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.
©2016 Michael J. Massimino (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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.
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?
I am an avid eclectic reader.
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.
NASA Fan. Amateur Astronomer.MBA.
I was born and raised on Long Island not far from where "Mass" is from. I am a lifelong NASA fan, Amateur Astronomer and space exploration enthusiast.
Listen to/read this book. Mass tells it like it is; like a real guy from Long Island. He really gives you an amazing perspective about just what it means to strive for and to become an Astronaut.
SciFi/Fantasy and Classics to History, Adventure and Memoirs to Social Commentary—I love and listen to it all!
"Mass" as he was dubbed given his size, celebrates the 7-year old boy dreaming to the man he's become: open and optimistic about the future. "Spaceman" chronicles every hurdle, every opportunity taken along the way to becoming a top astronaut. From thinking he had the wrong major to battling qualifications about his eyesight, from struggling through a Shackleton-like endurance camp to the challenges of robotics, everything is covered. You want to know about the wonders of a spacewalk, about the glories of the Hubble telescope, here you go, all written in exciting prose and narrated by the man himself. And you feel like you're right there, in his shoes, experiencing it for yourself. Even the deathly silence after the Columbia disaster, the grief of the families and friends.
Definitely worth the time, worth the price.
You'll be flying in the science fiction space-monster, hurtling through space, viewing the Earth we live on far, far above.
This book is captivating - especially if you love NASA's space program. Mike Massimino has a special talent and passion for bringing us along on his historic journeys - both on earth and in space.
Mike's drive to overcome all hurdles to become one of America's most memorable astronauts.
Mike Massimino's patriotism and passion for following in the footsteps of some of America's greatest heroes is clearly articulated by this amazing storyteller.
Taking passion and perseverance out of this world.
I would give almost everything to meet and / or get an autographed picture and book from this great American astronaut.
The underlying tone; If you persist and trudge ahead with the mundane, you can accomplish great things. Eye on prize mentality. He had a clear vision and pursued it to make it reality. It embodies Louis Pasteur's axiom, "Chance favors the prepared mind"
After all the trials and tribulations; After plowing ahead towards the goal. After giving himself the best possible chance to be a Spaceman. His elation and wonder at looking back at Earth from space. Often times when we accomplish a goal, the feeling is underwhelming. No so for "Mass". You honestly feel that he it was beyond his expectations.
His decision to effectively eliminate his career as a space-walker. he chose to see his kids through the formative transition from high school to college. Class act. He accomplished his goal and then decided to support his son and daughter in theirs.
Give it a listen. You won't be disappointed.
Mike Massimino offers us an autobiography. What he's really giving us is a book about life lessons.
I'm about the same age as Massimino and I too saw the early space program as a kid, but I thought it was outside of my reach. I had no idea where to begin. Massimino figured it out.
I think his life story is a life lesson about reaching big goals.
I sincerely wish 10-year-old me had been able to read a book like this.
"The best audiobook I have ever listened to by far."
Absolutely mesmerising, fascinating and enlightening, I just could not stop listening.
The chapter when he was describing his spacewalk was so descriptive it brought a lump to my throat.
Superb, a true legend and an inspiration to all.
"Brilliant and powerful"
Everything about this book and it's narration is fantastic, but the raw emotion that comes through as Mike Massimino reads his own words is special. The highs and the lows, you not only hear but feel.
Not wanting to ruin it for anyone but a rare tear came to my eye as he recalled his father and the special bond that formed between his dad and the astronaut corps.
Autobiography read by author - so...Massimino!
Both - and that is very rare for me.
As a family member of NASA Florida workers of thirty years THANKS, Mike!! You're special!
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