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Not Necessarily Rocket Science: A Beginner's Guide to Life in the Space Age by [Kellie Gerardi]
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“Kellie Gerardi’s Not Necessarily Rocket Science is a unique and compelling guide to living in this age of space exploration, and one that will appeal to anyone who’s dreams are larger than the limitations others try to wrap them in. Gerardi is informed, inspiring, and full of humanity, as she takes readers on a personal journey into what it means to be a fully signed-up member of the space age. A must-read for space-dreamers everywhere!” - Andrew Maynard, Author of Future Rising

Kellie is probably one of the best ambassadors for spaceflight in the 21st century that the industry could have. - Lucy Hawking, author of George's Secret Key to the Universe and host of Audible's Lucy in the Sky.

"Kellie Gerardi’s book blasts readers onto a rocket-fueled journey through space and time, the perfect primer for the next space age." -Zara Stone, author of The Future of Science is Female

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

Kellie Gerardi an aerospace, defense, and technology professional and a popular science communicator. She conducts bioastronautics research in microgravity with the International Institute for Astronautical Sciences (IIAS) and in 2021 was announced as a commercial astronaut and payload specialist contracted to fly on a dedicated research flight with Virgin Galactic. Kellie is the world's first industry-sponsored researcher contracted to fly on a commercial spacecraft. Kellie serves on the Defense Council for the Truman National Security Project and on the Board of Directors for The Explorers Club, whose esteemed flag she carried during a crew rotation at the Mars Desert Research Station. Kellie also holds a leadership role in global Mission Operations at Palantir Technologies. She is the author of Not Necessarily Rocket Science and the children’s picture book series Luna Muna. Kellie lives in Jupiter, Florida with her husband Steven and their daughter Delta V.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B087MNMGFV
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Mango Media (November 24, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ November 24, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1491 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 151 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Kellie Gerardi Lays Out the Roadmap to the Stars!
By Christopher M. Mick on February 2, 2021
Not Necessarily Rocket Science: A Beginner’s Guide to Life in the Space Age is an emotionally honest and straightforward story of Kellie’s own life that the reader can relate to and follow from “Outsider” to Citizen Scientist, to training to fly suborbital missions to space! Kellie’s relatability and passion for space makes this book a joy to read. I know from my own experience as a STEAM educator that young students can be intimidated by some of the overwhelming resumes of Apollo and Shuttle Era astronauts, and some feel left out, not represented, or everything just seeming out of reach. It is wonderful to read about Kellie’s life-story (so far!) that includes gaming and fashion, family and changing directions. Such an important message of seeking mentors and advocates has inspired me to redouble my efforts to be that inspiration and advocate for the youth I work with. Part inspiration, part do-it-yourself guide, and all optimistic inspiration for our humanity’s shared future among the stars!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the book for space enthusiasts, the space obsessed, and those that want to participate
By LMSAstro4 on January 12, 2021
I have been space obsessed for much of my 40 years.  I have kept binders of articles, newspaper clippings, magazines - all about the achievements in space that have occurred in my lifetime and before.  I have read articles and books about getting there, what it was like being there, and the future of space travel.  I have watched all the movies and documentaries.  I've visited KSC and Houston.  Through all of these though, space has always felt far away and not something within my grasp to participate in.  

But this book...this book does something different, something that has been missing in all of the above, and something really important.  It lays out the framework for making space accessible - to everybody.

Kellie's passion is undeniable and she walks the reader through turning her passion into a successful career in an industry that seems closed off for just a certain group of people.  She gives the reader a great history lesson in the race to space, where we are now, and where this is all headed.  She talks about her experiences, how she networked and got involved, and gives the reader step by step guidance on how to do what she did.

This book should be required reading for every high school student - because even though it focuses on a career in space and SciComm, it lays the groundwork for how to turn passion into a successful and rewarding career.  

After reading this book I feel invigorated again and, even at 40, I'm going to figure out how I can participate in the Space Age.  Thank you, Kellie!
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