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Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut

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In 1978, the first group of space shuttle astronauts was introduced to the world — twenty-nine men and six women who would carry NASA through the most tumultuous years of the space shuttle program. Among them was USAF Colonel Mike Mullane, who, in his memoir andlt;iandgt;Riding Rockets,andlt;/iandgt; strips the heroic veneer from the astronaut corps and paints them as they are — human. andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt; Mullane's tales of arrested development among military flyboys working with feminist pioneers and post-doc scientists are sometimes bawdy, often comical, and always entertaining. He vividly portrays every aspect of the astronaut experience, from telling a female technician which urine-collection condom size is a fit to hearing "Taps" played over a friend's grave. He is also brutally honest in his criticism of a NASA leadership whose bungling would precipitate the Challenger disaster — killing four members of his group. A hilarious, heartfelt story of life in all its fateful uncertainty, andlt;iandgt;Riding Rocketsandlt;/iandgt; will resonate long after the call of "Wheel stop."

Synopsis:

Upon his graduation from West Point in 1967, Mike Mullane was commissioned in the USAF. He flew 134 combat missions in Vietnam. Selected in the first group of space shuttle astronauts, he completed three space missions. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife, Donna, and enjoys the challenge of Colorado's fourteen-thousand-foot peaks — six climbed, forty-seven to go. He is also an acclaimed motivational speaker.

For more information visit www.MikeMullane.com.

Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Bowels and Brains

2. Adventure

3. Polio

4. Sputnik

5. Selection

6. The Space Shuttle

7. Arrested Development

8. Welcome

9. Babes and Booze

10. Temples of History

11. The F***ing New Guys

12. Speed

13. Training

14. Adventures in Public Speaking

15. Columbia

16. Pecking Order

17. Prime Crew

18. Donna

19. Abort

20. MECO

21. Orbit

22. Coming to America

23. Astronaut Wings

24. Part-time Astronauts

25. The Golden Age

26. Challenger

27. Castle Intrigue

28. Falling

29. Change

30. Mission Assignment

31. God Falls

32. Swine Flight

33. Classified Work

34. "No reason to die all tensed up"

35. Riding a Meteor

36. Christie and Annette

37. Widows

38. "I have no plans past MECO"

39. Holding at Nine and Hurting

40. Last Orbits

41. The White House

42. Journey's End

Epilogue

Glossary

Index

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Anna Stead, September 19, 2011 (view all comments by Anna Stead)
This is book was very funny and very graphic, even sort of gross at times. I learned a lot about the life of an astronaut. More than anything Mullane is the kind of writer that just likes to tell dirty jokes. This would be a good book to read on vacation. It's easy reading and you can get through it in a few days. I liked it because it's not very emotional. Mullane does discuss some tragic events and also goes through almost his entire life with an only mild melancholy tone at times. For the most part this is lighthearted, interesting, and different. I recommend it if you've got free time.
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jkriz, May 22, 2009 (view all comments by jkriz)
Rarely have I laughed out loud at something I have read in a book. Riding Rockets is one book that I have read that has produced many laugh out loud moments as the author shares his experiences as an original space shuttle astronuat. His insights and transparency about the grand adventure called 'astronuat' is one that will leave you laughing but will also leave you in tears as Mullane takes you from the triumph of being introduced as an astronaut to tears as he shares his heart reagarding the tradgedy that was the Challenger Disaster. Mullane is a gifted writer that paints an incredible portrait of what it was really like to be a Shuttle Astronaut. I have read this book at least 10 times an have found it to be as fun and insightful on reading 10 as the day that I first picked it up. Woven throughout the historical aspect of the Shuttle Program is Mullane's personal insights and acceptance of women and scientists in the NASA community. That subplot alone is worth reading but there is so much more in this narritave that will capture the reader in this adventure. I place this book in my personal Top 5 and recommend it to all who desire an incredibly fun and insightful read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743276832
Author:
Mullane, Mike
Publisher:
Scribner Book Company
Subject:
Astrophysics & Space Science
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
Scientists - Astronauts
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Biography-Scientists
Subject:
mike mullane, space shuttle, astronauts, nasa, military flyboys, feminist pioneers, post-doc scientists, challenger, space, judy resnick, flights, sputnick, psychology, lust, marriage, science, spaceflight, rocket, earth, planet
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20070231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 pp b-w insert
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.5 in 12.705 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Upon his graduation from West Point in 1967, Mike Mullane was commissioned in the USAF. He flew 134 combat missions in Vietnam. Selected in the first group of space shuttle astronauts, he completed three space missions. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with his wife, Donna, and enjoys the challenge of Colorado's fourteen-thousand-foot peaks — six climbed, forty-seven to go. He is also an acclaimed motivational speaker.

For more information visit www.MikeMullane.com.

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