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Friday, May 13, 2011

Second Saturday Free Tours

Saturday, May 14, the Cosmososphere is offering guided tours in the Hall of Space at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. These tours are free with your paid admission to the museum.

Going to the moon is considered one of man’s greatest achievements and it was a long process to get there. Even if you had time to read every panel in the Cosmosphere, there are still stories to be told. These tours will help you make the most of your visit on Saturday by giving you some extra insight.

This is the first of a series of “Second Saturday” tour days being offered each month. Bring the family and enjoy this added bonus.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Endeavour Watch Party Monday Morning

The Cosmosphere will be showing the last launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on Monday, May 16, beginning at 7:30 a.m. It will be shown on a large screen in the Discovery Room at the Cosmosphere. This event is free to the public.

The crew members for space shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission are Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Gregory H. Johnson and Mission Specialists Michael Fincke, Greg Chamitoff, Andrew Feustel and European Space Agency astronaut Roberto Vittori. Commander Mark Kelly is the husband of wounded Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is scheduled to be in attendance for the launch.

Endeavour was the last shuttle built, completed in 1990 at a cost of $1.8 billion. It has traveled 116,372,930 miles and spent 283 days in orbit. On its previous 24 flights it has completed 4,423 orbits with 166 crew members on board.

This is Endeavour's 25th mission. During the 14-day mission, Endeavour will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), the final major component to the space station. The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer is a state-of-the-art particle physics detector that will use the station's external environment as a platform to expand knowledge of the universe and lead to better understanding of the universe's origin.

Please be aware that weather or other factors could affect the launch date and time.

The Cosmosphere plans to show the remaining shuttle launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, now scheduled for June 28.

Coffee at the Cosmo - May 19, 2011

Coffee at the Cosmo on Thursday, May 19, is entitled, "From the Sea to the Stars: 50 years of Naval Aviation in Spaceflight." It is at 9 a.m. at the Cosmosphere and is free and open to the public.

Seven of the 12 men who walked on the moon were Navy pilots, including Neil Armstrong and Gene Cernan, the first and last men on the moon. In fact, all but one of the Apollo commanders was a Navy pilot.

Cosmosphere President and CEO Chris Orwoll, a retired Navy Commander, will be doing the presentation.

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.