Former NASA astronaut explains rarity of the eclipse

Mike Massimino talks to "GMA" about what he hopes people take away from witnessing the solar eclipse as well as the opportunity for NASA to conduct new research using cutting-edge technology.
1:12 | 08/21/17

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Now from former astronaut Mike mass amino veteran of two missions on the hubble's telescope Mike I know you're excited about this today. Does which help people get out of it. Well George thanks for having me couple things one is being part of this. Cosmic ballet that I got the view from space between the sun the moon in Europe in the universe we don't get reminders of that very often here on earth. But we're gonna get one today if this this reminder that we actually are on a planet. Going around the fun with the moon and I think it's going to be a great reminder of where we are in the universe and it's a little research opportunities for NASA as well. Yet sure it's George the so honest so bright even from space it is so bright you really can't see anything around that particularly. It's atmosphere of the corona that solar activity. And the moon just perfectly blocked out the sun during a total eclipse but what's gonna happen today. You're able to see that ring of fire around the the moon and nobody will decide this will be able to study. The corona all the activity the solar activity around the sun like they've never been able to do that people. Very cool on any good to be hosting the science channel's. Coverage of the great American clips tonight is David said he's been anchor our coverage today starting at 1 eastern.

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