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186 Days in Orbit: Longhorn Returns from Space Station

Take a look at what life on the International Space Station was like for this Longhorn.

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What do Longhorns eat for breakfast in outer space? 

The same thing as when we’re in Austin — breakfast tacos.

NASA Astronaut Tim Kopra is back on Earth after spending nearly 200 days in space. During his time on the International Space Station, Kopra wasn’t just conducting experiments and soaking in stunning scenery — he also showed off his Longhorn pride and cooked up meals fit for a Texan.

Kopra, who is from Austin, is the son of longtime UT Austin communications professor Len Kopra. Tim Kopra launched into space in December and returned earlier this month after spending 186 days in orbit.

During his most recent trip to space, Tim Kopra served as the station commander and as a flight engineer. He took a break to talk with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg during a live Q&A session, and the space veteran shared scenes from the expedition on Twitter

Take a look at what life on the International Space Station was like for this Longhorn:

He saw some breathtaking views of the world…

…and of Texas.

He helped with some serious experiments…

…and had a little fun.


But Kopra isn’t the only Longhorn in space — when asked their occupation, 12 of our alumni reply “astronaut.”

From making a map of the universe to exploring it firsthand, Longhorns have a history of uncovering the mysteries of our solar system. They’ve helped discover “Earth 2.0,” lead NASA’s historic Pluto flyby and confirmed Einstein’s theory.

Take a look at some out-of-this-world ideas to come from UT Austin: From the Forty Acres to Pluto