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From: County Down, Nothern Ireland
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posted 09-18-2012 04:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has any astronaut/cosmonaut every talked about a book they like about spaceflight (apart from their own autobiographies)?


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posted 09-18-2012 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for stsmithva   Click Here to Email stsmithva     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good question - I look forward to hearing replies. Kind of like that peer vote for the Mercury 7 to determine the first astronaut to fly - "If it can't be you, who should it be?"


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posted 09-19-2012 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sure Collins' 'Carrying the Fire' would be high on anyone's list.

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posted 09-19-2012 12:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Shayler   Click Here to Email Dave Shayler     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I would not expect it to be a favourite but Brian O'Leary's book 'The Making of an Ex Astronaut' was probably well read at the time. Another which may have attracted insider curiosity would be Mike Mullane's more recent book 'Riding Rockets'.

posted 09-20-2012 06:25 AM           Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was at Fred Haise's table at the ASF Apollo 16 gala in April and asked him this very question. He said his favorite book about Apollo was Andrew Chaikin's "A Man on the Moon".


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posted 09-20-2012 07:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Grounded!   Click Here to Email Grounded!     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I took my copy of "A Man On The Moon" to Spacefest 3 and got it signed by every Apollo astronaut present. Without exception, every astronaut recognized the book instantly and praised both the book and the author.

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