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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 | Mike Massimino
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."
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Spaceman (UK) | Mike Massimino
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I grew up around NASA and had control engineers for neighbors and astronauts for school assemblies. I dig finding out what‘s behind the scenes. Mass is a goof.

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Amiable
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Completed for “something inspirational” in #nonfiction2019. Mike Massimino was a regular kid from a blue-collar family in Long Island who dreamed of becoming an astronaut—and did. He writes about the hard work and dedication that it took to achieve his dream, and never ceases to be awed and amazed by the opportunities afforded to him. He certainly inspired me with his enthusiasm, humility and sheer joy.

@Riveted_Reader_Melissa

WanderingBookaneer I loved this one! 9mo
wanderinglynn I loved when he guest starred on Big Bang Theory! 👍🏻 9mo
Amiable @WanderingBookaneer @wanderinglynn I know, right? Mass is so awesome! 9mo
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chlolovesbooks
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 4/5 #bookclub pick for march

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Oryx
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I might want to kidnap Mike Massimino and keep him. Just a tiny bit. He comes across as such a nice guy. Really interesting to read about his path to becoming an astronaut (spoiler: it's really hard). 🚀

AlaMich I hear there's a lot of math involved...*shudder* 😉 2y
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BestDogDad
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September wrap up. Back to my normal pace after a busy month. #septemberwrapup

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BestDogDad
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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 space fan going back to watching Apollo as a kid I love true tales of space and this was right in my wheelhouse. Massimino comes across as a regular guy -funny, self deprecating, sincere, and is a good story teller.

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BestDogDad
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The fate of a billion dollar space telescope in the hands of one man floating in space! Real drama!

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BestDogDad
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Using brute force on a one billion dollar space telescope when technology fails.

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BestDogDad
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OK Computer is one of my favorites! So cool to hear him say that he listened to it out in space. Radiohead‘s Kid A would also be great in space. 🎸

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BestDogDad
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One asteroid or one medium-sized hiccup of the sun and it‘s over for us.

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BestDogDad
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Hit B&N to check out the pictures in the paper version of Mike‘s book and grabbed some quotes along the way.

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Jadams1776
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Wow, what an awesome story. This book made me want to go to space. The audio was a great choice. If you've ever been curious about astronauts or NASA, check this one out.

RaimeyGallant Have you seen Hidden Figures yet? So good. It's on Netflix. 2y
Jadams1776 I haven't yet -- it's on my TBR and my to watch list. 2y
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As a kid during Apollo, I so remember looking at the Moon in wonder, amazed that while I was looking up at it there were people walking around and riding the moon buggy on it. That, and later the space shuttle, inspired me to go in to aerospace engineering at the University of Minnesota. Spoiler alert: I'm not an aerospace engineer.

Suet624 😂😂 2y
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WanderingBookaneer
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 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.

Karkar Love the Litsy guy on the spaceship 2y
Wife Yes. Great sticker placement!👏🏻 2y
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BestDogDad
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Let's light this candle!

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BestDogDad
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My next audiobook. Sticking with a space theme, just bumping the story ahead 55 years.

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Oryx
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Reading Spaceman, while Cassini is crashed into Saturn. Seems appropriate.

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Jadams1776
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My newest audio entertainment -- I'm enjoying it so far! I can stop singing Rocketman in my head though 😂🌕🌎🚀

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WanderingBookaneer
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I ❤️ astronaut autobiographies!

Jadams1776 This is up next for me 🙂 2y
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JanuarieTimewalker13
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Started this tonight, got to p9, and was like, huh, I know Mass' best friend...I went to college with him! Mike Q!! Then I realized how small this beautiful planet really is. Because it was @Oblomov26 who posted this book and made me want to read it. So a man from Australia, influenced a Jersey woman (born and raised Long Islander) to read about an astronaut who's best friend was a college mate. This is what makes life awesome! Litsy❤️

Oblomov26 Wow that's is very cool 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Oblomov26, I know!!! Thank you for posting!!🌍❤️ (edited) 2y
EvieBee Wow! That is awesome! 2y
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JanuarieTimewalker13 @EvieBee I know!! So cool!! Thanks! 2y
ValerieAndBooks Neat story ! 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 On hold, till I finish Life by Keith Richards. What can I say-Keith left the Earth many times in his own way. Lol plus it's a library audiobook which I can't renew. 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Abandoning at p158, library book, may come back to it one day, who knows. Lost interest somewhere along the way. 2y
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Oblomov26
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Well I needed this book. Massimino is by his own estimation an unlikely astronaut, the son of an immigrant civil servant, an engineer and baseball fanatic, who made it to space through a mixture of intelligence, hard work and the tenacity to solve any problems which got in his way. He is also a fantastic erudite storyteller who can inspire the wonder of space and science with his words. He now has a place at my fantasy dinner party.

Cathythoughts I like the sound of that dinner party 👍 2y
KarenUK When I saw him on the 'Big bang theory' he was so good I thought he was an actor! 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Thank you for posting this!! I really need to read this book. He graduated the same year and from my same school district! 2y
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Oblomov26
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I knew that listening to the section on Columbia was not a good idea. Tearing up on a train is a bad look

Libby1 💔 2y
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Bradleygirl
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I can't breathe, I heart space dorks so much and this is a Right Stuff dork. 😂😂😂

Elisa This is awesome 😄😄👏🏼👏🏼 3y
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Bradleygirl

🤤 I can't with this right now. The Columbia shuttle. So much sadness.

Emiller I was listening to that part today. So sad 😢😢 3y
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Bradleygirl
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I just love Massimino's chapter titles. This is the most Everyman astro memoir. Or how-to. #Nasa #astronauts #nonfiction

Emiller I've been listening to the audiobook. It's fascinating and he's a good narrator. 3y
Bradleygirl @Emiller that sounds like a lot of fun; I bet he's a good storyteller. 3y
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Bradleygirl
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This whole thing is so ridiculously cute and I love it. I need it right now. #NASA #nonfiction #nerdyreads #aboutrealnerds #astronauts

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NovelGirl82
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I absolutely loved this book!! It was so interesting to learn all about his journey to becoming an astronaut, and then his journey through his time with NASA. I learned so much. I definitely think Audio was the way to go with this, because his tone & inflection just made it all the more enjoyable! A must read if you like science, space exploration, or just great memoirs!

Emiller Just finished the audiobook and absolutely loved it!! 3y
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Bradleygirl
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Starting a new #nonfiction, from a giveaway on Goodreads! Entering my nerdy happy place.
#NASA #outerspace #memoirs

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Booksbymybed
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This was such a great read! I couldn't put it down, my 11 y.o. Is reading it now and he is totally fascinated

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sprainedbrain
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Day 21 of #ReadJanuary

I have read quite a bit of fiction set in space, but I'd really like to learn more about real space. These two are on my tbr. 🚀

Juli I really want to read Packing for Mars! 3y
WanderingBookaneer I liked it. Every year I chaperone my students on their trip to Space Camp. It's made me rekindle my love for space exploration. My parents used to take me to Cape Canaveral fairly often when I was a child. 3y
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ThatNeilGuy Packing for Mars finally cured me of any desire to travel in space. At least until Star Trek type technology is developed. 3y
SusaninTX Mary Roach is an author I'd like to try. I keep seeing good reviews of her books. 3y
andreadmw Packing for Mars is great Mary Roach. She is so good. 3y
RealLifeReading Mary Roach is awesome! I haven't read this book yet though! 3y
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Booksbymybed
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Arrived today

MrBook I want! Interested to hear your finished thoughts 😁👍🏻! 3y
Booksbymybed @MrBook thanks! will definitely post when done 3y
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Excellent paragraph. never stop exploring.

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WesleyHoffmann
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1st of 2016.

Bust your ass CONSTANTLY, be lucky, make sure.your eyesight doesnt suck and you may be an astronaut too!

MrBook I wanted to be one when I was a wee lad 😊👍🏻. 3y
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WesleyHoffmann
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First book of the year! And cute little sprout bookmark!

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geekerydo
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Today's library haul!

comics: CHEW vol. 4 (John Layman, Rob Guillory) and WIC+DIV vol. 3 (Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, and many others)

I nearly quit WIC+DIV after the way vol 2 ended, but I'm dying to know what happens anyway. hehehe.

nonfic: SPACEMAN by Mike Massimino and INTO THE WILD by Jon Krakauer.

#comics #nonfiction #library

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NCNY
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Such a great book!! The author somehow makes being an astronaut seem relatable. He is funny and honest and so so smart.

I saw him speak once at a special screening of the Hubble IMAX movie and consider it an honor to have been in the same room as him. Astronauts are amazing people. 🚀

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ElaineWeissborn Mike Massimino's humor comes through in the book. Have you seen him on 'Big Bang'? The book is a great read if you enjoyed his appearances on that sho. 3y
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meligrosa
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such a great read, love all his movie and baseball references. mass, such a cool dude! so glad he wrote and he has confirmed that, yes, this is indeed a planet. 🌎💕

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JacintaMCarter
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#BookMail! I'm also going to count this as my #NotOfThisWorld character. Because, you know, he was in space. #OctPhotoChallenge

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PICK PICK PICK!! Story of a regular guy who works his ass off to overcome every obstacle and become an astronaut hero. Cool space stories + major inspiration. This book was so awesome that I think I have a lil crush on Mike now.

NCNY I saw him speak at an alumni event. He is really entertaining and seems like a great guy. I won a copy of his book from Goodreads. I'm looking forward to reading it. 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @NCNY That is so cool! Hope you enjoy the bok! 3y
Onioons Is it terrible that I think of his greatest achievement as coming up with the nickname Fruit Loops 😄 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Onioons 😂 It's definitely up there! 3y
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Iamlisa22
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Well this happened today! WHAAAT?
I know .... crazy cool! #signedsundays

LeahBergen And it just happens to be #SignedSundays 👍🏼 3y
LauraJ 🚀 very cool 3y
CherylDeFranceschi Awesome! 3y
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ReadingOver50 I am jealous 3y
Iamlisa22 @leahbeegen ... i'm adding that # ! 3y
overlyattachedreader So awesome! His book is so good! 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Im so envious!! I wanna signed copy! Good job!👏👏👏👏 3y
UwannaPublishme How cool is that! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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5 🌟! Inspiring! Massimino has such a positive attitude! He reveals all the interesting things astronauts get to experience, but he also describes how it feels: the surge of panic & doubt when preparing to enter the shuttle for the first time, the overwhelming pressure of making high-stakes repairs when there‘s no room for error, & the awe-inspiring feeling of floating above Earth. I‘ll never work at NASA, but I felt like I did for a few hours!

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