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Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe Kindle Edition
About the Author
Tanner Colby is the author and co-author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller The Chris Farley Show. He is a frequent contributor to Slate magazine, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
'Mike Massimino writes about space with an astronaut's eye and an engineer's precision. You'll be impressed with his journey and his perspective on where a well-developed space programme can take us in the future.' -- Senator John Glenn
'Massimino's incredible journeys, filled with grit, courage, suspense and thrills, are told with such candor and delight, that for a brief moment I felt I’d finally made it to space too. Read this book and be inspired to reach for the impossible.' -- Brian Greene
'Every generation of astronauts needs a storyteller - a person with wit, humour and passion who has lived our collective dreams of space exploration and returned to tell us all about it. Mike Massimino is that person. He's that astronaut. And this is his story.' -- Neil deGrasse Tyson
'Inspired by moonwalkers, Mike grew up, became an astronaut, and fixed the Hubble Space Telescope, all while remaining some kinda’ humble. You can’t help but follow him from Long Island to the bottom of the spacewalk practice pool, then 350 miles up and back. He’s a spaceman through and through; he tells how hard work can take you out of this world.' -- Bill Nye, The Science Guy
'I have read some good writing on space travel, but nothing, I think, quite as wide-eyed and glorious as this... It's completely down to earth - and that's a recommendation.' -- Marcus Berkmann ― Daily Mail
'This terrific memoir... is utterly gripping.' -- Simon Griffith ― Mail on Sunday --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
- ASIN : B019WSHLYI
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster UK (4 October 2016)
- Language : English
- File size : 56346 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 344 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1101903546
- Best Sellers Rank: #68,185 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Amazing book. I'd highly recommend this book. Worth a read.
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Now this means that nearly half the book is devoted to his 2 Shuttle missions to service the Hubble Space Telescope, from the initial astronaut selections right through to the de-orbit burns and most of the rest is about him gaining his BSc, 2 MScs (no mistake; check Wikipedia), DMEng and PhD, with his cameos on The Big Bang Theory being almost a footnote.
One part that interested me was about how he dealt with the task of becoming a team leader and how he felt it hard to deal with in the beginning. I have had similar issues with taking on leadership roles so I could relate to the problems he had. The advice he gave about bringing some humour into your leadership is definitely something I will bear in mind going forward.
Thanks Mike for the tip!!
So even if you have no interest in space travel it is still definitely worth a read.