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Carrying the Fire

An Astronaut's Journeys: 50th Anniversary Edition

Michael Collins; Foreword by Charles A. Lindbergh

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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ISBN10: 0374537763
ISBN13: 9780374537760

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528 Pages



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Reissued with a new preface by the author on the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 journey to the moon

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 technical and spiritual achievements of humankind.

In this remarkable book, Michael Collins conveys, in a very personal way, the drama, beauty, and humor of that adventure. He also traces his development from his first flight experiences in the U.S. Air Force, through his days as a test pilot, to his Apollo 11 space walk, presenting an evocative picture of the joys of flight as well as a new perspective on time, light, and movement from someone who has seen the fragile Earth from the surface of the Moon.


Praise for Carrying the Fire

"Collins discusses the role of man amid the multitudinous mechanical marvels [and tells] what it all meant to him as a human being . . . Profoundly affecting."—The New Yorker

"Michael Collins can write . . . No other person who has flown in space has captured the experience so vividly."—Henry S.F. Cooper, Jr., The New York Times Book Review

"A splendid and affirmative book . . . A magnificent piece of exposition alive with humor, candid in its anxiety, very sensitive in its appreciation of the men involved."—Edward Weeks, The Atlantic Monthly

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About the author

Michael Collins; Foreword by Charles A. Lindbergh

Michael Collins, author of Carrying the Fire, flew in both the Gemini 10 and Apollo 11 space missions in the 1960s. He currently lives in South Florida.

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