Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Book Review: Spaceman by 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? Have you ever dreamed of looking 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?

Here's a book for anyone who has ever wanted to unlock the secrets of the UNIVERSE! Or for anyone who would love to travel to space...but isn't quite ready to buckle into a rocket and take off.

Spaceman by Mike Massimo

"Mike Massimino has been there, and inSpaceman 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."

I enjoyed riding along with Mike Massimo as he reached - literally - for the stars. Since I don't plan on traveling to space any time too soon, this book gave me the chance to ride along on an unforgettable journey.

Check out Spaceman by Mike Massimo, now available at your local independent bookstore or library!

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