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Coffee at the Cosmo: The Wonder of it All: One Person’s Journey to NASA

This informative community gathering over coffee features guest speakers offering insight into STEM and space topics. Coffee at the Cosmo is free and open to the public.

Join us Thursday, September 21 from 9-10 am CT for The Wonder of it All: One Person’s Journey to NASA, with virtual guest speaker, Sandy Marshall, Public Engagement Specialist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

Sandy Marshall flew his first mission and his life changed forever. That first mission was in the summer of 1989 at what was then known as the Cosmosphere’s Future Astronaut Training Program. While Sandy’s future didn’t include becoming an astronaut, that experience linked his trajectory inextricably to space and how to communicate the complexity of the science of it all in ways to inspire enthusiasts and future explorers. Learn about Marshall’s projects and research in which he’s been involved in both the arts and sciences: including studying the communication & leadership lessons from Mission Control, creating content for broad audiences across multiple platforms, and how we improvise in everyday team environments.

Sandy Marshall is a writer, producer, and science communicator based in Los Angeles.

He serves as a Public Engagement Specialist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where he supports current & future solar system missions and NASA’s Deep Space Network.

Prior to joining JPL, Sandy worked at the intersection of digital media, business, and entertainment for over 20 years. He wrote the satirical business column Workish in the Financial Post, and co-created the acclaimed REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids, which was featured on a live downlink with the International Space Station.

He co-founded the digital firm Norman Howard, served as VP at Second City Works (the B2B arm of the world-famous comedy brand), and has helped dozens of companies build content, engage audiences, and manage change. Past clients include Morgan Stanley, General Electric, the Royal Bank of Canada, and Verizon.

TV/Film credits include Ron Howard’s The Dilemma (Universal), Odd Squad (PBS), Still Hungry (Comedy Central), and numerous national campaigns. Sandy served as a Director & Faculty Member at Chicago’s legendary The Second City, and co-founded the comedy ensemble Schadenfreude, with whom he was nominated for a Chicago / Midwest Emmy.

He received a B.A. in History from Drake University, where he later served on the Board of Trustees.

Coffee at the Cosmo can be enjoyed in-person at the Cosmosphere or live online via Zoom ( from anywhere!

*Guests are subject to change.