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  • PUBLIC INVITED TO OPENING OF B-29 DOC HANGER AND EDUCATION CENTER

    PUBLIC INVITED TO OPENING OF B-29 DOC HANGER AND EDUCATION CENTER

    January 21, 2019

    Jan. 21, 2019 – The expertise of the Cosmosphere SpaceWorks team will be on display at the new B-29 Doc Hangar and Education Center in Wichita when the new facility opens to the public for the first time on Jan. 26. Doc’s Friends, the organization that owns and operates the B-29 known as ‘Doc’ will host an open house and dedication ceremony from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 26.

    A combination of working hanger for the aircraft and a hands-on educational facility, visitors to the B-29 Doc Hanger will have the opportunity to watch technicians maintain one of two operational B-29s in existence. Additionally, visitors will experience stories and artifacts related to WWII and the restoration of Doc, a process which was 16 years in the making and took more than 100 volunteers 450,000 hours to complete.

    The Cosmosphere was contracted to help with the design and layout of the visitor’s and education center portion of the new facility, including historic exhibits, assembly of the artifact cases and creation of coinciding educational curriculum.

    Josh Wells is a member of Doc’s Friends, the organization who oversees volunteer efforts and fundraising for the aircraft. Wells said that in planning the facility, the group realized the need for help to showcase the legacy of the B-29, and thought of the Cosmosphere.

    “We knew we wanted this to be more than a ‘museum’, we wanted visitors to truly be engaged,” said Wells. “We wanted people to see and touch and learn about these heroes—both the war heroes and the heroes of this project, our volunteers—and we knew the Cosmosphere could take that vision and make it a reality.”

    “It’s very humbling to give the volunteers, the war heroes and Doc a home and to be able to showcase this work, as only it could be done here in the ‘Air Capital of the World’,” Wells added.

    For more information about Doc or the hanger opening, please contact Josh Wells at josh@b29doc.com.

    For more information about the Cosmosphere’s involvement, please contact Jim Remar, CEO and President at jimr@cosmo.org or by calling 620.665.9335.


    About Doc

    Doc is a B-29 Superfortress and one of 1,644 manufactured in Wichita during World War II. Since 1987 when Tony Mazzolini found Doc sitting and rotting away in the Mojave Desert, plans have been in the works to restore the historic warbird to flying status to serve as a flying museum.

    Over the past 15+ years, hundreds of volunteers have worked on Doc and the restoration project. Skilled workers and retirees from Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems, veterans, active duty military and others wanting to honor those who served, have spent tens of thousands of hours on Doc’s restoration. Countless individuals and organizations also made financial and in-kind contributions to keep the project going.

    About Doc’s Friends

    Doc’s Friends is a 501c3 nonprofit board managing the operation of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as Doc. The group was formed in 2013 and is led by retired Spirit AeroSystems CEO Jeff Turner along with other Wichita business and community leaders: Charlie Chandler, Jack Pelton, Steve Clark, Lynn Nichols, Brad Gorsuch, Ron Ryan, Tim Buchanan, Jeff Peier, Esq., Mark Paolucci, Tony Mazzolini, Jim Murphy, Sam Frey, Scott Flemming and Josh Wells.

    About The Cosmosphere

    The Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum is located at 1100 North Plum in Hutchinson, KS. Its collection includes U.S. space artifacts second only to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow. This unique collection allows the Cosmosphere to tell the story of the Space Race better than any museum in the world while offering fully immersive education experiences that meet the Next Generation Science Standards and introduce students to the power of wondering—asking the critical questions that lead to discovery. SpaceWorks, a division of the Cosmosphere, is world renowned for high-fidelity restoration, replication, conservation and fabrication. Visit the Cosmosphere online at www.cosmo.org.

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    Date: Wednesday, May 01, 2019
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    CHECK OUT ALL THE FUN APOLLO 11-RELATED ACTIVITIESGOING ON THROUGHOUT THE COSMOSPHERE:

    APOLLO 11 SCAVENGER HUNTPick up the Apollo 11 artifact list at the Box Office, and see how many artifacts you can find throughout the Cosmosphere, or download here.

    APOLLO 11 CELEBRATION WALLFind activity sheets for children and adults at the Information Desk. Fill out your sheet and drop it at the Box Office for display on our Apollo 11 Celebration Wall.

    APOLLO 11 SELFIE STATIONTake a selfie “on the Moon” with our lifesize photo opportunity in the Grand Lobby. 

    “WE CHOOSE TO GO TO THE MOON” EXHIBITThis celebration of the Moon exhibit is on display in our museum rotunda area, near the Cosmosphere Cafe. 

    APOLLO REDUX TRAVELING EXHIBITExperience this new, interactive traveling exhibit with an authentic Apollo-era Mission Control back room console in the Our Universe Gallery. Designed and built by the Cosmosphere, this exhibit was funded by the NASA TEAM II Grant. Find out more about this traveling exhibit here

    APOLLO 11: FIRST STEPS EDITION DOCUMENTARYIn observance of the 50th anniversary of NASA’s celebrated Apollo 11 mission, APOLLO 11: First Steps Edition is a thrilling cinematic experience that showcases the real-life moments of humankind’s first steps on the Moon. Check out the trailer here. Go here for tickets. 

    APOLLO 11 SOUVENIRSDrop by the Cosmosphere’s Gift Store for Apollo 11 gifts, or shop online!


    APOLLO 11 ANNIVERSARY WEEK: JULY 15-20

    Events are subject to change. Check back here for updates.

    MONDAY, JULY 15
    6:00-8:45 PM
    JUSTICE PLANETARIUM
    $5.00 +tax

    PRESENTATION AND BOOKSIGNING BY AUTHOR, RICK HOUSTON, ALONG WITH A SPECIAL SCREENING OF MISSION CONTROL: THE UNSUNG HEROES OF APOLLO

    Meet co-author of the book, Go, Flight! The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control, Rick Houston. Along with his writing duties, Rick has also served as an associate protducer and consultant to the documentary film Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo and as a technical advisor and extra in the hit movie First Man about legendary Apollo 11 moonwalker Neil Armstrong. Seating is limited! Call the Box Office at 620.665.9312 for tickets!

    TUESDAY, JULY 16
    10:00 AM - 2:00 PM / GRAND LOBBY
    FREE TO THE PUBLIC

    U.S. SPACE AND ROCKET CENTER – GLOBAL LAUNCH WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT

    Help the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, attempt a World-record at most rockets launched in a day! Visitors can help us set the record by making and launching paper stomp rockets in our lobby. Don’t forget to sign the tally sheet so we can keep track! Find out more at their website

    TUESDAY, JULY 16
    6:30 PM / DISCOVERY CLASSROOM
    FREE TO THE PUBLIC

    YOU ARE THERE...MAN ON THE MOON PRESENTATION

    Fifty years ago this July, 600 million people huddled around remote-less television sets across the world to catch a glimpse of “Mankind’s Greatest Adventure”—landing humans on the Moon! Transport yourself to that historic moment in time with this presentation, offering authentic video clips from the CBS news coverage with Walter Cronkite and Wally Schirra, grainy black and white images transmitted from the Moon’s surface and animated simulations of the Apollo 11 mission. And don’t touch that channel knob! Presented by Paul Lytle, a Building Systems Engineer at Wichita State University, a lifelong space and history enthusiast, and a longtime Cosmosphere volunteer.

    WEDNESDAY, JULY 17
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    HUTCH REC'S COFFEE AND CONVERSATION: WE CHOOSE TO GO TO THE MOON
    PLEASE NOTE LOCATION: HUTCH REC SENIOR CENTER AT ELMDALE PARK, 
    400 E. Ave. E, Hutchinson, KS 67501 

    For adults ages 60 and older. Cost is $4.00 for non-members. Enjoy this special presentation, “We Choose to Go to the Moon,” by Cosmosphere curator, Shannon Whetzel. Lunch is served at Noon after the presentation.

    THURSDAY, JULY 18
    9:00 - 10:00 AM / DISCOVERY CLASSROOM
    FREE TO THE PUBLIC

    COFFEE AT THE COSMO: WE CHOOSE TO GO TO THE MOON 

    Enjoy this free, special presentation, “We Choose to Go to the Moon,” by Cosmosphere curator, Shannon Whetzel. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION REQUEST: Wear your favorite attire from 1969!

    THURSDAY, JULY 18
    10:30 - 11:00 AM / GRAND LOBBY
    FREE TO THE PUBLIC

    OPERA KANSAS 

    Enjoy a special performance from Opera Kansas of Moon-themed popular songs in our Grand Lobby. See their website here

    SATURDAY, JULY 20
    10:00 AM - 1:00 PM / GRAND LOBBY
    FREE TO THE PUBLIC*

    SPACE OUT SATURDAY: 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF APOLLO 11

    Young Explorers will get history of the Apollo 11 training, they’ll construct their own space suit and create their own first words from the Moon.

    Family day at the Cosmosphere with free programming for kids – from little tikes to grade school. Join us every third Saturday for our FREE kid-friendly, fun and educational Space Out Saturday! Plus: Don't miss our guided tours at 12:00 pm, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm.* (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.)

    SATURDAY, JULY 20
    ON THE HOUR EVERY HOUR FROM 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    GUIDED DOCENT TOURS THROUGH HALL OF SPACE MUSEUM*

    12:00, 2:00 and 4:00 pm will be regular guided tour. 11:00 am, 1:00 and 3:00 pm tours will be Apollo 11-centered. *Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE.

    SATURDAY, JULY 20
    12:00 pm and 2:00 pm
    FREE TO THE PUBLIC
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    Viewing of the Smithsonian Channel's The Day We Walked on the Moon
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    The public is invited to attend a free screening of a new Smithsonian Channel documentary, The Day We Walked on the Moon. This documentary tells the mission's story through interviews with key figures in Mission Control, contemporary astronnauts and the families of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong. Seating for this free screening is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

    SATURDAY, JULY 20
    6:00 -11:30 PM / HUTCHINSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE LAWN
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    LANDING ON THE LAWN

    Free and open to the public, this fun, family-focused community event will be held on the Hutchinson Community College lawn. Featuring hands-on, Moon and space-themed activities from various community organizations and live science demonstrations from Cosmosphere Science Educators. After dark, a showing of the 1969 CBS footage of the Moon landing will be shown, followed by a screening of the new Smithsonian Channel documentary, The Day We Walked on the Moon. To wrap up the event, Cosmosphere Science Educators will host a Moon and planet observing, using a giant 16” diameter telescope. Wear your favorite attire from 1969! Held in conjunction with Hutchinson Community College and Hutch RecBring your lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray, and don't forget to wear your favorite attire from 1969! Check out more here.

  • New NASA Interactive Exhibit: Sun, Earth, Universe

    Date: Friday, May 24, 2019
    Location:Cosmosphere Hall of Space Museum

    The Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition is an engaging exhibition about Earth and space science geared specifically for families with young children (ages 4 and up).

    In this fun exhibit, visitors will have the chance to design, build, and test their own model spacecraft to complete a mission to space and use real science tools to reveal information which is invisible to human eyes! Little scientists will use imaginative play to explore the surface of Mars with toy rovers and spacecraft and so much more!

    The Sun, Earth, Universe exhibition is placed throughout the Cosmosphere's Hall of Space museum entrance area and will be available to visitors throughout the summer with a Hall of Space admission.

    Find out more on the exhibit here. 

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: The Greenland Impact Crater Discovery

    Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere Banquet Room

    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. Watch cosmo.org for topics.

    Enjoy this free presentation: "The Greenland Impact Crater Discovery," by special guest presenter, John Paden, Associate Scientist, Center for Remote Sensing of Ice Sheets (CReSIS), Kansas University.

    Kansas University radar systems measure the ice thickness of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and these data lead to the discovery of a large impact crater beneath the ice in northwest Greenland. Dr. Paden will present about the radar systems used to map the crater, how the crater was discovered and verified, and discuss the ongoing work to understand how the ice sheet affected the impact and the next steps to improve the dating of the impact crater.

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

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