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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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 into detail about what life in space was like and all the problems he and other astronauts had to overcome. Massimino had obstacles he had to overcome to achieve his goal and how he went about overcoming them is inspiring.
The book is well written in an affable, conversational style prose. It is great to read about someone achieving their childhood dream. I also found the fact he maintained an unwavering obsession with space all his life absolutely great. The book has humor and is easy to read. It leaves the reader with an upbeat feeling. This is a good book for a young person to read, who is trying to decide on a career choice. Now there is a choice of not only NASA but dozens of private corporations all working in space exploration.
Mike Massimino did a good job narrating his own book.
"the most amazing, inspiring book I've ever read"
this has to be one if not "THE" most amazing, inspiring book I've ever read in my life. half way through it I put it down and called my university to set up a start date to go back to school and finish my degree. it is so easy to find and excuse to just give up but that's all it is, just a whole bunch of excuses, hearing Mike talk about how an average person much like us "normal people" not geniuses with the perfect health or wealthy family can overcome every obstacle and full feel his dream makes you stop and rethink your self and say hey its time act, it's time stop "just making it by" it's time to get up and start pushing forward, this is the feeling I got when I read this book.
hope to some day I get to meet him and thank him in person for giving me the push I needed, that ray of hope that I lost so many years ago, or to put it in his terms, that kindle that light my dreams once more.
Thank you Mass.
"Likable guy, great storyteller"
Normally nonfiction books don't keep me listening late into the night, repeatedly adding "just 15 more minutes" to the sleep timer for hours. This one did. Mike describes his path from being a boy on Long Island playing in a homemade astronaut costume through the series of choices, challenges, and lucky breaks that culminated in his two spacewalks to perform maintenance on the Hubble telescope. His story is by turns moving and thoughtful and funny and suspenseful.
Mike did a fantastic job with the narration; his humor and humility shone through the whole time.
I don't normally write reviews and fear I haven't done this book justice, but I'm pretty much going to be encouraging everyone I know to read or listen to it, so why not start here?
Mass's story of his life, from boyhood dream of walking on the Moon to Astronaut reality, fixing Hubble twice, by means of many trials and tribulations, armed with the help of many family, friends, and colleagues along the long, long journey.
Mass's story is inspiring and realistic. If Mass doesn't bring you to tears and also make you laugh, maybe you need a therapist-! Loved "Spaceman"-!
"Inspiration for all ages and walks of life"
I have never read such an inspiring book about never giving up. I am hard pressed to imagine anyone reading this book besides the author. I started sending links to my friends to download this book halfway through. I have purchased a hard copy to give to a nephew who is studying engineering in undergraduate school. Thank you for doing what you did and sharing your story.
"Exciting, invigorating, inspirational"
Few stories about childhood dreams can match what Mike Massimino has captured in this this tale of personal struggle and overcoming challenges to succeed both individually and as a team. My most favorite read book of Personal Achievement so far yet in my life.
"Very interesting book!"
This was a very inspiring and uplifting book with a mix of ups and downs and stories of perseverance and dedication. A great mix of technical challenges and solutions and personal challenges and solutions. Well worth the purchase.
"Great story on space and life as an astronaut."
Loved hearing about Mike's journey from a boy with a dream to working hard in school, over coming hurdles, and achieving his dreams and walking in space. The teamwork and friendship Mike's crew displayed to accomplish the mission successfully and support each other when times got tough was both heart warming and inspiring!
"Amazing , Sharing this one with everyone"
This is probably the best book I have ever "read." Mike Massimino tells his story from being the 7 year old boy, looking up at the moon from his backyard in Long Island, while Neal Armstrong was leaving the first boot prints in the dust of the lunar surface. This is about an ordinary boy dreaming beyond the possible and growing into the man who overcomes setbacks and failure to walk in space and repair the Hubble telescope on 2 separate missions. Mike's story takes you into space with him, to marvel at the universe. It is the story of an ordinary man digging deep inside himself to bring out the hero that is in each of us, if only we persevere. Even if you are not excited about the possibilities in space, Mike is an entertaining storyteller and awakens the imagination to reach beyond your limits.
"Wondrous and Inspiring"
This audiobook grabbed me from the opening paragraph and never let go. Mr. Massimino is an amazing storyteller and his passion shines through his narration. He has inspired me to read more about our space program and the brave astronauts and scientists who accomplished so much.
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