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[i]The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center is about to embark on a campaign to raise $1.5 million to $2.5 million over the next three years to bring its museum of space flight up to date, add more interactive exhibits, perform major maintenance on the building and put the museum in position to acquire new artifacts when NASA retires the space shuttle.
"It's very important for them to be ahead of the game and continue to be a cutting-edge, exciting place, the sort of place that inspires the passion and great thinking we associate with the space quest," said Kate Van Cantfort of the Hutchinson Community Foundation, which last month agreed to give the Cosmosphere $10,000 in local matching money toward a $137,000 federal grant.
Raising the remaining matching money to obtain the federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services is the Cosmosphere's immediate priority. The museum has until July to do that...[/i]
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