The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center


The Kansas Cosmosphere (photo by Patrick Pelletier)

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson, Kansas is the small country cousin of the fantastic National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.


The cockpit of the SR-71 (photo by Joanna Poe)

Although much smaller than its Washington counterpart, the Kansas Cosmosphere holds some impressive gems in its collection, including an SR-71 Blackbird in the lobby, a German V-2, the Liberty Bell 7 spacecraft (launched in 1961, and recovered from the Atlantic Ocean in 1999), and the command module from the ill-fated Apollo 13.


The Apollo 13 command module (photo by “HrAtsuo,” public domain)

The Cosmosphere also houses a planetarium and a dome theatre, and provides a range of summer programmes. It’s amazing what you can discover in Kansas!


The Liberty Bell 7 (photo by “Slammer111”)