Spaceman by Mike Massimino
An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

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Massimino makes having “the right stuff” both breathtaking and formidable. A vivid, engrossing, and enthusiastically written memoir of aeronautic ambition.
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HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED what it would be like to find yourself strapped to a giant rocket that’s about to go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back on Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Or to stand in front of the Hubble Space Telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you’re about to make will inadvertently ruin humankind’s chance to unlock the universe’s secrets? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman he puts you inside the suit, with all the zip and buoyancy of life in microgravity.
Massimino’s childhood space dreams were born the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Growing up in a working-class Long Island family, he catapulted himself to Columbia and then MIT, only to flunk his first doctoral exam and be rejected three times by NASA before making it through the final round of astronaut selection.
Taking us through the surreal wonder and beauty of his first spacewalk, the tragedy of losing friends in the Columbia shuttle accident, and the development of his enduring love for the Hubble Telescope—which he and his fellow astronauts were tasked with saving on his final mission—Massimino has written an ode to never giving up and the power of teamwork to make anything possible. Spaceman invites us into a rare, wonderful world where science meets the most thrilling adventure, revealing just what having “the right stuff” really means.


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About Mike Massimino

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MIKE MASSIMINO served as an astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration from 1996 to 2014. He is the veteran of two NASA space flights, STS-109 aboard Space Shuttle Columbia in March 2002 and STS-125 aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis in May 2009. Both missions were to service the Hubble Space Telescope. Mike has costarred in the film Hubble IMAX 3D; hosted specials on PBS, the Discovery Channel, and the National Geographic Channel; played himself on six episodes of the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory; appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson; and made various appearances as a guest expert on CNN and Fox News. A graduate of Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mike currently lives with his wife, Carola, in New York City.
Author Residence: New York, NY
Author Hometown: Long Island, NY
 
Published October 4, 2016 by Crown Archetype. 344 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Science & Math, Sports & Outdoors, Travel. Non-fiction
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Excellent
on Aug 21 2016

Massimino makes having “the right stuff” both breathtaking and formidable. A vivid, engrossing, and enthusiastically written memoir of aeronautic ambition.

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on Jun 23 2016

What could have been a rote, stoic memoir recounting dates and stats proves to be anything but. This is an engaging and uplifting memoir that’s sure to give readers a deeper appreciation for the U.S. space program and inspire some future astronauts.

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