Kansas Cosmosphere

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson is planning for its next 50 years.

Officials at the Cosmosphere announced a five-year, $15 million plan Tuesday, with a goal of securing the institution’s future for the next 50 years.

The master plan includes significant changes to the Cosmosphere’s mission and exhibits without expanding beyond the existing building.

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The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson will soon launch the Liberty Bell 7 space capsule on a trip to Germany.

The capsule will leave the Cosmosphere in August to be part of an exhibit in Bonn, Germany from October to February of next year.

The Cosmosphere is planning an exhibit in May that will showcase the artifacts from Gus Grissom’s 15-minute suborbital space flight on the Bell in 1961.

The Liberty Bell sank in the Atlantic Ocean after Grissom’s flight.

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The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson will debut a motion flight simulator this week that comes with a choice of six themed rides.

The pod-like machine is called the "naviGATOR." Former Hutchinson resident Julie Purin won a contest to name the simulator and said her choice was inspired from the movie "Flight of the Navigator."

It will give visitors the experience of blasting off to the international space station, flying with the Blue Angels or they can choose to take part in another flight option.

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The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson launches the Apollo F-1 Conservation Project Friday with a grand opening in their new SpaceWorks Observation Gallery.

Cosmosphere visitors will be able to follow the journey of the historic Apollo F-1 engines from lift off to their fiery violent dissent back to Earth.

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