7.21.2005

Review: Rocketman



Rocketman: Astronaut Pete Conrad's Incredible Ride to the Moon and Beyond by Nancy Conrad and Howard A. Klausner

How appropriate that I finish the book on the exact anniversary of the first moon landing...July 20, 1969. :-)

If you know me at all, you know I'm a nerd when it comes to the space program of the 1960s. Conrad is one of my absolute favorite astronauts (and Bean, Slayton, Shepard, Grissom...), so this biography was a real treat.

Conrad was the third man to set foot on the moon, and was perhaps the biggest prankster and fun-loving guy in the astronaut corps. One of my favorite Conrad quotes was his memorable moment when he stepped on the moon:

"Whoopee! It might have been a small one for Neil, but it was a big one for me!"

(Conrad was the shortest of all astronauts, at barely 5'6")

This book is fully of funny antecdotes, inside looks at astronaut lives, Conrad's biography from earliest days, pictures, and more.

I absolutely lovedlovedloved this biography. :-)

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