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  • What Can Business Leaders Learn from NASA Mission Control?

    What Can Business Leaders Learn from NASA Mission Control?

    January 8, 2021

    Hutchinson, KS—Whether it’s a lightning strike on liftoff or the safe return of astronauts stranded in space, NASA’S Mission Operations Control Room (MOCR) was the location where crisis management skills were put to the test. Cosmosphere’s next virtual “Coffee at the Cosmo” will appeal to business leaders as well as space enthusiasts.

    Beginning at 9 a.m. CST, Thursday, January 21, viewers can participate in a virtual conversation with Gerry Griffin, who served as a flight director during the Apollo program and succeeded Chris Kraft as the director of Johnson Space Center. Griffin will be joined by Sandy Marshall, a leadership training expert who has helped clients from Verizon and General Electric to Morgan Stanley understand how to bring the fluid skills of improvisation to bear on critical moments in leadership. “Coffee at the Cosmo” participants will learn how techniques such as “Yes/And” thinking improve collaboration and outcomes and how that parallels stories Griffin will share from MOCR. For a preview of the conversation, see Marshall’s guest blog at To participate via Zoom, viewers should tune in to Access is also available via Facebook at

    “As Cosmosphere expands its corporate teambuilding and leadership programming, content such as leadership lessons from Mission Control will be one of the ways we utilize the great leadership stories from space history as well as today’s space exploration companies,” said Mimi Meredith, Cosmosphere senior vice president of communication and chief development officer. “We are in a unique position to bring these unparalleled training resources to regional businesses.”

    About the Cosmosphere

    The Cosmosphere International SciEd Center & Space Museum is located at 1100 North Plum in Hutchinson, KS. Its collection includes U.S. space artifacts second only to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, and the largest collection of Russian space artifacts outside of Moscow. This unique collection allows the Cosmosphere to tell the story of the Space Race better than any museum in the world while offering fully immersive education experiences that meet Next Generation Science Standards and introduce students to the power of wondering—asking the critical questions that lead to discovery.   The Cosmosphere also features the Carey Digital Dome Theater offering documentary showings daily; a digital Planetarium and Dr. Goddard’s Lab, where visitors experience live science demonstrations daily.

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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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