By Popular Request: Genre-Defining Astronaut/Ex-Astronaut Autobiographies, Part Two

By Popular Request: Genre-Defining Astronaut/Ex-Astronaut Autobiographies, Part Two

This Space Available, by Emily Carney. This post will spotlight two books that defined one sub-genre in spaceflight literature – the astronaut autobiography. These autobiographies are listed in chronological order, by publication date. While it would be impossible due to space and time constraints to list every astronaut memoir, these titles are often cited as having inspired other astronauts and spaceflight personalities in his or her own storytelling endeavors.

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By Popular Request: Genre-Defining Astronaut/Ex-Astronaut Autobiographies

By Popular Request: Genre-Defining Astronaut/Ex-Astronaut Autobiographies

This Space Available By Emily Carney This post will spotlight four books that defined one sub-genre in spaceflight literature – the astronaut (or, in one case, ex-astronaut) autobiography. These autobiographies are listed in chronological order, by publication date. While it would be impossible due to space and time constraints to list every astronaut memoir, these four titles are often cited as having inspired other astronauts and spaceflight personalities in his or her own storytelling endeavors.

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Check Mate, Carney: An Al Worden Memory

Check Mate, Carney: An Al Worden Memory

I was very fortunate to be friends with Al Worden during his last decade on this planet, before he finally made the last 60 miles to Hadley Rille this week at age 88. I have a lot of Al stories, and someday when his loss hurts a little less deeply, I’ll get all of them down on paper. But for now, I’ll share one of my many vivid memories – unfortunately, it’s one of the last, since it was from one of his final public appearances at last July’s Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Apollo 11 50th anniversary celebrations.

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