RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 62118471 LA English T1 Riding rockets : the outrageous tales of a space shuttle astronaut A1 Mullane, R. Mike., PB Scribner PP New York YR 2006 SN 0743276825 9780743276825 AB In 1978, the first group of space shuttle astronauts, 29 men and six women, were introduced to the world. USAF Colonel Mike Mullane was a member of this astronaut class, and this is his story. Mullane strips the heroic veneer from the astronaut corps and paints them as they are--human, with tales of military flyboys, feminist pioneers and post-doc scientists. He portrays every aspect of the astronaut experience, and is brutally honest in his criticism of a NASA leadership whose bungling would precipitate the Challenger disaster.--From publisher description.