Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery (Signed Book)

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery (Signed Book)

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Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery (Signed Book) by Scott Kelly

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780525520672
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.50(d)

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. In October 2015, he set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space, the single longest space mission by an American astronaut. He lives in Houston, Texas.

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Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
Scott Kelly's novel Endurance is a great read for anyone who is a space enthusiast or who simply enjoys a story of a man who came from meager beginnings to go on to accomplish something few people in this world has ever done. Kelly starts us from his early years as a school kid in New Jersey who had little interest in school and came from a dysfunctional family. He builds on this on how he became inspired to succeed and the long path it took him to enter the Navy and eventually flight school and then on to become a test pilot who was chosen to fly in space. Kelly loves his time in orbit but doesn't hold back on what hardships are involved in getting there and being there. We learn about how NASA's idea of what needs to be done while in orbit doesn't always mesh with what those who are actually there feels needs to be done. His year-long trip actually came after initially being turned down for the trip. He went back to NASA to plead his case on how he would actually be a great test subject because of his twin brother that he actually gets his ticket to one last long mission in space. Kelly has a lot of struggles during his mission but also make some great friends that will last a lifetime. This book was an easy read and very enjoyable.
18715140 6 months ago
Scott Kelly's autobiography is a journey from a slacker in youth, to a man willing to sacrifice himself for the furtherance of mankind. I truly enjoyed Scott's wit and humor through out the journey he has provided the reader. Scott was a total under achiever in youth, but seeing his Mom's training and become a police officer in an era when women were not on the force and reading the novel All the Right Stuff, propelled Scott on a journey that lead him to where he is today. The longest space mission for an American lasting almost a year. What Scott sacrifice will help Man reach Mars. Scott's determination kept him on a path, that many thought he would never achieve. His twin brother also became an astronaut, from the same dysfunctional beginnings. That to me makes a truly remarkable family that shows you can over come obstacles. One thing that I truly enjoyed reading about, was all the different aircraft that Scott learned to fly, ending with the Space Shuttle. While these pilots make things look easy, the behind the scene narrative that Scott provided, truly shows how difficult flight can be. While one may think floating in the ISS would be a fun day, there are a lot of sacrifices and demands of the body and mind that Scott eloquently described in his writing.
conni7 6 months ago
I am amazed at how interesting this book is. I expected to read a lot of factual information about Scott Kelly’s time at the International Space Station, this book was all that and so much more. The author shares detail about his formative years, growing up with a father who was an alcoholic. He goes on to say how he didn’t do well in school, barely passing through each grade and not doing any better in high school. He had trouble sitting still for anything and thinks if he grew up today, he would be diagnosed with ADHD. It all changed when he came across a copy of The Right Stuff. The book suddenly made everything clear to him. Becoming an a navy pilot and hopefully eventually an astronaut was now his goal. He then writes about the struggle and hard work that went into improving his grades in college, so he could finally be accepted at a military academy. He intersperses his past with his career as an astronaut and how he ended up going to the International Space Station. Through words and photos he shows us what it’s like to get there and live there for a year. He covers some of the difficult things such as how careful they have to be with everything because things float away. There are difficulties eating, working on equipment and even going to the bathroom. I highly recommend this fascinating book. I would love to see this reduced in size for elementary school kids to show them that they too can reach their dreams by working for them. This book is so inspirational that I think he could change a few lives by reaching children at young ages.
KristyJewel 7 months ago
I just finished reading Endurance by Scott Kelly and I have to say I really enjoyed the book. I ended up buying the audiobook after I received the physical book simply because I saw that the book was read by Scott Kelly. I always love listening to the person read their own life story. I have to say that I was really impressed with this book. Scott Kelly really adds the human element to Space Exploration. It was motivating in a "I will never be that motivated" kind of way. Growing up, I never even thought of being an astronaut so reading about his experiences was truly one of a kind. One thing when reading this book that I noticed is that Scott Kelly is a facts only kind of guy. He seems to almost lack emotions at certain pivotal parts in the book. He really just states the facts and moves on. That was something that I really had to accept because most of the biographies that I read have some sort of emotion placed in them. Even though the emotions was missing, I have to say I still really enjoyed learning about his journey and I'm sure it was better to not get lost in the details. All in all, this book was fascinating. If anyone is wanting to learn more about the daily struggle that astronauts go through, this is a great book to read. I truly hope that this book speaks to many people and helps them realize their full potential. Scott Kelly just proved that picking up a book can truly change your life.
BrainyHeroine 7 months ago
Endurance is not a memoir to be read lightly, though gravity and brevity both take the forefront. Scott's experiences both getting to the ISS and while on it, are a remarkable, pragmatic, and thrilling experiment in the capacity of science and humanity. There is no fluff in his telling, no exaggeration of events, you almost feel like you're having a conversation with him, or rather that he's giving a lecture. The photos and sketches in the book are a great point of reference in a few places; all while giving a truly fantastical experience a homey feel. Scott Kelly did a really and utterly fantastic job, both on his various missions and in the writing of this book. It's hard to explain why I've found it to be so amazing, but it just is. The rollercoaster of emotions that you go through, exhilaration, fear, hope, sadness, all to get to an unknown ending that we get to witness in real life is magical. This is going to be a book that one day sparks some kids interest in a future space program.
Anonymous 7 months ago
A first hand and very personal account of living in space. I enjoyed the book very much.
Anonymous 7 months ago
I opened this book up with the thought that I would read a few chapters before bed here and there. To be honest, I didn't think I would like it. After the first few sections I was hooked. Finished it within a week and my plan to read a few chapters before bed turned into reading it until 3am. I love the rawness and honesty of the character. You get to know him. Not the person he wants you to think he is, but really the person he is. That isn't easy to do. To be so honest and bold about who you are knowing that everyone can read and judge from that. I really thought it would be another space book. I'm embarrassed for thinking that now. You get taken to another place but its how he tells it thats important. I literally felt everything that he felt. I saw what he saw and I was an emotional wreck for the whole ride. Definitely a must read for everyone.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Very disappointed this was not totally written by the person "enduring" the trip to space. A ghost writer obviously wrote this or wrote the majority of the Memoir. The "almost year in space" could have been more of a family style book not adult only thoughts. I wouldn't want my children to read this. Otherwise not too bad.
Anonymous 6 days ago
This is the best book to explore space with. It is an insiders look into a career and (out of) world that people don't get too close with usually. The way Kelley writes the book invites people into his life - from early childhood until today, through the trials and tribulations of the life of an astronaut. He simplifies the science enough that everyone can understand it, but can also see how challenging even 5 minutes on the ISS must be. He expertly weaves in stories of his childhood, his personal life, and his time at NASA. It is a page turner in the greatest sense, and despite knowing the end of the story, knowing how things work out, you are left on the edge of your seat. The beautiful color photos in the book also provide a personal look at space travel and the absolute beauty of this world. A highly recommended book for space lovers and non-space lovers alike.
Deb-Krenzer 3 months ago
I liked this book a lot! It was very interesting and held my interest throughout. Scott Kelly is a very funny guy and I liked how put that into the book. I learned a lot about the space industry. Most of it, I didn’t know. I certainly didn’t realize that there are still astronauts and that we are using Russia’s facilities. I now a little secret about dill, as well. Ha!! I think it’s great that we are cooperating with Russia in order to learn more about space and the secrets it holds. So many different things that I learned about were very extraordinary. A really good book that I enjoyed very much. Thanks to Bookish for providing me with a free copy of the book (a hard copy) in order for me to review.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Very warm and candid view a nearly unfathomable feat! Thank you, Scott and Mark for your service!
Anonymous 4 months ago
I received a copy of this book from Penguin Random House for an honest review. Scott Kelly's Endurance is a study in human achievement and the ISS is really the star of the show. Don't get me wrong--Scott Kelly is an interesting, personable, funny narrator, and his memoir is cohesive and strong. But the international space station, the way it functions and its purpose, is the most fascinating part of the novel. Endurance takes us in alternating chapters between episodes on the ISS and Kelly's life on earth: growing up with his twin brother, stressing in school over mediocre grades, the typical "I wasn't great in school, but now I'm an astronaut" thing. In spite of the fact that this book is about Kelly and his life, I found myself scanning through these chapters and moving onto the space station fodder. I loved learning about how the station works--how Kelly and cohorts eat in space, commit routine tasks, sleep on rotation, the politics of how human bodies endure. The progression of what man can achieve in space is so important to catalogue, and Kelly's memoir will go far in helping us understand the physical and mental toll a year in space can take.
Anonymous 4 months ago
A great and informTional book. A must read for all ages.
BookFreakOut 5 months ago
This stunning memoir is a must-read, and that's coming from someone who rarely reads nonfiction! Endurance is split between chapters detailing his year on the International Space Station and a broader view of his life journey up to the launch of that mission. I appreciated the focus on his "year in space" mission; having that take up half the book allowed him to share both the broad mission goals and their impact for the future of space exploration as well as the more lighthearted aspects of his time in space - pranks on crewmates, stories of family dinners with the cosmonauts, and the arrival of a gorilla suit in space. His early life history is equally fascinating and inspiring; the story of how he was a low-performing student even through his first year of college proves that it's never too late to chase a dream, even one as ambitious as going into space. There's enough technical detail in Endurance to satisfy space and tech nerds, but it's described in lay terms that will make this a winner for anyone. Full of heart and humor, Endurance will make you want to reach for the stars!
Anonymous 5 months ago
I thought this would be far more interesting than it actually was. To be fair, for the first quarter/first third it is very interesting. I don't know very much about space or space travel or the effects of coming back after being in space, so reading about Scott Kelly's preparations and the superstitious behaviors and what he emotionally goes through for each trip was interesting. However, he often gets bogged down in minutiae that would have been better left out. There's an entire ten pages set aside to discuss how to fix the machine that recirculates urine into drinking water. That's only one example and you will see a lot more if you ever pick this book up. It also seemed as though everyone got along together SO WELL. No one ever had problems with anyone. I get that yo're in a confined space for long periods of time and government agencies are going to send their most well adjusted, least likely to cause conflict people up there, but I guess I'm just not buying it that everyone was SO FRIENDLY. This book probably would have been better if it were shorter, with fewer technical details or exhaustive, repetitive explanations.
15759663 5 months ago
I was hesitant to consider Scott Kelly's autobiography, as I don't usually enjoy this genre as much, but I dared to enjoy something a little different. I am pretty content that I did make this choice. One of the greatest qualities of this story is how personal and relatable Kelly is. As shared in the beginning of the story, he wanted to determine the best way for him to detail his journey to, through and beyond space travel and the discoveries therein, and the way to do it was to start at the beginning. Kelly's journey is not cliche or fancy, yet magical. The warm and inviting words of a book he discovered as a student on campus invited him into a reality that he would not have otherwise developed a passion for-- daring to try the unimaginable and difficult to affect meaningful discover and or change towards future exploration. This is the most magical, as I appreciate how stories can transform us and those around us, should we dare to enjoy the contents of the pages. Kelly presents a compelling narrative of his normal, yet overwhelmingly glorious life as a mediocre student and son, who then becomes a beacon of light towards discovery and wonder in space.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Well written inspiring ... Hope for further space exploration.
kaitlynspet 6 months ago
Scott Kelly has written an awesome book regarding his life and how he ended up being part of the space program. He writes very candidly about life both inside and outside of NASA. This book is very informative and entertaining at the same time. Those interested in human presence in Space, NASA and the International Space Station will enjoy this book and find it impossible to put down but at the same time a book that you will want to savior. Kelly writes about life on the ISS and some of the anecdotes he shares are quite humorous and also detailed. Life aboard the International Space Station is not all about science but also the mundane and at the same time necessary, i.e. maintenance of everyday items like toilets and exercise equipment. This is a must read and one of the best books of this genre.
kaitlynspet 6 months ago
Scott Kelly has written an awesome book regarding his life and how he ended up being part of the space program. He writes very candidly about life both inside and outside of NASA. This book is very informative and entertaining at the same time. Those interested in human presence in Space, NASA and the International Space Station will enjoy this book and find it impossible to put down but at the same time a book that you will want to savior. Kelly writes about life on the ISS and some of the anecdotes he shares are quite humorous and also detailed. Life aboard the International Space Station is not all about science but also the mundane and at the same time necessary, i.e. maintenance of everyday items like toilets and exercise equipment. This is a must read and one of the best books of this genre.
Shortcake5 6 months ago
As someone who has attended so many shuttle launches (one of which was Mr. Kelly’s flight in 1999) and landings and dreams of what its like to be in space, I was stoked to find out I was being given Endurance by Scott Kelly to review. I find outer space fascinating I follow the flight paths of the International Space Station (ISS)(which oddly enough will be crossing over my home at 6:22 p.m. tonight, and I am planning on watching it travel along on its journey with my high power binoculars). This book adds to my fascination. Retired Astronaut Scott Kelly is the longest occupying American resident of the ISS with 340 straight days in 2015-2016. Endurance is his memoir of that record-breaking stay and the rest of his “Lifetime of Discovery.” Selected to a "year-long mission" starting with Expedition 43, he then commanded Expedition 44 and 45, Mr. Kelly had put into practice what it was like to live on the Space Station two years before with his 5 months stay on the ISS during Expedition 26. His life journey through hardships in his childhood, his service in the Navy as a Pilot, fighting Prostate Cancer and those months of Expedition 43 prepared him for what came next. Endurance is the closest I will ever get to space and I ate up every word Mr. Kelly wrote. His struggles from being away from his family, his relationships, his joys, his mental and physical health, working with various countries Astronauts delving in Biomedical Engineering, his vivid explanations of the day to day jobs he completed were like a sci-fi novel turned reality. Can you imagine what it would be like to look at the earth and see it in all its glory, it’s distinguishing attributes? You don’t have to, Mr. Kelly gives you his view and feelings on what it is like. He makes you feel as if you are there, working, playing and traveling through zero gravity. The knowledge that you don’t have control over anything that happens on earth to your family is something that Mr. Kelly finds out about when his sister-in-law Congresswoman Gabriella Giffords is shot in Arizona at a Safeway grocery store parking lot meeting with constituents. Mr. Kelly had a few months left of his stay. A few things of what Mr. Kelly says of that experience, while leading the nation in a moment of silence concerning the horrific assassination attempt and deaths of six people and 13 injured that day in Tucson struck me as something to really chew on and change, and also some huge foreshadowing, “Those of us who have had the privilege to look down on the Earth from space get the chance to take a larger perspective of the planet and the people who share it. I feel more strongly than ever that we must do better” He explains after the moment of silence "on the space station, we followed our normal routine. But I knew that on Earth somethings would never be the same.” Mr. Kelly’s life experiences told throughout this book show everyone that someone can come from obscurity and land into whatever they dream of becoming and beyond those dreams. This book is worth reading especially if you have any inkling of journeying from your own life to someone else’s and obviously if you love space exploration. This book hits one of my top five memoirs. Read it, you won’t regret it. Thanks to Bookish First for sending me a copy of Endurance: A Year in Space, A lifetime of Discovery I thoroughly enjoyed it. This book was given to me in lieu of my honest opinion.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery by Scott Kelly was a challenging but very fascinating read! Mr. Kelly had a goal from a fairly early age and he spent the next thirty years of his life learning, training, and finally being what he had set out to be. He wanted to be an astronaut and his struggle with ADD and perpetual bad grades was not going to stop him. The amount of focus, intelligence and ability to learn many complex systems and subjects quickly and efficiently was truly inspiring. All of the things he had to learn from physics in college to all of the intricate and complicated pieces of equipment in the Air Force to fly jets and finally on the ISS was astounding. There was never any doubt that astronauts are some of the smartest and bravest people on the planet but the ratio of time spent training and the time actually spent in space doing what they trained to do was unbelievable. They spent years training for trips that took as little as a few days to as long as over a year to actually complete. That is a vast time and energy commitment for such a small trade off and often they would wait years just to be put on a mission. Scott Kelly's explanations of his many experiments, the many blood tests he administered himself, the lengthy spacewalks and the many other seemingly mundane tasks such as going to the bathroom were much harder in reality in space than on the ground. These hardships were what made this a great read! I would recommend this book to anyone!
Anonymous 7 months ago
I cant tell you how much I enjoyed this book. I had a hard time putting it down each night and was sorry when it was over. It was so good I read every last page of the Acknowledgments. A must read.
MonnieR 8 months ago
Almost every review of this book, I'll bet, will begin something like this: "When I was a kid, outer space was fascinating...I dreamed of being an astronaut." I wholeheartedly agree with the first part; it was true of me then - back in the '50s when the National Aeronautics and Space Administration was founded, and it is true now that I've reached septagenerian status. But beyond that, flying 900 feet in the air under a parasail firmly attached to a heavy cable is about as high as I ever want to go (and don't care to go ever again, thank you very much). Besides that, just thinking about stuffing my body into one of those capsules that carry astronauts to and from terra firma makes me break out in a cold sweat. Truth is, I'm quite content to read about other people's experiences - and this account is one of the best I've encountered since Tom Wolfe's 1979 classic, "The Right Stuff." So I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Wolfe's book served as the impetus that turned Kelly's life around - from a kid who had no plans for his future and didn't much care for education to one singularly focused on a very lofty and difficult-to-reach career goal and knew education was the key to reaching it. In this book, Kelly, who holds the American record for consecutive days spent in space, tells it like it really was - both in his personal and professional life. For those who might not know, he is the twin brother of astronaut Mark Kelly, also the husband of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who survived an assassination attempt in 2011. The prologue of the book hooked me immediately: now back on earth for 48 hours, Kelly was suffering the effects of a return to gravity after a year of looking down on civilization as we know it from the International Space Station (which he notes is today the longest-inhabited structure in space by far and the largest peacetime international project in history). That's impressive in and of itself, but along the way - maybe because I spent my youth in the throes of the Cold War, crossing my fingers that school desks would protect me from a nuclear blast - I was blown away by one comment in particular: That Kelly found himself heading to space with two Russian companions, all of whom not that long ago might have been ordered to kill each other. Now, their very lives depended on total cooperation and trust. Chapters shift from Kelly's pre-astronaut years to his experiences on four space flights including his final mission aboard the ISS. Although I'm sure he left out plenty of classified details, he pulls no punches when it comes to describing what it's really like in a confined space in zero gravity (right down to how human waste is contained and what happens to any of it that isn't). Some happenings are day-to-day routine and others have the potential to make the writing of this book not a happening thing, but all share a common bond: not a single one is boring. I finished the book as fast as I could, and when I got to the last page, I wished there were more to read. As I said at the beginning, space - and Kelly's part of exploring it - are nothing short of fascinating. Now that his in-space voyages have come to an end, to Kelly I say thank you for your service and your wonderful book. Oh yes, and one other thing. Live long and prosper!
Anonymous 9 months ago
I just read one of the best autobiography's! From someone who reads mostly fiction this is saying a lot.. The Astronaut Scott Kelly described his experiences living in space for a year. I remember being glued to to the TV in 2015 whenever Scott Kelly came on. From Spacewalks and experiments to the emotional disasters of the Columbia and Challenger shuttle disasters, Scott Kelly really kept me at the edge of my seat. One of my favorite lines in the book was, " I just experienced being trolled, in space, by the second man on the moon, while also engaging in a twitter conversation with the president." That made me laugh! Scott Kelly is a charming guy and a good writer. He is a hero along with all our astronauts. I highly highly highly recommend reading this book!!!
Anonymous 10 months ago