KDL Recommends > Nonfiction > Firebrands

KDL Recommends

< Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America's First Female Rocket Scientist | American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer >

Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut

Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut

ISBN: 0743276825

Title: Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut

Author: Mike Mullane

KDL Description:

BIOGRAPHY MULLANE

Mullane 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.

Amazon Description:

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 Riding Rockets, strips the heroic veneer from the astronaut corps and paints them as they are—human.

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, Riding Rockets will resonate long after the call of “Wheel stop.”