• by Mike Massimino
  • Narrated by Mike Massimino
  • 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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? Or to look 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? Mike Massimino has been there, and in Spaceman 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.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

One of the best space man book I've listened to yet!

I feel what set the author's book apart from others is how he inspired others through his lead and never giving up. While most focus on the space experience this book makes me want to meet him myself (fingers crossed right). It also lead me to doing further research and wanting to know more about the history.

He also kept up a good pace when reading, would love to hear more of his work in the future. Loved this book from start to finish. Well done!
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- Nathan H

Rocket fueled Inspiration

Fantastic read, Mike takes you on a roller-coaster ride of emotions struggles triumphs and incredible human endeavour.
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- Kylie McPhie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-10-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios