HUTCHINSON, Kan. — She started it as a planetarium with a rattlesnake and a moon rock on display in its early days. Now the Cosmosphere is one of the premier space and science museums in the world. Patty Carey would have turned 100 years old on Wednesday.
In 1962, fueled by her lifelong interest in science, Patty Brooks Carey established Kansas’ first planetarium located in a poultry building on the grounds of the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. It was a humble beginning that has blossomed into an internationally recognized, Smithsonian-affiliated institution known as the Cosmosphere.
In a release, the Cosmosphere stated that we owe it all to the vision, determination and grace of one incredible woman. Although Patty died in 2003, her dream continues thanks to others who are as passionate as she was about science education and sharing the wonder of space.