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

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NASA astronaut Mike Massimino shares incredible true stories from space—a rare, wonderful world where science meets the most thrilling adventure.

“Mike is a spaceman through and through; he tells how hard work can take you out of this world.”—Bill Nye the Science Guy

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, revealing just what having “the right stuff” really means.

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11 reviews
De'Vesco Pierre
March 15, 2017
Great read and very revealing. Knowing the inner thoughts, wishes, and doubts of an astronaut really makes this book down to earth. Reading about the training, process and also the teamwork that went into fixing the Hubble and also getting man into space was thought provoking and eye opening. Loved every page and couldn't put this down.
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A Google user
October 24, 2016
Unlike any other astronaut bio I've read before, Mike's descriptions of what he was seeing... of what he was feeling, take you someplace you've never been: 350 miles "up there. " I wish I could see the different colored stars!
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Jason Parker
April 24, 2018
One of the greatest stories of defeat and triumph. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.
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About the author

Mike Massimino served as a NASA Astronaut from 1996 until 2014 and flew in space twice: STS-109 on space shuttle Columbia in March 2002 and STS-125 on space shuttle Atlantis in May 2009 – the final two Hubble Space Telescope servicing missions.  Mike became the first human to tweet from space, was the last human to work inside of Hubble, and set a team record with his crewmates for the most cumulative spacewalking time in a single space shuttle mission. 

Mike has a recurring role as himself on The Big Bang Theory; appears regularly on late night talk shows, news programs, and documentaries; and is a much sought after inspirational speaker.  He received his BS from the Columbia University School of Engineering, and his two MS’s and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  He currently lives in New York City where he is an engineering professor at Columbia and an advisor at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum.

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