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A Hutchinson company helped set the scene in the new movie “First Man.”

The film tells the story of astronaut Neil Armstrong and NASA’s mission to land a man on the moon.

Scenes from the mission control room feature consoles from the Cosmosphere museum in Hutchinson. A team with the museum’s SpaceWorks division refurbished 13 consoles for the movie.

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Employees from the Cosmosphere space museum in Hutchinson are helping to recreate one of the biggest moments in our nation’s space history: the mission control room used during the first moon landing.

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A team from the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson is creating a new traveling exhibit that features consoles used during the Apollo space missions.

NASA’s flight control team planned, trained and executed space missions on the consoles at Johnson Space Center in Houston from the 1960s until the early 1990s.

The Cosmosphere obtained the consoles after they were decommissioned.

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson is planning for its next 50 years.

Officials at the Cosmosphere announced a five-year, $15 million plan Tuesday, with a goal of securing the institution’s future for the next 50 years.

The master plan includes significant changes to the Cosmosphere’s mission and exhibits without expanding beyond the existing building.

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The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson will soon launch the Liberty Bell 7 space capsule on a trip to Germany.

The capsule will leave the Cosmosphere in August to be part of an exhibit in Bonn, Germany from October to February of next year.

The Cosmosphere is planning an exhibit in May that will showcase the artifacts from Gus Grissom’s 15-minute suborbital space flight on the Bell in 1961.

The Liberty Bell sank in the Atlantic Ocean after Grissom’s flight.

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The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson will debut a motion flight simulator this week that comes with a choice of six themed rides.

The pod-like machine is called the "naviGATOR." Former Hutchinson resident Julie Purin won a contest to name the simulator and said her choice was inspired from the movie "Flight of the Navigator."

It will give visitors the experience of blasting off to the international space station, flying with the Blue Angels or they can choose to take part in another flight option.

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The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson launches the Apollo F-1 Conservation Project Friday with a grand opening in their new SpaceWorks Observation Gallery.

Cosmosphere visitors will be able to follow the journey of the historic Apollo F-1 engines from lift off to their fiery violent dissent back to Earth.

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