Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys

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NASA astronaut Michael Collins trained as an experimental test pilot before venturing into space as a vital member of the Gemini 10 and Apollo 11 missions. In Carrying the Fire, his account of his voyages into space and the years of training that led up to them, Collins reveals the human tensions, the physical realities, and the personal emotions surrounding the early years of the space race. Collins provides readers with an insider's view of the space program and conveys the excitement and wonder of his journey ...
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Overview

NASA astronaut Michael Collins trained as an experimental test pilot before venturing into space as a vital member of the Gemini 10 and Apollo 11 missions. In Carrying the Fire, his account of his voyages into space and the years of training that led up to them, Collins reveals the human tensions, the physical realities, and the personal emotions surrounding the early years of the space race. Collins provides readers with an insider's view of the space program and conveys the excitement and wonder of his journey to the moon. As skilled at writing as he is at piloting a spacecraft, Collins explains the clash of personalities at NASA and technical aspects of flight with clear, engaging prose, withholding nothing in his candid assessments of fellow astronauts Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, and Buzz Aldrin, and officials within NASA. A fascinating memoir of mankind's greatest journey told in familiar, human terms, Carrying the Fire is by turns thrilling, humorous, and thought-provoking, a unique work by a remarkable man.
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“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

Atlantic
Collins's account of the five years that went into the testing of the men for Apollo, the designing of the spaceship and the equipment, the apprehension of what might go wrong is a magnificent piece of exposition, alive with humor, candid in its anxiety, very sensitive in the appreciation of the men involved. This is a splendid and affirmative book.
The New York Times
Collins can write…. He is breezy, glib, collegiate, and frequently funny. There are marvelous things in Carrying the Fire that catch a reader unaware every few pages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780374531942
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Publication date: 6/23/2009
  • Edition description: 40th Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 40
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 205,712
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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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  • Posted September 12, 2009

    The best of the Apollo astronaut books

    For anybody interested in the early space program from Gemini through Apollo, this is the book for you. Most of the Apollo astronaut books walk the thin line between personal recollection and technical detail a bit haphazardly, mostly straying towards the personal side of things. Not so with this book-Mike Collins is not afraid to list off, for example, some of the commands he sent to the Agena satellite on Gemini 10. Not only does he tell you the commands, though, he explains exactly how to input them, what they would do, and the entire control sequences. His memory for detail is incredible, and that is what makes this book so great-the unbelievable detail.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2000

    A Real Space Odyssey

    Mike Collins has written the most arresting account of Spaceflight ever. His experiences as an Air Force Pilot and NASA Astronaut are adventures as great and notable as the conquest of Mt. Everest. He tells the story of the Moon Race with technical seriousness and warm humor that gives the reader the impression of actually being in Space to see the sights, sounds and feelings of the extraterrestrial realm. Space Enthusiasts and Adventure Fans alike NEED to have this book in their home libraries. 'Carrying the Fire' is a GREAT book.

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