Riding Rockets

The Outrageous Tales of A Space Shuttle Astronaut

Mullane, R. Mike

Book - 2006
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Riding Rockets
In 1978, the first group of space shuttle astronauts, 29 men and six women, were introduced to the world. USAF Colonel Mike Mullane was a member of this astronaut class, and this is his story. Mullane strips the heroic veneer from the astronaut corps and paints them as they are--human, with tales of military flyboys, feminist pioneers and post-doc scientists. He portrays every aspect of the astronaut experience, and is brutally honest in his criticism of a NASA leadership whose bungling would precipitate the Challenger disaster.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, c2006
ISBN: 9780743276825
Branch Call Number: B-Mu911r 2006
Characteristics: ix, 368 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm


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Dec 24, 2013
  • nymuseum rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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
  • Rowergirl25 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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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