4 November 2010

Pre-flight interview with astronaut Mike Barratt

As those of you who follow me on Twitter cannot have escaped, I am in Florida for the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery. It is that spacecraft's final flight and also Beagle Project collaborator astronaut Mike Barratt's ride back to the International Space Station.

Mike was interviewed in advance of the flight by NASA TV. In the 30-minute interview he talks about his hometown of Camas, Washington, his educational, academic and career development, his experiences in space in 2009 and his hopes for the STS-133 mission: