The Moth Presents Michael Massimino

The Moth Presents Michael Massimino


Michael Massimino faces one of the things he dreads most in order to pass his astronaut training: swimming. Michael J. Massimino has logged a total of 30 hours and 4 minutes during four space walks. A graduate of Columbia University and MIT, Michael is now the Executive Director of the Rice Space Institute at Rice University.

Former NASA Astronaut, Columbia University Engineering Professor

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The first person to tweet from space and a four-time spacewalker on two missions to the Hubble Space Telescope, including the final Hubble servicing mission, which has been called the most dangerous and complex mission in space shuttle history, Mike Massimino uses humor and his unique storytelling ability to inspire audiences to identify the passion in their work, to use teamwork and innovation to solve problems, to provide leadership in the face of adversity, and to never give up when pursuing a goal.