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Spaceman Mike Massimino you're annoyingYou know how like halfway through the book you were talking about one of your coworkers who seemed to just have EVERYTHING You're that guy You're a total boss and I hate you because I'm jealous of your life EXCEPT I CAN'T EVEN HATE YOU BECAUSE YOU'RE SO NICE AND DOWN TO EARTH EVEN IN SPACEOkay but really I wasn't entirely sure what to expect what I started reading this Generally I get a little bogged down by books if they're overly science y and math y I can power through it but it takes a lot brainpower than I generally exert for reading That makes me sound like a dunderhead but whatever Mike Massimino has a story that's fun to read about He wasn't born with a silver spoon in his mouth but he rose to literally the highest heights he could and did well A regular guy from New York who grows up to be NASA's most well known contemporary astronaut How cool is thatHe has a gift for storytelling too I hesitated to bring that up at first because like with any public figure I wonder if it's actually his words or a ghost writer It seems like his words so for that I'll give him the benefit of the doubt I never grew bored while reading I expected to especially since I already knew what the ending would be I don't necessarily need to know how he did in school if I know he already made it to NASA rightThe thing is I have a feeling this book will end up being like the spaceman's bible He worked his butt off he studied in relevant courses and he achieved his dream And his dream is epically cool That's where I was well and truly hooked with the descriptions of space I was able to imagine every bit of it and it got my heart rate going when I was focusing on what it would be like to be totally unmoored from anything like he was Goosebumps man I would say my only complaint and it's a small one is that he emphasized a little too much that he was a regular Joe I felt a little beaten over the head with it at times especially when I was thinking about how this guy was clearly smart enough to get into Columbia and MIT All in all though a fabulous read and one very worth picking up Especially if you're in high school and have high aspirations I won an uncorrected proof version of this book through a Goodreads' Giveway Thank you to the publishing company for their generosity This is an autobiography of Mike Massimino who served as an astronaut on the 2002 Columbia mission and on the 2009 Atlantis mission both to repair the Hubble telescope However his life is defined by much than these spacewalks Massimino takes the reader on his journey of becoming an astronaut and discusses his experiences humbly and in remarkable detail What stands out to me as the reader is that though his goal was to finally reach space some of the moments in which he valued his life the most was during his work on Earth He starts with his childhood ambitions to become an astronaut paralleled with his humble beginnings What I found most valuable as a student was his reflections on his struggles with education His honesty throughout this book about his abilities was gratifying We see astronauts as incredibly athletic intelligent and heroic people nearly perfect human beings and with this preconceived image we sometimes forget that they are just as human as us Massimino really tries to break through to achieve that personable familiarity On a personal note what most touched me while reading this book was that Massimino did not start his education with a great deal of technical knowledge and internship experience under his belt He says I was a good student but I wasn't exactly a genius He really had to buckle down and study hard for anything that was new to him As a student who is now at this point in her life where it seems like anything that could go wrong is going wrong hearing how he kept his resolve to work in aerospace even with all of these challenges made me believe that I could keep working at it too There is one uote that is especially important to me Between his bachelor's degree and starting graduate school he accepted a lower level engineering job at a manufacturing company As he took the train to his job every morning he would pick up a newspaper to read about the latest developments at NASA He had been accepted to MIT for his graduate degree but was conflicted on whether to keep working or to finally take the chance of advancing his education to become an astronaut He reflected upon this I still had a hard time seeing myself there I think my single biggest problem was that part of me believed I was supposed to be on that trainThat hits hard When a student decides to study engineering and eventually seeks out employment in the field of his or her dreams impostor syndrome affects him or her deeply It was helpful to hear his triumph over his fears and his faith in himself He once had the chance to speak to a former astronaut Charlie Duke Duke asked him What do you doMassimino said I'm a research fellow here in Huntsville and I'm a student at MITDuke said MIT Man that place kicked my ass I never thought I'd make it out of there but somehow I didThis small comment drove Massimino to try at his degree as soon as possible from then onwards And funny enough this moment he shared with his readers inspired me He continues to explain the astronaut candidacy in great detail He detailed all of the significant reuirements and challenges that he faced along with the dejection and the joys of failure and success He explains all of the training that he went through as a candidate in a fantastically entertaining manner and how it he grew from all of it Massimino also explains his experiences with launches and in space to give the readers an idea of what it would be like if they were there themselves He also discusses the loss of the astronauts in the 2003 Columbia accident and how it affected NASA and the American public The agency faced difficulty in gathering funding from the government upon the start of Bush's first term and almost lost hundreds of millions of dollars in technology and the Hubble Space Telescope itself Massimino spends the latter uarter of his book explaining his efforts along with other members of NASA to resurrect the space program and embark on repairing Hubble once to jumpstart spaceflight If you are at all interested in space this is an excellent memoir for you Massimino writes in a casual way in the manner in which he speaks and so makes it an easy read If you've ever wondered how people ever became astronauts and what they did throughout their careers as one this is perfect to answer all of your uestions I’ve about had it with likable optimists I mean they just keep looking on the bright side sloshing that half full glass and touting marginal increases in strength from things that didn’t kill them And all the while they just keep being likeable What’s a devout pessimist like me to doFor me the answer was to preview astronaut Mike Massimino’s soon to be released book “Spaceman An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe” Talk about likeable optimist As astronauts go “Mass” is an all star He flew on two shuttle missions to repair the Hubble Space Telescope He also excels at popularizing science and engineering in part through appearing as himself on the hit sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” Despite my affinity for pessimism Massimino’s “Spaceman” won me over He tends to do that to peopleI’ll spin it with this analogy Mike Massimino is to Twitter as Neil Armstrong is to the moon Through social networking and undeniable likability—in addition to intelligence courage and hard work—Massimino has fueled popular support for space exploration like few others His book “Spaceman” tells the story of how he rose from a normal childhood to an extraordinary career within the tightknit yet super competitive corps of NASA astronautsAn unabashed fan of “Apollo 13” and “The Right Stuff” Massimino draws on those films to craft a thrilling prologue describing his first launch into space Yet this book rewards readers with than just high flying thrills Throughout “Spaceman” Massimino incorporates elements of history politics culture and human nature to craft a fascinating and engrossing narrative The result is a complete and balanced picture of his journey often humorous in the tradition of good old fashioned page turnersSpeaking candidly like Massimino often does the most thrilling passages for me involved the author’s struggles to pass NASA’s eye exam NASA rejected Massimino three times before he finally made it into the astronaut program Similar to watching “Apollo 13” I found myself tense up witnessing just how close Massimino came to being rejected by NASA a fourth and final time As a pessimist I often fret about how obsessed we humans are with stories fixated on simple If uestions With Massimino’s thought provoking adventure I am heartened to observe a publisher—and soon readers—embrace a story focused on the richer uestions of Why and HowAs I read how Massimino overcame his ocular limitations I noticed a parallel with Hubble Space Telescope’s own visual impairment Both suffered from flawed lenses Frankly Hubble and Massimino had every right to fail Yet they both succeeded Delicately orchestrated planning combined with dogged effort enabled both the man and the machine to overcome their initial sight defects The word “human” shows up often in “Spaceman” Attributing this to a writer in need of a thesaurus would be a mistake As Massimino worked his way through the academic ranks of engineers he labored in a specialized topic called “human factors” I’ll let the man holding a PhD in Mechanical Engineering explain it “Anytime you get in your car and you can work the brakes and the steering wheel and read the speedometer and not drive off the road in confusion that’s because an engineer who understands human factors designed it for you”“Spaceman” succeeds because of Massimino’s keen sense of human factors The result is a book capable of satisfying a wide range of readers in addition to space enthusiasts like myself In a conversational manner “Spaceman” relates the remarkable journey of an eager kid from Long Island who made it all the way to 350 miles above the Earth’s surface There he repaired arguably the most important science instrument ever built The risks the costs the times NASA came up tragically short are discussed with candor Nevertheless the prevailing sentiment is one of optimism steeped in gratitude and faith for human potentialI strongly recommend “Spaceman” by Mike Massimino for optimists pessimists and of course for all the starry eyed young men and women who currently dream of Mars Explorers like Massimino remind us how fantastic an adventure life can be no matter how unlikely success may seemDISCLAIMER Jake received a complimentary advance “Uncorrected Proof” copy of “Spaceman” from Crown Publishers 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 NASAMassimino 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 explorationMike Massimino did a good job narrating his own book If you’ve ever wondered what the difficult journey from dreaming about becoming an astronaut to actually becoming an astronaut is really like then this is the book for you If you’re looking for an astronaut biography that is only about the astronaut’s time in space then this is not the book for you The author takes us along on his trip through his childhood young adulthood and adulthood as he struggles with his desire to become an astronaut and what lengths he must go to in order to realize his dream Having been someone that seriously wanted to become an astronaut and learned early on that I had too many “issues” to be overlooked I found his story to be exceptionally interesting Especially since becoming an astronaut at all regardless of how super duper awesome you are is a total underdog excursion I found it fascinating to learn about his trial and tribulations as well as the sheer amount luck that came his way to make the dream a reality Although I did enjoy all of this and it truly did keep me glued to the pages I enjoyed his time in space than anything His descriptions of how he saw the Earth from so far above it are truly breathtaking and makes me so want to know what that’s really like Maybe someday I’ll get to go to Mars and I can see it then yes I know wishful thinking Many thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a review I blame or credit my mother entirely with my interest in space and astronauts I’m not the exploring type myself but I love reading about those who have and their uniue experiences Mike Massimino puts himself across as a fairly ordinary guy from a fairly uninspiring background who made good in the end despite not being the smartest best prepared most ualified etc Obviously given the source one has to keep a grain or two of salt in the mix to counter both self deprecation and potential self aggrandization but mostly Massimino struck me as a straightforward sort of guyI actually found some parts of the story extremely touching The thing that gets me about NASA and like ventures is the sense of family — the way the astronauts are there for each other and one another’s families That’s definitely in evidence here not just in Massimino’s accounts of his training and working life but also in terms of his private life His father’s cancer is treated with help from NASA people and from the sound of it half the staff contributed in terms of giving blood platelets etc That section is rather touchingTechnical this memoir is not There are a few bits of interest about Massimino’s training and adaptation to zero G etc but mostly it’s about the path he took to get there — trying to correct his vision with lenses dealing with classes he didn’t understand etc Which is not to say it’s not interesting it’s just not popular science; it’s definitely a memoirReviewed for The Bibliophibian I love this book I love the author Absolutely the right stuff This man's curiosity and determination is out of this world This gives me the much needed motivation and inspiration Thank you Massimino for being such an amazing human being Oh god Mike Massimino is so adorable I was a little put off my the religious talk but I guess I have to give him a pass on that considering he did GO REPAIR THE HUBBLE TELESCOPE TWICE The important thing is having a passion something you love doing and the greatest joy in the world is that you get to wake up every day and do itThis book was just amazing Mike Massimino got a spacesuit for me took me into space showed the blue planet and also let me help him repair the Hubble Space Telescope Even after landing back on Earth a while ago now my sense of balance is still thrown This has been a wonderful fun and inspiring read The human body can do amazing things but only if the brain stops getting in the wayMike Massimino gives you an inside look feel and experience of the entire process a detailed and up close practical guide to become an astronautThis is a realistic and well written account of the thoughts and events in the life of an astronaut The anticipation the excitement and the nervousness are so very well articulated by Mike This book is a wonderful read for all of us who always wanted to go out into the space It should be part of all the school and college libraries so that aspiring children and young adults can get focused early in their lives Few life lessons shared by the Spaceman If you can learn to live with indignities in life you can go farI picked people I thought were important instead of people who knew me That was a mistakeI thought I could tiptoe around the problem when what I needed to do was tackle it admit I needed help and get helpTeamwork and camaraderie what it means is that if you have a problem we all have a problemThe right stuff is about character serving the purpose greater than yourself putting the other guy first and being able to do that every single day in every aspect of your lifeIf you get caught up worrying about things you can't control you'll drive yourself nuts It is better to focus on the things right in front of youBecause being the right person isn't about being perfect; it's about being able to handle whatever life throws at you It's very very eerie but also really really cool Hubble Space Telescope SourceNASAgov 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 17500 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 microgravityMassimino’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 ualifying 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 cosmosTaking 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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