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Publisher Description

On February 1, 1978, the first group of space shuttle astronauts, twenty-nine men and six women, were introduced to the world. Among them would be history makers, including the first American woman and the first African American in space. This assembly of astronauts would carry NASA through the most tumultuous years of the space shuttle program. Four would die on Challenger.

USAF Colonel Mike Mullane was a member of this astronaut class, and Riding Rockets is his story -- told with a candor never before seen in an astronaut's memoir. Mullane strips the heroic veneer from the astronaut corps and paints them as they are -- human. His tales of arrested development among military flyboys working with feminist pioneers and post-doc scientists are sometimes bawdy, often hilarious, and always entertaining.

Mullane vividly portrays every aspect of the astronaut experience -- from telling a female technician which urine-collection condom size is a fit; to walking along a Florida beach in a last, tearful goodbye with a spouse; to a wild, intoxicating, terrifying ride into space; to hearing "Taps" played over a friend's grave. Mullane is brutally honest in his criticism of a NASA leadership whose bungling would precipitate the Challenger disaster.

Riding Rockets is a story of life in all its fateful uncertainty, of the impact of a family tragedy on a nine-year-old boy, of the revelatory effect of a machine called Sputnik, and of the life-steering powers of lust, love, and marriage. It is a story of the human experience that will resonate long after the call of "Wheel stop."

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2006
February 14
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
384
Pages
PUBLISHER
Scribner
SELLER
SIMON AND SCHUSTER DIGITAL SALES INC
SIZE
2.5
MB

Customer Reviews

Bktscrambler ,

Great insight to the shuttle program

Mike's storytelling isn't bashful and it's great to read the stuff no one else will tell you about the shuttle program. Great book; first book I've read in years.

Colin11 ,

Exceptional, funny and beautifully written!

Mike Mullane had me from the first sentence of this book! I laughed, I marveled, and I mourned along with him as he navigated his way through 3 Shuttle flights and suffered the loss of friends along the way (in Challenger). He captured the spirit, humor and soul of the military aviator. Loved this book from beginning to end.

spyder1024 ,

Riding Rockets

Great Book,

The joke took me 3 days to read I was laughing so hard.