Posted by Lydia on March 13th, 2010
In case you missed it, here is a short video of Astronaut Mike Massimino’s appearance (July 16, 2009) on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Although only ten minutes in duration, he quickly describes his personal experience during his space journeys.
Mike was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in May 1996. He traveled on STS-109 (March 1-12, 2002) and STS-125 (May 2009) and has logged over 571 hours in space with 30 hours 4 minutes of that on four spacewalks. He has served as CAPCOM (spacecraft communicator) in Mission Control and as the Astronaut Office Technical Liaison to the Johnson Space Center EVA Program Office.
STS-109 (Columbia) was the fourth Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission during which a new power unit, a new camera (the Advanced Camera for Surveys), and new solar arrays were installed.
STS-109 orbited the Earth 165 times, and covered 4.5 million statute miles in over 262 hours. STS-125 (Atlantis) was the fifth Hubble servicing mission during which the telescope spent six days inside Atlantis’s cargo bay.