Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Jun 23, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 512 pages

The years that have passed since Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins piloted the Apollo 11 spacecraft to the moon in July 1969 have done nothing to alter the fundamental wonder of the event: man reaching the moon remains one of the great events--technical and spiritual--of our lifetime.

In Carrying the Fire, Michael Collins conveys, in a very personal way, the drama, beauty, and humor of that adventure. He also traces his development from his first flight experiences in the air force, through his days as a test pilot, to his Apollo 11 space walk, presenting an evocative picture of the joys of flight as well as a new perspective on time, light, and movement from someone who has seen the fragile Earth from the other side of the moon.

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Most popular stories about the lunar space race focus almost entirely on the astronauts, because it is a much easier story to tell. I find this frustrating since the astronauts are not even the tip of ... Read full review

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Best quote: "After TLI there would be three men in the solar system who would have to be counted apart from all the other billions, three who were in a different place, whose motion obeyed different ... Read full review

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About the author (2009)

Michael Collins, author of Carrying the Fire, flew in both the Gemini 10 and Apollo 11 space missions in the 1960s. He currently lives in South Florida.

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