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  • Former NASA Astronaut Makes Public Appearance at Cosmosphere June 16

    Former NASA Astronaut Makes Public Appearance at Cosmosphere June 16

    June 7, 2022

    Former NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott touches down at the Cosmosphere Thursday, June 16 for a public book signing from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

    Stott is the author of Back to Earth: What Life in Space Taught Me About Our Home Planet and Our Mission to Protect It. Inspired by her experiences as crewmember for the International Space Station and Space Shuttle missions, the book presents problem-solving, survival, and crisis-response techniques readers can apply to protect our planetary home.

    Stott’s book is currently available in the Cosmosphere gift shop.

    Cosmosphere is connecting Stott to Kansas audiences through a partnership with B&B Theatres. Following June 16, Stott will make weekend appearances at various B&B Theatres across the Kansas City metro area for special showtime presentations of Disney/Pixar’s Lightyear. Find out if Stott will be at a B&B Theater in your area here. 

Upcoming Events

  • Blue Star Museum Program
    May 21 – September 5
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  • 2022 Sunflower Summer Program
    May 28 – August 14
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Celebrating Webb Space Telescope’s First Images
    July 21
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  • Blue Star Museum Program

    Date: Saturday, May 21, 2022
    Location:Cosmosphere

    The Cosmosphere is proud to be participating in Blue Star Museums, which provides free admission to our Hall of Space Museum to our nation’s active-duty military personnel (including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps) and up to five family members. The Blue Star Museum program begins Armed Forces Day, May 21, 2022 and ends Labor Day, September 5, 2022.

    Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and museums across America, offering free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve.

    The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military–Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard–including Reservists, National Guardsman (regardless of status), U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps, and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card for entrance into a participating Blue Star Museum. 

    For a complete list of participants, visit arts.gov/bluestarmuseums.

  • 2022 Sunflower Summer Program

    Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022
    Location:Cosmosphere

    What's better than an out-of-this-world visit to the Cosmosphere? How about a FREE out-of-this-world visit thanks to the Kansas State Department of Education's Sunflower Summer program! All Kansas students, and up to two accompanying adults, can receive free admission to our Hall of Space Museum May 28 through August 14, 2022.

    To be eligible to participate, students must be 4-18 years old and not have graduated high school yet. Up to two adults accompanying the student can also participate. To get started,  parents and guardians need to download the Sunflower Summer app free from either Google Play (Android) or Apple (iOS) app stores.

    With over 70 participating venues across Kansas, check out www.sunflowersummer.org to find out how to make your Sunflower Summer spectacular!

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Celebrating Webb Space Telescope’s First Images

    Date: Thursday, July 21, 2022 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere Grand Lobby

    Thursday, July 21, 2022
    9 AM–10 AM
    Cosmosphere Grand Lobby

    The most powerful space telescope ever built is slated to have its first images available to the public in July! Join us for an official Webb Space Telescope Community Event to celebrate Webb’s first images and talk about how Webb can help us re-think our understanding of our galaxy, black holes and the universe!

    Cosmosphere VP for Education JoAnna Strecker will kick things off with an in-person presentation on telescope history, science, and engineering. Then Cosmosphere Camps alumna and theoretical astrophysicist Dr. Laura Blecha will join us remotely to emphasize the importance of what we can learn from Webb. Coffee, juice and water will be provided. 

    Can't make it in person? This presentation will be recorded, with the recording made available to the public on our Facebook paxge, YouTube Channel, and website shortly afterward. 

    Coffee at the Cosmo is offered every other month and is free of charge.

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