Timothy Kopra

NASA Astronaut, Mission Specialist

Tim Kopra is an engineer, a Colonel in the United States Army, a NASA astronaut, and the former Commander of the International Space Station. He is also a veteran of Expedition 20. For that mission, he launched with the STS-127 crew and returned to Earth after a 2-month stay with the crew of STS‑128.

"A renowned down to earth astronaut"

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  • Motivation and Inspiration
  • Reaching Your Goals
  • Preparation and Teamwork
  • Vision for the Future
  • Space Exploration


He presents in English.

How he presents

Tim's presentations are beyond inspiring, insightful and surprising. He is very kind and friendly, open and attentive to audiences around the world.

In Detail

Tim returned from the International Space Station on 19 June 2017, after serving as a flight engineer on Expedition 46 and commander of Expedition 47. Selected as an astronaut in 2000, he was also in the U.S. Army where he served as Commander and Operations Officer of the attack helicopter company, Developmental Test Director for the Comanche helicopter program, in addition to attending U.S. Naval Test Pilot School among other duties. In 2006, he served as an aquanaut during the NEEMO 11 mission aboard the Aquarius underwater laboratory. Tim holds three Masters Degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College, and an MBA from Columbia University and the London School of Business.


Drawing from his personal experiences, Tim shares his knowledge of space travel to everyone he encounters. He offers audiences a deep insight into the physical and mental preparation and self-motivation required to become an astronaut. He inspires and challenges audiences to achieve goals beyond their dreams.



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