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Riding Rockets The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut

ISBN-10: 0743276833

ISBN-13: 9780743276832

Edition: 2007

Authors: Mike Mullane

List price: $18.00
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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 memoirRiding 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 Rocketswill resonate long after the call of "Wheel stop."
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 2/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122

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.

Acknowledgments
Bowels and Brains
Adventure
Polio
Sputnik
Selection
The Space Shuttle
Arrested Development
Welcome
Babes and Booze
Temples of History
The F***ing New Guys
Speed
Training
Adventures in Public Speaking
Columbia
Pecking Order
Prime Crew
Donna
Abort
MECO
Orbit
Coming to America
Astronaut Wings
Part-time Astronauts
The Golden Age
Challenger
Castle Intrigue
Falling
Change
Mission Assignment
God Falls
Swine Flight
Classified Work
"No reason to die all tensed up"
Riding a Meteor
Christie and Annette
Widows
"I have no plans past MECO"
Holding at Nine and Hurting
Last Orbits
The White House
Journey's End
Epilogue
Glossary
Index