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Space odyssey: Astronaut Mike Massimino on conquering space, twice




Astronaut Mike Massimino attends 18th Annual Webby Awards on May 19, 2014 in New York, United States.
Astronaut Mike Massimino attends 18th Annual Webby Awards on May 19, 2014 in New York, United States.
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For many of us, space travel is only a far-fetched dream. For Mike Massimino, it’s something he’s been able to accomplished, twice over.

But it wasn’t easy. In his new memoir, “Spaceman,” Massimino documents his journey and challenges to become an astronaut. In the blue-collar town where he grew up, even going to college wasn’t guaranteed. And even after attending two of the most prestigious universities in the country – Columbia and MIT – it still took Massimino three times before he was selected to the astronaut training program.

Larry talks to Massimino about his journey, his two space missions and more.

Mike Massimino will be at Skylight Books in Los Feliz tonight (10/18) at 7:30pm to talk about his new book. 

Guest:

Mike Massimino, former NASA astronaut and author of the book, “Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe” (Crown Archetype, 2016)