'Moonshot' adventure with former NASA astronaut

Former astronaut Mike Massimino shares his out-of-this-world adventure in "Moonshot: A NASA Astronaut's Guide to Achieving the Impossible."
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>> Gio: LOOK AT HOW THE STUDIO HAS TRANSFORMED. HAS TRANSFORMED. RIGHT NOW TALKING WITH A FORMER RIGHT NOW TALKING WITH A FORMER ASTRONAUT WHO IS OUT OF THIS ASTRONAUT WHO IS OUT OF THIS WORLD ADVENTURES ARE BECOMING WORLD ADVENTURES ARE BECOMING LESSONS WE CAN USE ON EARTH, LESSONS WE CAN USE ON EARTH, MIKE MASSIMINO WROTE "MOONSHOT" MIKE MASSIMINO WROTE "MOONSHOT" AND HERE TO TELL US MORE ABOUT AND HERE TO TELL US MORE ABOUT IT IS MIKE MASSIMINO. IT IS MIKE MASSIMINO. "MOONSHOT," WE'RE TALKING ABOUT "MOONSHOT," WE'RE TALKING ABOUT A SPACECRAFT GOING TO THE MOON A SPACECRAFT GOING TO THE MOON BUT MEANS LONG SHOT. BUT MEANS LONG SHOT. WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU? WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO YOU? >> YOU KNOW, FOR ME IT'S ABOUT >> YOU KNOW, FOR ME IT'S ABOUT ACHIEVING YOUR OWN PERSONAL ACHIEVING YOUR OWN PERSONAL DREAM, YOUR OWN PERSONAL DREAM, YOUR OWN PERSONAL MOONSHOT. MOONSHOT. I WAS SKINNY SCRAWNY KID GREW UP I WAS SKINNY SCRAWNY KID GREW UP IN A WORKING CLASS ENVIRONMENT. IN A WORKING CLASS ENVIRONMENT. I DIDN'T LIKE HEIGHTS. I DIDN'T LIKE HEIGHTS. MY EYESIGHT WENT -- MY EYESIGHT WENT -- >> Gio: YOU DON'T LIKE HEIGHTS >> Gio: YOU DON'T LIKE HEIGHTS AFTER BEING IN SPACE. AFTER BEING IN SPACE. >> SPACE IS DIFFERENT. >> SPACE IS DIFFERENT. AS LONG AS I'M MOVING I'M OKAY. AS LONG AS I'M MOVING I'M OKAY. I DON'T LIKE HEIGHTS SO I'M NOT I DON'T LIKE HEIGHTS SO I'M NOT PROBABLY THE PERSON YOU WOULD PROBABLY THE PERSON YOU WOULD THINK THAT WOULD GROW UP TO BE THINK THAT WOULD GROW UP TO BE AN ASTRONAUT BUT I WAS ABLE TO AN ASTRONAUT BUT I WAS ABLE TO APPLY SUCCESSFULLY TO NASA AND APPLY SUCCESSFULLY TO NASA AND GO THROUGH THE TRAINING AND FLY GO THROUGH THE TRAINING AND FLY SUCCESSFULLY IN SPACE AND IF I SUCCESSFULLY IN SPACE AND IF I CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU IS THE CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU IS THE MESSAGE THERE. MESSAGE THERE. ONE OUT OF A MILLION IS NOT ONE OUT OF A MILLION IS NOT ZERO. ZERO. THE ODDS MAY BE AGAINST YOU BUT THE ODDS MAY BE AGAINST YOU BUT AS LONG AS YOU TRY THERE'S AS LONG AS YOU TRY THERE'S ALWAYS A CHANCE. ALWAYS A CHANCE. >> Gio: I KNOW YOU WANT OTHER >> Gio: I KNOW YOU WANT OTHER PEOPLE IN LIFE TO TAKE MOONSHOTS PEOPLE IN LIFE TO TAKE MOONSHOTS THEMSELVES. THEMSELVES. HI DO YOU DO IT? HI DO YOU DO IT? >> I ARRIVED AT NASA AND LEARNED >> I ARRIVED AT NASA AND LEARNED SO MANY THINGS IN PERSISTENCE SO MANY THINGS IN PERSISTENCE AND TEAMWORK AND LEADERSHIP AND AND TEAMWORK AND LEADERSHIP AND WHAT I FOUND IS THEY WERE WHAT I FOUND IS THEY WERE IMPORTANT FOR ME TO BE IMPORTANT FOR ME TO BE SUCCESSFUL WORKING ON THE HUBBLE SUCCESSFUL WORKING ON THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE BUT ALSO SPACE TELESCOPE BUT ALSO IMPORTANT FOR WHAT WE DO EVERY IMPORTANT FOR WHAT WE DO EVERY DAY, WHETHER YOU'RE WORKING IN A DAY, WHETHER YOU'RE WORKING IN A CUBICLE OR AT HOME OR DEALING CUBICLE OR AT HOME OR DEALING WITH YOUR FAMILY, THE SAME RULES WITH YOUR FAMILY, THE SAME RULES APPLY, THINGS I LEARNED LIKE THE APPLY, THINGS I LEARNED LIKE THE 32nd RULE, SOMETHING I LEARNED 32nd RULE, SOMETHING I LEARNED AS AN ASTRONAUT. AS AN ASTRONAUT. WHEN YOU MAKE A MISTAKE YOU HAVE WHEN YOU MAKE A MISTAKE YOU HAVE TO MOVE ON. TO MOVE ON. BUT I ALWAYS HAD TROUBLE DOING BUT I ALWAYS HAD TROUBLE DOING THAT. THAT. GIVE YOUR 30 SECONDS OF REGRET GIVE YOUR 30 SECONDS OF REGRET AND BEAT YOURSELF UP FOR 30 AND BEAT YOURSELF UP FOR 30 SECONDS, INTERNAL TIMER. SECONDS, INTERNAL TIMER. AFTER THAT 30 SECONDS FLUSH IT. AFTER THAT 30 SECONDS FLUSH IT. IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON. IT'S TIME TO MOVE ON. LEARNING FROM YOUR MISTAKES BUT LEARNING FROM YOUR MISTAKES BUT NOT RUMINATING OVER THEM. NOT RUMINATING OVER THEM. >> Gio: WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE >> Gio: WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU LEARNED AS A BIGGEST LESSON YOU LEARNED AS A NASA ASTRONAUT. NASA ASTRONAUT. >> IN ADDITION TO DEALING WITH >> IN ADDITION TO DEALING WITH MISTAKES, IT WAS TEAMWORK AND MISTAKES, IT WAS TEAMWORK AND SETTING UP A COMMUNITY YOU'RE SETTING UP A COMMUNITY YOU'RE WORKING IN WITH THE THEME THERE, WORKING IN WITH THE THEME THERE, THE TAKEAWAY THERE IS, YOU HAVE THE TAKEAWAY THERE IS, YOU HAVE TO FIND A WAY TO CARE FOR AND TO FIND A WAY TO CARE FOR AND ADMIRE EVERYONE ON YOUR TEAM. ADMIRE EVERYONE ON YOUR TEAM. IF YOU FIND SOMEONE YOU MIGHT IF YOU FIND SOMEONE YOU MIGHT NOT BE GET AGO LONG WITH, DON'T NOT BE GET AGO LONG WITH, DON'T THINK OF IT AS YOU DON'T LIKE THINK OF IT AS YOU DON'T LIKE THEM BUT YOU DON'T KNOW THEM THEM BUT YOU DON'T KNOW THEM WELL ENOUGH. WELL ENOUGH. FIND THAT THOUGHT FOR EVERYONE. FIND THAT THOUGHT FOR EVERYONE. AROUND CHRISTMASTIME DEALING AROUND CHRISTMASTIME DEALING WITH THE FAMILY, HAVE TRA GOOD WITH THE FAMILY, HAVE TRA GOOD THOUGHT OF SOMETHING THAT'S THOUGHT OF SOMETHING THAT'S HAPPENED IN THE PAST, PUT THAT HAPPENED IN THE PAST, PUT THAT IN YOUR BANK OF GOOD THOUSANDS IN YOUR BANK OF GOOD THOUSANDS SO WHEN YOU MIGHT HAVE A SO WHEN YOU MIGHT HAVE A CONFLICT REVERT TO THAT. CONFLICT REVERT TO THAT. REMEMBER WHAT THAT PERSON MEANS REMEMBER WHAT THAT PERSON MEANS TO YOU AND HOW VALUABLE THEY ARE TO YOU AND HOW VALUABLE THEY ARE TO YOU AND MOVE FORWARD WITH TO YOU AND MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT. THAT. >> Gio: YOU MADE HISTORY IN >> Gio: YOU MADE HISTORY IN 2009. 2009. I WANT TO SHOW THIS IS. I WANT TO SHOW THIS IS. THIS IS THE FIRST TWEET FROM THIS IS THE FIRST TWEET FROM SPACE. SPACE. FROM ORBIT, LAUNCH WAS AWESOME. FROM ORBIT, LAUNCH WAS AWESOME. I'M FEELING GREAT. I'M FEELING GREAT. WORKING HARD, ENJOYING THE WORKING HARD, ENJOYING THE MAGNIFICENT VIEW, ADVENTURE OF A MAGNIFICENT VIEW, ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME HAS BEGUN. LIFETIME HAS BEGUN. YOU GOT ADVICE FROM NEIL YOU GOT ADVICE FROM NEIL ARMSTRONG. ARMSTRONG. >> YEAH, I DID WHEN -- HE WAS MY >> YEAH, I DID WHEN -- HE WAS MY HERO. HERO. I'M OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER HIM I'M OLD ENOUGH TO REMEMBER HIM ON THE MOON, I WAS 6. ON THE MOON, I WAS 6. I MET HIM MY FIRST WEEK AS AN I MET HIM MY FIRST WEEK AS AN ASTRONAUT AND ASKED HOW DID YOU ASTRONAUT AND ASKED HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THAT THING YOU SAID COME UP WITH THAT THING YOU SAID ON THE MOON. ON THE MOON. DID YOUR WIFE TELL YOU TO SAY DID YOUR WIFE TELL YOU TO SAY IT? IT? I DIDN'T THINK ABOUT IT TILL I DIDN'T THINK ABOUT IT TILL AFTER I LANDED. AFTER I LANDED. YOU CAN'T BE THINKING ABOUT THAT YOU CAN'T BE THINKING ABOUT THAT STUFF. STUFF. YOU HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR YOU HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR JOB FIRST. JOB FIRST. I DIDN'T THINK MUCH ABOUT WHAT I I DIDN'T THINK MUCH ABOUT WHAT I WOULD TWEET. WOULD TWEET. I REALIZED THAT WAS BAD ADVICE I I REALIZED THAT WAS BAD ADVICE I GOT FROM MY HERO. GOT FROM MY HERO. I COULDN'T THINK OF A THING. I COULDN'T THINK OF A THING. I WANTED TO SAY CURSE YOU, NEIL I WANTED TO SAY CURSE YOU, NEIL ARMSTRONG. ARMSTRONG. I CAME UP WITH THAT AND GOT MADE I CAME UP WITH THAT AND GOT MADE FUN OF ON "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE." FUN OF ON "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE." I GOT A LOT OF STREET CRED OUT

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