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

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Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe Read Online Free - 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 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.

Title : Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe
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ISBN : 1101903554
Edition Language : English
Format Type : ebook
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Taryn rated it ★★★★★

September 08, 2016

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 t...

Jake rated it ★★★★★

August 14, 2016

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...

Nikki rated it ★★★☆☆

August 13, 2017

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 go...

Gauri rated it ★★★★★

September 18, 2016

I won an uncorrected proof version of this book through a Goodreads' 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 t...

Nikki "The Crazie Betty" V. rated it ★★★★★

August 14, 2017

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 f...

Huyen rated it ★★★★★

June 27, 2017

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.

Jean rated it ★★★★☆

November 18, 2016

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...

Jennifer rated it ★★★★☆

October 29, 2016

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....

Joe rated it ★★★★★

August 01, 2016

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 h...

Philip rated it ★★★★★

December 02, 2016

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.

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