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Riding Rockets : The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut (Hardcover)
by Mike Mullane

"I was naked, lying on my side on a table in the NASA Flight Medicine Clinic bathroom, probing at my rear end with the nozzle..."

"It is a pleasure to read Mike Mullane's entertaining depiction of the NASA astronaut corps. He tells it like it is, and not the way NASA's painted it for so many years."

-- General Chuck Yeager, fighter ace, test pilot, and chairman, General Chuck Yeager Foundation

"I thoroughly enjoyed Riding Rockets. It gave me exactly what I was hoping for: not just the nuts and bolts of training and working as an astronaut, but the joys, frustrations, fears, struggles, and wonder of traveling in space. I highly recommend Mullane's story."

-- Dale Brown, New York Times bestselling author of Act of War

"Convincing, scary, ribald, and sometimes screamingly funny, Mike Mullane gets to the heart of the real astronaut culture in Riding Rockets and puts to rest for all time the superficial image of 'Right Stuff' warriors. Mullane paints the astronaut's yearning and wild sense of accomplishment with the same abandon that he portrays the pitfalls of the bureaucratic web in which they work."

-- Walter Boyne, author of The Wild Blue and former director of the National Air and Space Museum

"The straight, hot, steaming truth about NASA and flying the wild black yonder from a guy who really did it. Five stars!"

-- Stephen Coonts, author of Flight of the Intruder