From LONG ISLAND – by Ann Parry (ann-parry.com)
June 24, 2018
Former NASA astronaut MICHAEL J. MASSIMINO – Long Island’s inspiring space ambassador from Floral Park – made a big bang three times this Wednesday, June 21, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum: during its 10th Annual Luncheon, a small group Meet & Greet, and a full-house lecture at the JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium.
Air & Space Hall of Fame Induction for Class of 2018
During the 10th Annual Luncheon at the Cradle of Aviation, Mike Massimino, LOUIS and CONNIE MANCUSO, and ALICIA PATTERSON were inducted into the Air & Space Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
- VIDEO of Massimino’s acceptance speech:
LOUIS MANCUSO JR. accepted on behalf of his parents. DEBORAH HENLEY, Vice President and Executive Editor of Newsday, accepted on behalf of Newsday’s founder, Alicia Patterson.
Meet & Greet
During the Meet & Greet, lucky museum members and STEM students (Science Technology Engineering Math) sitting around a large table in a conference room had the chance to ask Massimino questions. When a student asked Massimino about space food, he said it was good, and then explained how everything gets recycled, including urine, so “today’s coffee is tomorrow’s coffee.”
Evening with Mike Massimino Lecture
Massimino’s free lecture at the JetBlue Sky Theater Planetarium was part of the Cradle of Aviation’s Museum Countdown to Apollo at 50, celebrating 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969.
When a young audience member asked Massimino how he became an astronaut, he went into great detail, including how the Cradle of Aviation Museum played an key role when he was growing up.
FYI from FLI: My daughter Sue went to Space Camp at the Cradle of Aviation in the late 1980’s, and I would have loved to join her.
When Massimino applied to NASA to be an astronaut, he was rejected. He didn’t give up, and applied a second time, and was rejected. He didn’t give up, and applied a third time – and the rest is Hubble Space Telescope repairs and “The Big Bang Theory” history.
At the museum’s gift shop, I bought two signed copies of Massimino’s 2016 book “Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe” – one for myself and one for my brother Lou. He’ll get a bang out of it.
Official site: MikeMassimino.com