HUTCHINSON — It was called a successful failure. The mission of Apollo 13 in April of 1970 saw three astronauts and a group of mission control personnel work for three frantic days to bring them back home after an explosion crippled their spacecraft. The Cosmosphere will continue to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon missions when they celebrate the Apollo 13 mission on April 4th with two events.
Guests slated to appear include astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise, along with Flight Controller Gene Kranz, and many mission control personnel including Gerry Griffin, Milt Windler, John Aaron, Jerry Bostick, Ed Fendell, and Jack Lousma.
The first event will be a panel discussion with the astronauts and members of mission control. The event will be at the Fox Theatre at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $32 for Cosmosphere members and $45 for non-members.
That evening will be a special black tie event with a pre-gala reception with the Apollo 13 guests which includes a limited photo op in front of the Apollo 13 spacecraft and dinner. A limited number of tickets are available for this event. Tickets are $700 for Cosmosphere members and $800 for non-members.
Tickets to the event will go on sale starting March 4th.