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Cosmosphere’s Space Photography Contest Open Now Through Nov. 27

HUTCHINSON, Kan. – Amateur photographers can submit night sky and space photos for the chance to win a Cosmosphere prize package that includes a meet and greet with an astronaut!

Entrants to Cosmosphere’s new Space Photography Contest can compete for the chance to meet astronaut John Herrington, Chickasaw, who became the first Native American in space in 2002. Awards also include Cosmosphere gift shop items.

Now through 11:59 pm CST on November 27, 2022, amateur photographers ages 16 and up can submit up to two photos taken with either a phone or a digital camera, in .jpg or .png files, to [email protected]. Photos must be 240 or 300 dpi. Entrants must include the following information for each submission: location (state/national park or nearest town, state/province, country), camera, lens, exposure details (shutter speed, aperture, ISO).

Telescope photos, nightscapes, and composites are allowed. Composite images must consist of images that have been taken at the same location during the same 24-hr period and must be submitted with a total number of exposures and exposure details for all included exposures.

The top three winners will be invited to a private meet-and-greet with Herrington on his trip to the Cosmosphere December 6, 2022. Herrington will be in Hutchinson to present an in-person and livestreamed science lesson to classrooms throughout Kansas as part of Cosmosphere’s LaunchLearning education programming,

Contest winners will also see their photos displayed at the Cosmosphere. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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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 STEM area for children accompanied by an adult.

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