In this week’s episode, Preston and Stig talk to NASA astronaut, Timothy Kopra.  Tim comes with an extensive background in leadership, engineering, business, and extreme experiences.  During our interview, Tim shares his stories of traveling to space.  He had the opportunity to travel to space on two separate occasions and during our discussion, he talks about the unique difference between traveling to space in the retired US Space Shuttle and also traveling to space in a Russian Soyuz Rocket.

Tim is a graduate of West Point, Georgia Institute of Technology, Columbia University, and the London Business School.  He has lead combat operations in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm before becoming an Astronaut with NASA.  Once at NASA, Tim was a crewmember of Expedition 20, which launched on 15 July 2009 and docked with the International Space Station until 11 September 2009.  During this mission, Tim conducted a spacewalk outside of the international space station to assemble a Japanese robotic arm.  During his second flight to space on the Russian Soyuz, Tim spent a total of 244 days in space.  During this flight, he conducted an additional 2 more spacewalks outside of the international space station.  During our interview, Tim provides detailed descriptions of what this experience was like and how it impacted his life.

At the end of the interview, Tim shares some of his thoughts on what billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos are doing in the private space industry.  He also discusses what implications this might have for the future and how NASA might be a part of this tremendous joint partnership.

In this episode, you’ll learn:

  • Why billionaire Elon Musk thought it was easier to start up a space company than making the cut to become an astronaut at NASA
  • How it literally feels to walk around in space and why it’s very different from what you see in the movies.
  • Why big goals are empowering and how to model your behavior to achieve them.
  • Which impact billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have had on the space industry and if we’ll ever colonize Mars.

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Books and Resources Mentioned in this Podcast

Preston and Stig’s episode on billionaire Elon Musk’s space company

Preston and Stig’s episode on Stephen Covey’s book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Preston and Stig’s executive summary of Stephen Covey’s book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People



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