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Virgin Galactic's SpaceshipTwo, VSS Enterprise spaceship
NASA Astronaut Mike Massimino speaks at a panel discussion on the future of space takes place when above on the flight deck a full-scale replica of Virgin Galactic's SpaceshipTwo, VSS Enterprise spaceship is temporarily on display at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City on April 22, 2014. The new spaceship has been developed for Virgin Galactic's vehicle fleet and is built to carry six customers, or the equivalent scientific research payload on suborbital flights. The vehicles will allow an out-of-the-seat experience with astounding views of the planet from the black sky of space for tourist astronauts and a unique microgravity platform for researchers. UPI/John Angelillo
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Michael James Massimino (Ph.D) is an American NASA astronaut.

Born August 19, 1962 in Oceanside, New York. His hometown is Franklin Square, New York. Married. He enjoys baseball, family activities, home improvement projects, camping, and coaching kids' sports.

Upon completing his B.S. degree from Columbia, Massimino worked for IBM as a systems engineer in New York City from 1984 until 1986. In 1986 he entered graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he conducted research on human operator control of space robotics systems in the MIT Mechanical Engineering Department's Human-Machine Systems Laboratory. His work resulted in the awarding of two patents. While a student at MIT he worked during the Summer of 1987 as a general engineer at NASA Headquarters in the Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology, during the summers of 1988 and 1989 as a research fellow in the Man-Systems Integration Branch at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, and during the summer of 1990 as a visiting research engineer at the German Aerospace Research Establishment (DLR) in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. After graduating from MIT in 1992, Massimino worked at McDonnell Douglas Aerospace in Houston, Texas as a research engineer where he developed laptop computer displays to assist operators of the Space Shuttle remote manipulator system. These displays included the Manipulator Position Display, which was evaluated on STS-69. From 1992 to 1995 he was also an adjunct assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering & Material Sciences Department at Rice University, where he taught feedback control of mechanical systems. In September 1995, Massimino joined the faculty of the Georgia Institute of Technology as an assistant professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering. At Georgia Tech he taught human-machine systems engineering classes and conducted research on human-machine interfaces for space and aircraft systems in the Center for Human-Machine Systems Research, and is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Georgia Tech. He has published papers in technical journals and in the proceedings of technical conferences.

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