Riding Rockets

Riding Rockets

The Outrageous Tales of A Space Shuttle Astronaut

Book - 2006
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 46. Chapters: The Angolite, Xueren, National Magazine Awards, Gangway, JadranSport, The World's Work, Gent, Monocle, The Vocabula Review, MidWeek, Justice Magazine, The Pearl, The Music Scene, Future Science Fiction, Flagmaster, Demon Beast Invasion, Australian Playboy, Black Inches, UNIX Review, Michael Dukmejian, Mandate, Club, Freshmen, Beaver Hunt, Yellow Silk, Van Nu en Straks, Seattle Metropolitan, UNESCO Courier, Astonishing Stories, Numbers, CKM, The American Museum, Policy Innovations, The Antipodean, Future Sex, Shukan Jitsuwa, Ethical Consumer, Irish Monthly, The Old Guard, Yes , Comic LO, Men's World, Boink, Genesis, Overland Monthly, World Affairs, Reunions magazine, UFO Magazine, Competition Success Review, Early and Medieval Chinese History, The New-England Magazine, LM, The Unexplained, Remnant Media, Debonair, Leg Show, Musical Courier, Gallery, The American Weekly, Noseweek, Blueboy, Worlds Beyond, The Royal Magazine, Satellite Science Fiction, The Transatlantic Review, La Revue de Teheran, Al-Musawar, Russkaya Starina, Penthouse Forum, Duzhe, Modern Man, Outsert, Sex Herald, SPAN magazine, Maisonneuve, Revista Cromos, Aktuell Rapport, The Cremorne, Independent Review, Sudden Weekly, Wimpkiller, Detective Book Magazine, Story-Teller, The Boston Miscellany, Primitive Methodist Magazine, Regulation, Cosmopolis: A Literary Review, Manshots, Realites, Splosh , El Gugeton, Harper's Young People, Labor's Heritage, Chitralekha, Chic Magazine, Total Carp, The World of Chinese, Veien frem, Push , The New England Magazine, Guns & Weapons for Law Enforcement, Specialty Publications, My Own Mag, ITNOW, The Watchman, The Forum, The Young Elizabethan, Home Monthly, Sag tar, InRock, The Boudoir, Everybody's Magazine, Thrilling Adventures, Super-Science Fiction, Ahlan , Macmillan's Magazine, International Language Review, ...
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner : 2006
ISBN: 9780743276825
Branch Call Number: 629.45 M911r
Characteristics: 368p illus


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May 16, 2018

Above all else, Mike Mullane speaks the unpolished truth, as viewed from his own limited perspective. He writes with brutal matter-of-factness about his own vicious narrow-minded opinions at the onset of the introduction of women and non-military doctorate astronaut candidates in the class of 1978. He writes with bitterness about the Byzantine, completely opaque selection process used by George Abby and John Young to choose astronaut crews for the STS missions. He writes with frustration about the political machinations within NASA and without that often sacrificed more long-term space goals for shorter-term public relations objectives. And he combines it all the same unfitted joy of space and exploration common within other astronaut biographies. If you have any interest in the STS program, Mullane offers a unique, invaluable perspective. Includes analysis of both the Challenger and Columbia safety failures.

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.

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.

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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