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Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys review å 3 ↠ ❆ [KINDLE] ✿ Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut's Journeys By David Colacci ➟ – Feedmarkformulate.co.uk In July 1969 Neil Armstrong Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins piloted the Apollo 11 spacecraft to the moon Fifty years later it is still one of thMember of the Apollo mission to the moonIn July Neil Armstrong Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins piloted the Apollo spacecraft to the moon Fifty years later it is still one of the greatest achievements in human history In this remarkable memoir Michael Collins conveys in a very personal way the drama beauty and humour of that adventure He also traces his development from his first flight experiences in the air force through his days as a test pilot to his involvement in Project Gemini and his first spaceflight on Gemini He presents an evocative picture of the famous Apollo spacewalk detailing the joys of flight and a new perspective on time light and movement from someone who has seen the fragile Earth from the other side of the moon Updated with a new preface to celebrate the th anniversary of the moon landing Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins is the utterly absorbing and truly compelling classic account of what it was like to be a member of the Apoll. Puns aside I cannot praise this book too highly In the space of a week Michael Collins has gone from being little than trivia uiz answer to me to becoming only a little less than a guru I was gripped from the beginning and didn't want to turn the final page and finish it Collins than once expresses regret that philosophers and poets didn't get to fly to the moon but he does himself a disservice he is both His easy writing style belies a blistering intelligence and a fascinating and complex personality Utterly brilliant Follow it up with David Sington's film 'In the Shadow of the Moon'

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Fire An MOBI #239 In July Neil Armstrong Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins piloted Carrying the Epubthe Apollo spacecraft to the moon Fifty years later it is the Fire An Kindle #210 still one of the greatest achievements in human history In this remarkable memoir Michael Collins conveys in a very personal way the drama beauty and humour of that adventure He also traces his development from his first flight experiences in the air force through his days as a test pilot to his involvement in Project Gemini and his first spaceflight on Gemini He presents an evocative picture of the famous Apollo spacewalk detailing the joys of flight and a new perspective on time light and movement from someone who has seen the fragile Earth from the other side of the moon Updated with a new preface to celebrate the th anniversary of the moon landing Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins is the utterly absorbing and truly compelling classic account of what it was like to be a. I bought this book as I had heard that Michael Collins’ ‘Carrying the Fire’ was the best book available covering the Apollo missions to the moon and whilst I have nothing to compare it to I can certainly believe the claim Collins is an excellent writer and his book conveys the feelings of a humble and humorous individual who frankly has little to be humble about as like all Astronauts he had to be exceptional just to be selected as part of the 3rd Astronaut intake having failed in his bid to be taken on in the 2nd – proving persistence is a virtueThe book was written in 1974 Collins having retired from Nasa in January 1970 just a few months after Buzz Aldrin I suppose there is not much challenge left to a man who had flown to the Moon though I had always felt it must have been disappointing for Collins to have gone all that way and not set foot on the surface I now know different Collins was offered further flights and it is likely he would have commanded Apollo 17 had he opted to remain with Nasa though this book reveals just how tough in particular on the families of the Astronauts and dangerous the job was Today we look back on Apollo and tend to forget those Astronauts lost in flying accidents most were test pilots and continued to fly during training or on Apollo 1 and the near fatal Apollo 13 flight I vividly remember following 13 at Primary school perhaps we see it with rose tinted hindsight That the families lacking hindsight could not know that there would be no losses until Challenger along with the intense training regime with weeks spent in Florida whilst families were housed in Houston brings the realisation that intense dedication for even these high flyers was reuired and it also shows why individual astronauts flew only a few missions eachBy the time he joined the Astronaut programme Michael Collins had already ejected from an F86 and had been a test pilot with the USAF Selected as an Astronaut he details here the training programmes that were to prepare him for his 1st flight and Spacewalk aboard Gemini 10 itself a stepping stone to JFK’s challenge to the USA to set a man on the moon and return him safely to earth before the end of the 1960s On the Gemini mission John Young manoeuvred the capsule to rendezvous and dock with an Agena engine pre placed in orbit and used it to boost them to a new height record Collins describes the techniues of piloting the craft and the concerns during that flight of fuel burn his sore knee – caused by the bends – and the spacewalk he completed before successful re entry and pick upMoving on to Apollo was a whole new ball game and initially a tragic one as one of Collins’ first acts with the programme was to break the news of her husband’s death in the Apollo 1 capsule fire to Martha Chaffee During 1968 Collins noticed that his legs were not working as they should then as he walked down stairs his knee would almost give way His left leg also had unusual sensations when in hot and cold water Reluctantly he sought medical advice and the diagnosis was a cervical disc herniation reuiring two vertebrae to be fused together The surgery was followed by 3 months in a neck brace thus removing him from the crew of Apollo 9 but ironically paving the way for his participation in Apollo 11 as crews were juggled Perhaps the most fortuitous injury in his

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Carrying the Fire An Astronaut's JourneysO mission to the moonIn July Neil Armstrong Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins piloted the Apollo spacecraft to the moon Fifty years later it is still one of the greatest achievements in human history In this remarkable memoir Michael Collins conveys in a very personal way the drama beauty and humour of that adventure He also traces his development from his first flight experiences in the air force through his days as a test pilot to his involvement in Project Gemini and his first spaceflight on Gemini He presents an evocative picture of the famous Apollo spacewalk detailing the joys of flight and a new perspective on time light and movement from someone who has seen the fragile Earth from the other side of the moon Updated with a new preface to celebrate the th anniversary of the moon landing Carrying the Fire by Michael Collins is the utterly absorbing and truly compelling classic account of what it was like to be a member of the Apollo mission to the mo. Collins says he came top in the astronaut candidates' tests verbal skills section I can well believe it He writes excellently There is exactly the right balance of technical information reflection and day to day detail It really gives you an idea of what it was like to be in the amazing unprecedented situation he found himself inI had to put the book down at times just to revel in it and enjoy the momentsOne thing which does come out of it is what do you do with your life after it has reached such a uniue unrepeatable peak He touches on this too It's not surprising that all 3 astronauts never flew againAnother thing is the enormous influence that the astronauts had on the conduct of the entire enterprise I get the feeling from reading about later programs eg the space shuttle that later on 'managers' and administrators started to take over which coincided with the devaluation and essentially fizzling out of the manned space programs