Conversation with Astronaut Mike Massimino – Author of “Spaceman”

Oct 20, 2016 | Art of Living

The Not Old – Better Show Interview series, Author Mike Massimino, “Spaceman,” at Smithsonian.


As part of our Smithsonian Associates, Art of Living series, our guest today on the Not Old Better Show is Astronaut Mike Massimino. Mike Massimino has authored the recent book, “Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe.”

Massimino, a 6-foot-3, blue-collar kid from Long Island with poor eyesight and a fear of heights is not what you’d call a surefire bet for the space program. But Mike Massimino is no ordinary guy. He was an astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and is the veteran of two NASA space flights: STS-109, aboard space shuttle Columbia in March 2002, and STS-125, aboard space shuttle Atlantis in May 2009.

His final mission was to repair the Hubble Space Telescope in 2009. Massimino talks about preparing for life in space, and some of his interesting moments on this planet and far above it. The nerdy science of TV’s The Big Bang Theory (where Mike played himself on several episodes) is worlds away from breathtaking adventures in outer space, where the immensity of the universe alters perceptions of reality.

Extended Interview:

In this, extended interview, Mike talks a lot about the book, but about himself as astronaut, survivor, and teacher, as well as his sense of awe about Planet Earth.  This interview is a companion to our previous book review of Mike’s book, with all new material, discussion and comments.

He tells a compelling story about following a dream and what having the “right stuff” really means—at NASA, in space, and in life.   Give a listen to today’s show, featuring a very interesting subject, and told by a very interesting person with great science, passion and experience!