Monday, April 13, 2009

NASA Astronaut and New Yorker set for Satellite Interviews

NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, a native of Franklin Square, N.Y., will be available for live interviews via satellite from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. CDT on Monday, April 13. Massimino is training to fly on space shuttle Atlantis' mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Atlantis is targeted to launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 12.

To participate, media should contact NASA's Johnson Space Center newsroom at 281-483-5111 by 1 p.m. on Friday, April 10.

Mission Specialist Massimino is making his second visit to Hubble. He is one of seven astronauts who will fly on the space shuttle's fifth and final servicing mission to Hubble. The 11-day flight will include five spacewalks to make repairs and upgrades to the telescope, extending its life into the next decade.

Massimino has been using Twitter to provide a unique, behind the scenes peek at the last weeks of his training. His Twitter username is Astro_Mike (@Astro_Mike).

Along with Massimino, the crew of Atlantis includes Commander Scott Altman, Pilot Gregory C. Johnson and Mission Specialists Andrew Feustel, Michael Good, John Grunsfeld and Megan McArthur.

To follow Massimino's Twitter, visit:

For information about the STS-125 mission and its crew, visit:

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