Mike shares with audiences personal stories drawn from the pursuit and achievement of a childhood dream, and his experiences in one of the greatest and most dangerous jobs someone can have NASA astronaut. He uses humor and his unique storytelling ability to inspire audiences to identify the passion in their work, to use teamwork and innovation to solve problems, to provide leadership in the face of adversity, and to never give up when pursuing a goal. His insights into being resilient and adaptable in times of change and uncertainty have become particularly relevant to what clients are currently experiencing.
- Material Science Technologies
- Safety is Everyone’s Job
- Private Space Travel & the Future of Spaceflight
- Following Dreams, Setting Goals, and Never Giving Up
- Teamwork and Leadership
- Innovation and Problem Solving
- Being Resilient and Adaptable
- Recognizing the Purpose in your Work
- Finding and Pursuing That Next Challenge
- An Astronaut’s View on Planet Earth
What he offers
How he presents
Through humor and storytelling, Mike captivates and inspires audiences, using extraordinary images and videos in his presentation to illustrate and drive home his stories.
Mike Massimino is a former NASA Astronaut, a New York Times bestselling author, a Columbia University engineering professor, and an advisor at The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. A veteran of two space shuttle missions and four spacewalks, Mike was the first person to tweet from space, holds the team record for the most spacewalking time on a single space shuttle mission, and successfully completed the most complicated spacewalk ever attempted to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.
Mike persisted through three rejections over 7 years on his way to becoming an astronaut, including overcoming a medical disqualification by training his eyes and brain to see better.
He has had a recurring role as himself on the CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory,” is the host for the Science Channel Series “The Planets and Beyond,” was featured in National Geographic Television’s “One Strange Rock,” is a frequent expert guest on news programs, including Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNBC, and has been called the real-life astronaut who inspired George Clooney’s role in the movie “Gravity.”
- Spaceman (Adapted for Young Readers): The True Story of a Young Boy’s Journey to Becoming an Astronaut (2020)
- Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe (2019)
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“Thank you for the most relevant and spellbinding keynote speech I have ever seen; you’ve inspired everyone today with your determination and life lessons.”
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“Michael just did a talk for us at Roche today. Awesome, awe inspiring, brilliant speaker, incredible man. I learned so much, not just about resilience, it was like a masterclass in leadership, humility and presenting all rolled into one enthralling session.”
Presentation Languages: English