Riding Rockets

Riding Rockets

The Outrageous Tales of A Space Shuttle Astronaut

Paperback - 2007
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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 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."
Published: New York : Scribner, 2007, c2006.
Edition: 1st trade paperback ed.
ISBN: 9780743276832
0743276833
Branch Call Number: 629.45 MUL
Characteristics: xiii, 382 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.

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Indycar
Jan 09, 2017

Extremely entertaining memoir. Mullane has this great ability to tell a thigh slapping joke on one page and bring you almost to tears on the next one. If you are interested in the space program and you want a really human face on it read Riding Rockets.

A word of warning for the sensitive reader Mullane is not politically correct. He has a military aviator's black sense of humor.

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nymuseum
Dec 24, 2013

I read this before and as the description notes he does write about his coming to terms with women in the astro corps. He is really funny at times. Mullane does also write about the disasters and says what I presume many want to say but politically hold back. To reviewer Rowergirl25. You did not read the whole book. You may desire to be an astro but not facing honesty and brutal facts will keep you out. Astro screening is VERY heavy into abilities to deal with multifaceted persons. There is a good podcast on iTunes with Mullane where he talks about the book and his own personality evolution as a cosmoperson.

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Rowergirl25
Aug 13, 2013

Mullane, unfortunately is a sexist pig and it made this incredibly difficult to read. It's really too bad because I was very interested in the training and flights, but it was so painful I just couldn't complete it. I'm looking for another astronaut book that's written by an actual grown-up.

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