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  • Liberty Bell 7 Spacecraft to Splashdown at Cosmosphere

    Liberty Bell 7 Spacecraft to Splashdown at Cosmosphere

    June 4, 2020

    Hutchinson, KAN.— 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.

    Museum-goers can also participate in special activities planned for the “Summer Space Splashdown”, honoring both the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission and the Liberty Bell 7’s return.  With daring stories of survival, both Liberty Bell 7 and the Odyssey—the spacecraft used during the Apollo 13 mission—demonstrate the tenacity of the American spirit and our ability to overcome challenges. 

    The Cosmosphere’s “Summer Space Splashdown” activities include new exhibits (see below for details), an Apollo 13 artifact scavenger hunt and the opportunity to collect a set of commemorative trading cards* for the Apollo 13 mission. *Trading cards will be available at the Box Office, are limited to one set per Box Office transaction and are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

    New Exhibits

    Apollo 13: A Mission of Survival: Restored on-site, the authentic Apollo 13 spacecraft, Odyssey, calls the Cosmosphere home! SpaceWorks, a division of the Cosmosphere which helped restore the craft, had a major role in re-creating the mission for the 1995 movie “Apollo 13”— producing more than 80 percent of the movie’s props. Learn more about the mission and the Cosmosphere’s role in the film in this new exhibit near the Cosmosphere Café, at the top of the museum entrance.

    X-Plane Gallery: At the bottom of the museum entrance, visitors will find a brand new X-Plane gallery, introducing them to the Space Race story told throughout the Cosmosphere’s museum. Here, one can begin to understand the important testing and breaking of boundaries of high altitude and high-speed flight and the effects it had on humans and hardware.

    This new gallery also allows additional artifacts to be displayed—including a new full-view of the cockpit of the replica Bell X-1 ‘Glamorous Glennis’, a display of Kansas Astronaut Joe Engle’s X-15 flight suit, as well as an XLR99 rocket engine from the X-15 program.

    COVID-19:

    In order to keep visitors, staff and volunteers safe, the Cosmosphere is practicing safety protocols regarding COVID-19.  Some high-touch areas and activities are still unavailable to the public. For full details, please visit: www.cosmo.org. 

    More about Liberty Bell 7

    Liberty Bell 7 was recovered from the ocean floor in 1999 after spending nearly 40 years submerged at a depth of more than 15,000 feet (deeper than the Titanic).  SpaceWorks, a division of the Cosmosphere, helped to retrieve and conserve the craft to the state it appears in today. Liberty Bell 7 is owned by the Cosmosphere, making it the only privately owned American spacecraft. The Cosmosphere is among only four museums worldwide to have a flown set of manned Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo spacecraft.

Upcoming Events

  • Onward & Upward: A Virtual Telethon
    October 4
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  • Onward & Upward: A Virtual Auction
    October 4 – October 18
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  • Virtual Coffee at the Cosmo: Celebrating the SR-71
    October 15
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  • Onward & Upward: A Virtual Telethon

    Date: Sunday, October 04, 2020 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
    Location:Online

    Join us, as we move onward and upward!

    Two great events will unfold as we celebrate the history of space exploration and the lessons it teaches, which are especially relevant today.

    Launch: 2 p.m. CT, October 4—Sputnik Day!

    Mission Objective: Onward and Upward Fundraising Telethon to raise $150,000 for the Cosmosphere

    Space Legends participating include:

    • Fred Haise, NASA astronaut
    • Jim Lovell, NASA astronaut
    • Michael Collins, NASA astronaut
    • Gene Kranz, NASA flight director
    • Gerry Griffin, NASA flight director
    • Charlie Duke, NASA astronaut and Moonwalker
    • Dr. Harrison Schmitt, NASA astronaut and Moonwalker
    • Dr. Steven Hawley, NASA astronaut from Kansas 
    • Cosmosphere Camp Alumni working in space industry

    Enjoy appearances by space legends and get a sneak peek at incredible items available in our Onward and Upward Virtual Auction, which will follow the Telethon and run until October 18.

    Stay tuned for details! And thanks for loving the Cosmosphere!

    Virtual Telethon will be available here and on YouTube, link coming soon. 

    Plus, don't miss the Virtual Auction that begins immediately following the Virtual Telethon on Sunday, October 4. Virtual Auction is available here

    Thank you to these Cosmosphere Corporate Partners:
    Airshare, Evergy, The Clayworks of Disability Supports, Dillons, KU School of Engineering and RCB Bank

  • Onward & Upward: A Virtual Auction

    Date: Sunday, October 04, 2020
    Location:https://www.charityauctionstoday.com/auctions/Cosmosphere-13948

    Join us, as we move onward and upward!

    Two great events will unfold as we celebrate the history of space exploration and the lessons it teaches, which are especially relevant today.

    Launch: 5 p.m. CT (approximate), October 4—Sputnik Day!

    Mission Concludes: 5 p.m. CT, October 18

    Mission Objective: Onward and Upward Virtual Auction to raise $50,000 for the Cosmosphere

    Bid on three blocks of incredible auction items from one-of-a-kind pieces of art and jewelry to autographed space collectibles, from October 4 to October 18.

    That’s right! Two whole weeks of opportunities to bid on experiences, space memorabilia, and more, all of which will support the Cosmosphere.

    Stay tuned for details! And thanks for loving the Cosmosphere!

    Virtual Auction is available here

    Plus, don't miss the Virtual Telethon, Sunday, October 4 at 2:00 pm CT here.

    Thank you to these Cosmosphere Corporate Partners: Airshare, Evergy, The Clayworks of Disability Supports, Dillons, KU School of Engineering and RCB Bank

  • Virtual Coffee at the Cosmo: Celebrating the SR-71

    Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:www.cosmomeeting.org

    Join us on Thursday, October 15 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 cosmomeeting.org.

    Grab your mug of Joe, sit back in the comfort of your own home and enjoy this free presentation on "Celebrating the SR-71," with SR-71 pilot, Buz Carpenter. 

    Hear first-hand stories from the pilot of the SR-71 displayed in the Cosmosphere Lobby

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

    Thank you to our corporate partners:
    Airshare, Evergy, The Clayworks of Disability Supports, Dillons, KU School of Engineering and RCB Bank

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