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Publisher's Summary

Irreverent, provocative, and filled with fascinating anecdotes, this autobiography by one of America's first astronauts offers a revealing inside look at the early days of space flight and the men who captured the heart of the nation. Wally Schirra was the only one of the original seven NASA astronauts to command a spacecraft in all three pioneering space programs - Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. This chronicle of his experiences takes us into space on Schirra's 1962 Mercury flight that orbited Earth six times and aboard Gemini for the first rendezvous of two manned craft in space. Never reluctant to discuss the problems along with the stunning successes of those exciting, formative years, Schirra openly describes the pressures, tensions, and dangers associated with a launch. Nor does he confine himself to his days as an astronaut. He also speaks about his career as a navy pilot, which began in 1947 with biplanes, transitioned to jets for combat missions over Korea, and ended with rockets in space.
©1988 by Walter M. Schirra, Jr., and Richard N. Billings (P)2000 by the Naval Institute Press
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3 out of 5 stars
By David on 08-27-03

Gotcha! Schirra's Arrogance Distracts

I am a big fan of the Apollo space program, so when I saw this one unabridged on Audible (keep those unabridged books coming, Audible), I had to give it a try. Unfortunately, Schirra's Space is a bit light on the details and a bit heavy on the "Gotchas," or practical jokes the astronauts played on each other. The jokes are fun to read about, and have their place, but they are a bit self-aggrandizing and add too much fluff. I expected a bit more from Wally Schirra, the only astronaut to fly in Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo. Perhaps he is saving his best flight stories for later.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Curt on 12-28-04

Interesting insight into Original Seven

I really enjoyed the story telling in this book. I have read extensively about Apollo, but it's hard to find good audio books about early spaceflight development, Mercury, and Gemini. You definitely get some inside information about the Original 7. There is a bit of soapboxing in there I could have done without, but it's mostly funny now, because the criticism is pretty out of date. The recording quality was a little up and down, but tolerable and didn't interupt the story too bad. If you're a NASA'll want to check this out.

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2 out of 5 stars
By David on 12-17-08

Awful sound quality

Unfortunately the quality of the sound on this audiobook ranged from poor to absolutely dreadful. I usually listen to audiobooks on the train but this one was so muffled that I could only hear it in a quiet room at home.
The book itself was interesting, but not the best I have read on the early manned space missions.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Nick on 02-05-09

An informative, yet entertaining read

I have had rather a huge interest in the space race age, in particular the mercury, gemini and apollo programs. Walley schirra certainly has done a good job in writing his book about his memoirs, both in the navy, in space, and other ventures. May he rest in peace.

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