy, visit liquidgalaxy.org.

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    May 1 – August 31
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: No, the Moon is Not Made of Cheese
    September 19 –
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    September 21
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  • Apollo 50th Anniversary Celebration

    Date: Wednesday, May 01, 2019
    Location:Cosmosphere

     

    CHECK OUT ALL THE FUN APOLLO 11-RELATED ACTIVITIESGOING ON THROUGHOUT THE COSMOSPHERE:

    APOLLO 11 SCAVENGER HUNTPick up the Apollo 11 artifact list at the Box Office, and see how many artifacts you can find throughout the Cosmosphere, or download here.

    APOLLO 11 CELEBRATION WALLFind activity sheets for children and adults at the Information Desk. Fill out your sheet and drop it at the Box Office for display on our Apollo 11 Celebration Wall.

    APOLLO 11 SELFIE STATIONTake a selfie “on the Moon” with our lifesize photo opportunity in the Grand Lobby. 

    “WE CHOOSE TO GO TO THE MOON” EXHIBITThis celebration of the Moon exhibit is on display in our museum rotunda area, near the Cosmosphere Cafe. On display until August 2019. 

    APOLLO REDUX TRAVELING EXHIBITExperience this new, interactive traveling exhibit with an authentic Apollo-era Mission Control back room console in the Our Universe Gallery. Designed and built by the Cosmosphere, this exhibit was funded by the NASA TEAM II Grant. Find out more about this traveling exhibit here. On display through August 2019.

    APOLLO 11: FIRST STEPS EDITION DOCUMENTARYIn observance of the 50th anniversary of NASA’s celebrated Apollo 11 mission, APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition is a thrilling cinematic experience that showcases the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the Moon. Check out the trailer here. Go here for tickets. 

    APOLLO 11 SOUVENIRSDrop by the Cosmosphere’s Gift Store for Apollo 11 gifts, or shop online!

  • Early Closing of the Lobby at 5 pm

    Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2019
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    The Cosmosphere's main entrance, naviGATOR simulator and lobby will be closing early to the General Public on Wednesday, September 11 at 5:00 pm for a private event. The Carey Digital Dome Theater shows afer 5:00 pm will play as scheduled. The Hall of Space Museum and Gift Store are open normal business hours.

    Please use the alternate entrance to the North of the main entrance, by the Richard E. Smith Science Center.

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: No, the Moon is Not Made of Cheese

    Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
    Location:Cosmosphere

    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, special presentation "No, the Moon is Not Made of Cheese,"with special guest, Karen Lechtenberg, a Hutchinson native and Cosmosphere camp alumna, now a geologist in Denver, Colorado, will be discussing the geologic history of the Moon, the Moon rocks of the Apollo program, and the possibility of mining lunar resources. Stop by for a cup of a joe and a talk that totally rocks. smile

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

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