The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson has the 2nd largest collection of US space memorabilia anywhere and the largest collection of Russian space memorabilia outside the former Soviet Union. These are the experts that the other space museums come to for many of their exhibits' restoration.
Spacecraft and aircraft on exhibit at the Kansas Cosmosphere include Apollo 13, a Blackbird SR-71 spy plane, a flown Vostok spacecraft, a Sputnik, space suits & tools, items that have been on the moon. The Cosmosphere is the permanent home of Liberty Bell, the Mercury 7 capsule that was recovered from the bottom of the ocean and restored here at the Kansas Cosmosphere.
Other attractions at the Kansas Cosmosphere include an
Imax theater, planetarium, Science lab show, food court, adult & youth
space camps and new Mollett Early Spaceflight Gallery.
Eight Wonders of Kansas
In 2007, the Kansas Sampler Foundation selected the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center as one of the Eight Wonders of Kansas.
Other sites selected as the Eight Wonders of Kansas include the Cathedral of the Plains, Kansas Cosmosphere, Monument & Castle Rocks, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve and the Eisenhower Presidential Library.
copyright 2004-2012 by Keith Stokes