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[b]Cosmosphere to Host Live Streaming Video of Armstrong Memorial[/b]
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden and other dignitaries will attend a public memorial service at the Washington National Cathedral to honor the life and career of astronaut Neil Armstrong on Thursday, Sept. 13, at 9 a.m. (CDT). The memorial will be broadcast live on NASA Television and streamed online by the agency's and National Cathedral's websites.
The [URL=http://www.cosmo.org/]Kansas Cosmosphere & Space Center[/URL] will open the Discovery Classroom and welcome those who wish to gather and share in this memorial service. Following the memorial, guests are welcome to sign the Memorial Book for Neil Armstrong, located in the Cosmosphere Hall of Space Museum, next to the Apollo 11 Moon Rock Exhibit.
The Moon rock — returned by Armstrong's Apollo 11 crew — is on loan to the Cosmosphere from the NASA Lunar Sample Display Program, Johnson Space Center Education and Information Services ranch, office of Public Affairs. The Moon rock has been here since 1986, mounted in a nitrogen-case security vault.
During the national memorial service, dignitaries, community and political leaders, members of the Armstrong family and members of the NASA family, including current and former astronauts, will pay respects to the first man to walk on the Moon, who died Aug. 25.
Washington National Cathedral is a historic landmark symbolizing the role of faith in America, and its iconography tells the stories that have shaped the nation's identity. Armstrong, along with fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins, presented the National Cathedral with a Moon rock brought back during their Apollo 11 mission. The presentation took place in a July 21, 1974 service commemorating the fifth anniversary of the first lunar landing. The iconic Space Window that later would display the sliver of lunar rock also was dedicated at that service.
The Cosmosphere is home to the world's largest collection of U.S. and Russian space artifacts anywhere outside the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, DC, or Moscow. For more than 27 years, the Cosmosphere has provided internationally acclaimed space education camps for children and adults.
The Cosmosphere is located at 1100 N. Plum in Hutchinson.
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