The Cosmosphere, a Smithsonian-affiliated science education center and space museum in Hutchinson, KS, is planning a full line-up of new exhibits and activities to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing this summer.
New Interactive Exhibit: Apollo Redux
Experience 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. Visitors will have the chance to sit at an actual Mission Control console and understand the different jobs and roles of both historic and modern-day mission control personnel.
New Museum Rotunda Exhibit: We Choose to Go to the Moon
Learn about what the Moon is made of, why we wanted to go there and more in this exhibit celebrating the Moon. This display is in our museum rotunda area, near the Cosmosphere Café.
Apollo 11 Scavenger Hunt:
The Cosmosphere is home to several authentic artifacts from the Apollo 11 mission. From a training suit worn by astronaut Michael Collins to a Moon rock and components of the F-1 Saturn V engines which launched the U.S. into the Space-Race record books, visitors are encouraged to find all of the Cosmosphere artifacts related to the Apollo-era.
Apollo 11 Selfie Station:
Visitors can take a selfie “on the Moon” with a life-sized photo opportunity in the Cosmosphere’s Lobby.
Apollo 11 Celebration Wall
In the lobby, guests will find activity sheets for children to write their first quote from the Moon and adults to share memories of the Moon landing. Fill out a sheet and drop it at the Box Of?ce for display on the Apollo 11 Celebration Wall.
New Documentary: Apollo 11: First Steps Edition
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon landing with newly-discovered, never-before-seen 70mm footage and audio recordings. This documentary joins Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, the Mission Control team and millions of spectators around the world, during those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.
For documentary showtimes, visit cosmo.org or call the Cosmosphere Box Office at 620.665.9312.
New NASA Interactive Exhibit: Sun, Earth, Universe
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). 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 Hall of Space admission.