Mike Massimino Featured Astronaut, Columbia Professor, Author, Media Personality

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  • One Out of a Million is Not Zero: When the odds are against you, do it anyway.
  • The Team's Success is Your Success: You cannot do this alone. You will succeed or fail as a team.
  • Find Another Way Around: When you think all hope is lost, it's not.
  • Get Ready to Pivot: Change is a constant, be ready to adapt.
  • An Astronaut's View of Planet Earth: We are living in a paradise, remember the big picture.
  • Space: The Final Commercial Frontier: With greater access to space, possibilities are limitless.
  • Recognizing the Purpose in your Work
  • Finding and Pursuing that next Challenge
  • STEM Education
  • Safety is Everyone's Job
  • VIRTUAL: Being Resilient and Adaptable in Times of Change and Uncertainty
  • VIRTUAL: Resourcefulness when Recovering from Tragedy and Disappointment
  • VIRTUAL: Working with Your Team and Clients Over Distance
  • VIRTUAL: Dealing with Isolation

Select Book Titles

  • 2023 Moonshot: A NASA Astronaut's Guide to Achieving the Impossible
  • 2020 Spaceman: The True Story of a Young Boy's Journey to Becoming an Astronaut
  • 2016 Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

Mike Massimino is a former NASA Astronaut, a New York Times bestselling author, a Columbia University engineering professor, and an advisor at The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. A veteran of two space shuttle missions and four spacewalks, Mike was the first person to tweet from space, holds the team record for the most spacewalking time on a single space shuttle mission, and successfully completed the most complicated spacewalk ever attempted to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

Mike persisted through three rejections over 7 years on his way to becoming an astronaut, including overcoming a medical disqualification by training his eyes and brain to see better.

He has had a recurring role as himself on the CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” is the host for the Science Channel Series “The Planets and Beyond,” was featured in National Geographic Television’s “One Strange Rock,” is a frequent expert guest on news programs, including Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, and CNBC, and has been called the real-life astronaut who inspired George Clooney’s role in the movie “Gravity.”

Mike’s book, Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, has received rave reviews and is a New York Times best-seller. His new book, Spaceman: The True Story of a Young Boy’s Journey to Becoming an Astronaut, was published in April of 2020.

During his NASA career he received two NASA Space Flight Medals, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and the American Astronautical Society’s Flight Achievement Award. In 2018, Mike was inducted into the Long Island Air and Space Hall of Fame. The street that Mike grew up on in Franklin Square, Long Island has been renamed “Mike Massimino Street.”

Mike 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 crisis, and to never give up when pursuing a goal.

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