Endurance: My Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery

Endurance: My Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery

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Having spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station, astronaut Scott Kelly returns to earth to share his stunning memoir--a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, of his colorful formative years, and of a future mission to Mars.


     The veteran of four space flights and the American record-holder for consecutive days in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly inimical to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal; the devestating effects on the body, the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth, the pressures of constant close cohabitation; the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with space junk, and, the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home--an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on another mission, his twin brother's wife, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space. Kelly's humanity, compassion, humor, and passion resonate throughout, as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career; and as he makes clear his belief that Mars will be the next, ultimately challenging step in American spaceflight. Here, in his personal, heroic story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.