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  • New Era of Cosmosphere Camps Announced Today

    New Era of Cosmosphere Camps Announced Today

    November 4, 2019

    HUTCHINSON, Kan. — A new world-class space capsule simulator and lander, drone and robotics assembly, virtual reality and more all await participants in newly designed summer camp experiences at the Cosmosphere. Information about the new camps was released today.

    With 35 years in the aerospace summer camp market, Cosmosphere has attracted students from all over the world and across the nation to its camp experiences in Hutchinson. While team building and critical thinking skill development have always been part of the Cosmosphere’s outcome objectives for its camps, according to CEO Jim Remar, it was time to rework the camp offerings to meet new objectives and to provide more relevant and engaging experiences.

    “Our vision for what camp could become began with dismantling our Space Shuttle-based Falcon simulator, which was nearly 25 years old,” Remar said. “To teach the skills and provide insight into today’s missions, we needed a capsule experience more closely aligned to NASA’s current efforts. For that reason, we’re modeling our new Astralis simulator on NASA’s Orion capsule. The simulator will also have a lander, so students will have a third element in their mission experiences we hadn’t previously provided.”

    Cosmosphere is also broadening the activities within every camp to include more options for career choices. From journalism to healthcare and agriculture, students will learn how the base of science, technology, engineering and math in each mission must expand to include other skills required for living and working in space. Activities also align with Next Generation Science Standards and work readiness skill development.

    Upper level camps, now called the Ad Astra Program, are based on a camper’s grade level, allowing students to participate in a camp for the first time without prior camp participation. Travel Experiences to Texas and California are still available and neither requires prior camp experience.

    For information on all the camps, go to or call 620-222-0201. Registration begins on November 11.

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  • Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2020

    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.

  • Early Closing of the building at 3 pm

    Date: Saturday, April 04, 2020

    The Cosmosphere will be closing early at 3 pm on Saturday, April 4, 2020, to prepare for our Apollo 13 50th Anniversary Gala. We will be open normal business hours on Sunday. We're sorry for any inconvenience. 

  • Apollo 13 50th Anniversary Gala

    Date: Saturday, April 04, 2020 6:00 PM – 11:59 AM

    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.  

    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, 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.* 

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

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