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Q&A: Shuttle Astronaut Mike Massimino On the Legacy of Apollo 11

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NASA astronaut Mike Massimino during a training session for his second space shuttle flight in May 2009.

Credit: James Blair / NASA

Fifty years ago a six-year-old boy named Michael Massimino sat in front of his family's television on Long Island, N.Y., transfixed by the blurry black-and-white images of a man walking on the moon. Like millions of other children watching the Apollo 11 lunar landing, Massimino vowed to one day become an astronaut.  Massimino pursued his Apollo-inspired dream through decades of deliberate preparation and ultimately joined NASA's astronaut corps in 1996.

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, Massimino speaks about the impact of the Apollo missions on his own career trajectory and on the world.

From Scientific American
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