5x Shuttle Astronaut and John Glenn's Doctor: on Space, Climbing Mt. Everest, and Learning Well--Scott Parazynski


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My guest today is Scott Parazynski, who has traveled 23 million miles over 5 missions to space, including 7 spacewalks. He was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2016 and is the only person to both fly into space and summit Mount Everest. Dr. Parazynski served as Senator John Glenn’s personal physician during his historic return to space in 1998, and is the recipient of many awards, including five NASA Space Flight Medals, two NASA Distinguished Service Medals, two NASA Exceptional Service Medals, the Aviation Week Laureate Award, and the Antarctica Service Medal.

He is now a tech start-up CEO and inventor, venturing into some of the world’s most extreme environments in the name of exploration and innovation. His company, Fluidity Technology is redefining how we control vehicles, including drones, using technology he used in space.

In our conversation, we talk about what the violent journey to space is like, his historic mission to repair the Space Station's solar panels, and his techniques for learning a new subject. Make sure to subscribe so you catch next month's episode with Dr. Meenakshi Wadhwa, a world-class planetary scientist who is married to Scott. We dive into the world of space as well as talk about how she and Scott met, which I'm confident is the most unique way that two human beings have run into each other. Below are the show notes with associated timestamps:

  • Standing next to a fully fueled Space Shuttle (minute 3:00)
  • The violent journey to space (minute 4:00)
  • Being John Glenn's personal physician (minute 5:00)
  • Moment he's most proud of (minute 15:00)
  • Physiology in space (minute 21:00)
  • Future space exploration (minute 24:00)
  • Growing up in West Africa/ Middle East (minute 30:00)
  • Mount Everest (minute 35:00)
  • Mastering the skill of learning well (minute 39:00)
  • Daily routine (minute 3:00)
  • Fluidity Technologies (minute 3:00)

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