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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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  • Liberty Bell 7 Spacecraft to Splashdown at Cosmosphere

    Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    Liberty Bell 7 is set to splashdown at the Cosmosphere, following nearly six years of being on exhibit throughout the world.  Beginning Tuesday, June 16, visitors to the Smithsonian-affiliated space museum in Hutchinson, KS, will have the opportunity to get up close to an amazing piece of space history when the Mercury spacecraft, which took the second U.S. astronaut into space, returns to its home museum.  The craft will be on display in the Cosmosphere Grand Lobby through the remainder of 2020.

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  • Virtual Coffee at the Cosmo: Apollo to Artemis

    Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    This will be a virtual presentation only. 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 "Apollo to Artemis" with Cosmosphere Volunteer and owner of The Space Shot, John Mulnix.

    Attendees will learn about the Apollo program and the history of long-duration human spaceflight from Skylab to the ISS. You'll understand how these missions have prepared NASA for the return to the Moon with the Artemis Program in the late 2020s. Learn about the three exciting new commercially developed lunar landers supporting the Artemis Program. One of these new designs will take the first woman and the next man to the surface of the Moon!

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