Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

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 ev...

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  • Nancy

    The worst argument I ever had with my dad when I was growing up was over astronauts. We were at the dinner table and I had remarked that astronauts had to be superior and my dad argued that they had to be 'normal'. Dad thought that normal meant a human body that functioned as it was supposed to, and I thought superior meant they had abilities--physical and cognitive--that most of us don't have.

    After reading Endurance by Scott Kelly I stand by my pre-teen opinion. What Kelly achieved and what he

    The worst argument I ever had with my dad when I was growing up was over astronauts. We were at the dinner table and I had remarked that astronauts had to be superior and my dad argued that they had to be 'normal'. Dad thought that normal meant a human body that functioned as it was supposed to, and I thought superior meant they had abilities--physical and cognitive--that most of us don't have.

    After reading Endurance by Scott Kelly I stand by my pre-teen opinion. What Kelly achieved and what he endured was amazing. Few of us have the will and the commitment to pursue our dream when things get tough. Most of us settle for good enough, unable to push ourselves past what we consider our 'limits'. Nothing stopped Kelly. Nothing.

    Unlike his twin brother Mark, also an astronaut, Scott was an indifferent student until he knew what he wanted. Tom Wolfe's book The Right Stuff  about the first astronauts was the fire that lit his imagination and gave him a vision of what he wanted. He applied himself to his studies and was thrilled to become a Navy jet pilot, then a test pilot, and finally an astronaut. He never said 'no' to a mission, and found himself on the Endeavor and finally on the International Space Station (ISS) for a year.

    In his book Endurance we learn the behind the scenes life of an astronaut, the grueling training and vast amounts of information that must be learned, including Russian. It involves pain and adult diapers, the mundane yet sophisticated duty of cleaning an ISS toilet,  getting along with others in tight quarters, unexpected breakdowns, and long, draining space walks where every move must be considered and planned. 

    The book is detailed. Don't expect Endurance to be an easy, joyride read, but I myself was fascinated. in alternating chapters, we learn about Scott's life and career and about his year on the ISS.  

    Scott has a scientific mind and his drive and ambition are evident. Don't expect a warm, fuzzy persona. Scott does talk about his brother Mark and the tragic shooting of his wife, Gabby Gifford, and her recovery but he is not telling Mark's story. Along with Scott's family, they are included in context of Scott's story. 

    It was fascinating to learn about the astronauts Scott served with on his missions, especially those from other countries, and how the Russian space program differs from NASA. The Russian and American astronauts on the ISS depend on each other for survival and their trust and respect for each other is essential. (If only we on Earth saw our planet as a big spaceship which we share!)

    What does it take to be a success, to fulfill your highest potential? Scott had no fear and saw risky situations as challenges to overcome. He believed that he was part of something bigger than himself, adding to our knowledge and understanding so that someday humankind could travel to Mars. He believed that if humanity works together there is no end of what we can achieve. He believed in himself. He believed in the talents of his fellow astronauts.

    I was thrilled to be given a copy of Endurance from Bookish First To Read in exchange for a fair and unbiased review. 

  • Deanna

    All the stars for this one, fittingly. Best read of the year, and more.

    I want to write a love song to this one but am not up to it.

    I do keep wondering if this was written completely by Kelly or with a ghost writer. It doesn’t matter to me, I just wonder how to place my abundance of kudos.

    If Kelly, not a professional writer, created this on his own I want to shower his with the praise. If he worked with another writer, I want to tell them that they did a fantabulous job making this seem so rea

    All the stars for this one, fittingly. Best read of the year, and more.

    I want to write a love song to this one but am not up to it.

    I do keep wondering if this was written completely by Kelly or with a ghost writer. It doesn’t matter to me, I just wonder how to place my abundance of kudos.

    If Kelly, not a professional writer, created this on his own I want to shower his with the praise. If he worked with another writer, I want to tell them that they did a fantabulous job making this seem so real, intimate, and true that there is nothing about this book that feels co-written. However it came to be, I place this book firmly on the on yes I’ll read it again pile.

    I listened, and Kelly did a great job narrating his own book. Now I have the hardback and will let my eyeballs do the work on the next round, glad I already have Kelly’s voice in my head.

    You know that old question about naming 3 people you most want at your table for dinner. Kelly is now one of them.

  • megs_bookrack

    All the stars in the universe! As memoirs go, this is top-notch! If you like science, you need to read this book. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Scott Kelly himself, and was hooked from start to finish. For me personally, I find it very hard to critique a memoir. I mean, it is that person's story, it is up to them how they choose to tell it. This being said, even if I was a better reviewer I would have a hard time finding anything to critique within this book. Detailing everything from

    All the stars in the universe! As memoirs go, this is top-notch! If you like science, you need to read this book. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by Scott Kelly himself, and was hooked from start to finish. For me personally, I find it very hard to critique a memoir. I mean, it is that person's story, it is up to them how they choose to tell it. This being said, even if I was a better reviewer I would have a hard time finding anything to critique within this book. Detailing everything from his childhood, his navy pilot training and career, astronaut training and numerous space missions, this book is replete with interesting facts and stories. I didn't want it to end - I flew through it and recommend it for everyone. Scott Kelly has lived one hell of a life and you should learn about it!

  • Yun

    When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut (like pretty much every other kid out there). To hear that Scott Kelly volunteered to spend a year in space to advance science and to further the mission to Mars completely thrilled the kid still in me. This book of his experiences during that year spent in the International Space Station, along with his journey to get there, is absolutely fascinating and inspirational.

    Kelly writes with the clear-eyed and straightforward voice of a scientist. Yet hi

    When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut (like pretty much every other kid out there). To hear that Scott Kelly volunteered to spend a year in space to advance science and to further the mission to Mars completely thrilled the kid still in me. This book of his experiences during that year spent in the International Space Station, along with his journey to get there, is absolutely fascinating and inspirational.

    Kelly writes with the clear-eyed and straightforward voice of a scientist. Yet his story is never boring; in fact, it's quite the opposite. No matter what he's talking about, he makes it interesting, such as the superstitious steps taken before launch, what it's like to capture the SpaceX Dragon with a robotic arm, how it feels when multiple rockets holding much needed supplies burned or never made it to ISS, the logistics of everyday life in zero gravity, what it's like to do spacewalks, and so much more.

    It's not often a book comes along that captures my imagination and makes me want to reach for the stars. I'm so glad Kelly wrote this book of his extraordinary experiences. It's an absolute joy to read and will go down as one of my all-time favorites!

  • Rebecca

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

    I’m an absolute sucker for astronaut biographies, so I had to read this. There haven’t been a ton of books written by astronauts who have flown on the ISS. Scott Kelly is a Shuttle astronaut as well as a Russia-launched ISS astronaut, so he speaks about spaceflight from multiple perspectives. His military background comes across strongly in the way he writes – straight forward, tell it like

    I received a free copy of this e-book from the publisher (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review.

    I’m an absolute sucker for astronaut biographies, so I had to read this. There haven’t been a ton of books written by astronauts who have flown on the ISS. Scott Kelly is a Shuttle astronaut as well as a Russia-launched ISS astronaut, so he speaks about spaceflight from multiple perspectives. His military background comes across strongly in the way he writes – straight forward, tell it like it is. I initially had a hard time getting into this one, but I became engrossed at about the 30% mark, then tore through the rest.

    For those expecting a book just about the Year in Space program, you may come away disappointed. The book really wasn’t centered on that program, and he didn’t really give a lot of detail about what went on, experiment wise. He does talk a lot about life on the ISS, so that was very interesting. We get his life story, his military career story and the story of how he was selected to be an astronaut. This book gave the best descriptions about life on the ISS that I’ve encountered so far. It was really neat to see the difference between how the Russian modules are run versus the US run modules.

    I think this book will appeal to non-fiction fans, especially those interested in NASA, the ISS and space science. I’m not sure this will appeal to a wide variety of people, but it is what it is.

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks

    You might have noticed that when I read nonfiction, I read some pretty crazy topics all over the place. This time! We're delving into space.

    And this is precisely

    Space just got real, and it's meaner than you've ever thought.

    For those who don't know what I'm talking about – this is the review of Scott Kelly's memoir, and he is the cool dude who spent a year in spac

    You might have noticed that when I read nonfiction, I read some pretty crazy topics all over the place. This time! We're delving into space.

    And this is precisely

    Space just got real, and it's meaner than you've ever thought.

    For those who don't know what I'm talking about – this is the review of Scott Kelly's memoir, and he is the cool dude who spent a year in space.

    After having cancer.

    So let's get to the reasons why you should read his book!

    Well... NOPE.

    The lack of gravity will even break your body in time. It will reduce you to basically a squid. Did you know that? Let me give you a list of things that are

    not completely true about being in space, and yet are constantly used in fictional space:

    ✬ Hot sci-fi chicks gracefully moving around on spaceships?

    ✬ Long hair looking good in space?

    ✬ Scratch that. Hair in general looking good? Even staying clean and being washed?

    ✬ Toned muscular bodies in space?

    ✬ Actually, rethink everything you've ever read about people eating on no-gravity spaceships. And about fresh food on spaceships.

    ✬ A quick suit up before going out of the ship?

    ✬ I will not begin ANY SUCH conversation about sexual activity in space because you do not want to think about fluid dynamics OR the lack of weight you're experiencing. Neither do I.

    Personally, I loved finding out about this.

    Because sci-fi makes it seem soooo easy. That's the last thing it is.

    Actually, I thought that only 20:20 vision ripped young boys and girls go to space. Probably, so did you.

    Turns out, nope – young folks don't go to space.

    That is another lie by the media, fed to us to think that only youngsters can do anything in life, and if you're not doing it, you're living your life all wrong.

    Years of it. Most people go to space sub-40. By that time, they probably don't have 20:20 vision anymore. They don't have perfect health either.

    People went to space after having cancer! People went to space with glasses. Wanna know what? If you're short, you're a preference for going to space! Ha. I found all of that

    empowering.

    Okay, so... The political arena these days is not something I want to even remotely hear about.

    Which is why I found it unbelievably uplifting to know that while we squabble about whose president is less qualified for their job or... more qualified for totalitarian world domination, the

    Turns out, the Americans can't even go to space without the Russians. They have been going to space on a Russian ship for aaaaages now that the Shuttle has been decomissioned. Fancy that, huh? So much for diplomacy... This is the true team spirit of advancing humanity.

    I think Scott Kelly puts it better than me, so check out this quote:

    "When people ask whether the space station is worth the expense, this is something I always point out. What is it worth to see two former bitter enemies transform their weapons into transport for peaceful exploration and the pursuit of scientific knowledge? What is it worth to see former enemy nations turn their warriors into crewmates and lifelong friends? This is impossible to put a dollar figure on, but to me it’s one of the things that makes this project worth the expense, even worth risking our lives."

    – an experience I'm also familiar with – and it's truly great to hear that high achievers can be people just like me, people who might have often felt that achievements are for "the better kind", the kind of people who come from proper homes

    Side by side, he tells two stories – one of actually being in space, and one of preparing himself to go there –

    No astronaut has ever come back to Earth and said, to hell with global warming, it doesn't exist!

    It's directly visible, juxtaposed to the coldness, vastness and inhabitability of space. It baffles you how powerless we really are out there – for all our almighty hubris.

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  • Holly Socolow

    Endurance, the aptly borrowed title documenting Shackleton’s year in Antarctica , is about Scott Kelly’s record-breaking year on the International Space Station (ISS) and the challenges therein. I ended up reading the first half and listening to the second half of the book due to new release availability at my library. I found reading the book easier to follow with the chapters alternating in time between his present mission on the ISS, and his formative family experiences and years of training

    Endurance, the aptly borrowed title documenting Shackleton’s year in Antarctica , is about Scott Kelly’s record-breaking year on the International Space Station (ISS) and the challenges therein. I ended up reading the first half and listening to the second half of the book due to new release availability at my library. I found reading the book easier to follow with the chapters alternating in time between his present mission on the ISS, and his formative family experiences and years of training as an officer and pilot. The audio book seemed to blend more together partly due to Scott’s matter-of-fact reading.

    My takeaway-- there is nothing romantic about being an astronaut on the ISS for a year other than the incredible feat of making it as an astronaut and those times of looking out the window of the cupola and seeing the unfiltered planet Earth and the universe! He and the other stream of astronauts from all over the world coming and going worked very hard every day doing whatever NASA or their particular mission control told them to do -- anything from fixing toilets to taking their own blood, performing dentistry, growing lettuce and dissecting mice, all in zero gravity. Oh yes, and harrowing space walks. Yikes. It was fascinating to learn about the day to day life on the ISS and the many many things we take for granted on Earth, like setting an object down and having it stay there, the sensation of rain on the skin, the taste of fresh vegetables, and the comfort of a soft pillow.

    It was wonderful hearing about what a truly international collaboration and accomplishment the ISS was and still is. The importance of the astronauts’ missions and the appreciation of their unique place in history resulted in life-supporting collaboration superseding power politics and petty arguments that so needlessly consume much of humanity just 250 miles below.

  • Jennifer

    is a memoir written by

    . A former NASA astronaut, Scott Kelly is best known for spending nearly a year on the International Space Station (ISS) and (as of October 2015) for spending more time in space than any other American. He's also a former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired U.S. Navy captain, a twin to another NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, a father, a son, and an ex-husband. This book is not only about Sc

    is a memoir written by

    . A former NASA astronaut, Scott Kelly is best known for spending nearly a year on the International Space Station (ISS) and (as of October 2015) for spending more time in space than any other American. He's also a former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired U.S. Navy captain, a twin to another NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, a father, a son, and an ex-husband. This book is not only about Scott and his year in space. It's about all of the above. It's about his upbringing, his inspiration past and present, the other career roles that have served as stepping stones, the sacrificing family that watched him leave the planet over and over for work, the toll outer space takes on the body, mind, and relationships, and it's about Russia, science, perspective, and gratitude.

    Overall, I found

    to be a well-rounded memoir that covered many more topics than I expected. Based on my personal reading experience, many sections felt dry which caused me to pause the audiobook (narrated by Scott himself) several times due to a lack of engagement; however, a few parts were surprisingly touching and made up for it. My favorite parts included the exploration of relationship factors suffered by Scott and his now ex-wife as a result of the sacrifices required by this career, the physical accommodations necessary when in space (things many of us surely take for granted), and the nightmarish reaction Scott's body had upon his return to earth after almost a year of no gravity.

    is a perfect title for this book.

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  • Petra Eggs

    The blurb was better than the book. If this book had been entitled "The story of my life, including a Year I Spent in Space", I might have enjoyed the book more. Instead if was a feat of ... endurance. I had wanted to read about space not a biography.

    The author comes from a family where both parents are cops, there is domestic violence and the father and his cop friends think it's fun to have shooting matches sometimes using his son't craft projects as targets. Nice family. That is the most inte

    The blurb was better than the book. If this book had been entitled "The story of my life, including a Year I Spent in Space", I might have enjoyed the book more. Instead if was a feat of ... endurance. I had wanted to read about space not a biography.

    The author comes from a family where both parents are cops, there is domestic violence and the father and his cop friends think it's fun to have shooting matches sometimes using his son't craft projects as targets. Nice family. That is the most interesting bit about his biography. His marriages, girlfriend, twin brother (also an astronaut), his school, college, professional career and health issues just didn't really interest me.

    What I was interested in, a very prurient interest, but he didn't say, was when he had his prostate removed in a radical operation and he said the risks were incontinence and impotence. All the men I know who have had prostate removal as opposed to other treatments, all became impotent beyond the help of Viagra. The author had the operation rather than chemo and radiotherapy because it would enable him to get back into space quicker without any risk of a relapse. I wanted to know if he put space before his sex life. If so, I kind of wonder why his partner stuck with him, but then she was used to him going off into space, for up to a year at a time, so maybe she didn't care that much about that aspect of life.

    The space station, how it was a year there really did interest me but there was less information than in

    (a 10 star book, a great read and very informative),

    or

    , both 5 star reads.

    There is one really good quote, it is about a test that the author is taking and he can see the answers, however he doesn't know if he is supposed to be able to see them and should speak out (ie a test of honesty) or what. He says, "I don't condone cheating, but I've learned it's important to be creative in solving problems." For that he gets an extra half-star. 3 stars.

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