A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

Book - 2017
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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. Here we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781524731595
Branch Call Number: 629.450092 K2985K
Characteristics: 387 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Dean, Margaret Lazarus 1972-- Author


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Jun 05, 2020

recommended by Kristine Rusch

Jul 25, 2018

It would be nice if author publish a picture of his ex-wife & two children in his memoir & year in ISS to simulate trip to Mars on long term health. However, I do understand what happened to his sister-in-law.

May 12, 2018

I really thought this book would be a lot more interesting, but I found there were too many distracting irrelevant passage that had nothing to do with space travel. The ISS is very interesting and amazing, but Mr. Kelly's biography is neither.

Mar 17, 2018

I have an app on my phone that notifies me when the ISS is flying over my house. Love to watch it glide by. After reading this book I have a new understanding of what life on the ISS is like and how incredible these astronauts are. I loved this book, it was so well written. Would recommend this as required reading in Jr or Sr High. I feel the men and women who do space travel are the Real Heroes of this world.

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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