Riding Rockets by Mike Mullane audiobook

Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut

By Mike Mullane
Read by Joel Richards

Tantor Audio
18.54 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
  • Regular Price: $54.99

    Special Price $43.99

    ISBN: 9781977300072

    Free shipping on orders over $35Usually Ships within 6 weeks

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."

Learn More

Summary

Summary

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."

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A thoroughly absorbing story. . . . A strong addition to science and space collections of any size. Booklist

Reviews

Reviews

Author

Author Bio: Mike Mullane

Author Bio: Mike Mullane

Titles by Author

Details

Details

Available Formats : CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 18.54
Audience: Adult
Language: English