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Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
is a space museum and STEM education center in Hutchinson, Kansas, United States. It was previously known as the Kansas Cosmosphere. The museum houses over 13,000 spaceflight artifacts - the largest combined collection of US and Russian spaceflight artifacts in the world, and is home to internationally acclaimed educational programs.

Contents

1 Facilities

1.1 Restoration and replication

2 Collection 3 Education 4 Scouting 5 Controversy 6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Facilities[edit] The Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
grew from a planetarium established on the Kansas State Fairgrounds in 1962. The 105,000-square-foot (9,800 m2) facility houses the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow, and a collection of US space artifacts second only to the National Air and Space Museum
Museum
in Washington, D.C..[1][2] The Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
has four venues: The Hall of Space Museum, The Justice Planetarium, The Carey Digital Dome Theater, and Dr. Goddard's Lab (an explosive live science presentation on the history of rocketry). The Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
also hosts summer camps for all ages, and co-curricular applied STEM education programs for field trips, groups, and scouts that meet Next Generation Science Standards and common core, focused on college and career readiness. The Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
is the only Smithsonian affiliate museum in Kansas.[3] In 2012, the Carey Digital Dome Theater upgraded from IMAX
IMAX
to 4K digital projection.[4] In 2015, the Justice Planetarium
Planetarium
underwent a complete renovation, transitioning from an optical starball projection system to the Spitz Sci-Dome XD digital projection system.[5] Restoration and replication[edit] The Cosmosphere's SpaceWorks division has restored flown U.S. spacecraft for museums and exhibits across the globe, including artifacts that are part of the collection of the Smithsonian Institution National Air and Space Museum.[6] Two examples of this work are the Apollo 13
Apollo 13
Command Module Odyssey, and the Liberty Bell 7 - both on display at the Cosmosphere. The Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
built roughly 80% of the artifacts and props for the movie Apollo 13
Apollo 13
and of the replicated spacecraft hardware seen in Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D; and the TV mini-series From the Earth to the Moon.[7] Collection[edit]

Apollo 13
Apollo 13
command module on display (2010)

Interior view of the Apollo 13
Apollo 13
capsule (2009)

Liberty Bell 7
Liberty Bell 7
on display (2006)

German V-2 rocket
V-2 rocket
on display (2013)

Flight-ready backup of Russian Sputnik 1
Sputnik 1
on display (2008)

A replica of the Glamorous Glennis which was used in filming The Right Stuff movie

Flown items included in the Cosmosphere's collection are a Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the Liberty Bell 7
Liberty Bell 7
Mercury spacecraft and the Odyssey command module from Apollo 13. Additionally, authentic Redstone and Titan II launch vehicles used in the Mercury and Gemini programs flank the building's exterior.[8] A prized item on display is a Moon rock from Apollo 11, the first manned mission to the Moon. Every artifact on display at the Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
is either an actual flown artifact, a "flight-ready backup" (identical to the item actually flown), an engineering model, or an historically accurate replica. The Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
museum begins with the earliest experiments in rocketry during the World War II
World War II
era, explores through the Space Race and Cold War, and continues through modern times with the Space Shuttle and International Space Station, as well as SpaceShipOne
SpaceShipOne
and commercial spaceflight. Notable Items on display:

Germany

Restored World War II
World War II
German V-1 flying bomb
V-1 flying bomb
missile (authentic) Restored World War II
World War II
German V-2 rocket
V-2 rocket
(authentic) Section of the Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall
- last section removed (authentic)

Russia / Soviet Union / USSR

Sputnik 1
Sputnik 1
(flight-ready backup) [9] Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
Craft (joint venture with USA) Vostok space capsule (competitor against Mercury program) Voskhod 2
Voskhod 2
space capsule (competitor against Gemini program) Prototype and flown Russian space suits

United States

Winged aircraft

Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird
reconnaissance plane (flown) North American X-15
North American X-15
rocket engine (flown) Replica of the Bell X-1
Bell X-1
Glamorous Glennis, used in the filming of The Right Stuff movie Engine from Bell X-1
Bell X-1
Glamorous Glennis, pilot Chuck Yeager
Chuck Yeager
(flown)

Mercury space program

Liberty Bell 7
Liberty Bell 7
Mercury spacecraft, recovered from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. It is the only flown spacecraft owned by a museum outside the National Air and Space Museum
Museum
(it is owned by the Cosmosphere). (flown) Mercury-Redstone Launch Vehicle
Mercury-Redstone Launch Vehicle
rocket (authentic) (standing vertical outdoors)

Gemini space program

Gemini X
Gemini X
space capsule (flown) Titan II rocket used in the Gemini program (authentic) (standing vertical outdoors)

Apollo space program

Apollo 13
Apollo 13
command module Odyssey (flown) Lunar Roving Vehicle
Lunar Roving Vehicle
(full-scale replica) Lunar Module
Lunar Module
(full-scale replica) Apollo White Room Moon rock
Moon rock
collected during Apollo 11

Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle
space program

Full-scale replica of Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle
Endeavour (left side only) Piece of tile from Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle
Columbia disaster (flown)

Various space programs

Vanguard 1
Vanguard 1
satellite (flight-ready backup) Prototype and flown American space suits

Education[edit] The Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
hosts summer camps for all ages, and co-curricular applied STEM education programs for field trips, groups, and scouts that meet Next Generation Science Standards and common core, focused on college and career readiness. Scouting[edit] The Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
is a site for many programs for various scouting groups. There are programs available for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and American Heritage Girls that meet program requirements and help scouts earn merit badges. Controversy[edit] In November 2003, the Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
released a statement indicating that a routine audit had revealed many missing items from the museum. Over a year later, in April 2005, former Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
director Max Ary was charged with stealing artifacts from the museum's collection and selling the pieces for personal profit. Some of the missing items included a nose cone, silk screens, boot covers, nuts and bolts, an Air Force One
Air Force One
control panel, and a tape of the Apollo 15
Apollo 15
landing which Ary sold for $2,200.00. Additional charges involved the theft of dozens more artifacts from the Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
when he left in 2002, and false insurance claims made on the loss of an astronaut's Omega watch replica. Ary had also failed to notify NASA of the loss of the watch. Ary went on trial in 2005. He testified that the artifacts he sold were from his private collection which he had accumulated through undocumented trades and salvage of unwanted items. He also stated he had received numerous personal gifts from astronauts. Some of the items in question were supposedly brought with him from the Noble Planetarium
Planetarium
in 1976 and incorporated into the Cosmosphere's permanent collection, and in many cases, ownership of artifacts could not be proved on Ary's behalf or the Cosmosphere's. Ary was found guilty on 12 counts. On May 15, 2006, he was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay restitution of $132,000.00. In 2008 he lost his appeal, and began to serve his sentence in a federal prison in El Reno, Oklahoma
El Reno, Oklahoma
on April 24, 2008.[10][11] Ary has repeatedly proclaimed his innocence. He was released on good behavior in June 2010. See also[edit]

Kansas
Kansas
portal

Strataca, salt mine museum, in Hutchinson Combat Air Museum
Museum
in Topeka Kansas
Kansas
Aviation Museum
Museum
in Wichita Mid-America Air Museum
Museum
in Liberal List of aerospace museums List of museums in Kansas

References[edit]

^ cosmo.org ^ "Louisburg Herald". Herald-online.com. 2012-02-15. Retrieved 2012-02-21.  ^ Rothschild, Scott (2008-01-30). "8 Wonders of Kansas
Kansas
revealed / LJWorld.com". .ljworld.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21.  ^ Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
changes from IMAX
IMAX
to digital theater; KSN; October 6, 2012.[permanent dead link] ^ Cosmosphere's planetarium to undergo complete renovation; KAKE tv; January 30, 2015. Archived October 19, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
Restoration Archived 2015-12-18 at the Wayback Machine. ^ [1][dead link] ^ Kansas
Kansas
Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
gets ICBM built in 1960s; Lawrence Journal World; April 26, 1989. ^ "Hutchinson, KS - Kansas
Kansas
Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
and Space Center". Roadsideamerica.com. Retrieved 2012-02-21.  ^ Vandruff, Ken (May 16, 2006) "Ary given three-year prison term" Wichita Business Journal ^ Green, John (May 5, 2008) "Ruling on Ary stands" hutchnews.com

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
and Kansas Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
and Space Center.

Official website

Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
Photo Gallery Cosmophere Camps - Summer Camp and Scouting Programs

Cosmosphere
Cosmosphere
info and photos, kansastravel.org We Are The Explorers, NASA Promotional Video (Press Release) Hutchin

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