An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe

by Mike Massimino

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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Out of sight!

Jeff Middles

4 Stars

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Out of this World

Dana Thomas

5 Stars

Spaceman by Mike Massimino is out of this world. Whether you actually aspire to be a rocket scientist, or just enjoyed his appearance on Big Bang Theory, you will enjoy this book. It's not fine literature or the most…

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Craig Friedel

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I have read hundreds of what people call inspirational biographies but this one hit the mark.  A child with a dream, be it unrealistic to many and achievable to most.  The author Astronaut Mike Massimino tells of his struggles…

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