William W. (Bill) Parsons retired in December 2008 as the ninth director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where he managed a team of approximately 2,100 NASA civil service employees and 15,000 contractor employees. Previously, he served as KSC’s Deputy Director and as the Director of NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. He is currently Vice President of Strategic Space Initiatives for Lockheed Martin. *Members-only speaking engagement at 7 p.m.
Sneak Preview of “Live from The Moon,” a new documentary by Director Mark Gray explores the story behind the TV coverage surrounding the first Moon landings and how the technology to broadcast live from the Moon came into play during that era. Show times to be announced, visit www.cosmo.org for more information.
Andrew Chaikin, award-winning science journalist, space historian and author of A Man on the Moon: The Voyages of the Apollo Astronauts will speak on the history of Apollo and man’s future exploration to Mars. After the presentation, he will sign his newest book, A Passion for Mars. 7 p.m. Free and open to the public.
Andrew Chaikin will give a presentation to school-aged children on the wonders of the universe, from walking on the Moon, to searching for life on Mars, to probing the mysteries of distant stars and galaxies. He will also be signing copies of his new children’s book, which is illustrated by Apollo XII astronaut and moonwalker Alan Bean. 10 a.m. presentation is free and open to the public.
Joe H. Engle (Colonel, USAF, Ret.) NASA Astronaut (former) will give a presentation on early space shuttle history. Joe is a native Kansan and graduate of the University of Kansas. He was an X-15 pilot and spacecraft commander on STS-2 and STS-51-I, and has logged over 225 hours in space. Presentation at 7 p.m., free and open to the public.
Joe Engle will appear in the Hutchinson Fourth of July Parade as Grand Marshal. That afternoon he will take part in a live broadcast at the Cosmosphere.
Charles “Charlie” M. Duke, Jr. (Brigadier General, USAF, Ret.) NASA Astronaut (former) will speak on his memories as CAPCOM of Apollo 11 and Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 16 where he became the 10th man to walk on the moon. *Special events scheduled for members of the Cosmosphere.
Starry Night Observation Party – Hobart-Detter Field in Carey Park will be the location for a night of rocketry and star observations. Event is part of the 2009 International Year of Astronomy. Learn about the planets, how to use a telescope, where to look for specific constellations and enjoy food, rocket demonstrations and more. Presentations throughout the evening by Astronomers from across the country. Free and open to the public beginning at 5:30 p.m.
25th Anniversary of the maiden launch of Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-41-D) with a round table discussion from the Astronaut Crew members from that mission. Members of the crew included: Hank Hartsfield, Michael Coats (now director of Johnson Space Center), Steve Hawley (Kansas native), Charlie Walker, and Richard Mullane. This mission was also the first time the IMAX camera was flown in space and we will also be celebrating the 25th anniversary of IMAX in space. Free public presentation at 2 p.m and *Premium Members-Only reception at 5 p.m.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Lead Docent and Former SR-71 Pilot “Buz” Carpenter will instruct visitors to the Cosmosphere on the stories and capabilities of the famous “Blackbird”. In addition to talks on missions flown by the SR-71, Buz will be located below the Blackbird in our main lobby to inform visitors about the specifications and capabilities of this amazing plane. Visit www.cosmo.org for presentation times.
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