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  • The Passing of Astronaut Michael Collins

    The Passing of Astronaut Michael Collins

    April 28, 2021

    Cosmosphere joins the Nation and the World in grieving the loss of an outstanding human--Astronaut Michael Collins, who died earlier today. A tribute to Collins has been created adjacent to the Gemini X capsule, in which Collins and John Young flew in 1966 and which is a part of the Cosmosphere collection.

    In 2016, Collins and his daughters, Kate and Ann, visited the Cosmosphere to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Gemini X Mission. As part of his day at the Cosmosphere, Collins chose to spend an hour with young people making paper airplanes. He also met with a group of Scouts and with Cosmosphere campers back from a travel camp. At dinner that night, he and his daughters shared stories with the crowd of 150 gathered at the Cosmosphere.

    “The unique thing about Mike's stories was that they focused on bigger ideas, or on other people and on the importance of things like self-expression and literacy,” said Mimi Meredith, Cosmosphere Senior VP of Communication and Chief Development Officer. “He seldom talked about himself or his achievements. We will remember the qualities he shared of humility, teamwork, courage, wisdom, tenacity, humor and an appreciation of beauty. He didn’t think Astronauts should be called heroes, but he is a hero to us.”

    The Collins tribute will be left up through the coming week. Cosmosphere visitors are encouraged to sign a guest book and to share a memory or message for the Collins family.

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    May 15 – September 6
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  • BOGO! Buy One All-Access Mission Pass, Dad Gets in FREE!
    June 20
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  • Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2021
    September 18
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  • Blue Star Museum Program

    Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021

    Cosmosphere will join museums nationwide in the Blue Star Museums initiative, a program that provides free admission to currently-serving U.S. military personnel and their families this summer. The 2021 program will begin on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, 2021, and end on Labor Day, Monday, September 6, 2021. Blue Star Museums is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in collaboration with BlueStar Families, the Department of Defense, and participating museums nationwide.

    The free admission program is available for those currently serving in the United States Military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard as well as members of the Reserves, National Guard, U.S. Public Health Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps and up to five family members. Qualified members must show a Geneva Convention common access card, DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID) or a DD Form 1173-1 ID for entrance into a Blue Star Museum.

    For a complete list of participants, visit

  • BOGO! Buy One All-Access Mission Pass, Dad Gets in FREE!

    Date: Sunday, June 20, 2021 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


    Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20, it's BOGO*!

    Buy one All-Access Mission Pass, and Dad gets in FREE!* Make a day of it! Bring Dad to see a documentary in the Carey Digital Dome Theater, a planetarium show, Dr. Goddard's lab and the Hall of Space Museum.

    *To receive the BOGO offer, please call 620.665.9312 or purchase your tickets at the Box Office upon arrival. Offer is not available online.

  • Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day 2021

    Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

    Join us Saturday, September 18, 2021 for Smithsonian magazine Museum Day! 

    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. 

    Cosmosphere guests that show their printed ticket receive free admission into the Hall of Space Museum for two guests. Tickets will be available soon HERE.

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