Riding Rockets

The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut
Author: Mike Mullane
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743276833
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 382
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A memoir of the author's career with the space shuttle program describes his work as a Mission Specialist in the first group of shuttle astronauts, and hundreds of hours spent aboard Discovery and Atlantis.


An Astronaut's Dream
Author: R. Mike Mullane
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780382246630
Category: Science
Page: 96
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The author, a retired NASA astronaut, describes what it is like to fly on the space shuttle, explains how he got involved in the space program, and describes what may lie ahead for future astronauts

Sky Walking

An Astronaut's Memoir
Author: Tom Jones
Publisher: Smithsonian Institution
ISBN: 1588344053
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 370
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A gripping first-hand account of life in space and the making of an astronaut. What is it like to fly the space shuttle and work on and in the International Space Station? Veteran NASA astronaut Tom Jones is uniquely qualified to give the details: he flew four shuttle missions and led three space walks to deliver the US Lab to the Station. . From B-52 pilot during the Cold War, to a PhD in planetary science, to the unbelievable rigors of astronaut training, his career inevitably pointed him toward the space shuttle. Until the Challenger exploded. Jones's story is the first to candidly explain the professional and personal hardships faced by the astronauts in the aftermath of that 1986 tragedy. He certainly has 'The Right Stuff' but also found himself wondering if the risks he undertook were worth the toll on his family. Liftoffs were especially nerve-wracking (his mother, who refuses to even get on a plane, cannot watch) but his 53 days in space were unforgettable adventures. Jones uses his background as a scientist to explain the practical applications of many of the shuttle's scientific missions, and describes what it's like to work with the international crews building and living aboard the space station. Tom Jones returned from his space station voyage to assess the impact of the 2003 Columbia tragedy, and prescribes a successful course for the U.S. in space. Stunning photographs, many taken in space, illustrate his amazing journey.

Do Your Ears Pop in Space? and 500 Other Surprising Questions about Space Travel

Author: R. Mike Mullane
Publisher: Wiley
ISBN: 9780471154044
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 260
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"An excellent reference. This book has to be on the shelf of everyspace buff." --James Lovell, Commander, Apollo 13. Get the inside story on outer space from three-time shuttleastronaut R. Mike Mullane. "A fascinating collection of honest, factual, from-the-heartanswers to the most often asked questions about spaceflight andspacefliers. Required reading for all who aspire to travel inspace." --Kathy Thornton, 4-mission Shuttle Astronaut, World RecordHolder for Spacewalks by a Woman. "A brilliant addition to the understanding of space flight. Only aman who has been there--outer space--and done that--fly the SpaceShuttle--could render the complexities of flying in space solucidly." --Walter J. Boyne, Colonel, USAF (Ret.), Former Director,National Air and Space Museum. "A highly informative inside view of what astronauts reallyexperience in space." --Ed Buckbee, Former Director, U.S. Space& Rocket and U.S. Space Camp. "All astronauts have been peppered with great questions. MikeMullane has great answers." --Vice Admiral Richard H. Truly, U.S.Navy (Ret.), Columbia 1981, Challenger 1983, NASA Administrator1989-1992.


The Way of Water
Author: Anne E. Lenehan
Publisher: Soundscape Software Pty Ltd
ISBN: 9780975228609
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 467
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As a small boy Story Musgrave found solace, protection and beauty in the world of nature. His deep affinity with nature and the wonders of the universe would one day set him on an inexorable course to the stars. Be warned however: this remarkable book is not your standard, chronological biography.


An Epic Adventure of Survival in Outer Space
Author: Bryan Burrough
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 9780060932695
Category: Science
Page: 544
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Presents a behind-the-scenes account of NASA's ambitious and sometimes tumultuous involvement with Russia's problem-plagued Mir space station over three years.

Into the Black

The Extraordinary Untold Story of the First Flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the Astronauts Who Flew Her
Author: Rowland White
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501123629
Category: History
Page: 464
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"Using interviews, NASA oral histories, and recently declassified material, [this book] reveals the dramatic untold story of the first space shuttle and the dedicated people who brought the United States into the next stage of space exploration"--Dust jacket flap.

Falling to Earth

An Apollo 15 Astronaut's Journey to the Moon
Author: Al Worden,Francis French
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
ISBN: 1588343332
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 300
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The astronaut discusses his life, from his childhood growing up on a farm to his years working with NASA, including flying the Apollo 15 mission to the moon in 1971.


Images of Astronauts and Cosmonauts in the Heroic Era of Spaceflight
Author: Michael J. Neufeld
Publisher: Smithsonian Inst Scholarly Press
ISBN: 9781935623199
Category: History
Page: 256
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Published to coincide with key anniversaries, a comprehensive examination of the images of period astronauts and cosmonauts features essays by nine scholars in aerospace history and related disciplines to offer unique insights into the social history of spacefarers in the media, government propaganda and popular culture.

Safely to Earth

The Men and Women Who Brought the Astronauts Home
Author: Jack Clemons
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780813056029
Category: History
Page: 280
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In this one-of-a-kind memoir, Jack Clemons--a former lead engineer in support of NASA--takes readers behind the scenes and into the inner workings of the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs during their most exciting years. Discover the people, the events, and the risks involved in one of the most important parts of space missions: bringing the astronauts back home to Earth. Clemons joined Project Apollo in 1968, a young engineer inspired by science fiction and electrified by John F. Kennedy's challenge to the nation to put a man on the moon. He describes his experiences supporting the NASA engineering team at what is now the Johnson Space Center in Houston, where he played a pivotal role in designing the reentry and landing procedures for Apollo astronauts and providing live support as part of the Mission Control Center's backroom team. He went on to work on Skylab and the Space Shuttle Program, eventually assuming leadership for the entire integrated software system on board the Space Shuttle. Through personal stories, Clemons introduces readers to many of the unsung heroes of the Apollo and Space Shuttle missions--the people who worked side by side with NASA engineers supporting reentry and landing for each Apollo mission and the software team who fashioned the computer programs that accompanied the crews on the Space Shuttle. Clemons worked closely with astronauts who relied on him and his fellow engineers for directions to their destination, guidance on how to get there, control of their fate during their journeys, and a safe return. He reveals problems, challenges, and near-disasters previously unknown to the public and offers candid opinions on the preventable failures that led to the loss of fourteen astronauts in the Challenger and Columbia tragedies. Highlighting the staggering responsibility and the incredible technological challenges that Clemons and his colleagues took on in the race to reach the moon and explore the mysteries of space, this book is a fascinating insider's view of some of the greatest adventures of the twentieth century.

The Right Stuff

Author: Tom Wolfe
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1448181976
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 448
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A wildly vivid and entertaining chronicle of America's manned space program, from the author of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY US ASTRONAUT SCOTT KELLY ‘What is it’ asks Tom Wolfe, ‘that makes a man willing to sit on top of an enormous Roman Candle...and wait for someone to light the fuse?’ Arrogance? Stupidity? Bravery? Courage? Or, simply, that quality we call 'the right stuff'? A monument to the men who battled to beat the Russians into space, The Right Stuff is a voyage into the mythology of the American space program, and a dizzying dive into the sweat, fear, beauty and danger of being on the white-hot edge of history in the making. ‘Tom Wolfe at his very best... Learned, cheeky, risky, touching, tough, compassionate, nostalgic, worshipful, jingoistic...The Right Stuff is superb’ - New York Times Book Review

Magnificent Desolation

The Long Journey Home from the Moon
Author: Buzz Aldrin
Publisher: A&C Black
ISBN: 1408807106
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 352
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Forty years ago, Buzz Aldrin became the second human - minutes after Neil Armstrong - to set foot on a celestial body other than the Earth. The event remains one of mankind's greatest achievements and was witnessed by the largest worldwide television audience in history. In the years since, millions more have had their earth-centric perspective changed forever by gazing at the iconic photograph of Aldrin standing on the surface of the Moon with the blackness of space behind him. He described what he saw as 'magnificent desolation'. The flight of Apollo 11 made Aldrin one of the most famous people on the planet, yet few people know the rest of the story. In Magnificent Desolation, Aldrin not only gives us a harrowing first-person account of the lunar landing that came within seconds of failure, as well as the ultimate insider's view of life as one of the superstars of America's space program, he also opens up with remarkable candor about his more personal trials - and eventual triumphs - back on Earth. From the glory of being part of the mission that fulfilled President Kennedy's challenge to reach the Moon before the decade was out, Aldrin returned home to an Air Force career stripped of purpose or direction, other than as a public relations tool that NASA put to relentless use in a seemingly nonstop world tour. The twin demons of depression and alcoholism emerged - the first of which Aldrin confronted early and publicly and the second of which he met with denial until it nearly killed him. As an adventure story, a searing memoir of self-destruction and self-renewal, and as a visionary rallying cry to once again set our course for Mars and beyond, Magnificent Desolation is the thoroughly human story of a genuine hero.


My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA's Record-setting Frequent Flyer
Author: Jerry Lynn Ross,John Norberg
Publisher: Purdue University Press
ISBN: 1557536317
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 274
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The most launched astronaut in history discusses his childhood growing up in rural Indiana, his career in the Air Force, and his time working at NASA, while offering an insider's account of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

High Calling

The Courageous Life and Faith of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband
Author: Evelyn Husband
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
ISBN: 1418515671
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 240
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Rick Husband wanted to be an astronaut since his fourth birthday, but it wasn't always for the right reasons. Initially, he thought it would be neat . . . cool . . . a fun thing to do. It wasn't until he came to a spiritual crossroads and was able to give that dream up to discover the true desires of his heart before he actually got into the space shuttle program at NASA. Three failed attempts didn't daunt this driven pilot-and the fourth interview process, though lengthy and difficult, proved successful for him. Husband's years at NASA served not only to develop his integrity and character, but also to increase his faith in a Creator that could not be denied in the vastness of space. His story is not only inspirational but exhilarating and invigorating, as readers will witness the life of a man who consistently pursued the desires of his heart even as he served a faithful God.

Sally Ride

America’s First Woman in Space
Author: Lynn Sherr
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476725772
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 400
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Sally Ride made history as the first American woman in space. A member of the first astronaut class to include women, she broke through a quarter-century of white male fighter jocks when NASA chose her for the seventh shuttle mission, cracking the celestial ceiling and inspiring several generations of women.After a second flight, Ride served on the panels investigating the Challenger explosion and the Columbia disintegration that killed all aboard. In both instances she faulted NASA's rush to meet mission deadlines and its organizational failures. She cofounded a company promoting science and education for children, especially girls.

Beyond the Black Box

The Forensics of Airplane Crashes
Author: George Bibel
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801886317
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 393
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Beyond the Black Box shows how crash investigators use physics, aerodynamics, and mechanical engineering to determine the probable cause of a crash and how resulting safety recommendations are incorporated to make flying safer.

The Ordinary Spaceman

From Boyhood Dreams to Astronaut
Author: Clayton C. Anderson
Publisher: U of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 0803262825
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 400
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"A memoir chronicling Clayton Anderson's quest to become an astronaut. From his childhood to working for NASA, and then eventually becoming an astronaut"--

Red Sky

A Novel of Love, Space, & War
Author: Mike Mullane
Publisher: Northwest Pub
ISBN: 9781569011119
Category: Space flight
Page: 434
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Intriguing thriller written with first-hand experience by Astronaut Mullane.