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Cosmosphere Inc.

Hutchinson, Kansas

Featuring the largest combined collection of U.S. and former Soviet space artifacts —the Cosmosphere Inc.—tells the story of the Space Race. As Kansas’ only Smithsonian-affiliated museum, the Cosmosphere is the only place in the Midwest to boast a flown craft from all three early manned spaceflight programs (the Apollo 13 Odyssey, on loan from the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Mercury Liberty Bell 7, the Gemini X). Featuring hands-on learning opportunities, standards-aligned STEAM programs and camp opportunities—Cosmosphere educational programming engages students in hands-on learning, fosters teamwork and cultivates soft skills needed for any workplace setting. Cosmosphere Inc. offers documentary films in the Carey Digital Dome Theater, an opportunity to explore the universe in the Justice Planetarium, and see live explosive science demonstrations in Dr. Goddard’s Lab. Cosmosphere’s SpaceWorks division is known its' space- centered restoration, replication and fabrication. From restoring the historic consoles for the Mission Operations Control Room at NASA’s Johnson Space Center to creating props for major films, like 2018’s "First Man", the team’s work can be found from Moscow to Washington, D.C.