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Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery Paperback – 17 May 2018
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This isn’t your usual astronaut’s memoir. ― Daily Mail
Everyone’s favourite space captain and all-round hero NASA astronaut ― Huffington Post
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 ― Financial Times
Endurance has a winning modesty and a bone-dry wit ― Daily Mail
About the Author
Scott Kelly is a retired astronaut and International Space Station commander. He recently returned from his #YearInSpace to break all records and become the longest serving American in space.
Scott Kelly's contribution to his field is immeasurable and his experience utterly unique. Endurance will bring it to life for those of us who may never make it beyond the Earth's atmosphere.
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- ASIN : 1784162655
- Publisher : Black Swan (17 May 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781784162658
- ISBN-13 : 978-1784162658
- Item Weight : 348 g
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
- Generic Name : BOOK
- Best Sellers Rank: #157,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Initially the book was sold at 589, but when I received it saw that the price tag was for 499. When reported to amazon, the seller quickly blamed it on a technical glitch (???) and asked for returning the order and placing a new order at the 499 price. Going through the whole process left a bad taste and hence deducted one star.
In Endurance Captain Kelly takes us on a tour of the ISS and answers all our questions about space.
A exciting read from start to finish.
Top reviews from other countries
An interesting read. Much can be learned from this book.
I acquired this book on the basis of extracts in newspapers and favourable reviews. The matter-of-fact tone and absence of hyperbole appealed.
The book is however not without flaws. The writing is at times clichéd and the language sometimes used would probably make many consider the book unsuitable for children. The editing is occasionally deficient (eg p290 "we must past (sic) oral exams") and a glossary would be helpful - many abbreviations and acronyms are used. The CDRA (carbon dioxide removal assembly) is introduced and frequently referred to afterwards - but if the meaning of the abbreviation is forgotten, there's no direct reference to CDRA in the index. The author advises that CDRA is pronounced "Seedra" and then uses that spelling extensively throughout the book. There's no direct reference to that in the index either. Incidentally a former editor himself (very strongly) argues that notwithstanding pronunciation, CDRA should be spelt CDRA and not Seedra!
I found the structure disconcerting - in fairness, other reviewers have not. The book switches without warning from space to to the author's history and back again. For example, I found I was so engrossed in naval air operations that I'd quite forgotten the part of the space programme from which the book had suddenly changed, when it equally suddenly returned to it!
It is said that every man is the hero of his own story. The author contradicts this somewhat. While of course, his absolutely undoubted bravery emerges throughout the book, so do other aspects of his character and conduct - and the costs his ambition to be an astronaut inflicted. This is arguably one of the strengths of his account.
Overall, a worthwhile read. In many respects I found the author's naval experiences among the most interesting parts of the book. That said, I also learned a great deal about space operations.
Who to recommend it to.....anyone that has an interest in human endeavour, scientific fact or a respect for achievement.
The fact is this book not only chronicles Astronaut Scott Kelly and his journey but stands as testament to all those whom have contributed to mankind’s quest for cosmic knowledge especially those that sacrificed their lives so that others will benefit. His descriptions are really open, from wanting to smell fresh-cut grass again to the hurt of wearing a space suit.
I learned so much about space that I had never even thought about and now appreciate
life on Earth much more----really makes you think of how much we take for granted.
I would strongly recommend this book and would like to wish Scott Kelly a happy life on Earth.