Astronauts help raise cash for the Cosmosphere

Kansas Cosmosphere (KSN File Photo)
Kansas Cosmosphere (KSN File Photo)

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HUTCHINSON, Kansas – Astronauts helped raise some cash for the Cosmosphere Saturday.

Hundreds of people also waited in the line to meet several Apollo 13 and shuttle astronauts.

The day started with a book signing by Buzz Aldrin.

Astronauts Steven Hawley and Jeff Ashby also met with fans and even signed some autographs.

They’re taking part in the 2nd Annual Fly Around Dine Around fundraiser. The goal is to raise money for the center, but to also continue the message that anything is possible.

“Grew up in Salina, and got to do some really cool things and part of it was I had a dream and the other part was I worked hard to try to achieve that dream. I think that’s the message for the kids today is think big,” said Steven Hawley, astronaut. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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