Space Exploration and Science audiobooks and blog

Space Exploration and Science audiobooks and blog


Space Exploration and Science history to some of the achievements and future plans for the space program, this site contains works on:

  1. The Apollo program
  2. The Early years of the Space Shuttle
  3. History of NASA and plans to journey to Mars
  4. The X-15 Rocket plane
  5. History and future plans of the Air Force

Bold They Rise

Start your journey now

Bold They Rise cover


Take a journey, learn of the design challenges in creating the space shuttle.  Hear astronaut impressions of flying the most complicated machine ever built.


First, Bold They Rise, tells the story of the space shuttle through the personal experiences of astronauts, engineers, and scientists who made it happen – in space and on the ground.  Especially relevant are commentaries on the countless days of research and design, through the heroic accomplishments of the program and to the tragic last minutes of the Challenger disaster.

iTunes purchase link: Bold They Rise

Space Travel & Flight


Explore other audiobooks regarding flight, space travel, Mars mission preparation.  Audiobooks written to take you from the earliest days of the US Air Force, history of our first ventures into space and finally the possibility of a manned mission to Mars.

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Explore today with these links:

1) “In the Shadow of the Moon” by Francis French & Colin Burgess

2) “Tomorrow’s Air Force by Jeffrey Smith

3) “The X-15 Rocket Plane by Michelle L. Evans

4) “Trailblazing Mars: NASAs Next Giant Leap by Pat Duggins


Travel in time from the early 1900s when the US Army first began using aircraft; to the late-1960s during the Gemini & Apollo missions; a future time around 2020 with a Mars mission and to the year 2030 seeing the US Air Force of the future.


In the Shadow of the Moon by Francis French & Colin Burgess


The content covers the Gemini and Apollo missions of the 1960s and our race to the moon with the Soviets.  Two chapters are devoted to Russian attempts to build spacecraft capable of reaching the moon and the crews that flew them.

Let those engines roar!

In the Shadow of the Moon cover

Sample audio

iTunes purchase link: In the Shadow of the Moon

The X-15 Rocket Plane by Michelle L. Evans


Space Exploration and Science did not exist strictly at NASA. The X-15 was a rocket-powered aircraft that was launched from the wing of a B-52 bomber.  This was not a NASA program, instead the Air Force was in charge of the flights of the X-15.  There were 3 aircraft built and operated from 1959 thru 1968, each configured a bit differently from one another.  The X-15 set a number of speed and altitude records during the 9 years of test flights, many of the records have not been broken to the present day.

Pilots that flew the X-15 included names such as:

The X-15 Rocket Plane
The X-15 Rocket Plane


Sample audio

The first X-15 model known as X-15A-1 (AF Ser. No. 56-6670) is on display in the National Air & Space Museum in Washington DC.  The second model, X-15A-2 (AF Ser. No. 56-6671) is at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, near Dayton, Ohio.  The third model was destroyed in an accident in November 1967, due to the rocket plane going into a spin.  Michael Adams was killed.

In all, the 3 aircraft performed 199 test flights, some reaching altitudes of 62+ miles and speeds over 3,000 mph.

This audiobook, contains stories of each of the test pilots of the X-15 rocket plane, including comments from ground crew, family and administrators of the program.  Listen as the humorous and tragic stories are recounted by the many members involved in this program to develop and test this remarkable plane, the X-15.

X-15 followed by chase plane


iTunes purchase link: “The X-15 Rocket Plane” 


Trailblazing Mars by Pat Duggins


NASA took delivery of the first Orion space capsule.  This is an all new crew cabin for space exploration, a replacement to the retired space shuttle.  And will be used for Mars exploration.  In my mind, this capsule is much bigger than the Apollo capsules which were designed for the trips to the moon in the 60s and early 70s.  I’ve seen a couple of the Apollo capsules, I’m guessing they were about 10 feet in diameter.  They held a crew of 3 people, two that would land on the moon with another ship and a single crew member that remained in orbit around the moon.  This new Orion capsule will measure about 16 feet in diameter.  As I’m writing this, I’m comparing it to rooms in my home and thinking that’s a big improvement.  I’m also thinking, on a trip to Mars for 18 months, I might find it a little cramped.

Orion Service Module assembly work
Orion Service Module assembly work

Continuing, the Orion capsule still has many tests ahead of it before manned flight to Mars, some will be unmanned to test the systems.  The first unmanned flight will be next spring.  If all goes according to plan, this flight will take the capsule out above 3000 miles above earth orbit.  I don’t believe there have been any trips out that far since the moon landings.

I thought I’d post a picture from Mars, should you choose to accept the trip, this is what you might see.

Mars landscape photo from Rover Curiosity

Sample audio

Finally, if you are interested in learning more about such a trip and finding answers on Mars travel, check out the audiobook “Trailblazing Mars:  NASAs Next Giant Leap” written by Pat Duggins.  Pat has several interesting stories in the book, explaining the journey, the preparation, the technology and hazards.

Take the leap

Trailblazing Mars cover

iTunes purchase llink: “Trailblazing Mars: NASAs Next Giant Leap”

Exploration on Mars

Thought I would update you on the latest Mars news.

NASA completed the first flight of an Orion space capsule and the launch system on December 5, 2014.  The flight was unmanned, putting the capsule through a number of stress tests such as a reentry speed reaching about 20,000 mph, causing the heat shield to reach temperatures around 4,000 degrees.  Orion heat shieldThe flight lasted about 4 hours, reaching an altitude of nearly 3,600 miles,  this is be the farthest distance from earth for a capsule since the Apollo moon missions.  The Orion and a new launch system will be used to bring astronauts to Mars for manned exploration.

Orion splashdown recovery

Orion – SLS Fuel Tank

A Tornado plowed through the Michoud testing facility where NASA builds and tests pieces of the new Orion Space Launch System components, like this 130 foot long hydrogen fuel tank that is being welded by the robot (yellow machine).  In addition, one of the fuel tanks was shipped out of the facility only last week, so it was spared the ravages of the tornado.

Welding hydrogen fuel tank for SLS

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