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  • Spark your Holiday Spirit at the Cosmosphere in Hutchinson!

    December 15, 2020

    Hutchinson, KS—Whether you’re looking for holiday activities close to home or want to keep your student engaged in history and science, the Cosmosphere has options for you. 

    Coffee at the Cosmo at 9 a.m. CT on Thursday, December 17, will feature a virtual presentation about the team that created the rockets that launched Americans into space. “The White Sands Rocket Team” will be streamed live on Cosmosphere’s Facebook Page and will also be available via Zoom. The presenter will be Cosmosphere Curator Shannon Whetzel. Public questions and comments are encouraged during the discussion. 

    For movie goers, the holiday favorite, The Polar Express is back at Cosmosphere’s Carey Digital Dome Theater with showtimes everyday between now and January 3. There will not be showings on December 25, as the Cosmosphere will be closed. 

    Add a bit of snow to your holiday season! Two of Cosmosphere’s current documentaries bring you both snow and science! The new documentary Mountain Quest explores the relationship of humanity’s quest to scale some of the world’s highest places, while also revealing the scientific and technological advances that have enabled these peaks to be conquered. Also showing is Out of Bounds: Mountain Adventure, which follows Australian Olympic snowboarder Torah Bright as she rides the untamed peaks while examining the ecosystems and science of the mountain environments. Find out more here

    Learn more about the Christmas Star at Cosmosphere’s Justice Planetarium. The Mystery of the Christmas Star, which retells the Christmas story as it pursues the scientific explanation of the star the wise men followed to find the infant Jesus, is shown daily. Find out more here

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  • Virtual Coffee at the Cosmo: Apollo and Mission Control–Saying “Yes, And” to Collaboration
    January 21
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  • Virtual Coffee at the Cosmo: Apollo and Mission Control–Saying “Yes, And” to Collaboration

    Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

    Join us on Thursday, January 21 at 9:00 am CT, for this virtual presentation! Join us live on our Facebook page on the day of the event or on Zoom at

    Be sure to read the blog post with Sandy Marshall and Gerry Griffin here

    Grab your mug of Joe, sit back in the comfort of your own home and enjoy this free presentation on "Apollo and Mission Control: Saying 'Yes, And' to Collaboration."  

    On April 13, 1970, NASA’s Apollo 13 mission was aborted after an oxygen tank ruptured on the way to the moon. 3 astronauts were on board. They all came home. Later classified by NASA as a “successful failure” because of experience gained in rescuing the crew, Apollo 13 has become a case study of quick thinking, problem solving, and working together as a team.

    Fast forward to today’s disruptive business world, where leaders work to create agile, virtual environments and manage change. Working remotely as a team is now mission critical, and there’s a lot we can learn from Mission Control.

    Tune-in to “Coffee at the Cosmo” (home of the flown "Odyssey" Command Module), and learn about what Apollo 13’s “successful failure” -- and other stories of Mission Control -- can teach us about agility, problem solving, effective communication, and working together.

    Presented by Sandy Marshall, Cosmosphere volunteer, Emmy-nominated writer/producer, business speaker, and former Cosmosphere Camps counselor. 

    Sandy will be joined for a live Q&A by Gerry Griffin, former director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center and legendary flight director. Gerry served as lead flight director of Apollo 12, Apollo 15, and Apollo 17. His Gold Team conducted half of the lunar landings made during Apollo, his team played a critical role in the safe return of the astronauts of Apollo 13. 

    Learn about parallels between the mission control environment, core principles of the Yes, And method of collaboration, and bring your questions for a live Q&A with Gerry Griffin.
    Because when your flight plan changes in the middle of a mission, your most important asset is your team.

    *Coffee at the Cosmo topics and speakers are subject to change.

    Thank you to our corporate partners: Airshare, Evergy, The Clayworks of Disability Supports, Dillons, KU School of Engineering and RCB Bank

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