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

Spaceman An Astronaut s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe 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 miles per hour Or to look back on the earth from outer space and see the

  • Title: Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
  • Author: Mike Massimino
  • ISBN: 9781101903551
  • Page: 415
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 the earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night Or to stand in front of the Hubble telescope, wondering if the emergency repair you re about to make will inadvertently ruinHave 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 the earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night Or to stand in front of the Hubble 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, but his journey to realizing those dreams was as unlikely as it is captivating Growing up in a working class Long Island family, Massimino catapulted himself to Columbia and then MIT, only to flunk his qualifying exams and be rejected twice by NASA before making it to the final round of astronaut selection where he was told his poor eyesight meant he d never make the cut But even that couldn t stop him from finally earning his wings, making the jump to training in T 38 Air Force jets and preparing his body and soul for the journey to the cosmos.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 d be 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 the nerdiest science meets the most thrilling adventure, and pulls back a curtain on just what having the right stuff really means.

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    1. Inspiring and relatable. It made me want to work at NASA!  I would've had to do some serious thinking about my future career path if I'd read this book in high school!Mike Massimino served as a NASA astronaut from 1996 to 2014. During his career he was on the crew of two spaceflights, the final two Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions. Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe is the story of Massimino's life as an astronaut, from the boy with a drea [...]

    2. I’ve about had it with likable optimists. I mean, they just keep looking on the bright side, sloshing that half-full glass, and touting marginal increases in strength from things that didn’t kill them. And all the while they just keep being likeable. What’s a devout pessimist like me to do?For me, the answer was to preview astronaut Mike Massimino’s soon-to-be released book “Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe.” Talk about likeable optimi [...]

    3. I blame (or credit) my mother entirely with my interest in space and astronauts. I’m not the exploring type myself, but I love reading about those who have, and their unique experiences. Mike Massimino puts himself across as a fairly ordinary guy, from a fairly uninspiring background, who made good in the end despite not being the smartest, best prepared, most qualified, etc. Obviously, given the source, one has to keep a grain or two of salt in the mix to counter both self-deprecation and pot [...]

    4. I won an uncorrected proof version of this book through a ' Giveway. Thank you to the publishing company for their generosity! This is an autobiography of Mike Massimino, who served as an astronaut on the 2002 Columbia mission and on the 2009 Atlantis mission, both to repair the Hubble telescope. However, his life is defined by much more than these spacewalks. Massimino takes the reader on his journey of becoming an astronaut, and discusses his experiences humbly and in remarkable detail. What s [...]

    5. If you’ve ever wondered what the difficult journey from dreaming about becoming an astronaut, to actually becoming an astronaut, is really like then this is the book for you. If you’re looking for an astronaut biography that is only about the astronaut’s time in space, then this is not the book for you. The author takes us along on his trip through his childhood, young adulthood, and adulthood as he struggles with his desire to become an astronaut, and what lengths he must go to in order t [...]

    6. I love this book. I love the author. Absolutely the "right stuff". This man's curiosity and determination is out of this world. This gives me the much needed motivation and inspiration. Thank you Massimino for being such an amazing human being.

    7. As a child Massimino was fascinated and preoccupied with space exploration. He gathered information about his heroes, Buzz Aldrin, John Glenn and Neil Armstrong. He wanted to grow up and be an astronaut. Massimino graduated from Columbia and MIT with an engineering degree and then he went to work for NASA.Massimino tells in detail about his life as an astronaut and the various missions he was on. I was most interested in the work he did to correct the problem with the Hubble Telescope. He goes i [...]

    8. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. As a huge space geek and an unabashed Hubble lover, reading about Massimino's two missions to rescue and repair that fabulous telescope were thrilling. His descriptions of the profound effect of seeing the earth from space was very moving. I expected that. What I didn't expect, and completely loved, was his emphasis on the importance of relationships. He gives us an inside look at NASA, and the best part of that is how everyone is a team, how supportive th [...]

    9. Until I read this book I only knew Mr. Massimino from his appearances on the The Big Bang Theory. It was great to learn more about him. What a life he has led! He takes us from his childhood where he first dreamed of being an astronaut to finally becoming one and going to out into space. We see him from the highest highs to the lowest lows as he tells his story with humor, honesty, and a true joy for what he does. Give this to anyone who has ever looked up at the stars with wonder and had a drea [...]

    10. Oh god Mike Massimino is so adorable. I was a little put off my the religious talk, but I guess I have to give him a pass on that, considering he did GO REPAIR THE HUBBLE TELESCOPE TWICE.

    11. If the title looks interesting to you, go for it. I enjoyed every minute of it. Mike's story was an inspiration. They only reason that I don't give it 5 starts is that I question how completely honest Mike is really being. He is the perfect husband, perfect son, perfect father, team player, hummm.Keep in mind, however, that I'm knocking off the star for you, just so you know what you are getting. If Mike has some horrible skeleton in his closet, I'm glad he kept it to himself. I'm happy to have [...]

    12. Mike Massimino, you're annoying.You know how, like halfway through the book, you were talking about one of your coworkers who seemed to just have EVERYTHING? You're that guy. You're a total boss, and I hate you because I'm jealous of your life. EXCEPT I CAN'T EVEN HATE YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE SO NICE AND DOWN TO EARTH (EVEN IN SPACE)Okay but really, I wasn't entirely sure what to expect what I started reading this. Generally I get a little bogged down by books if they're overly science-y and math-y. [...]

    13. I could hardly put this down all weekend. The writing style is like you're sitting down for a drink with Massimino while he describes his life, dreams, and adventures to you. Really struck a cord of awe in me to imagine looking down at the earth and out at space from the Hubble. Also loved his words on teamwork.

    14. Best part of the book was the description of Massimino's determination to "do what you gotta do" to become an astronaut: study, study and study some more.Most important message? #NeverGiveUp

    15. I have to admit, I'm totally out of the loop with the more recent NASA astronauts, and this memoir of Mike Massimino's makes me want to read everything about the space program that's happened since the beginning of the 2000s. Like Massimino, I was really interested in space and space travel as a kid, fascinated by Aldrin and Armstrong and engrossed with science fiction. Massimino recalls when he looks back on the earth from the Hubble Space Telescope, he says, "The Earth is a spaceship, and we'r [...]

    16. Mike Massasmino is such an amiable guy, and such an effective spokesman for space exploration and scientific education, that I find it hard to criticize him. His autobiography Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe, is like the maniable. It wasn't a behind the scenes look at the shuttle program, nor did it try and put the space program into a wider political or cultural context. It was interesting insofar as it provided insight into what it was like to ac [...]

    17. Spaceman is a terrific book for all those people who at least once in their lives looked up at the stars.Fascinating, funny and inspiring -because nothing is impossible when you fully commit your heart to it. Even spacewalking.Read more on The Serial Reader Blog.*This book was kindly sent to me via NetGalley by Crown Publishing*

    18. If ever in your life you have awed at the sight of a rocket launch or a shuttle landing or shed tears for any of NASA's losses, you will want to read this book. He's a science nerd, but so am I. He's self-deprecating, determined, witty, and demonstrates the actual life of an astronaut, on and off earth. I will be reading this again and encouraging all science/ space nerds I know to read this.

    19. I love reading about astronauts and I'm a big fan of Massimino so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it.He tells the amazing journey of becoming an astronaut and his trips to repair the Hubble.Very inspiring story.

    20. Massimino's story of a childhood dream coming true is extremely relatable. I hope his dream that this book rekindles curiosity for space exploration comes true.

    21. GNAB I received a free electronic copy of this memoir from Netgalley, Mike Massimino, and Crown Publishing, Crown Archetype, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, for sharing your work with me!Mike Massimino is a funny man. This memoir very effectively and frankly covers the ups and downs of the life and times of Michael Massimino, a man who dreamed of becoming an astronaut but never dared to dream it could come true. Our Firsts in space - Glenn, Young, Aldrin, etc we have as a people vie [...]

    22. The best thing about this book? Mike Massimino is a regular guy. He's a guy you'd want to sit down and have a beer with, the guy who might be your kid's cub scout leader, or your neighbor who lets you borrow the edger. This book is about Mike's rise to superhero astronaut, and all the bumps, failures, and doubts along the way. He's a regular person (albeit a super-smart, courageous one), and look what he did!Mike doesn't dwell too long on his childhood in New York, but does include some importan [...]

    23. While I was reading this book, Gene Cernan who was the last man to walk on the moon, died. I don’t have and never had any desire to be an astronaut. Massimo, on the other hand, grew up always wanting to be an astronaut. It took a stint at Columbia and then a doctoral at MIT before he thought he was qualified to apply to NASA. He failed NASA’s brutal cut several times before he was admitted into the program. Massimino had two flights into space, both to repair the Hubble Telescope. He became [...]

    24. Great book, 4.5 stars.Mike does a great job describing how is the life of an astronaut. Listen (yes, I used an Audible audiobook) to his story was like living it with him. I could feel how was to be waiting for the NASA phone call after so many years trying to be an astronaut.Being an astronaut is being part of a family. This is one of the main messages in the book and you can feel it. Today, working for companies, it's hard to get something like this.A great sentence of the book:You just have o [...]

    25. Massimino or "Mass" maps out his personal story from childhood to space with an endearing child-like wonder. You root for him throughout the whole story even though you know he was successful. His common man approach to teamwork and his humbling demeanor shine through the pages. A good book to give to any aspiring astronaut or a friend who feels their dreams are out of reach. If Mass can do it, maybe we all can.

    26. I received this book through a giveaway and was eagerly awaiting its arrival. This book was a great reminder of all the things I love about the space program. Mike Massimino relays his story with humor and humility and it was truly a joy to read. Bravo! Highly recommend for anyone who loves space.

    27. This was another excellent self-narrated audio book. I had high expectations for this after hearing it discussed on NPR and hearing Massimino on Neil DeGrasse Tyson's StarTalk podcast, and it didn't disappoint. Being a science geek and huge space fan going back to watching Apollo as a kid I love true tales of space and this was right in my wheelhouse. Mike Massimino comes across as a regular guy - funny, self-deprecating, sincere, and is a good story teller. He has a classic New York voice. He f [...]

    28. I was a young lad at the time of the later Apollo missions and the Skylab mission. I used to follow them avidly and at the time knew the names of all the astronauts. I still retain a certain level of interest in space exploration missions and followed the main developments of missions like Cassini and New Horizons. However, I had never heard of Mike Massimino until he appeared as himself on the sitcom “The Big Bang Theory”. This is actually the second book I have ended up reading as a result [...]

    29. The happiest man in space! No, seriously. I've read Hadfield's book, and I thought HE was happy to be in space, but they really did send a big kid up there with Massimino. He's just jazzed to be on the show, man.This made it one of the more relatable astronaut bios I've read, because it's sort of hard to picture being Hadfield, since he's sort of really good at everything and secretly studied to be an astronaut since he was seven and just who does that? Massimino, age seven, spent a couple weeks [...]

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