I enjoyed reading about Col Eileen M. Collins’ (RET – USAF) journey to become an astronaut. It took time, planning, patience, and resilience
Wonders All Around The Incredible True Story of Astronaut Bruce McCandless II and the First Untethered Flight in Space by Bruce McCandless III is a memoir / bio
Chasing the Moon: People Politics and the Promise That Launched the Space Age – looking at the thinkers dreamers and futurists that envision the space program
One Giant Leap: The Impossible Mission That Flew Us to the Moon -The story of the Americans who fought to accomplish the task of going to the moon & coming back
Moon Rush: The New Space Race is about the history of man getting to the moon and suggests a path forward to the satellite which we have already abandoned.
The novel takes full advantage of geek culture, and infantile jokes but the science in this book is fascinating ranging from overall theories to nuts and bolts
I’ve read many books about the space program, but Mr. Kluger managed to weave the personal stories of the astronauts (especially the Commander Frank Borman), along with technical details and geopolitical influences
Not only it is about the space program, but also about bright people preserving and making a name for themselves through education and smarts.
The book is written with a sense of humor, honesty and, rightfully so, pride
Most of all The Martian celebrates human inventiveness to survive. An adventure book celebrating intelligence, done with intellect, wit and full of suspense.