May 6

You saw it on the news. You read about it in the press. But now you can learn the inside story of the team that launched the world’s first civilian rocket into space.

As many of you know, I was one of the team leaders of this historic mission. On May 17, 2004, after years of agonizing rocket crashes and catastrophes — some quite spectacular — we accomplished our remarkable goal.

I stuffed the book with 90 full-color photos to bring the adventure to life in vivid detail. It’s 244 pages long in a wonderfully oversized 6×9 format. (Paperback size wouldn’t do justice to the glorious color images.) Check out the covers here.

I encourage you to check out my book’s companion Web site at You’ll see lots of interesting videos and other neat stories.