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  • Items from the Armstrong Family Collection Donated to Cosmosphere

    Items from the Armstrong Family Collection Donated to Cosmosphere

    January 22, 2020

    Rick and Mark Armstrong, the sons of Neil and Janet Armstrong, have donated two items from the late astronaut’s personal collection of air and space memorabilia to the Cosmosphere International Science Education Center and Space Museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate in Hutchinson, KS. 

    The first item is a flown (meaning it has been in space) four-inch by six-inch, U.S. flag from the Apollo 11 mission, when Neil Armstrong became the first human being to step foot on the surface of the Moon. 

    The second item is a small piece of fabric from the wing of the “Wright Flyer”—the first flying machine built by the Wright brothers. The artifact also made the journey on the Apollo 11 mission and was present in the Lunar Module as the craft touched the surface of the Moon. 

    “When I visited the Cosmosphere in 2019, it was clearly a world-class space museum, but I didn’t see anything from Apollo 11 (mission) on exhibit, and it seemed obvious to me that they should have something from the flight,” said Rick Armstrong. “We hope these items will complement the inspirational exhibits that are already in place.” 

    “The Cosmosphere is honored to have been chosen as the site for these notable artifacts to be displayed,” said Jim Remar, Cosmosphere President and CEO. “These two items are significant pieces of space history and we’re excited to share their story.” 

    The donated Armstrong items will go on display in the Hall of Space Museum in 2020, though exact timing and placement are still being determined. 

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    Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    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. 

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    Date: Saturday, April 04, 2020 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

    Join us Saturday, April 4, 2020 for Smithsonian magazine Museum Day! (Please note we are open from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm on Saturday, April 4, 2020.)

    Cosmosphere guests that show their printed ticket receive FREE admission into the Hall of Space Museum for two guests. Tickets available HERE beginning February 27, 2020. 

    Mark your calendar for America’s annual celebration of boundless curiosity. Museum Day brings together museums, zoos & cultural centers from all 50 states to offer free admission to all ticket holders. This year, Museum Day will celebrate EARTH OPTIMISM!

    Museum Day is moving from Fall to Spring in 2020 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The annual Museum Day event will take place on Saturday, April 4th.

  • Apollo 13 Mission Debrief

    Date: Saturday, April 04, 2020 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
    Location:Hutchinson's Fox Theatre


    For all the details, including ticket pricing, see the Apollo 13 webpage here

    SATURDAY, APRIL 4, 2020


    These words set in motion a historic series of events. For three days, three astronauts huddled in the Aquarius Lunar Module as the Mission Control team on Earth worked to solve the problem of how to bring them home. Meanwhile, the world united in prayer and hope for the survival of three Americans 200,000 miles from Earth. 

    No other space mission before or since called on the collaboration of so many in Mission Control and beyond to solve such a critical challenge. Apollo 13: A Mission of Survival. A Mission of Teamwork. A Mission of Hope. Join us to celebrate the great Victory of Apollo 13, where the Apollo 13 Command Module, Odyssey, was restored, preserved and is proudly on display in Cosmosphere’s Apollo Gallery.  

    Join us at Hutchinson’s Historic Fox Theatre for an Apollo 13 Panel Discussion with Apollo 13 astronauts and MOCR team members as well as Michael Griffin, former NASA Administrator and current Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. With panel moderators: Author Andrew Chaikin and Cosmosphere CEO Jim Remar. 

    Slated to appear: Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, Gene Kranz, Gerry Griffin, Milt Windler, John Aaron, Jerry Bostick, Vance Brand, Chuck Deiterich, Ed Fendell, Spencer Gardner, Jack Lousma, Glynn Lunney*, Ed Smylie, Frank VanRensselaer and…Andrew Chaikin, Author; Michael Griffin, Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and former NASA Administrator. *Glynn Lunney will be a pre-recorded video.

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