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Astronaut Biographies

Revised: Feb. 2011

Astronauts have been public figures from the day that the "Mercury Seven" met the press in the spring of 1959. Since then, NASA's astronauts have been part of America's cultural landscape. This webpage lists astronaut biographies and autobiographies written over the years and general information about the American astronaut corps. You may also find items of interest in our webpages on Launch Schedules and Mission Chronologies, American Human Spaceflight Accidents, or the NASA History Program Office.

All items are available at the Headquarters Library, except as noted. NASA Headquarters employees and contractors: Call x0168 or email Library@hq.nasa.gov for information on borrowing or in-library use of any of these items. Members of the public: Contact your local library for the availability of these items. NASA Headquarters employees can request additional materials or research on this topic. The Library welcomes your comments or suggestions about this webpage.

Contents: Biographies & Autobiographies Compilations Internet Resources

Biographies and Autobiographies

Abbey, Alan D. Journey of Hope: The Story of Ilan Ramon, Israel's First Astronaut. New York, NY: Gefen, 2003.
TL789.85.R36 A23 2003 BOOKSTACKS
Ackmann, Martha. The Mercury 13: the Untold Story of Thirteen American Women and the Dream of Space Flight. New York, NY: Random House, 2003.
TL789.85 .A1 A35 2003 BOOKSTACKS
Akens, David S. John Glenn, First American in Orbit. Huntsville, AL: Strode Publishers, 1969.
Aldrin, Buzz. Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home From the Moon; with Ken Abraham. New York, NY: Harmony Books, 2009.
TL789.85 .A4 A3 2009 BOOKSTACKS
Bean, Alan. Apollo: An Eyewitness Account by Astronaut/Explorer Artist/Moonwalker Alan Bean; with Andrew Chaikin. Shelton, CT: Greenwich Workshop Press, 1998.
TL789.8 .U6 A518 1998 BOOKSTACKS
Boomhower, Ray. Gus Grissom: The Lost Astronaut. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Historical Society Press, 2004.
TL789.85.G7 B66 2004 BOOKSTACKS
Borman, Frank. Countdown: An Autobiography. New York, NY: W. Morrow, 1988.
Bredeson, Carmen. Shannon Lucid: Space Ambassador. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press, 1998.
TL789.85 .L83 B74 1998 BOOKSTACKS
Buckbee, Ed. Space Cowboys. Burlington, Ontario: Apogee Books, 2005.
TL789.85 .A1 B89 2005 BOOKSTACKS
Burgess, Colin and Kate Doolan. Fallen Astronauts: Heroes Who Died Reaching for the Moon. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2003
TL789.85 .A1 B86 2003 BOOKSTACKS
Carpenter, Scott, et al. We Seven by the Astronauts Themselves. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 1962.
Carpenter, Scott and Kris Stoeve. For Spacious Skies: The Uncommon Journey of a Mercury Astronaut. Orlando, FL: Harcourt, 2002.
TL789.85 .C37 S76 2002 BOOKSTACKS
Cernan, Eugene and Don Davis. The Last Man on the Moon: Astronaut Eugene Cernan and America's Race in Space. New York, NY: St. Martin's Press, 1999.
TL789.8 .U6 A525 1999 BOOKSTACKS
Conrad, Nancy. Rocket Man: Astronaut Pete Conrad's Incredible Ride to the Moon and Beyond. New York, NY: New American Library, 2005.
TL789.85.C657 C66 2005 BOOKSTACKS
Cooper, L. Gordon Jr. Leap of Faith: An Astronaut's Journey into the Unknown. New York, NY: Harper Collins Publishers, 2000.
TL789.85 .C66 A3 2000 BOOKSTACKS
Cooper, L. Gordon Jr., et al. The Astronauts, Pioneers in Space by the Seven Astronauts of Project Mercury. New York, NY: Golden Press, 1961.
TL789.8.U6 M46 1961 BOOKSTACKS
Collins, Michael. Carrying the Fire; An Astronaut's Journeys. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1974.
Corrigan, Grace. A Journal for Christa: Christa McAuliffe, Teacher in Space. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 1993.
TL789.85.M33 C67 1993 BOOKSTACKS
Cunningham, Walter. The All-American Boys. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Ibooks, 2003.
TL521.312 .C86 2003 BOOKSTACKS
Gagarin, Yurii Alekseevich. Road to the Stars. Moscow: Foreign Languages Pub. House, 1962.
TL789.85.G3 A33 1962 BOOKSTACKS
Grissom, Betty and Henry Still. Starfall. New York, NY: Crowell, 1974.
TL789.85.G7 G74 1974 BOOKSTACKS
Grissom, Virgil "Gus". Gemini; A Personal Account of Man's Venture into Space. New York, NY: Macmillan, 1968.
Hansen, James. First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster, 2005.
TL789.85.A75 H36 2005 BOOKSTACKS
Hoffman, Jeffrey. Astronaut's Journal. Washington, DC: National Public Radio, 1985.
TL789.85 .H64A 1985 AUDIO-COLL
Hohler, Robert. I Touch the Future: The Story of Christa McAuliffe. New York, NY: Random House, 1986.
Husband, Evelyn. High Calling: The Courageous Life and Faith of Space Shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2003.
TL789.85 .H87 H87 2003 BOOKSTACKS
Irwin, James Benson. To Rule the Night. Philadelphia, PA: A.J. Holman Co., 1973.
Jemison, Mae. Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments From My Life. New York, NY: Scholastic Press, 2001.
TL789.85 .J4 J45 2001 BOOKSTACKS
Jones, Thomas D. Sky Walking: An Astronaut's Memoir. New York, NY: Smithsonian Books, 2006.
TL789.85 .J66 .A3 2006 BOOKSTACKS
Lebedev, Valentin Vital'evich. Diary of a Cosmonaut: 211 Days in Space. College Station, TX: PhytoResource Research, Inc, 1988.
TL789.85.L38 A3 1988 BOOKSTACKS
Lenehan, Anne E. Story: The Way of Water. Berowra NSW, Australia: Communications Agency, 2004.
TL789.85 .M87 L36 2004 BOOKSTACKS
Linenger, Jerry M. Letters from Mir: An Astronauts Letters to his Son. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2003.
TL789.85 .L56 L48 2003 BOOKSTACKS
Linenger, Jerry M. Off the Planet: Surviving Five Perilous Months Aboard the Space Station Mir. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2000.
TL789.85 .L56 A3 2000 BOOKSTACKS
Lovell, Jim and Jeffrey Kluger. Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1994.
TL789.8.U6 A5488 1994 BOOKSTACKS
Mullane, R. Mike. Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut. New York, NY: Scribner, 2006.
TL789.85 .M86 A3 2006 BOOKSTACKS
Nelson, Bill. Mission: An American Congressman's Voyage to Space. San Diego, CA: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1988.
O'Leary, Brian. The Making of an Ex-Astronaut. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin, 1970.
TL789.85.O4 A3 1970 BOOKSTACKS
Pierce, Philip N. John H. Glenn: Astronaut. New York, NY: F. Watts, 1962.
TL789.85.G6 P5 1962 BOOKSTACKS
Schirra, Walter M. Jr. Schirra's Space. Boston, MA: Quinlan Press, 1988.
TL789.85.S35 A3 1988 BOOKSTACKS
Scott, Winston E. Reflections from Earth Orbit. Burlington, Ontario: Apogee, 2005.
TL789.85 .S3 2005 BOOKSTACKS
Sharpe, Mitchell R. "It is I, Sea Gull": Valentina Tereshkova, First Woman in Space. New York, NY: Crowell, 1975.
Shayler, David. Around the World in 84 Days: The Authorized Biography of Skylab Astronaut Jerry Carr. Burlington, Ontario: Apogee, 2008.
TL789.85 .C377 2008 BOOKSTACKS
Shepard, Alan. Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon. Atlanta, GA: Turner Pub, 1994.
TL789.8 .U6 A58 1994 BOOKSTACKS
Slayton, Donald K. "Deke". Deke!: U.S. Manned Space: From Mercury to the Shuttle. New York, NY: Forge, 1994.
TL789.85.S55 A3 1994 BOOKSTACKS
Stafford, Thomas P. We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, c2002.
Thompson, Neal. Light This Candle: The Life and Times of Alan Shepard, America's First Spaceman. New York, NY: Crown Publishers, c2004.
Walton, Darwin McBeth. Overcoming Challenges: The life of Charles F. Bolden, Jr.. Austin, TX: Steck-Vaughn Co., 2000.
TL789.85 .B65 W35 2000 BOOKSTACKS
Westman, Paul. Frank Borman: To the Moon and Back. Minneapolis, MN: Dillon Press, 1981.
TL789.85 .B67 W47 1981 BOOKSTACKS


Aldrin, Buzz and Malcolm McConnell. Men From Earth. New York, NY: Bantam Books, 1989.
TL789.8.U6 A49 1989 BOOKSTACKS
Bourland, Charles T., and Gregory L. Vogt. The Astronauts' Cookbook: Tales, Recipes, and More. New York, NY, London: Springer, 2010
TL1560 .B687 A887 2010 BOOKSTACKS
Burns, Khephra. Black Stars in Orbit. San Diego, CA: Harcourt, Brace, and Co., 1995.
TL789.85.A1 B87 1995 BOOKSTACKS
Burgess, Colin. Australia's Astronauts: Three Men and a Spaceflight Dream. East Roseville, NSW: Kangaroo Press, 1999.
TL789.85 .A1 B88 1999 BOOKSTACKS
Cassutt, Michael. Who's Who in Space, The International Space Station Edition. New York, NY: Macmillan Library Reference USA, 1999.
TL788.5 .C37 1999 READY REF
Caubarreaux, Eric M. For All mankind: Recipients of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Charleston, SC: CreateSpace, 2010.
CJ5805 .C383 F67 2010 READY REF
Chaikin, Andrew. Voices From the Moon: Apollo Astronauts Describe Their Lunar Experience, with Victoria Kohl. New York, NY: Viking Studio, 2009.
TL799 .M6 C434 2009 BOOKSTACKS
Chrysler, C. Donald. On Course to the Stars: The Roger B. Chaffee Story. Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1968.
TL789.85 .C3 C55 1968 BOOKSTACKS
Congressional Research Service. Astronauts and Cosmonauts Biographical and Statistical Data. Washington, DC: GPO, March 1994.
KF24.8 .A1 FY1995 V.3 BOOKSTACKS
Ellis, Lee. Who's Who of NASA Astronauts. 1st ed. River Falls, WI: Americana Group Pub., 2001.
TL789.85 .A1 E44 2001 READY REF
French, Francis. Into That Silent Sea: Trailblazers of the Space Era, 1961-1965. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press, 2007.
TL789.85 .A1 F74 2007 BOOKSTACKS
Hawthorne, Douglas. The Men and Women of Space. San Diego, CA: Univelt, 1992.
TL789.85.A1 H38 1992 READY REF
Heiken, Grant. On the Moon: The Apollo Journals. New York, NY: Springer, 2007.
TL789.85 .A1 H45 2007 BOOKSTACKS
Hooper, Gordon. The Soviet Cosmonaut Team: A Comprehensive Guide to the Men and Women of the Soviet Space Programme. 2nd ed. London, UK: 1990.
TL789.85.A1 H66 1990 V.1 & V.2 READY REF
Huystee, Pieter van. The Red Stuff: The True Story of the Russian Race for Space. West Long Branch, NJ: White Star, 1999.
TL789.85 .A1 R44 1999 (DVD) VIDEO-COLL
Jones, Stanley P.and L.Octavia Tripp. African-American Astronauts. Mankato, MN: Capstone High/Low Books, 1998.
TL789.85 .A1 J66 1998 BOOKSTACKS
Kevles, Bettyann Holtzmann. Almost Heaven: The Story of Women in Space. New York, NY: Basic Books, 2003.
TL789.85 .A1 K48 2003 BOOKSTACKS
Lebedev, L.A. Sons of the Blue Planet. translation of Syny goluboi planety. NASA TT 72-52004. New Delhi, India: Amerind Pub Co, 1973.
TL789.85 .A1 L43 1973 BOOKSTACKS
MacKinnon, Douglas and Joseph Baldanza. Footprints: The 12 Men Who Walked on the Moon Reflect on Their Flights, Their Lives, and the Future. Washington, DC: Acropolis Books, 1989.
TL789.85.A1 M33 1989 BOOKSTACKS
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. A Tribute to National Aeronautics and Space Administration Minority Astronauts: Past and Present. 2nd ed. NP 1999-06-238-HQ. Washington, DC: NASA, 1999.
TL789.85 .A1 T74 1999 BOOKSTACKS
Available through NTRS as doc. no. 20000056996.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. A Tribute to National Aeronautics and Space Administration Women Astronauts: Past and Present. NP 2001-12-226-HQ. Washington, DC: NASA, 2001.
TL789.85 .A1 T75 2001 BOOKSTACKS
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Astronaut Fact Book. Washington, DC: NASA, 2005.
TL789.85.A1 A86 2005 READY REF
Available online.
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Manned Space Flight Team. NASA-EP-11. Washington, DC: GPO, 1963.
TL789.85 .U55 1963 BOOKSTACKS
Available through NTRS as doc. no. 19630008049.
Nolen, Stephanie. Promised the Moon: The Untold Story of the First Women in the Space Race. Toronto, Can.: Penguin Canada, 2002.
TL789.8.U5 N64 2002 BOOKSTACKS
O'Connor, Karen. Sally Ride and the New Astronauts: Scientists in Space. New York, NY: F. Watts, 1983.
Phelps, Alfred J. They Had a Dream: The Story of African-American Astronauts. Novato, CA: Presidio, c1994.
TL789.85.A1 P43 1994 BOOKSTACKS
Russo, Carolyn. Women and Flight: Portraits of Contemporary Women Pilots. Washington, DC: National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution, 1997.
TL539 .R87 1997 HQ HISTORY
Sacknoff, Scott. In Their Own Words: Conversations With the Astronauts and Men Who Led America's Journey Into Space and to the Moon. Bethesda, MD: Space Publications, 2003.
TL789.85 .A1 T44 2003 BOOKSTACKS
Shayler, David J. NASA's Scientist-Astronauts. New York, NY: Springer, 2007.
TL789.85 .A1 S53 2007 BOOKSTACKS
Shayler, David, and Ian Moule. Women in Space: Following Valentina. Chichester, UK: Praxis Pub. 2005.
TL789.85 .W66 S53 2005 BOOKSTACKS
Smith, Andrew. Moondust: In Search of the Men Who Fell to Earth. New York, NY: Fourth Estate, 2005.
TL789.85.A1 S642 2005 BOOKSTACKS
Whitfield, Steve. Project Gemini: Pocket Space Guide. Burlington, Ontario: Apogee Books, 2007.
TL789.8 .U6 G46 W45 2007 BOOKSTACKS
__________. Project Mercury: Pocket Space Guide. Burlington, Ontario: Apogee Books, 2007.
TL789.8 .U6 M47 W45 2007 BOOKSTACKS
Woodmansee, Laura S. Women Astronauts. Burlington, Ontario: Apogee Books, 2001.
TL789.85 .A1 W66 2002 BOOKSTACKS
TL789.85 .A1 W66 2002 CD ROM

Internet Resources

Dismukes, Kim. Astronaut Biographies. Jan. 3, 2011 [Feb. 17, 2011].
__________. Johnson Space Center Oral History Project. July 16, 2010 [Feb. 17, 2011].
Garber, Steve. Biographical and other Personnel Information. July 17, 2009 [Feb. 17, 2011].
McCann, Mike. Astronaut Selection. March 12, 2008 [Feb. 17, 2011].
Wade, Mark. Astronaut. Oct. 16, 2010 [Feb. 17, 2011].

Last Updated: Feb. 2011