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  • How We Got to the Moon

    How We Got to the Moon

    November 13, 2020

    Whether you’re trying to help a child at home engage in science or you’re just a fan of the space program, a virtual event hosted by the Cosmosphere may be just the ticket. 

    At 10:00 am CST on December 18, New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, John Rocco will discuss his book, “How We Got to the Moon,” and will also moderate a discussion with two other prominent space topic authors: Andrew Chaikin and Jonathan Ward. 

    Public questions are encouraged during the discussion, which will stream live on Cosmosphere’s Facebook Page or register here on Zoom. 

    “How We Got to the Moon” highlights the variety of jobs and skills represented in more than 400,000 men and women who made the Moon landing possible. Included are beautiful illustrations geared toward making the story interesting for readers age 8 and up. It is a 2020 National Book Award nominee, a Junior Library Guild Selection and Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. 

    All three authors’ books are available in the Cosmosphere Museum Shop and online at under the Museum Shop tab. Cosmosphere Members receive 20 percent off purchases through December 21 and can get a signed copy of Rocco’s book. 

    See what Apollo Program Flight Director, Gene Kranz has to say about Rocco's book. 

    More about 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). Find more at

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    December 17
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  • Virtual Coffee at the Cosmo: The White Sands Rocket Team

    Date: Thursday, December 17, 2020 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Join us on Thursday, December 17 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 "The White Sands Rocket Team," with Cosmosphere curator, Shannon Whetzel. 

    75 Years Ago- Fifty-five German specialists arrived at Fort Bliss, TX, and White Sands Proving Grounds, NM, where they were joined by seven specialists headed by Dr. Wernher von Braun

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

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    Date: Thursday, December 24, 2020 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    We will be open from 9 am–3 pm on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24. We will be closed on Christmas Day. 

  • Closed Christmas Day

    Date: Friday, December 25, 2020 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    We will be closed Friday, December 25 for Christmas. We will be open normal business hours tomorrow.

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