Former NASA astronaut. Professor at Columbia University. TV personality. Senior Advisor for Space Programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. Bestselling author.
Mike Massimino served as a NASA Astronaut from 1996-2014, flying in space twice and walking in space four times for the final two Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions. He was the first person to tweet from space, and the last to work inside Hubble. Mike has many accomplishments including a team record for the number of hours spacewalking in a single space shuttle mission. He has also received a number of awards during his NASA career including two NASA Space Flight Medals, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, American Astronautical Society’s 2009 Flight Achievement Award, and Star of the Italian Solidarity (Italian Knighthood). He is also the holder of two patents and author of many engineering research papers.
Mike has made numerous television appearances including a six-time recurring role as himself on the CBS hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory”. He hosted Science Channel’s “The Planets” and its special “The Great American Eclipse”, and will be featured in National Geographic Television’s upcoming series “One Strange Rock.” He is a frequent guest on television news and talk show programs including NBC’s Today Show, ABC’s Good Morning America, CNN, and FoxNews. He has also appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and on Neil deGrasse Tyson’s “Star Talk” radio and television shows.
His New York Times bestselling book, Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, was published in the fall of 2016 to rave reviews. He has also received a 2017 Christopher Award, the 2017 Columbia University Community Impact Outstanding Community Service Award, and the 2017 Communications Award of the National Space Club. The street that Mike grew up on in Franklin Square, NY has been renamed “Mike Massimino Street“. As an in demand speaker, Mike travels the world speaking at conferences, corporate events, and educational institutions.
Mike received his Bachelor of Science degree from Columbia University, and two Master of Science degrees and a Ph.D. from MIT. He lives in New York City where he is the Senior Advisor for Space Programs at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum. Back at his alma mater, Columbia, Mike is teaching an undergraduate engineering course, Introduction to Human Space Flight, which harnesses his years of academic and professional experience. He is also working with The Art of Engineering, a course in which all first-year engineers attend design lectures and work on engineering projects with socially responsible themes.