Best books written by astronauts

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best books written by astronauts

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Don't have an account yet? Get the most out of your experience with a personalized all-access pass to everything local on events, music, restaurants, news and more. Astronaut autobiographies can be a very mixed bag. On the one hand, that should be surprising given the harrowing, thrilling life-and-death stories which are inherent; on the other hand, the authors are generally not very good writers. And even if they are working with ghost writers, the ability to eloquently and entertainingly describe what it's like to be shot like a bullet into the most harsh environment imaginable is not high on the skill list that can move someone up the astronaut ladder into a coveted flight spot. Perhaps the epitome of this is First Man , not technically an autobiography but a completely authorized biography of Neil Armstrong.
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What Apollo 11 astronauts saw during moon landing is written on their faces

Best Spaceflight and Space History Books

The United States space program before and during Apollo, including the first time humankind landed on the moon on July 20, , during Apollo 11, is one of the most written about subjects in history. Much ink has been spilt over the most thrilling moments of the lunar flights, the quality and character of the astronauts, the political forces that sent humanity to the moon, the technical details of spaceflight, and virtually every word and deed of anyone close to the Apollo program and the moon landings. But perhaps the most important and enjoyable Apollo stories are contained in books. Here are some of the best. Michael Collins, command module pilot for Apollo 11, is not as famous as his crewmates Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who walked on the moon while he orbited above, but Collins writes with an eloquence and a humor that captures both the profundity and sheer awesomeness of flying to the moon. Before any human could venture nearly a quarter million miles to another world, the spaceflights of the Mercury program took the first Americans to space, and the Gemini program tested many of the technologies necessary for a lunar voyage, such as docking two spacecraft together and crawling out of a spacecraft in nothing but a pressure suit.

At the time of writing, people have orbited the Earth. Most of these books are not very good. The achievement does not redeem the writing, which is as formulaic as the checklists necessary for safe space travel. Awe is inspired, fears conquered, and dreams realized. But the best of these books explain with unmatched immediacy what it is to go to space and to safely return.

Yeah, sure they made art and connected with millions, but the one thing none of those people ever did was leave the Earth in a marvel of science and engineering and visit outer space. Here are six astronauts who went to space, returned, and then wrote about it. Add to Bag. For Scott Kelly, going to space is his career. He writes unflinchingly about being in space, and the difficulty of returning to civilian life. To study exactly what space does to the body, NASA studied his earthbound twin brother and compared his aging process to that of Kelly…who spent an entire year in the outer limits. That means Collins was the only one of the historic trio to spend time in space alone, placing him in the embedded observer role on the NASA moon mission.

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To vote on existing books from the list, beside each book there is a link vote for this book clicking it will add that book to your votes. To vote on books not in the list or books you couldn't find in the list, you can click on the tab add books to this list and then choose from your books, or simply search. - Going to space is probably pretty life-changing, so it's really no surprise that a bunch of NASA astronauts have written autobiographies and books about their time in space.

Only a select few have experienced spaceflight first-hand, but a good book can show you T-0 through an astronaut's eyes, tell the story behind your favorite rocket technology and peer into a future of space exploration. Here are Space. We are constantly reading new and classic space books to find our favorite takes on the universe. How do we understand a transformative event like the Apollo missions to the moon? Many present it as proof of American ingenuity and success, but there's much more to the story. In "Apollo's Legacy: Perspectives on the Moon Landings," space historian Roger Launiuis probes the impacts Apollo had technologically, scientifically and politically, as well as analyzing what we can draw from it to understand the country's modern space program. The slim volume is written as a scholarly text, but it's accessible to anybody with an interest in space history and the circumstances that spawned Apollo.

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  1. To vote on existing books from the list, beside each book there is a link vote for this book clicking it will add that book to your votes.

  2. Here are six astronauts who went to space, returned, and then wrote about it. Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery. Hardcover.

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