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Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe Kindle Edition
‘Read this book and be inspired to reach for the impossible’ Brian Greene
Many children dream of becoming an astronaut when they grow up, but when a six-year-old Mike Massimino saw Neil Armstrong walk on the moon he knew what he wanted to do when he became an adult. But NASA rejected him; then when he applied again they turned him down because of his poor eyesight. For the next year he trained his eyes to work better and finally, at the third time of asking, NASA accepted him.
So began Massimino's 18-year career as an astronaut, and the extraordinary lengths he went to to get accepted was only the beginning. In this awe-inspiring memoir, he reveals the hard work, camaraderie and sheer guts involved in the life of an astronaut; he vividly describes what it is like to strap yourself into the Space Shuttle and blast off into space, or the sensation of walking in space, as he did when he completed a mission to service the Hubble telescope. He also talks movingly about the Columbia tragedy, and how it felt to step into the Space Shuttle again in the aftermath of that disaster.
Massimino was inspired by the film The Right Stuff, and this book is not only a tribute to those fellow astronauts he worked with, but also a stunning example of someone who had exactly those attributes himself.
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: #253,119 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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I also met Neil Armstrong on one occasion and was not impressed. So I had rather viewed astronauts as prima donna's. MM certainly undid that way of thinking and one of the key teachings in his work is about the importance of working as a team player. There is also a lovely section about his musings on the world we live on. It changed my mindset on a number of things. A gift of a book from which you can take as much or as little as you want - and a good read to boot!
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.