Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeysby Michael Collins
In 1969, Michael Collins went to the moon with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the historic Apollo 11 flight. When he came back, he wrote the finest account we have of the training and the experiences of a test pilot and astronaut. This is the story of one of the great adventures of this century. New epilogue by the author.
“Collins tells what his space journeys meant to him as a human being [and] discusses the role of man amid the multitudinous mechanical marvels . . . Profoundly affecting.” The New Yorker
“Michael Collins can write . . . No other person who has flown in space has captured the experience so vividly.” Henry S.F. Cooper, Jr., The New York Times Book Review
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Meet the Author
Michael Collins, a NASA astronaut, was the third American to walk in space (Gemini 10) and the pilot of the command module during Apollo 11's mission to the moon in July, 1969. Following his career as an astronaut, he served as the director of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. He has since retired and lives in Marco Island, Florida.
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I first read Carrying the Fire while still a high-school student. I loved the book's sense of adventure and the way I almost felt as if I were along for the ride! How did it 'save my life?' My friends were into drugs, but they always respected my reason for saying 'no.' After 'virtually' going to the moon, I always said that I wanted to be an Astronaut!
If you enjoy Bill Bryson's books, you'll love this one too - even if you have little interest in space travel. Collins is funny and irreverent, while still managing to provide a wealth of information about what it took to put men on the Moon. There's good reason why this book is still in print almost 30 years after its initial publication. It's a fun read.
Mike Collins has written the most arresting account of spaceflight ever published. His experiences as an Air Force Pilot and NASA Astronaut rank as adventure as great as the conquest of Mt. Everest. The descriptions he gives of the sights, sounds and feelings of spaceflight give one the feeling of actually being there themselves. Also worthy of note, the emotions of the man during the triumphs and tragedies of the Moon Race and the fears of the 'what if' scenarios coming true are told with honest seriousness and humor that make this book the best ever written by an Astronaut. Space Enthusiasts and Adventure Lovers alike need to have this book in their home libraries. Carrying the Fire is a great book.