Homer Hickam, author of the memoir Rocket Boys (made into the movie October Sky), recalls his first years as a NASA engineer, while also telling the story of his fluffy black and white cat Paco, who had the magic ability to make people smile and give them hope. But when Paco was struck down by a disease that left him unable to walk, Hickam was faced with a terrible decision, let his beloved cat live in misery or put him to sleep. Before that decision could be made, the space mission Hickam was working on needed to be rescued and there was only one sure way to save it: Paco's magic meow! This is a true story of the space age, that is also a delightful tale of the love between an engineer and his cat.
In this follow-up to Rocket Boys, the memoir adapted into the popular film October Sky, Joe Barrett’s warm, folksy narration invites the listener to settle in to the story of what happened next to the young man intent on going to space. Paco: The Cat Who Meowed in Space is the cheerful story of Homer Hickam’s realization of the American Dream, in this case a long-desired career as a NASA engineer. Woven throughout is Hickam’s deep relationship with his cat Paco. As the first cat to meow in space, Paco reveals the healing possibilities of the human-animal relationship.
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