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Road to The Stars: Learn How to Fly a Mission to Space!

Program Number: 21575RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/9/2014 - 11/14/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Hutchinson, Kansas
Price starting at: $899.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Science & Nature Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Kosher; Vegetarian; Low Fat    

Let the adventure of space travel excite your imagination. Spend five action-packed days at the Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center, where you build and launch rockets, observe the night sky through state-of-the-art telescopes and take a virtual flight into space. Prepare for your journey into low-earth orbit in the Carey Digital Dome Theater, the Justice Planetarium and Dr. Goddard’s Lab. Learn how astronauts become qualified and train for the experience of living in space and begin the training process yourself in the space center’s sophisticated simulators. By the end of the program, you’ll discover that you just may have “the right stuff.”




Highlights

• Enjoy briefings from highly qualified staff before honing your astronaut skills in the centrifuge and flight simulators, then apply your newfound expertise on a mission in the space shuttle simulator Falcon III.
• Enjoy exclusive, hands-on activities not available to the public, including opportunities to build and launch rockets and to use sophisticated telescopes to observe the Kansas night sky with limited light pollution.
• Learn about the region’s salt-mining history at an underground museum and explore the Hall of Space Museum, which tells the story of the Space Race with an array of American and Russian space artifacts.



Activity Particulars

Days include a mix of sitting, standing and walking.



Coordinated by Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center.




Hutchinson

This central Kansas town was established in 1871 when C.C. Hutchinson made a deal with the Santa Fe Railroad to create a community where the enterprising railroad was to cross the Arkansas River. Today Hutchinson is home to a world-class space center as well as the Kansas State Fair.



Accommodations
Hotel with complimentary high-speed internet access, gym, pool.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hampton Inn and Suites
  Hutchinson Kansas 5 nights
 Hampton Inn and Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hampton Inn is less than 2 miles from Kansas State Fairgrounds and Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center. It is within walking distance of the Hutchinson Mall and cinema. Weekday welcome reception includes complimentary beverages and hot snacks.
  Contact info: 1401 1/2 East 11th Avenue
Hutchinson, KS 67501 USA
phone: 620-665-9800
web: hamptoninn.hilton.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml;jsessionid=NRYSYGAK3M3Y2CSGBJBNEWQ?moreDesc=true&ctyhocn=HUTKSHX
  Room amenities: All rooms include microwave & refrigerator, in-room coffee, iron and ironing board and hair dryer. Accommodations feature a large work area, complimentary high-speed Internet access, hard-wired and wireless, two speaker phones and voice mail messaging.
  Facility amenities: Complimentary high-speed Internet access In the House™ hot breakfast Cloud Nine. The Hampton bed experience. On the Run Breakfast Bag™ Fitness Room and Pool
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Seasonal Rates Call the Hampton Inn directly if arriving before the program date or you would like to stay additional time after the program ends.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Seasonal Rates Call the Hampton Inn directly if arriving before the program date or you would like to stay additional time after the program ends.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5 p.m. You will be staying at Hampton Inn and Suites that night.
  End of Program:
10 a.m. You will be staying at Hampton Inn and Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at the hotel and the Cosmosphere.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Hutchinson Kansas
  Nearest airport:  Wichita International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Hutchinson Kansas
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Wichita, KS

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Kansas Cosmosphere
phone: 620-665-9323
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

75.00 for one way or $120 for round trip
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

   

The Kansas Cosmosphere provides this service. Reservations must be made 4 weeks in advance.

 

 

 
 

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Driving Directions
  From Highway 50 From Hwy. 50---exit onto Hwy. 61 north. Take 11th Ave. east exit and make a right. Turn right into Office Max parking lot.
  From Highway 61 South Make a left at 11th Ave. Turn right into Office Max parking lot.
  From Highway 96 East Follow Hwy. 96 east into Hutchinson. Turn right at Main and go to 4th Ave. make a left onto 4th Ave. est. Turn left onto Hwy. 61 north and the next stoplight which is 11th Ave. Make a right. Turn right into Office Max parking lot.
  From Highway 96/Wichita Airport Exit Airport North on Ridge Rd. Continue 10 miles to HWY 96. Exit HWY 96 West. Continue 45 miles to HWY 50, exit East. Continue 6 miles to HWY 61, exit North. Continue 6 miles to 11th Ave, turn right. Take immediate right into OfficeMax entry, hotel is located on the right.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check in, introductions, evening meal, facility tour and program overview
(Sunday, November 9)

Note: Low activity



   
 Arrive To: The Cosmosphere staff will meet participants at the hotel and escort them to the Cosmosphere for a tour of our world class facility and an overview of the program.
 Dinner: Dinner will be catered from a local barbecue restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Hall of Space Museum Tour, Dr. Goddard's Lab Show, Astronaut Training begins with simulators, space suit photos and rocket construction. Living in Space Presentation.
(Monday, November 10)

Note: Moderate



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served by the Hampton Inn and does include hot as well as cold items.
 Morning: Begin your day at the Cosmosphere with a tour of the Hall of Space Museum. With a U.S. space artifact collection second only to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow, the Hall of Space Museum is known by space enthusiasts worldwide. Attend the Dr. Goddard's Lab show, where you will experience some of Robert Goddard's early experiments with rocket fuel. After being assigned to an astronaut 'crew" training begins. Astronaut Training activities/rotations, based on NASA astronaut training methods, finish the morning.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at the nearby Hutchinson Community College Cafeteria. Several hot entrees are offered as well as a sandwich and salad bar.
 Afternoon: Astronaut training rotations continue with several different experiences. Go in our stress simulator where a unique environment controlled chamber will test your reaction to working under stress. Experience enhanced g forces in our on site centrifuge. Create your "Astronaut Bio" and share with other team members and staff. Suit up in an authentically reproduced astronaut space suit for a photo. Learn about rocketry by building a model rocket. Afternoon activities conclude with the Living in Space Presentation. This presentation is a demonstration filled presentation detailing what an orbit is and how it is achieved, what micro-gravity is and how it affects human physiology and function and how an astronaut spends a typical day in space.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at the nearby Hutchinson Community College Cafeteria. Several hot entrees are offered as well as a sandwich and salad bar.
 Evening: Optional activity-View a feature film in our state of the art Carey Digital Dome Theater.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Visit underground salt museum, tour the Cosmosphere's conservation and restoration facility, build robots, star gazing
(Tuesday, November 11)

Note: moderate



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served by the Hampton Inn and does include hot as well as cold items.
 Morning: Tour Strataca, an underground adventure 650 feet below the Kansas prairie and the only salt mine tour of its kind in North America.
 Lunch: Buffet lunch at the Hutchinson Airport Steakhouse, located at the local airport.
 Afternoon: Design and build a robot, using ROBOTIX. Tour SpaceWorks, our conservation/restoration facility. SpaceWorks restored the Liberty Bell Seven and its most recent project is the conservation of the F1 engines. Journey through one year of the night sky in our Justice Planetarium.
 Dinner: Soups and sandwiches catered from a local restaurant.
 Evening: Observe constellations with the naked eye and deep sky objects and/or planets with the Cosmosphere's 11" reflector telescope.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Mission Training Rotations including Falcon Shuttle practice, Mission Control practice, simulators and rocket launch
(Wednesday, November 12)

Note: moderate



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served by the Hampton Inn and does include hot as well as cold items.
 Morning: After arriving at the Cosmosphere, you will take an in depth look at the space shuttle's history, operation and mission timeline. Practice landing the shuttle with our landing sims. Train in the multi-axis trainer which simulates movement in an out of control spaceship. Learn about the Soyuz, the Russian capsule. Train in our shuttle mock-up on procedures before entering the Falcon III space shuttle simulator. The Falcon III simulator is a ¾ scale shuttle cockpit. Binary star software uses 19 inter-connected computers to create the most realistic spacecraft simulation outside of NASA. Crew members must coordinate precisely to prepare, launch, maneuver and eventually land the orbiter safely. Train to run Mission Control while astronaut crews are flying the Falcon III.
 Lunch: Lunch of sandwiches/wraps catered in from a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue morning training activities in preparation for flying the Falcon III. View a documentary movie in our Carey Digital Dome Theater. Launch model rockets.
 Dinner: Dinner at a locally owned Mexican restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Fly a simulated shuttle mission in our Falcon Shuttle simulator, man mission control and design a mission patch. Graduation Ceremony.
(Thursday, November 13)

Note: moderate



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast is served by the Hampton Inn and does include hot as well as cold items.
 Morning: Arrive at the Cosmosphere for Mission Day. Design a Mission Patch for your crew. Fly your mission with your astronaut crew in the Falcon III. Man Mission Control as other astronaut crews fly missions. Learn how the 4 forces of flight work together to produce powered flight and simulate flight in our on site flight simulators.
 Lunch: Lunch catered in from a local Amish restaurant, complete with homemade pies.
 Afternoon: Falcon III missions and activities continue from the morning. After completing all missions, crews are awarded their astronaut wings in a graduation ceremony.
 Dinner: A light dinner catered by a local restaurant will be provided following graduation.
 Evening: Relax at the hotel and prepare for departure in the morning.
   
Accommodations: Hampton Inn and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Departure
(Friday, November 14)
   
 Breakfast: After enjoying a hot breakfast at the Hampton Inn, you are ready to depart for home. Check out time at the hotel is 11 a.m. and the breakfast bar is open 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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