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What Can Business Leaders Learn From NASA Mission Control?

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 cosmo.org/blog. To participate via Zoom, viewers should tune in to www.cosmomeeting.org. Access is also available via Facebook at facebook.com/kscosmosphere/live.

“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.