Exceptionally entertaining and inspiring. In his own words, Mike Massimino talks about growing up in Brooklyn with the dream of becoming an astronaut. Follow an ordinary guy in pursuit of a dream, through all the trials and self-doubts. Mike’s story will give you a new insight into the elite astronaut corp as he takes you through his training for a high-profile mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope on his first ever space fight! During his astronaut career, Mike Massimino became a “Hubble guy”, flying two shuttle missions, both to service the Hubble Space Telescope. He was also a recurring guest star on The Big Bang Theory playing himself. Now retired from NASA, Mike continues sharing his passion for space as a speaker and professor at Columbia University.
“Every generation of astronauts needs a storyteller — a person with wit, humor, 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
“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 program can take us in the future.”—Senator John Glenn
“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, CEO of the Planetary Society
“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, Columbia University, author of The Fabric of the Cosmos
“An engaging and uplifting memoir that’s sure to give readers a deeper appreciation for the U.S. space program and inspire some future astronauts.” —Publishers Weekly
Published by Crown Archetype
Oct 04, 2016 | 336 Pages | 6-1/8 x 9-1/8