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Scott Parazynski
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Scott Parazynski

As an accomplished NASA astronaut, Mt. Everest climber, physician and pilot, Dr. Scott Parazynski is an expert on leadership in adverse conditions.

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Dr. Scott Parazynski is a graduate of Stanford University and Stanford Medical School and trained at Harvard and in Denver in preparation for a career in emergency medicine and trauma. In 1992, he was selected to join NASA’s Astronaut Corps. Over his 17-year career as an astronaut, Scott flew five Space Shuttle Missions and conducted seven spacewalks (EVAs). 

His presentations offer important lessons on teamwork, risk management, and innovation under the most demanding circumstances, on or off the planet. In October 2007, Dr. Parazynski led the EVA team on STS-120, a highly complex space station assembly flight, during which he performed four EVAs. The flight’s fourth and final EVA is regarded as one of the most challenging and dangerous ever performed. Tasked with repairing a fully energized solar array wing, Scott was positioned by a 90-foot robotic boom farther than any orbiting astronaut had ever ventured from the safety of the airlock. That coordinated effort in orbit and on the ground by Mission Control is often likened to the Space Shuttle/Space Station era’s “Apollo 13 moment.” 

A life-long SCUBA diver and accomplished mountaineer, Dr. Parazynski’s treks have taken him around the world, including the top of Mt. Everest and scientific dives in the world’s tallest lake inside the Licancabur volcano. He has numerous publications in the field of space physiology with expertise in human adaptation to stressful environments.

Accomplished NASA Shuttle Mission Astronaut, Mt. Everest Climber, Physician, and Pilot
Keywords: NASA; Astronaut; Mt. Everest; Leadership

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