Episode 17: Two Astronaut Lectures in a Week!

In this episode, Beth and Chad review two astronaut lectures they attended this week:

  • Working at NASA with astronaut coworkers.
  • Captain Mark Kelly and Colonel Frederick Gregory.
  • Following a mission checklist.
  • Being adventurous and curious.

Key Takeaways:

  • Cpt. Kelly’s experience as a test pilot helped shape him for his time as an astronaut, as did Col. Gregory’s experience as a career pilot.
  • NASA astronauts are primarily trained in operational procedures, they already know how to handle the missions and distractions.
  • You aren’t done with a mission when the mission is over – there are always lessons learned.
  • Know who you are surrounding yourself with and spending your time with.

“Every mission is a new lesson that gets moved forward. Lessons learned were a big thing at NASA.” — Chad Mund

About Beth Mund:

Beth’s love for space started as a Space Camp attendee at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where she would return years later as an instructor.  After grad school, Beth worked as a journalist, a technical writer for Motorola, and then went on to serve as a Public Affairs Officer for the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. In addition, Beth worked to support the International Space Station program as a communication specialist. In Chicago, Beth worked as a corporate communication advisor to Fortune 50 companies including Allstate and United Airlines. She’s worked as a college instructor, a political advisor, and public relations manager for her hometown city. Beth recently founded Stellar Communications, LLC and travels the country as a keynote speaker- inspiring audiences with her lessons learned from our nation’s space program.  She’s the host of the Casual Space Podcast, and a self-proclaimed space geek.

Connect with Beth Mund:

Email: askbeth@casualspacepodcast.com

Website: bethmund.com/casualspace 

Facebook: @Casual Space

Show notes by show producer/podcastologist: Chelsea Taylor-Sturkie

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