Mike’s space dreams were born the day Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon, but fulfilling them seemed unlikely, if not impossible for a working-class kid with a fear of heights. But Mike wouldn’t be deterred. He catapulted himself to Columbia and then MIT, was rejected three times by NASA, and still made it to space.
Science meets the most thrilling adventures in Spaceman, Mike’s story of never giving up and the power of teamwork to make anything possible. Taking us through the surreal wonder of his first spacewalk, the tragedy of losing friends in the Columbia shuttle accident, and the amazing challenge of fixing the Hubble telescope, Spaceman is a rare, remarkable glimpse at what having “the right stuff” really means.
“Every generation of astronauts needs a storyteller – a person with wit, humor, and passion who has lived out 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 engineers 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
“A smooth combination of personal history and immersive storytelling…A vivid, engrossing, and enthusiastically written memoir of aeronautic ambition.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)