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MICHAEL JAMES MASSIMINO (born August 19, 1962) is an American professor of mechanical engineering at Columbia University
Columbia University
and a former NASA
NASA
astronaut . He is the senior advisor of space programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum
.

CONTENTS

* 1 Early life

* 2 Career

* 2.1 NASA
NASA
career

* 2.1.1 Spaceflight experience

* 3 In media * 4 Organizations * 5 Awards and honors * 6 Personal life * 7 Filmography * 8 References * 9 External links

EARLY LIFE

Massimino was born August 19, 1962 in Oceanside, New York
Oceanside, New York
, and raised in Franklin Square, New York
Franklin Square, New York
, both on Long Island
Long Island
. He graduated from H. Frank Carey Junior-Senior High School in Franklin Square, New York in 1980. He went on to attend Columbia University
Columbia University
, graduating with a Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science
degree in Industrial Engineering in 1984. He then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
, graduating with a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Technology
Technology
and Public Policy in 1988. He continued his education at MIT, earning a Degree of Mechanical Engineer
Engineer
in 1990 and a Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy
degree in Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
in 1992.

CAREER

Upon completing his B.S. degree from Columbia, Massimino worked for IBM
IBM
as a systems engineer in New York City
New York City
from 1984 until 1986. In 1986 he entered graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Technology
where he conducted research on human operator control of space robotics systems in the MIT Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Department's Human-machine systems Laboratory. His work resulted in the awarding of two patents. While a student at MIT he worked during the summer of 1987 as a general engineer at NASA
NASA
Headquarters in the Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology, during the summers of 1988 and 1989 as a research fellow in the Man-Systems Integration Branch at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Marshall Space Flight Center
, and during the summer of 1990 as a visiting research engineer at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany . After graduating from MIT in 1992, Massimino worked at McDonnell Douglas
McDonnell Douglas
Aerospace in Houston, Texas
Houston, Texas
as a research engineer where he developed laptop computer displays to assist operators of the Space Shuttle
Space Shuttle
remote manipulator system. These displays included the Manipulator Position Display, which was evaluated on STS-69
STS-69
. From 1992 to 1995 he was also an adjunct assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
"> Massimino works with EVA hardware while training for STS-125
STS-125
.

Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA
NASA
in May 1996 , Massimino reported to the Johnson Space Center
Johnson Space Center
in August 1996. He completed two years of initial training and evaluation and qualified for flight assignment as a mission specialist. Prior to his first space flight assignment, Massimino served in the Astronaut
Astronaut
Office Robotics Branch, and in the Astronaut
Astronaut
Office Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Branch. He has served as a CAPCOM (spacecraft communicator) in Mission Control and performed other technical tasks in the Astronaut
Astronaut
Office CAPCOM Branch. Currently he is on loan from the Johnson Space Center
Johnson Space Center
and serves as a visiting professor at Columbia University
Columbia University
teaching a course on human spaceflight.

On July 29, 2014, Massimino announced that he would be leaving NASA to pursue a teaching career at Columbia University
Columbia University
, in New York City .

Spaceflight Experience

STS-109
STS-109
Columbia (March 1–12, 2002). STS-109
STS-109
was the fourth Hubble Space Telescope (HST) servicing mission. The crew of STS-109 successfully upgraded the Hubble Space Telescope
Hubble Space Telescope
leaving it with a new power unit, a new camera (the Advanced Camera for Surveys), and new solar arrays. STS-109
STS-109
set a record for spacewalk time with 35 hours and 55 minutes during 5 spacewalks. Massimino performed two spacewalks totaling 14 hours and 46 minutes. STS-109
STS-109
orbited the Earth 165 times, and covered 4.5 million statute miles in over 262 hours and 10 minutes.

STS-125
STS-125
Atlantis (May 11–24, 2009) was the final Hubble servicing mission by the Space Shuttle. Atlantis landed in California after stormy weather prevented the shuttle from landing at NASA's home base in Florida as previously planned. During the mission Massimino became the first person to use Twitter
Twitter
in space, writing, "From orbit: Launch was awesome!! I am feeling great, working hard, ">

Massimino's book Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe was published by Crown Archetype on 4 October 2016. The Audible e-book version is narrated by Massimino himself.

ORGANIZATIONS

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* MIT Alumni Association * Columbia University
Columbia University
Alumni Association * Association of Space Explorers.

AWARDS AND HONORS

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* NASA
NASA
Space Flight Medals * NASA
NASA
Graduate Student Researchers Program Fellowship

PERSONAL LIFE

Massimino married his wife Carola on August 11, 1989. and they have two children: daughter Gabby (Gabriella) and son Daniel.

FILMOGRAPHY

YEAR TITLE ROLE NOTES

2010 Hubble Himself An IMAX 3D movie directed by Toni Myers and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio , showing amazing views of the galaxy and a report of several space-walks that were performed to install and maintain the Hubble Space Telescope.

2010 SXSW Flashback 2010 Himself Documentary of the 2010 South by Southwest music festival, an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences taking place in Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas
. The 2010 iteration ran from 12 to 21 March.

2011 Sid the Science Kid Himself "I Want to Be a Scientist!" (episode 57)

2011–14 The Big Bang Theory
The Big Bang Theory
Himself " The Friendship Contraction " "The Countdown Reflection " " The Decoupling Fluctuation " " The Re-Entry Minimization
The Re-Entry Minimization
" "The Table Polarization " "The First Pitch Insufficiency "

2015-16 Star Talk
Talk
Himself " Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield
" (episode 7) " Bas Lansdorp " ( Mars One
Mars One
) (episode 17) " Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin
" (episode 30)

2016 American Graduate Day Himself Documentary of the 5th annual American Graduate Day on 17 September, was broadcast live from Tisch WNET
WNET
Studios and streamed on Facebook Live and americangraduate.org, focusing on mentorship as a solution to one of the nation's biggest education challenges.

REFERENCES

This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
.

* ^ Dibbell, Julian, editor (2010). The Best Technology
Technology
Writing 2010. New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press
Yale University Press
. ISBN 978-0300165586 . CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link ) * ^ "Mike Massimino". National Geographic Channel
National Geographic Channel
. Retrieved August 13, 2017. * ^ "The Intrepid Museum Appoints Former NASA
NASA
Astronaut
Astronaut
Mike Massimino as Senior Advisor, Space Programs". Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum . October 7, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2017. * ^ "Mechanical Engineering: Mike Massimino". Columbia University
Columbia University
. n.d. Retrieved August 11, 2017. * ^ A B C D E " Astronaut
Astronaut
Bio: Michael J. Massimino". National Aeronautics and Space Administration . Retrieved September 29, 2016.. * ^ Massimino, Michael J. (1992). "Sensory Substitution for Force Feedback in Space Teleoperation (Ph.D. Thesis)". Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved July 5, 2012. * ^ " Mike Massimino Becomes the First to \'Tweet\' From Space" (Press release). NASA
NASA
. May 13, 2009. Archived from the original on August 18, 2016. Retrieved August 13, 2017. * ^ Horowitz, Etan (May 22, 2009). "The great debate over Astro Mike\'s \'tweets from space\'". The Orlando Sentinel
The Orlando Sentinel
. Archived from the original on May 25, 2009. Retrieved October 2, 2009. * ^ Massimino, Mike (2009-04-03). "Astro_Mike". Twitter
Twitter
. Retrieved 2009-05-28. * ^ "Sid the Science Kid: I Want to Be a Scientist!". PBS
PBS
. 5 December 2011. Retrieved March 5, 2017. * ^ Nerdist (November 1, 2012). ""Startalk" Lifts Off" (Podcast). Nerdist.com. Retrieved March 5, 2017. * ^ "Content tagged with \'Mike Massimino\'". Startalk Radio. Retrieved March 5, 2017. * ^ "Storyteller: Michael J. Massimino". TheMoth.org. Retrieved 5 March 2017. * ^ A B The Moth
The Moth
(November 14, 2012). "A View Of The Earth" (Podcast). TheMoth.org. Retrieved 5 March 2017. * ^ The Moth
The Moth
(February 21, 2017). "Swimming With Astronauts" (Podcast). TheMoth.org. Retrieved March 5, 2017. * ^ "Episode 414: Mike Massimino". Nerdist.com. September 30, 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2017. * ^ "Gravity: Ripped from the Headlines?". Space Safety Magazine. 4 October 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2017. * ^ "Meet Michael Massimino, the Real Life Astronaut
Astronaut
Played by George Clooney". ABC News
ABC News
. Retrieved 2017-03-05. * ^ Massimino, Mike (4 October 2016). Spaceman: An Astronaut\'s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe. Crown Archetype. ISBN 1101903546 . * ^ Massimino, Mike (4 October 2016). Spaceman: An Astronaut\'s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe. Audible Studios. * ^ Massimino, Mike (August 11, 2014). "Today is my 25th wedding anniversary, thank you Carola..." (Tweet). Retrieved August 14, 2017 – via Twitter
Twitter
. * ^ "Chris Hadfield". National Geographic Channel. Retrieved August 11, 2017. * ^ "Mars 1". National Geographic Channel. Retrieved August 11, 2017. * ^ "StarTalk". TVGuide.com . Retrieved August 11, 2017.

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