astronauts The Best Astronaut Autobiographies  

Amy Boal
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List Rules Autobiographies written by astronauts about their time in space only. But you should also read Rocketman, written by Pete Conrad's wife.

Going to space is probably pretty life-changing, so it's really no surprise that a bunch of NASA astronauts have written autobiographies and books about their time in space. Where should you start if you're interested in space travel and want to read an astronaut autobiography? The books by astronauts on this list are just the best and are all fun reads for anyone with even a passing interest in outer space. Which should be everyone, because what an amazing place full of mystery.

These astronaut autobiographies are full of stories and details about what happened to these incredible scientist explorers during their time off the planet we all call home. Some of them were pioneers in the early days of NASA, some of them went to the moon, some of them got out an walked around when they got there, and some of them almost didn't make it home. However, they all returned to Earth with fascinating stories to tell and unique perspectives on life and the universe that all humans can benefit from reading about.

Some of these books written by astronauts are easily the best biography books around. Go ahead and read The Last Man on the Moon and try to not get both teary-eyed and amped up about the future of space exploration. After you've read these NASA books and upvoted the best of them below, give these autobiographies of astronauts to your kids, your friends, your mom, and just about anyone you know. You (and they) won't regret it.
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Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Astronaut Autobiographies
Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 Jim Lovell, Jeffrey Kluger

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Carrying the Fire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Astronaut Autobiographies
Carrying the Fire Michael Collins

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An Astronaut's Guide to Life o... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Astronaut Autobiographies

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The Last Man on the Moon is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Astronaut Autobiographies
The Last Man on the Moon Eugene Cernan, Don Davis

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Riding Rockets is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Astronaut Autobiographies
Riding Rockets Mike Mullane

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Failure Is Not an Option is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Astronaut Autobiographies

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We Seven: By the Astronauts Th... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Astronaut Autobiographies

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Moon Shot is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Astronaut Autobiographies
Moon Shot Alan Shepard

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First on the Moon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Astronaut Autobiographies
First on the Moon Michael Collins, Buzz Aldrin

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Endurance: A Year in Space, A ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Astronaut Autobiographies

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Magnificent Desolation: The Lo... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Astronaut Autobiographies

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View From Above: An Astronaut ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Astronaut Autobiographies

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Off the Planet: Surviving Five... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Astronaut Autobiographies