The Total Tutor Neil Haley will interview Astronaut Mike Massimino, Author of SPACEMAN.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to strap yourself to a giant rocket and go from zero to 17,500 miles per hour? Or to look back at the Earth from outer space and see the surprisingly precise line between day and night? Mike Massimino has been there, and in his new memoir, SPACEMAN: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe (Crown Archetype; $28.00; On Sale October 4, 2016), he takes the reader there, too—putting you in the flight suit and catapulting you into space to experience all the exhilaration of life in microgravity.
Massimino is a former NASA astronaut and the veteran of two space shuttle missions, including the historic final repair of the Hubble Space Telescope. The first person to tweet from space, he has over 1.3 million Twitter followers, and has appeared on The Big Bang Theory, The Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, and more.
He was just a kid in 1969, but Massimino can still vividly recall the moment he watched Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. Afterward, he writes, “I remember standing in my front yard and staring up at the moon for the longest time, thinking, Wow, there are people up there, walking around. To a six-year-old kid in the suburbs on Long Island, it was the most awe- inspiring thing in the world. Something about it grabbed me down deep in my soul.”
The moon landing cemented Massimino’s childhood fascination with space, but his journey to actually becoming an astronaut was as unlikely as it is compelling. In the blue-collar town where