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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Apollo Command Module Trainer

The Apollo Command Module simulator that has been in the Cosmosphere's Education department, and used for FATP and other camps, was dismantled today and taken to Space Works for a project.

Restoration and Collections folks were poring over the details before it left the building.

This was a trainer used by NASA, and a few parts of it are things that could have been taken out of the trainer, and put on to a mission. One of those parts was the three seats.

Another are these struts. The four on the right are "real" and the two on the left are ones fabricated here.

Camp is celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer with a big reunion and many of the former campers who will be returning to the Cosmosphere July 30-Aug. 1 for the reunion will remember this trainer. Needless to say, it looked a little different today.

If you, or someone you know, is a former camper, please send your updated contact information to patsyt@cosmo.org so we can send you details about the reunion this summer.

Extreme at Carey IMAX Dome Theatre at Cosmosphere

The IMAX Movie, “Extreme,” is opening at the Cosmosphere on Friday, January 15. It captures some of the best athletes in the world as they challenge the most intimidating forces of nature. It plays every day in the Cosmosphere’s Carey Imax Dome Theatre at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., with additional showings on Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m.

Skiing on perilous mountain peaks; snowboarding through untouched powder fields; climbing up frozen waterfalls; scaling magnificent red-rock spires; surfing some of the largest waves ever; and windsurfing behind El Nino strength winds, this film takes audiences on an unimaginable adventure.

Extreme shares firsthand an understanding of those who have made their passion a lifestyle and provides a unique glimpse into the relationship between nature and humanity - of an earth at its most surreal and athletes who continuously strive to feel her magnanimous, powerful shapes. Powerful music and heartfelt narration by the athletes themselves complement once-in-a-lifetime footage to put the audience on the edge of their seats.

Vikings: Journey to New Worlds at Carey IMAX Dome Theatre

Never before seen at the Cosmosphere, "Vikings: Journey to New Worlds" is now playing at the Carey IMAX® Dome Theater. It shows Monday through Thursday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; Friday and Saturday at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.; and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Cosmosphere member showings are scheduled for January 22, 23 and 24.

While popular and intriguing characters in world history, Vikings are also greatly misunderstood. "Vikings: Journey to New Worlds" provides a comprehensive portrait of the Vikings, exploring their historical and cultural impact as well as their technological and scientific achievements, and in the process takes audiences on a cinematic adventure through the lands they settled and explored.

The dawn of the Viking Age was a raid on an English monastery in the year 793 A.D. that established their reputation as marauding heathens from the North. But it was shipbuilding skills that truly set the Vikings apart.

Propelled by their wondrous ships, the Vikings stormed across Europe and the North Atlantic. Following the North Atlantic Sagas, we sail with Erik the Red from Iceland to Greenland and then with his son, Leif Eriksson, to North America, where he landed 500 years before Columbus.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Creative Folding

Each month folks who come to the Cosmosphere can enter a drawing for some cool prize. Last month's drawing included some creative folding. If we had a prize for folding, these would definitely be winners.