Schirra's Space

  • by Wally Schirra, Richard N. Billings
  • Narrated by Richard Rohan
  • 6 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- David

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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- Nick

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-11-2000
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press