Faculty Profile: Mike Massimino

Mike Massimino

Professor of Professional Practice


Mike Massimino teaches and advises research in spaceflight topics including human factors, robotics, extra-vehicular activity (spacewalking), displays and controls and planetary exploration.  He 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.


Mike’s particular interests focus on the design requirements and challenges of sending people to space.  These interests include the history of spaceflight, the space environment, spacecraft design, spacesuits, tool and techniques for spacewalking, psychology of spaceflight, training, mission control, robotics, environmental control and life support, aerospace medicine, and habitability.  As an astronaut, he set team records for spacewalking time on Space Shuttle missions and was the first person to tweet from space.  Mike has played himself on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory; and is the author of New York Times bestselling book, Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe.

Undergraduate Courses Taught

  • Intro to Human Space Flight