Today, I finished reading another book from my summer reading list, Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys by Michael Collins. In 1963, Collins was selected by NASA to become an astronaut, and he later completed two spaceflights, Gemini 10 and Apollo 11.
Carrying the Fire was an extremely interesting read as Collins is a great writer, explaining the intricacies of spaceflight in such a way for laymen to understand, while also writing with the style of a great storyteller.
By far, my favorite part of this book was Collins’ description of his Gemini 10 EVA (spacewalk) where he left his Gemini spacecraft, floated over to an Agena spacecraft, retrieved an experiment package from the Agena, and then returned to the Gemini craft. To many, this might seem mundane, but we must remember that Collins was only the third American to complete an EVA, and the second EVA by Gene Cernan was unsuccessful in meeting objectives. In other words, his completion of such a task was AMAZING!
Overall, this book was a great read, and I highly recommend it to anyone desiring to know more about the history of NASA and manned spaceflight.