TOP 100 Aerospace & Aviation Professionals to Follow on LinkedIn 2022: 52. Michaela Musilova

55. Michaela Musilova, PhD.

Astrobiologist | Analog astronaut | Speaker | Author | Professor | Science Communicator, International Space University

55. Michaela Musilova

Average Post Engagement: 62.4


United States

How LinkedIn has helped you in your careers or businesses:

“I originally set up LinkedIn over 12 years ago to connect with like-minded people in academia, the industry and acquaintances whom I met at different events that I wanted to stay in touch with. I later found out what a great tool LinkedIn is to start and develop a variety of collaborations.
It has since given me many opportunities to give back and add value to the community, whether it was through sharing important announcements, starting new projects, recruiting people or doing outreach. It is my goal to use LinkedIn as a tool to share my ideas and stories to educate, inspire and motivate others as well. When sharing content related to me, I always try to be myself and stick to my principles. I believe that showing authenticity and empathy, embracing vulnerability and standing up for what we believe is right is extremely important, especially in this day and age. I’m also really enjoying learning from people in my LinkedIn community: from my peers, and students, all the way to experts and leaders.
While I haven’t used LinkedIn yet to find a new job during a career transition, LinkedIn has been a useful tool to find tips for finding jobs/changing careers and to search for what opportunities are out there.
Moreover, LinkedIn has provided me with a number of opportunities, such as speaking engagements, media appearances, and consulting experiences.”

Tips on how to Thrive on LinkedIn:

I always try to share content that I think can be interesting, relevant and ideally informative and/or educational on my LinkedIn. It’s very important for me to create content that’s authentic and from the heart. That’s why I take time to write posts with a personal touch when possible.

The topics can range from informing my network about new opportunities to sharing my experiences and feelings with them. I do that so they can get to know me better and so we can create more meaningful connections too. I believe that the strongest relationships that we can build are when we take time to focus on communicating well, being empathetic, embrace our vulnerabilities and flaws, and try our best to be as open-minded, accepting and kind as possible.

In terms of the frequency of my posts, I try to post a couple of times a week when possible. It’s often difficult for me to find time to make new posts, so I try to at least re-share interesting information if I can. While I would love to be able to share content on a regular basis, I also need to take my personal needs (including mental health) into consideration. If I just simply can’t post, whether it’s for example because I’m too busy or too stressed out, then I don’t beat myself up over it. I just prepare a post when I’m in a good place to do that again :).”

What I use Linkedin for:

I use LinkedIn to connect with people around the world;do outreach, science communication and educational activities;build relationships with diverse communities globally;and to learn from everyone on this network.

Number of Followers:





Who am I:

My passions include astrobiology, human space exploration, climate change and helping make STEM subjects & space more accessible to underrepresented groups of people. I’m particularly fond of teaching and helping motivate people to pursue their dreams.

What I do:

I am a scientist, explorer, science communicator, analog astronaut, writer and professor. My other “hats” include being a consultant for space-related companies; volunteering for numerous outreach & educational programs worldwide; and leading expeditions to extreme environments (that include polar regions, deserts and summits of tall mountains). Until now, I have been the Director of the HI-SEAS space analog research station in Hawaii, where I have run almost 40 simulated missions to the Moon and Mars (and I led over 30 of them as their Commander.

Why you should follow me on Linkedin:

Through my posts, I hope to raise awareness about a number of important matters and issues within STEM & space subjects;space industry;academia;and climate change related matters. I try to make my posts very accessible and educational, but most importantly, I feel like it’s important to show my human side. I believe in honesty and transparency;and in emphasizing the importance of empathy and working together to resolve problems.

Who I follow on Linkedin

I follow a range of people on LinkedIn, who include professionals in my areas of expertise and beyond, so that I can learn from them. I also follow activists, science communicators, leaders and other people I find inspiring to motivate myself.


Michaela’s Favorite Post

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❝Recently, many people have kindly asked me about my plans after I leave my job as the Director of HI-SEAS. I really appreciated their interest and care, so I posted about my future plans and shared an article where I described some of my upcoming projects. I was very grateful for everyone’s engagement and very kind wishes, which is why the following is one of my most favorite posts of this year:❞

Michaela’s Successful Post

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❝In the recent months, I believe the following post was the most successful because I was able to engage with many people through views, comments and shares (nearly 7000). Additionally, I enjoyed sharing a sneak peek into my work and the LinkedIn community seemed to have enjoyed learning more about what I do :)❞

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