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Endurance: A Year in Space، A Lifetime of Discovery

Sunday 03/December/2017 - 08:38 AM
Sada El Balad

A stunning، personal memoir from the astronaut and modern-day hero who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station—a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come.

The veteran of four spaceflights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space، Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now، he takes us inside a sphere utterly hostile to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight، both life-threatening and mundane: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the catastrophic risks of 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 a previous mission، his twin brother's wife، American Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords، was shot while he still had two months in space.

Kelly's humanity، compassion، humor، and determination 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 spaceflight.

In Endurance، we see the triumph of the human imagination، the strength of the human will، and the infinite wonder of the galaxy.

Hardcover: 400 pages
Book by Scott Kelly (Author)
Publisher: Knopf; 1st Edition edition (October 17، 2017)
Language: English
Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches

About the Author
SCOTT KELLY is a former military fighter pilot and test pilot، an engineer، a retired astronaut، and a retired U.S. Navy captain. A veteran of four space flights، Kelly commanded the International Space Station (ISS) on three expeditions and was a member of the yearlong mission to the ISS. During the Year in Space mission، he set records for the total accumulated number of days spent in space and for the single longest space mission by an American astronaut. He lives in Houston، Texas.

Editorial Reviews

An Amazon Best Book of October 2017: Ask a child what they want to be when they grow up and one of the most popular responses is one that makes parents swoon: an astronaut. This hopeful enthusiasm wanes when their son or daughter starts bringing notes home from the teacher، complaining that they have the attention span of gnat، and need to stop parkouring on school property. Mums and dads، take heart. This description isn’t far off from a young Scott Kelly، not the bookish type either، and yet it was a book he happened upon that dramatically changed the trajectory of his life: Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff. Kelly was so inspired by this examination of the courageous test pilots who made high speed flight and space exploration possible that he was able to channel all of his frenetic energy into achieving the goal of becoming one. Endurance traces this journey، and chronicles the year Kelly spent on the International Space Station، as well as the effects it had on his body (information NASA needs as they plan a mission to Mars). Kelly answers many of the questions we have about life in space، from the profound to the mundane (turns out astronauts give bad haircuts and unclog toilets like the rest of us earthbound peeps). He also imparts the lessons and wisdom gleaned from his extraordinary adventures. Chief among them، and especially apropos given the increasingly divisive world we live in: “Putting this space station into orbit…is the hardest thing that humans have ever done، and it stands as proof that when we set our minds to something hard، when we work together، we can do anything، including solving our problems here on Earth.” Endurance is a fascinating، moving، uplifting read. --Erin Kodicek، Amazon Book Review

“Kelly brings life in space alive—the wonder and awe of it، and also the jagged edges، the rough parts of living in confined quarters in an alien element، far from everything familiar and beloved.... Endurance، with its honest، gritty descriptions of an unimaginable life، a year off Earth، is as close as most readers will come to making that voyage themselves.” —The Financial Times

“Kelly’s account is insightful، at times humorous، heart-tugging at others. And it’s inspiring enough to change the life of some lost kid، just like The Right Stuff did for him.” —USA Today

“For space junkies، it’s absolutely required reading. The narrative vividly captures Kelly’s growing excitement and trepidation as he prepares to spend a year living in an environment where the potential for catastrophe or death is a part of daily life، and once he’s aboard the space station، we feel as though we’re right there with him. A great book.” —Booklist

“Scott Kelly’s saga is a deeply absorbing and vivid look at a year in space and the many trials and rigors of living weightless inside a football field-sized machine traveling at 17،000 miles per hour. But Endurance satisfies far more than the reader’s technological curiosities; it is replete with humor، thrills، surreal details، and recurring moments of ordinary humanity that turn Kelly’s tale into a loving tribute to the pioneering individuals who risk all to shepherd man’s exploration of the vast beyond.” —Khaled Hosseini، author of And the Mountains Echoed

“Read this book and you will believe in our American future، thrill at our human potential، and laugh at the absurdities of life. Endurance is about excellence and perspective، a memorable read.” —Senator Bill Bradley

“This isn’t your usual astronaut’s memoir.” —The Philadelphia Tribune

“Scott Kelly’s book is as close as I and most everyone else on Earth will ever get to experiencing the fascinating، complex، almost preposterously dangerous business of going into space. When I closed the covers، I felt like I had been out there. Endurance is an utterly gripping book that can stand comfortably in the company of Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff.” —Charles C. Mann، author of 1491

“At once compelling and cautionary… Fascinating stuff… A worthy read for space buffs، to say nothing of anyone contemplating a voyage to the stars.” —Kirkus

“Scott Kelly’s memoir of his year in space and all that preceded it is the real thing—honest، dramatic، illuminating، and simply riveting. With clear، compelling writing، he reveals the nature of space exploration، the current state of the space program، and the raw experience of leaving Earth as has no other book.” —T.J. Stiles، author of Custer’s Trials

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