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 by Joseph A. Angelo
Sky Walking: An Astronaut’s Memoir by Thomas D. Jones
Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut by R. Mike Mullane
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 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 by Austin Boyd
Zero-G by Alton Gansky
Oxygen by Randall Ingermanson and John Olson