Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Do You Really Love MOL and the Space Shuttle? Then You Will Dig "Into The Black"

Into The Black is scheduled to be released on April 19, 2016, shortly after the 35th anniversary of STS-1. Image Credit:
It's late 2015, and I'm already getting a head start on looking at some of the spaceflight books that readers will devour in 2016. One of them is Into The Black by aviation author Rowland White, which is scheduled to be released on April 19, 2016, shortly after the 35th anniversary of the STS-1 launch. If you're like me and OBSESSED with the early space shuttle years... You will be foaming at the mouth over this book, to put it mildly. Read a no-spoilers capsule review after the jump. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

When Houston Is The One With A Problem: "Houston, We've Got A Problem," 1974

Ah yes, when the dreaded chest pain strikes while you're wearing a Speedo: Hot Mess Flight "Steve Bell" aka Robert Culp gets ready to writhe upon the ground in very little clothing. You're welcome. All screenshots from 1974's "Houston, We've Got A Problem."
I just finished Rick Houston and Milt Heflin's excellent Go, Flight!: The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control, 1965 - 1992, and HAD to view this movie following the book's take down of it. Read more following the jump...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Jim Worden Shares Stories of His Flying Career, and His Big Brother, Al - Part Two

"He's not heavy, he's my brother": Jim Worden wheels Al Worden around at Al's 50th birthday party in 1982. The wheelchair was a joke. The party took place at a "home for seniors," with Al being wheeled in by a nurse. Photo Credit: Jim Worden
Earlier this week, readers found out what it was like to be the family member of an astronaut strapped into a Saturn V, on the way to the Moon. In this second part of Jim Worden's unpublished memoirs, Jim discusses what made his older brother have "The Right Stuff," and his own run-ins with a cast of interesting characters, including the King of Rock and Roll, and "a very popular but nasty rock band." Many, many thanks to Francis French and Jim Worden for making these excerpts available. 

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Jim Worden Shares Stories of His Flying Career, and His Big Brother, Al - Part One

Al Worden's family waves goodbye to him prior to his launch to the Moon in July 1971. He is flanked by crewmembers Dave Scott (front) and Jim Irwin (behind Scott). Photo Credit: NASA
While you may have heard of his older brother, Jim Worden has, too, had a colorful life and career. Also a pilot, Jim has flown many celebrities around the world, and like his brother, has run into some very interesting characters. Here are some excerpts from Jim Worden's unpublished autobiography, where he discusses the genesis of his passion for aviation, his career, and, of course, stories about his brother's "camping trip" that happened to take him approximately 240,000 miles from Earth. Many thanks to author Francis French for making these excerpts available.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

This Space Available Strikes Back: Summer 2015 Space Book Roundup

Did you miss me? 2014 photo at Kennedy Space Center, me with the Interstellar spacesuit.

SO I LIED. I said I wasn't going to update this space any longer, but old habits die hard, I guess, and I'm sick of being shy lately. At any rate, there are a great many wonderful spaceflight books that have debuted in 2015. Disclaimer: The ones I'm not giving capsule summaries/reviews of here I probably haven't read or ordered yet, but here is a selection that I've had the opportunity to sample this summer.

At long last, here is This Space Available's Summer 2015 Spaceflight Book Roundup.