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  • Finlay to Serve as Cosmosphere Foundation Board Member

    Finlay to Serve as Cosmosphere Foundation Board Member

    January 6, 2023

    Anthony “Tony” Finlay, executive director of the Hutchinson Recreation Commission, will join Cosmosphere’s Foundation Board beginning in January. Finlay and his wife, Andrea, own and operate Harley’s Bicycles in downtown Hutchinson.

    "I believe in the importance of giving back to my community," said Finlay.

    Finlay has held leadership positions for Young Professionals of Reno County, Hutchinson Chamber of Commerce, Visit Hutch, Leadership Reno County and the Hutchinson Housing Commission. He is currently Chairperson of Public Policy for the Kansas Recreation & Park Association and recently served as President of the Rotary Club of Hutchinson.

    He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Parks & Recreation Management from Fort Hays State University and is a Certified Parks & Recreation Professional.

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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Apollo’s Amazing Folding Rover: Stories of the Sturdy LRV
    March 16
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Apollo’s Amazing Folding Rover: Stories of the Sturdy LRV

    Date: Thursday, March 16, 2023 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    This informative community gathering over coffee features guest speakers offering insight into STEM and space topics. Coffee at the Cosmo is free and open to the public.

    In March, Cosmosphere’s curator Shannon Whetzel shares her newly rekindled enthusiasm for what may be the most under-appreciated piece of Apollo-era technology: the Lunar Roving Vehicle, or LRV. A foldable marvel affectionately known as the “Moon buggy,” the LRV allowed Apollo 15, 16, and 17 astronauts to push the frontier of human exploration by traversing a mountainous area on the Moon the size of Manhattan.

    Earl Swift, author of “Across the Airless Wilds,” describes the LRV as “an electric go-cart that folded like a business letter, weighed less than eighty pounds in the moon’s reduced gravity, and muscled its way up mountains, around craters, and over undulating plains.”

    Whetzel will share important discoveries enabled by the LRV and will talk about what excites her about Cosmosphere’s LRV exhibit. 

    Coffee at the Cosmo can be enjoyed in-person at the Cosmosphere or live online via Zoom from anywhere!

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