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
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' 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
Michael Collins never set out to be an Astronaut, or make history, but he did and he did it with determination, humor and a Rocket named Apollo XI.
This book was written when everything we know about Space today, wasn't known then. There was no ISS, there was no high tech laptops and colorful video cameras. Mobile phones today have more advancements than Space did in those times. Yet they managed to send Astronauts to the moon, more than once. Everything back then w ...more
I am a space buff and have read many good accounts of the space program, including Andrew Chaikin’s amazing “A Man on the Moon,” which should be required reading for everyone interested in these genera. As for books written by astronauts, “Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys” by Michael Collins is probably the best I have read along with Jim Lovell’s “Lost Moon,” aka “Apollo 13.” An important point to make right off the bat is tha ...more
"The third man" of the first lunar landing, and Gemini veteran.
We're talking about a living legend.
An astronaut's journey is exactly that. A journey from almost the start of space exploration to the ultimate beginning of Moon exploration and on.
What a story, and how well told, this has to be in the top 5 astrotales ever.
The only reason I never gave it 5 stars was his p ...more
Charles Lindbergh believes the latter, and I am inclined to agree with him.
Carrying the Fire is ...more
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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
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
I also enjoyed the occasions wh ...more
His account of the Gemini 10 flight is some of the most exciting writing I've ever read. Apollo 11 was also awesome, but lacked some of the sparkling wonder of Gemini.
Again, a great book. Loved it. Really. Read it!
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
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