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Astronaut-Authored Books

Many astronauts and cosmonauts have chosen to share their personal and space flight stories in books invaluable to those interested in learning about space history.

To facilitate building your own library, the titles have been linked to their Amazon.com listings, where applicable.

Aldrin, Buzz
Gemini 12, Apollo 11 Allen, Joseph
STS-5, STS-51A Ansari, Anousheh
Soyuz TMA-9 Apt, Jay
STS-37, STS-47, STS-59, STS-79 Armstrong, Neil
Gemini 8, Apollo 11 Baudry, Patrick
STS-51G Bean, Alan
Apollo 12, Skylab 3 Bondar, Roberta
STS-42 Borman, Frank
Gemini 7, Apollo 8 Carpenter, Scott
Mercury 7
  • The Astronauts: Pioneers In Space
    with Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton
    Golden Press, 1961

  • We Seven
    with Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton
    Simon & Schuster, 1962

  • The Astronauts Book
    with Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton
    Panther Books Ltd., 1966

  • Inner Space
    Little, Brown and Co., 1969

  • The Steel Albatross
    Pocket Books, 1991

  • Deep Flight
    Pocket Books, 1994

  • For Spacious Skies: The Uncommon Journey of a Mercury Astronaut
    with Kris Stoever
    Harcourt, 2003
Carr, Gerald
Skylab 3
  • Aerospace Crew Station Design
    with M.D. Montemerlo
    Elsevier, 1986
Cernan, Eugene
Gemini 9, Apollo 10, Apollo 17 Chrétien, Jean-Loup
Soyuz T-6, Soyuz TM-7, STS-86 Collins, Michael
Gemini 10, Apollo 11 Cooper, Gordon
Mercury 9, Gemini 5
  • The Astronauts: Pioneers In Space
    with Scott Carpenter, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton
    Golden Press, 1961

  • We Seven
    with Scott Carpenter, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton
    Simon & Schuster, 1962

  • The Astronauts Book
    with Scott Carpenter, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton
    Panther Books Ltd., 1966

  • Leap of Faith: An Astronaut's Journey into the Unknown
    with Bruce Henderson
    HarperCollins, 2000
Cunningham, Walter
Apollo 7 Duke, Charles
Apollo 16 Dunbar, Bonnie
STS-61A, STS-32, STS-50, STS-71, STS-89
  • Materials Processing In Space
    American Ceramic Society, 1983
Frimout, Dirk
STS-45
  • En qu te de la planète bleue
    with Suzy Hendrikx
    Edition Labor, 1993

  • Of Zoek naar de Blauwe Planeet
    with Suzy Hendrikx
    Editions Coda
Furrer, Reinhard
STS-61A
  • Fliegen, das sind Augenblicke wie diese
    Ein Aerokurier-Buch, 1984

  • Unser Weg Ins All
    with U. Merbold, E. Messerschmid and W. Ockels
    Westermann Verlag, 1985

  • Der Nachste Mond Wird Anders Sein
    Belser-Verlag, 1987

  • Natural Hazards: Monitoring and Assessment Using Remote Sensing Technique
    with R.P. Singh
    Pergamon Press, 1995
Gagarin, Yuri
Vostok 1 Garn, Jake
STS-51D
  • The Future of US Land Based Strategic Forces
    IFPA, 1980

  • Night Launch
    with Stephen Paul Cohen
    William Morrow, 1989

  • Why I Believe
    Aspen Books, 1992
Garriott, Owen
Skylab 2, STS-9
  • Introduction to Ionospheric Physics
    with Henry Rishbeth
    Academic Press, 1969

  • Homesteading Space: The Skylab Story
    with David Hitt and Joseph Kerwin
    University of Nebraska Press, 2008
Gibson, Edward
Skylab 3 Glazkov, Yuri
Soyuz 24
  • Outside Orbiting Spacecraft
    1977

  • The World Around Us
    1986

  • Чёрное безмолвие (The Black Silence)
    with Vladimir Dzhanibekov
    1987
Glenn, John
Mercury 6, STS-95
  • The Astronauts: Pioneers In Space
    with Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton
    Golden Press, 1961

  • We Seven
    with Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton
    Simon & Schuster, 1962

  • "P.S. I Listened To Your Heartbeat"
    World Book Encyclopedia Science Service, Inc., 1964

  • The Astronauts Book
    with Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton
    Panther Books Ltd., 1966

  • John Glenn: A Memoir
    with Nick Taylor
    Bantam Doubleday Publishers, 1999
Golovanov, Yaroslav
former candidate
  • Sergei Korolev: Apprenticeship of a Space Pioneer
    Mir Publishers, 1973

  • Our Gagarin
    Progress Publishers, 1978
Graveline, Duane
Group 4 Scientist-Astronaut
  • Icarus Destiny
    Northwest Publishing Inc., 1996

  • Caducean Triangle

  • The Ark

  • Brothers of the Perseids

  • Mindchange

  • Our Father
    Cantech, Inc., 2000

  • Twinkleseed
    2001

  • Spacedoc
    2001

  • Pathway
    2002

  • Cradle

  • The Phosphene Chronicles

  • Charm

  • Lipitor: Thief of Memory
    Infinity Publishing, 2004

  • Statin Drugs Side Effects
    2005

  • Surly Bonds
    2006
Grissom, Virgil
Mercury 4, Gemini 3, Apollo 1
  • The Astronauts: Pioneers In Space
    with Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton
    Golden Press, 1961

  • We Seven
    with Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton
    Simon & Schuster, 1962

  • The Astronauts Book
    with Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Walter Schirra, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton
    Panther Books Ltd., 1966

  • Gemini: A Personal Account of Man's Venture into Space
    Macmillan Publishing Co., 1968
Guidoni, Umberto
STS-75
  • Il giro del mondo in 80 minuti
    Di Renzo Editore, 1998

  • Un passo fuori. I miei affetti, i miei valori, le mie passioni
    Laterza, 2006

  • Idee per diventare astronauta. Vivere e lavorare nello spazio
    Zanichelli, 2006

  • Martino su Marte
    Editoriale Scienza, 2007

  • Dallo Sputnik allo Shuttle
    Sellerio Editore, 2009

  • Astrolibro dell'Universo
    Editoriale Scienza, 2010

  • Dalla Terra alla Luna: Il Progetto Apollo 40 Anni Dopo
    Di Renzo Editore, 2011
Haigneré, Claudie (André-Deshays)
Soyuz TM-24, Soyuz TM-33 Hernandez, José
STS-128 Hoffman, Jeffrey
STS-51D, STS-35, STS-46, STS-61, STS-75 Irwin, James
Apollo 15 Jähn, Sigmund
Soyuz 31
  • Erlebnis Weltraum
    1983
Jemison, Mae
STS-47 Jones, Thomas
STS-59, STS-68, STS-80, STS-98 Kerwin, Joseph
Skylab 1 Lebedev, Valentin
Soyuz 13, Soyuz T-5 Leonov, Alexei
Voskhod 2, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
  • Space and Time Perception by the Cosmonaut
    with Vladimir Lebedev
    Mir Publishers, 1971

  • The Sun's Wind: The Story Of The Soyuz-Apollo Project
    Progress Publishers, 1977

  • I Walk In Space
    Malysh Publishers, 1979

  • Life Among Stars
    with Andrei Sokolov
    1981

  • Wait For Us, Stars
    with Andrei Sokolov
    1967

  • Earth & Space Painting
    Baring Vostok Capital Partners, 2004

  • Two Sides of the Moon
    with David Scott
    Simon & Schuster UK, 2004
Lind, Don
STS-51B Linenger, Jerry
STS-64, STS-81, Mir Lothaller, Clemens
former candidate
  • Austromir 91
    with Franz Viehböck
    Tau, 1991
Lovell, James
Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8, Apollo 13
  • Lost Moon (a.k.a. Apollo 13)
    with Jeffrey Kluger
    Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994
Malerba, Franco
STS-46
  • La Vetta / The Summit
    Tormena Editore, 1993
Mantz, Michael
MSE Group 2 candidate
  • The New Sword: A Theory of Space Combat Power
    University Press, 1995
Merbold, Ulf
STS-9, STS-42, Soyuz TM-20
  • Unser Weg Ins All
    with R. Furrer, E. Messerschmid and W. Ockels
    Westermann Verlag, 1985

  • Der Flug Ins All
    Gustav Lübbe Verlag, 1986
Messerschmid, Ernst
STS-61A
  • Unser Weg Ins All
    with R. Furrer, U. Merbold and W. Ockels
    Westermann Verlag, 1985

  • Space Stations: Systems and Utilization
    with Reinhold Bertrand and Frank Pohlemann
    Springer, 1999

  • Raumfahrtsysteme, Eine Einführung mit Übungen und Lösungen
    with S. Pasoulas
    Springer, 2000
Michel, F. Curtis
Group 4 Scientist-Astronaut
  • Theory Of Neutron Star Magnetospheres
    University of Chicago Press, 1991
Mitchell, Edgar
Apollo 14 Mullane, Richard
STS-41D, STS-27, STS-26 Nelson, Bill
STS-61C Neri (Vela), Rodolfo
STS-61B
  • The Blue Planet, A Trip to Space
    Vantage Press, 1989

  • 2035: Emergency Mission to Mars
    Vantage Press, 1990

  • Manned Space Stations: Their Construction, Operation, and Potential Application
    European Space Agency

  • Los Eclipses: El Movimiento Del Universo
    Grupo Editorial Iberoamerica S.A., 1991

  • Satélites de Comunicaciones
    McGraw-Hill/Interamericana de España, 1991
Nespoli, Paolo
STS-120, Soyuz TMA-20, ISS 26/27 Noguchi, Soichi
STS-114 O'Leary, Brian
candidate Ockels, Wubbo
STS-61A
  • Unser Weg Ins All
    with R. Furrer, E. Messerschmid and U. Merbold
    Westermann Verlag, 1985
Olsen, Gregory
Soyuz TMA-7 Pogue, William
Skylab 3 Pontes, Marcos
Soyuz TMA-8
  • É Possível! Como Transformar Seus Sonhos em Realidade
    Chris McHilliard Editora, 2010

  • Missão Cumprida: A História Completa da Primeira Missão Espacial Brasileira
    Chris McHilliard Editora, 2011
Rebrov, Mikhail
former candidate
  • The Moon and Man
    with G. Khozin
    Peace Publishers

  • Cosmonauts of the USSR
    with Vladimir Shatalov
    Prosveshceniye, 1980

  • To The Stars
    with V. Shatalov and Vaskevich
    Planeta, 1982

  • Save Our Earth
    Firebird Pub., 1989
Ride, Sally
STS-7, STS-41G Ross, Jerry
STS-61B, STS-27, STS-37, STS-55, STS-74, STS-88, STS-110 Schirra, Walter
Mercury 8, Gemini 6, Apollo 7
  • The Astronauts: Pioneers In Space
    with Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton
    Golden Press, 1961

  • We Seven
    with Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton
    Simon & Schuster, 1962

  • The Astronauts Book
    with Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Alan Shepard, and Donald Slayton
    Panther Books Ltd., 1966

  • Schirra's Space
    with Richard Billings
    Quinlan Press, 1988

  • Wildcats To Tomcats: The Tailhook Navy
    with Richard Cormier and Philip Wood
    Voyager Press, 1997

  • The Real Space Cowboys
    with Ed Buckbee
    C.G. Publishing (Apogee), 2005
Schmitt, Harrison
Apollo 17 Scott, David
Gemini 8, Apollo 9, Apollo 15 Scott, Winston
STS-72, STS-87 Sevastiyanov, Vitali
Soyuz 9, Soyuz 18
  • Into Space
    Malysh Publishers, 1980
Sharman, Helen
Soyuz TM-12
  • Seize the Moment: The Autobiography of Britain's First Astronaut
    with Christopher Priest
    Victor Gollancz, 1993

  • A Space Place
    with Fran Balkwill
    Ashgate Publishing, 1997
Shatalov, Vladimir
Soyuz 4, Soyuz 8, Soyuz 10
  • USSR-Cuba: Friends Forever
    Novosti, 1978

  • Cosmonauts of the USSR
    with Mikhail Rebrov
    Prosveshceniye, 1980

  • To The Stars
    with M. Rebrov and Vaskevich
    Planeta, 1982
Shepard, Alan
Mercury 3, Apollo 14
  • The Astronauts: Pioneers In Space
    with Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, and Donald Slayton
    Golden Press, 1961

  • We Seven
    with Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, and Donald Slayton
    Simon & Schuster, 1962

  • The Astronauts Book
    with Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, and Donald Slayton
    Panther Books Ltd., 1966

  • Moon Shot: The Inside Story Of America's Race To The Moon
    with Deke Slayton, Jay Barbree, and Howard Benedict
    Turner Publishing Co., 1994
Slayton, Donald
Apollo-Soyuz Test Project
  • The Astronauts: Pioneers In Space
    with Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, and Alan Shepard
    Golden Press, 1961

  • We Seven
    with Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, and Alan Shepard
    Simon & Schuster, 1962

  • The Astronauts Book
    with Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, John Glenn, Virgil Grissom, Walter Schirra, and Alan Shepard
    Panther Books Ltd., 1966

  • Moon Shot: The Inside Story Of America's Race To The Moon
    with Alan Shepard, Jay Barbree, and Howard Benedict
    Turner Publishing Co., 1994

  • Deke! U.S. Manned Spaceflight From Mercury To The Shuttle
    with Michael Cassutt
    Tom Doherty Associates, 1994
Stafford, Thomas
Gemini 6, Gemini 9, Apollo 10, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Sullivan, Kathryn
STS-41G, STS-31, STS-45
  • Pioneering The Space Frontier
    with Neil Armstrong
    Bantam Books, 1986
Thomas, Donald
STS-65, STS-70, STS-83, STS-94 Titov, Gherman
Vostok 2
  • 70,000 Kilometers Through Space
    FLPH, 1961

  • Gherman Titov - First Man To Spend A Day In Space
    Crosscurrents Press, 1962

  • I Am Eagle!
    Bobbs-Merrill, 1962

  • My Blue Planet
    NASA TT-F811, 1975
Viehböck, Franz
Soyuz TM-13
  • Austromir 91
    with Clemens Lothaller
    Tau, 1991
Walter, Ulrich
STS-55
  • In 90 Minuten um die Erde
    Stürtz Verlag, 1997

  • Sind wir alleine?
    1998
Williams, Jeffrey
STS-101, Soyuz TMA-8, ISS 13, TMA-16, ISS 21/22 Worden, Alfred
Apollo 15 Young, John
Gemini 3, Gemini 10, Apollo 10, Apollo 16, STS-1, STS-9
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