A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

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"A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station--a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years. The veteran of four space flights 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 inimical to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal: the devastating 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. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Canada, 2017
ISBN: 9780735233713
Branch Call Number: 629.450092 Kelly
Characteristics: 387 pages, 20 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Dean, Margaret Lazarus 1972-- Author


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Mar 02, 2018

A very excellent and well-written book. I felt like I was aboard the International Space Station. Scott Kelly explains the technical stuff in an easy to understand way, but doesn't dwell on it. The day-to-day life--a lot of "fixing" broken stuff, the everyday things you take for granted like water--is totally absorbing! Also, the way he got to the things he accomplished in his life by READING A BOOK, Tom Wolfe's "The Right Stuff," underscores for all of us who love books, just how important a role they can play in actually changing a persons life.

Jan 31, 2018

I loved this book. People working together for a common goal. Learning about what it is like to live in space [no thank you BTW].

Jan 06, 2018

Really loved the candor and details about living and working in space. From the mundane of urinating and handling garbage to the irritating headaches from high CO2 levels to space walking. This account is honest though not exhaustive in showing us that living at the ISS is a lot harder than it seems, as is the path there. This is a humble but highly accomplished guy.

Dec 18, 2017

This memoir written by Scott Kelly after his record-breaking year in space is accessible and surprisingly transparent. A big thank you to Bookish First for the ARC I won in your raffle. One of my earliest memories is watching the Apollo 11 walk on the moon and I vividly remember the Challenger disaster while I was in college, piquing my interest in this man's story.

Reading Kelly's story gives me an enlightened view of the International Space Station and the people who work in it and provide support. What an incredible team effort! Kelly himself truly did endure arduous training and education to be the ideal candidate for a year in space. His story of his year in space alternating with his journey from childhood to that milestone mission is a true testimony to grit, determination and vision. How exciting to see the strides that continue to be made so that we might someday actually set foot on Mars. Highly recommended!

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