spacemanBy Jason Sheldrake, Assistant Executive Director, Sales, National Science Teachers Association

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“How do we connect the dots between a dream and reality? Education.”
—Mike Massimino, July 12, 2018

Former NASA astronaut and Spaceman author Mike Massimino kicked off the 2018 STEM Forum & Expo, hosted by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), with a presentation to a packed house of STEM educators in Philadelphia, PA, this July. Twitter was on fire, which was totally appropriate given that Massimino was the first person to tweet from space! (more…)

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9781101903544 (1)By Mike Massimino, author of Spaceman (Crown Archetype, October 2016).

When I was six years old, I watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon and dreamed that one day I would follow in those historic footsteps. But as a working class kid who was skinny, awkward, nearsighted, and afraid of heights, I saw no path to becoming an astronaut. So my dream died by age eight, only to be rekindled after seeing the movie and reading the book The Right Stuff when I was a senior in college.

In my book, Spaceman, I encourage young people to never give up on big dreams. I take them through the struggles I overcame to get to space: pursuing an engineering degree, failing my PhD qualifying exam at MIT, being rejected by NASA three times before being accepted on the fourth try, and overturning a NASA medical disqualification by training my eyes to “see better.”  (more…)