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Way Better Them than Me: Astronauts & Cosmonauts

March 20, 2009 by Reader's Connection

We are approaching an anniversary. On March 22, 1995, Russian cosmonaut Valery Polyakov returned to Earth after 438 days in space. That`s a record. When they landed on June 19, 2002, Carl Walz and Daniel Bursch set the record for the United States: 196 days in space.

As a person who doesn’t want to spend 196 seconds on an elevator, I’d like to honor these accomplishments with this list of titles about astronauts & cosmonauts. There are memoirs, histories, science fiction, and Christian science fiction.

First the nonfiction:

Human Spaceflight

Human Spaceflight by Joseph A. Angelo











Russia's Cosmonauts

Russia’s Cosmonauts: Inside the Yuri Gagarin Training Center by Rex Hall












Black Wings

Black Wings: Courageous Stories of African Americans in Aviation and Space History by Von Hardesty











The Way of the Explorer

The Way of the Explorer: An Apollo Astronaut’s Journey through the Material and Mystical Worlds by Edgar D. Mitchell











Columbia, Final Voyage

Columbia, Final Voyage: The Last Flight of NASA’s First Space Shuttle by Philip Chien













Sky Walking

Sky Walking: An Astronaut’s Memoir by Thomas D. Jones













Riding Rockets

Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut by R. Mike Mullane













Into that Silent Sea

Into that Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961-1965 by Francis French












And now into that sea of fiction. If you’re interested there’s a list of fictional astronauts at Wikipedia. I was planning to include a subdivision for female astronauts, but decided that it would be unnecessary and misleading. (Some of the female astronaut books have male astronauts in them, too.) You can always do a keyword search in our catalog for women astronauts fiction



Grimspace by Ann Aguirre














Star Crash

Star Crash by Elysa Hendricks















Ascent by Jed Mercurio












And now a few titles that we’ve classified as Christian fiction. Again, for a somewhat longer list, you can do a catalog search for Christian fiction astronauts

The Return

The Return by Austin Boyd














Zero-G by Alton Gansky














Oxygen by Randall Ingermanson and John Olson