Veteran astronaut and MIT alumnus Mike Massimino (SM ’88, MEng ’90, PhD ’92) will come to MIT on Wednesday, Oct. 28, to
talk about his recent work servicing NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The talk will be held in Killian Hall 14W-111,
at 4 p.m.
In May 2009, Massimino and six other astronauts boarded the space
shuttle Atlantis for a journey that took them 5.3 million miles for a
final servicing of the telescope. Massimino and other STS-125
crewmembers conducted five spacewalks to upgrade the Hubble, enabling
it to send back spectacular images of the universe well into the next
decade. While on the mission the crew captured photographs and video,
and Massimino became the first astronaut to "Tweet" from space sending
back updates on the mission through his Twitter feed, which has surpassed 1 million
Accompanying Massimino on the mission was a rare book loaned from
the MIT Libraries' collections. The book, a limited edition facsimile
of Galileo's landmark publication "Sidereus Nuncius" (Starry
Messenger), was chosen to coincide with the 400th anniversary of
Galileo's astronomical research, the first recorded planetary
observations using a telescope.
In his talk, Massimino will discuss his work and show images and
video from the mission. He will also present the well-traveled book
back to the MIT Community and the Libraries.