Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys
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 this remarkable book, Michael Collins conveys, in a very personal way, the...more
Collins is often viewed as the third man of the trio as it was his responsibility to remain in orbit around the moon while Armstrong and Aldrin landed on the surface and stepped out. This book does a very good job of proving just how much effort and sacrifice Collins put into his career as an astronaut to even get near the moon landings.
This book is self w...more
Collins' voice is friendly and straightforward, eminently likeable. He has little interest in delving into deep psychological analysis or talking much at all about his personal life, choosing instead to focus on his path, and NASA's, to the moon. Self-deprecating humor and a profound appreciation for the contributions of t...more
Here is the book to convince every fourteen year old that a sound practical knowledge of the language of maths and engineering is both enormously exciting and career liberating. How very different our world would be today if we employed many more research engineers (in which I include test pilots turned astronauts) than self-obsessed bankers!
This is a book to read and re-read. This is a book I cherish.
This is not merely a book on how Man realised his dream of landing on our Moon. Instead...more
Collins starts off slow, describing his work and life leading up to NASA. But the book builds from there, getting more and more interesting with each turn of the page. It climaxes with the Apollo 11 trip to the moon, then wraps things up nicely.
Collins proved to be an excellent story teller. This book comes through as very sincere, in part because it was all written by Collins himself. He made it feel as if I were there with him and John You...more
Anyone who grew up in the 1960s and witnessed the Mercury, Gemini and A...more
I started the book over six months ago, but completed the final two thirds of it in just a few weeks.
" This elevator ride, this first vertical nudge, has marked the beginning of Apollo 11, for we cannot touch the earth any longer. I am treated to one more view, however, one last bit of schizoph...more
I also enjoyed the occasions wh...more
(Don't get me wrong tho, he does write about his missions for Apollo 11 and Gemini 10)
Michael Collins is a former American astronaut and test pilot. Selected as part of the third group of fourteen astronauts in 1963, he flew in space twice. His first spaceflight was Gemini 10, in which he and command pilot John Young performed two rendezvous with...more