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Cosmosphere to Celebrate Sally’s Night

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. — On Friday, June 16, the Cosmosphere will celebrate Sally’s Night from 5 to 7 p.m. This event marks the 40th anniversary of Sally Ride becoming the first American woman in space. As part of the celebration, Cosmosphere curator Shannon Whetzel will share stories of Sally ride, Valentina Tereshkova and Svetlana Savitskaya. Stories of women breaking barriers which are told through artifacts in the Cosmosphere’s collection.

Sally’s Night is a nationwide celebration of women in STEM led by the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. Sally’s Night honors Sally Ride’s legacy as an astronaut, physicist, educator and advocate for young people. In recognition of the 40th anniversary of Sally Ride becoming the first American woman in space, over 20 organizations across the United States will hold events focusing on women and underrepresented genders in science, technology, engineering and math. More information can be found at airandspace.si.edu/sallysnight.

Sally’s Night is free to attend for Cosmosphere members and $15 for non-members. Members can RSVP by emailing [email protected] or calling 620-665-9310. Non- members can purchase tickets online. Refreshments will be provided.

This project received federal support from the Smithsonian’s American Women’s History Initiative Pool, administered by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum.