‘Masterly’ New York Times
‘Riveting’ Scott Kelly
‘Remarkable’ The Times
When Richard Branson founded Virgin Galactic in 2004, his goal was simple: to offer paying customers a trip to space by the end of the decade. Seventeen years, countless delays, and one catastrophic crash later, his space tourism dream may finally be on the verge of reality.
Now, a New Yorker journalist offers the definitive portrait of the adventurers leading the way to the stars. Drawing on hundreds of hours of interviews with Virgin’s lead test pilot, Mark Stucky, Test Gods describes the making of a modern astronaut: from starry-eyed youth to NASA, the Air Force, and Virgin Galactic; and through dozens of gruelling test flights to his first successful trip beyond the earth’s atmosphere.
The result is the most vivid exploration of an astronaut’s inner life since Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff. It offers an intimate and unique insight into the new space race.
Adventure in its purest form - rich with risk, courage and friendships. -- BEAR GRYLLS A Right Stuff for our moment of space travel . . . Riveting . . . A deeply reported and deeply personal book. It is a masterly work. * New York Times Book Review * Riveting . . . This is the book about the new space race you've been waiting to read. An instant classic. -- SCOTT KELLY, astronaut and author of Endurance An absolute thrill . . . A hugely ambitious feat of reporting and storytelling, and a fitting twenty-first century sequel to The Right Stuff. -- PATRICK RADDEN KEEFE, author of Say Nothing and Empire of Pain Unique, fascinating, compulsively readable, brilliantly reported with unprecedented access, a kick-ass adventure story . . . Just strap yourself in and get ready for one helluva ride. -- BUZZ BISSINGER, author of Friday Night Lights
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