Not Necessarily Rocket Science

Not Necessarily Rocket Science

A Beginner's Guide to Life in the Space Age (Women in science, Aerospace industry)

Kellie Gerardi


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A Beginner’s Guide to Life in the Space Age

“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.

#1 New Release in Science & Math, Essays & Commentary, Aeronautics, Astronautics, Space Flight, and Mars

Follow aerospace science professional Kellie Gerardi’s non-traditional path in the space industry as she guides and encourages anyone who has ever dreamed about stars, the solar system, and the galaxies in space.

Ever wondered what it’s like to work in outer space? In this candid science memoir and career guide, Gerardi offers an inside look into the industry beginning to eclipse Silicon Valley. Whether you have a space science degree or are looking to learn about stars, Not Necessarily Rocket Science proves there’s room for anyone who is passionate about exploration.

What it’s like to be a woman in space. With a space background and a mission to democratize access to space, this female astronaut candidate offers a front row seat to the final frontier. From her adventures training for Mars to testing spacesuits in microgravity, this unique handbook provides inspiration and guidance for aspiring astronauts everywhere. Look inside for answers to questions like:

  • Will there be beer on Mars?
  • Why do I need to do one-handed pushups in microgravity?
  • How can I possibly lose a fortune in outer space?

If you’re looking for women in science gifts, astronomy books for adults, or NASA stories―or enjoyed, the Galaxy Girls book, or Letters from an Astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tysonthen you’ll love Not Necessarily Rocket Science.


Kellie Gerardi:

Kellie Gerardi is an aerospace professional and popular science communicator (@kelliegerardi) who has flown multiple microgravity research campaigns as a citizen scientist and spacesuit-ed human test subject. With a decade of experience in the commercial space industry, she leads Special Projects for the Commercial Spaceflight Federation and is a Scientist-Astronaut Candidate with Project PoSSUM, a crewed suborbital research program. She has also contributed to space settlement research, including a multi-week crew rotation at the Mars Desert Research Station. Kellie serves on the Defense Council for the Truman National Security Project and is an active member of The Explorers Club. Kellie lives in the Washington DC area with her husband Steven and their daughter Delta V. Not Necessarily Rocket Science is her first book.