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Cosmosphere to Host “Sally’s Night” Event on June 14 to Spotlight Women in STEM Fields


By the Cosmosphere


HUTCHINSON, Kan. — On June 14, 2024, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., the Cosmosphere will celebrate Sally’s Night, the 41st Anniversary of astronaut Dr. Sally Ride becoming the first American woman in space. While remembering Dr. Ride’s achievements, the event will also spotlight women working in STEM related fields.

Cosmosphere Curator Shannon Whetzel will share stories of the “Rocket Girls,” a group of human computers who worked at NASA and JPL from the 1940s through the 1960s.

The event includes cocktails, non-alcoholic beverages, and appetizers. It is free to Cosmosphere members and fifteen dollars for non-members. Cosmosphere members should RSVP to [email protected] or 620-665-9310 by Friday, June 7. Non-members can purchase tickets by contacting [email protected] or calling 620-665-9326.

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This project received support from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.


About the Cosmosphere

The Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate. Located at 1100 North Plum in Hutchinson, KS, its collection includes U.S. space artifacts second only to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow.

This unique collection allows the Cosmosphere to tell the story of the Space Race better than any museum in the world while offering fully immersive education experiences that meet Next Generation Science Standards. The Cosmosphere also features the Carey Digital Dome Theater, offering daily documentary showings, a digital Planetarium, Dr. Goddard’s Lab, where visitors experience live science demonstrations, and CosmoKids, an interactive STEAM area for children accompanied by an adult.