Michael Collins is responsible for this week’s Throwback Thursday classic – the story of how he made it to the moon without actually going to the moon. It’s superb.
Collins is perhaps the most famous man you’ve never heard of – circling the moon on Apollo 11, whilst Armstrong and Aldrin took all the glory down on the surface. He’s the one on the right looking cooler than the other side of the pillow in this pic:
Carrying the Fire is the story of how he got there, from his days as a test pilot, through his space walks on Gemini 10, right up to his time on Apollo 11.
It’s probably the best of all of the space biographies I’ve read – Collins isn’t just an awesome pilot, he can write well, and he’s funny too. Like when he describes preparing for an operation that could see him disqualified from the space programme if it goes wrong:
Or when a pen pal finds this unique way to respond to his letters:
All in all, this is one of my favourite books on the space race – well worth a look if you’re interested in that kind of thing. Or even if you fancy reading about an interesting guy who did loads of interesting things.
So what do you think? Have you read it? Did you like it? Would you recommend it?
Let me know in the comments!
Already read this one? Well if you’re after recommendations along similar lines, then why not try one of these: