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Astronaut-Authored Books

Many astronauts and cosmonauts have chosen to share their personal and space flight stories in books invaluable to those interested in learning about space history.

To facilitate building your own library, the titles have been linked to their listings, where applicable.

Buzz Aldrin

Gemini 12, Apollo 11

Joseph Allen

STS-5, STS-51A

Clayton Anderson

STS-117, ISS-15/16, STS-131

Anousheh Ansari

Soyuz TMA-9

Jay Apt

STS-37, STS-47, STS-59, STS-79

Hayley Arceneux


Neil Armstrong

Gemini 8, Apollo 11

Yuri Baturin

Soyuz TM-28, Soyuz TM-32

Patrick Baudry


Alan Bean

Apollo 12, Skylab 3

Brian Binnie

SpaceShipOne X2

Roberta Bondar


Frank Borman

Gemini 7, Apollo 8

Roy Bridges


Daniel Bursch

STS-51, STS-68, STS-77, STS-108, ISS-4

Scott Carpenter

Mercury 7

Gerald Carr

Skylab 3

  • Aerospace Crew Station Design
    with M.D. Montemerlo
    Elsevier, 1986

John Casper

STS-36, STS-54, STS-62, STS-77

Eugene Cernan

Gemini 9, Apollo 10, Apollo 17

Gregory Chamitoff

STS-124, ISS 17/18, STS-134

Franklin Chang Diaz

STS-61C, STS-34, STS-46, STS-60, STS-75, STS-91, STS-111

Maurizio Cheli


Leroy Chiao

STS-65, STS-72, STS-92, Soyuz TMA-5, ISS-10

  • OneOrbit

Jean-Loup Chrétien

Soyuz T-6, Soyuz TM-7, STS-86

Cady Coleman

STS-73, STS-93, Soyuz TMA-20, ISS 26/27

Collins, Eileen

STS-63, STS-84, STS-93, STS-114

Michael Collins

Gemini 10, Apollo 11

Gordon Cooper

Mercury 9, Gemini 5

Samantha Cristoforetti

Soyuz TMA-15M, ISS 42/43

Walter Cunningham

Apollo 7

Jan Davis

STS-47, STS-60, STS-85

Charles Duke

Apollo 16

Bonnie Dunbar

STS-61A, STS-32, STS-50, STS-71, STS-89

Donn Eisele

Apollo 7

Dirk Frimout


  • En qu te de la planète bleue
    with Suzy Hendrikx
    Edition Labor, 1993

  • Of Zoek naar de Blauwe Planeet
    with Suzy Hendrikx
    Editions Coda

Reinhard Furrer


  • Fliegen, das sind Augenblicke wie diese
    Ein Aerokurier-Buch, 1984

  • Unser Weg Ins All
    with U. Merbold, E. Messerschmid and W. Ockels
    Westermann Verlag, 1985

  • Der Nachste Mond Wird Anders Sein
    Belser-Verlag, 1987

  • Natural Hazards: Monitoring and Assessment Using Remote Sensing Technique
    with R.P. Singh
    Pergamon Press, 1995

Yuri Gagarin

Vostok 1

Ron Garan

STS-124, Soyuz TMA-21, ISS 27/28

Jake Garn


  • The Future of US Land Based Strategic Forces
    IFPA, 1980

  • Night Launch
    with Stephen Paul Cohen
    William Morrow, 1989

  • Why I Believe
    Aspen Books, 1992

Owen Garriott

Skylab 2, STS-9

Richard Garriott

Soyuz TMA-13

Kellie Gerardi

Galactic 05

Edward Gibson

Skylab 3

Robert "Hoot" Gibson

STS-41B, STS-61C, STS-27, STS-47, STS-71

  • First Flight
    with Czarina Salido and illustrations by Michelle Rouch
    BookPress Publishing, 2024

Yuri Glazkov

Soyuz 24

  • Outside Orbiting Spacecraft

  • The World Around Us

  • Чёрное безмолвие (The Black Silence)
    with Vladimir Dzhanibekov

John Glenn

Mercury 6, STS-95

  • The Astronauts: Pioneers In Space
    with Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton
    Golden Press, 1961

  • We Seven
    with Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton
    Simon & Schuster, 1962

  • "P.S. I Listened To Your Heartbeat"
    World Book Encyclopedia Science Service, Inc., 1964

  • The Astronauts Book
    with Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton
    Panther Books Ltd., 1966

  • John Glenn: A Memoir
    with Nick Taylor
    Bantam Doubleday Publishers, 1999

Yaroslav Golovanov

former candidate

  • Sergei Korolev: Apprenticeship of a Space Pioneer
    Mir Publishers, 1973

  • Our Gagarin
    Progress Publishers, 1978

Duane Graveline

Group 4 Scientist-Astronaut

Virgil Grissom

Mercury 4, Gemini 3, Apollo 1

Umberto Guidoni


  • Il giro del mondo in 80 minuti
    Di Renzo Editore, 1998

  • Un passo fuori. I miei affetti, i miei valori, le mie passioni
    Laterza, 2006

  • Idee per diventare astronauta. Vivere e lavorare nello spazio
    Zanichelli, 2006

  • Martino su Marte
    Editoriale Scienza, 2007

  • Dallo Sputnik allo Shuttle
    Sellerio Editore, 2009

  • Astrolibro dell'Universo
    Editoriale Scienza, 2010

  • Dalla Terra alla Luna: Il Progetto Apollo 40 Anni Dopo
    Di Renzo Editore, 2011

Chris Hadfield

STS-74, STS-100, Soyuz TMA-07M, ISS 34/35

Claudie Haigneré (André-Deshays)

Soyuz TM-24, Soyuz TM-33

Fred Haise

Apollo 13

Bernard Harris

STS-55, STS-63

Rick Hauck

STS-7, STS-51A, STS-26

José Hernandez


John Herrington


Jeffrey Hoffman

STS-51D, STS-35, STS-46, STS-61, STS-75

James Irwin

Apollo 15

Sigmund Jähn

Soyuz 31

  • Erlebnis Weltraum

Mae Jemison


Thomas Jones

STS-59, STS-68, STS-80, STS-98

Mark Kelly

STS-108, STS-121, STS-124, STS-134

Scott Kelly

STS-103, STS-118, Soyuz TMA-01M, ISS 25/26, Soyuz TMA-16M, ISS 43/44/45/46

Joseph Kerwin

Skylab 1

Susan Kilrain

STS-83, STS-94

André Kuipers

Soyuz TMA-4, Soyuz TMA-03M, ISS 30/31

Valentin Lebedev

Soyuz 13, Soyuz T-5

Alexei Leonov

Voskhod 2, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project

Don Lind


Jerry Linenger

STS-64, STS-81, Mir

Clemens Lothaller

former candidate

  • Austromir 91
    with Franz Viehböck
    Tau, 1991

James Lovell

Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8, Apollo 13

Shannon Lucid

STS-51G, STS-34, STS-43, STS-58, STS-76, Mir

Franco Malerba


  • La Vetta / The Summit
    Tormena Editore, 1993

Michael Mantz

MSE Group 2 candidate

  • The New Sword: A Theory of Space Combat Power
    University Press, 1995

Michael Massimino

STS-109, STS-125

Leland Melvin

STS-122, STS-129

Ulf Merbold

STS-9, STS-42, Soyuz TM-20

  • Unser Weg Ins All
    with R. Furrer, E. Messerschmid and W. Ockels
    Westermann Verlag, 1985

  • Der Flug Ins All
    Gustav Lübbe Verlag, 1986

Ernst Messerschmid


  • Unser Weg Ins All
    with R. Furrer, U. Merbold and W. Ockels
    Westermann Verlag, 1985

  • Space Stations: Systems and Utilization
    with Reinhold Bertrand and Frank Pohlemann
    Springer, 1999

  • Raumfahrtsysteme, Eine Einführung mit Übungen und Lösungen
    with S. Pasoulas
    Springer, 2000

F. Curtis Michel

Group 4 Scientist-Astronaut

  • Theory Of Neutron Star Magnetospheres
    University of Chicago Press, 1991

Edgar Mitchell

Apollo 14

Andreas Mogensen

Soyuz TMA-18M

  • Min Rejse til Rummet (My Journey to Space)
    with Henrik Bendix and Thomas Djursing
    Politikens Forlag, 2016

Richard Mullane

STS-41D, STS-27, STS-26

Story Musgrave

STS-6, STS-51F, STS-33, STS-44, STS-61, STS-80

Bill Nelson


Rodolfo Neri (Vela)


  • The Blue Planet, A Trip to Space
    Vantage Press, 1989

  • 2035: Emergency Mission to Mars
    Vantage Press, 1990

  • Manned Space Stations: Their Construction, Operation, and Potential Application
    European Space Agency

  • Los Eclipses: El Movimiento Del Universo
    Grupo Editorial Iberoamerica S.A., 1991

  • Satélites de Comunicaciones
    McGraw-Hill/Interamericana de España, 1991

Paolo Nespoli

STS-120, Soyuz TMA-20, ISS 26/27

Soichi Noguchi

STS-114, Soyuz TMA-17, ISS 22/23

Brian O'Leary


Ellen Ochoa

STS-56, STS-66, STS-96, STS-110

Wubbo Ockels


  • Unser Weg Ins All
    with R. Furrer, E. Messerschmid and U. Merbold
    Westermann Verlag, 1985

John Olivas

STS-117, STS-128

Gregory Olsen

Soyuz TMA-7

Scott Parazynski

STS-66, STS-86, STS-95, STS-100, STS-120

Luca Parmitano

Soyuz TMA-09M, ISS 36/37

Timothy Peake

Soyuz TMA-19M, ISS 46/47

Thomas Pesquet

Soyuz MS-03, ISS 50/51, SpaceX Crew-2, ISS 64/65

Don Pettit

STS-113, ISS-6, STS-126, Soyuz TMA-03M, ISS-30/31

William Pogue

Skylab 3

Marcos Pontes

Soyuz TMA-8

  • É Possível! Como Transformar Seus Sonhos em Realidade
    Chris McHilliard Editora, 2010

  • Missão Cumprida: A História Completa da Primeira Missão Espacial Brasileira
    Chris McHilliard Editora, 2011

Mikhail Rebrov

former candidate

  • The Moon and Man
    with G. Khozin
    Peace Publishers

  • Cosmonauts of the USSR
    with Vladimir Shatalov
    Prosveshceniye, 1980

  • To The Stars
    with V. Shatalov and Vaskevich
    Planeta, 1982

  • Save Our Earth
    Firebird Pub., 1989

Sally Ride

STS-7, STS-41G

Jerry Ross

STS-61B, STS-27, STS-37, STS-55, STS-74, STS-88, STS-110

Sergey Ryazansky

Soyuz TMA-10M, ISS 37/38, Soyuz MS-05, ISS 52/53

Walter Schirra

Mercury 8, Gemini 6, Apollo 7

Harrison Schmitt

Apollo 17

David Scott

Gemini 8, Apollo 9, Apollo 15

Winston Scott

STS-72, STS-87

Rick Searfoss

STS-58, STS-76, STS-90

Rhea Seddon

STS-51D, STS-40, STS-58

Vitali Sevastiyanov

Soyuz 9, Soyuz 18

  • Into Space
    Malysh Publishers, 1980

Helen Sharman

Soyuz TM-12

Vladimir Shatalov

Soyuz 4, Soyuz 8, Soyuz 10

  • USSR-Cuba: Friends Forever
    Novosti, 1978

  • Cosmonauts of the USSR
    with Mikhail Rebrov
    Prosveshceniye, 1980

  • To The Stars
    with M. Rebrov and Vaskevich
    Planeta, 1982

William Shatner

Blue Origin NS-18

Alan Shepard

Mercury 3, Apollo 14

Donald Slayton

Apollo-Soyuz Test Project

Thomas Stafford

Gemini 6, Gemini 9, Apollo 10, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project

Robert Stewart

STS-41B, STS-51J

Nicole Stott

STS-128, ISS 20/21, STS-133

Kathryn Sullivan

STS-41G, STS-31, STS-45

Gerhard Thiele


Donald Thomas

STS-65, STS-70, STS-83, STS-94

Gherman Titov

Vostok 2

Franz Viehböck

Soyuz TM-13

  • Austromir 91
    with Clemens Lothaller
    Tau, 1991

Terry Virts

STS-130, Soyuz TMA-15M, ISS 42/43

Ulrich Walter


Dave Williams

STS-90, STS-118

Jeffrey Williams

STS-101, Soyuz TMA-8, ISS 13, TMA-16, ISS 21/22

Alfred Worden

Apollo 15

John Young

Gemini 3, Gemini 10, Apollo 10, Apollo 16, STS-1, STS-9

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