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tegwilym
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posted 03-10-2006 12:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've been reading Mike Mullane's new book on the bus to and from work these days. The book is great! I've nearly missed my stop a few times since I got too absorbed in it, so a bit of traffic is actually welcome for my reading time these days.

He really does a great job at writing his launch experiences. You really get a feeling how terrifying it is to launch on the shuttle. I'd still go for a ride without hesitation though if I had the chance.

Tom

ASCAN1984
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posted 03-11-2006 03:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know what you mean. I looked at the clock last night and it was 1am. I am hooked. I have gotten to the end of the chapter about golden era. In the previous chapter i read about some of the stories about the payload specilists. I am trying to figure out who they are. One description of a payload specialist who was violently ill and cried allot when his payload stopped working that the CDR joked he would have to put him on suicide watch I would love to know who that was. Any ideas. Fantastic book.

OV-105
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posted 03-11-2006 11:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I think the PS might be Taylor Wang from STS 51-B, Spacelab 3. The story seems to go with what happened to the DDM on that flight. Just a guess on my part.

ASCAN1984
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posted 03-11-2006 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ah. I never thought. Is mike mullane a good signer?

tegwilym
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posted 03-11-2006 03:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by ASCAN1984:
Ah. I never thought. Is mike mullane a good signer?

Not sure, I got my book signed from Countdown Creations.com.

Just a few more pages left to read. Great book, this goes down with other good ones such as Collins' Carrying The Fire.

Tom

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posted 03-11-2006 05:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
All the info is on his web site. If you send return postage he will sign. I emailed him to see if he would be in the So Cal area for his book but he will not. guess I will have to send it to him.

ASCAN1984
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posted 03-12-2006 10:21 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last night i read about challenger in his book. It covered a side of the disaster that is rearly seen. The devistation it caused. This is also seen in detail in the excellent documentary about christa mcauliffe. Allot of spaceflight books fail to go into detail on this. What got me is this thought. What devistation is currenly going on as we speak in the lives of the family members and friends of the STS 107 astronauts. They must be going through hell. Evelyn Husband has done an amazing job in her support of the problem after all that has happened. I dont know if i could ever do that if i was in her shoes, I cant wait to see what else happens in the book.

tegwilym
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posted 03-13-2006 12:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I finished the book this weekend. Awesome!
I've now started reading Tom Jones' book. Hmm...I forget the title of that on at this moment.

I really enjoyed Mullane's writing style. The book was great with all the humor and you really can see the pilot ego when he talks about the other astronauts. It really gives you an idea how difficult, stressful and frustrating it could be to have a job as an astronaut. Not to mention the families on the roof waiting for launch terrified that they would see a disaster each time. I know I have heard Story Musgrave comment on how terrifying it was to launch in the shuttle even though he had been up 6 times. Mullane's comments seemed very similar. His chapter on the Challenger disaster where he describes moment by moment what the 51L crew may have gone through was chilling and frightening. After reading that chapter I just had to close the book and start out the window for the rest of the bus ride. *whew!*
I give the book 2 thumbs up!

Tom

ASCAN1984
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posted 03-13-2006 01:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Icompletely agree about the challenger part. Very chilling and i had to do the same. Very well written though. It was great howe honest he was.

Jurg Bolli
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posted 03-14-2006 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jurg Bolli   Click Here to Email Jurg Bolli     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Mullane is, in my experience, a good signer through the mail, and a funny guy on top of that, a very nice man.
Jurg (same city!)

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