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Monday, December 27, 2010

Coffee at the Cosmo - January 20, 2011

Coffee at the Cosmo on Thursday, January 20, is entitled, “The Sacrifice of Exploration: Tragedy in Spaceflight.” It is at 9 a.m. at the Cosmosphere and is free and open to the public.

This time of year is the anniversary of three major disasters in the space program. The Apollo 1 fire happened on January 27, 1967. Challenger exploded on January 28, 1986. Columbia broke apart on reentry on February 1, 2003.

Astronauts have always known exploration carried risks, and accepted them willingly. Gus Grissom said just a few weeks before he died in the Apollo 1 fire, “We hope if anything happens to us, it will not delay the program. The conquest of space is worth the risk of life.”

At the coffee this month we pay tribute to the brave men and women who paid the ultimate price so we could explore and learn.

Coffee at the Cosmo is an ongoing series of free presentations at the Cosmosphere. It’s the third Thursday of every month at 9 a.m. and is always free. Enjoy coffee and pastries, meet new friends, and learn something new.

Upcoming Topics Include:
February 17, 2011 “Snoopy Soars with NASA: Exhibit Preview”
March 17, 2011 “Going Green in Space”
April 21, 2011 “First in Space: Yuri Gagarin and 50 years of Russian Spaceflight”

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing patrons' knowledge of space exploration. Educating people from around the globe, the Cosmosphere boasts the Hall of Space museum, one of the most significant collections of U.S. and Russian space artifacts in the world; the Justice Planetarium, a dome-shaped classroom where attendees learn about astronomy; Dr. Goddard's Lab, a live demonstration of early rocket technology; the Carey IMAX® Dome Theater, one of the first ones built in the world; and summer astronaut training camps. For more information visit cosmo.org.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Cosmosphere in TPLC Classroom

The students at Turning Point Learning Center in Emporia are building a half-size replica of the Apollo 13 command module. In the process they're studying everything from math to writing.

On December 16, the Cosmsophere was invited to share with them by Skype. Cosmosphere President and CEO Chris Orwoll stood in front of the Apollo 13 Command Module "Odyssey," housed at the Cosmosphere, and spoke live with the class in Emporia.

He was able to show them details of various parts they were working on, and tell them the story of the mission. The students were able to ask questions, too.

Technology allows us to reach out to students anywhere, and use space history to teach a variety of subjects.

Thanks to Kevin Honeycutt and Ginger Lewman for making it possible for us to work with the TPLC. We can't wait to see what they come up with!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Trivia Contest - Silver Snoopy

Lois Huneycutt is our email newsletter trivia winner this time. Congrats!

The question was:
There's a highly-coveted lapel pin, flown on every mission, that is given out by the astronauts to those who have been instrumental in the success of their missions. What is it called?

Answer: Silver Snoopy

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