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Astronaut Scott Kelly Announces Autobiography

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Scott Kelly announced the details of his autobiography on Oct. 11, 2017. The retired astronaut explained that he chose to write his tale in a non-traditional manner.

In “Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery,” published by Knopf, he wrote about all of his experiences, not only the good or educational times but the whole story. Kelly also wrote a children’s version from Penguin Random House, “My Journey to the Stars.” His books will be released on Tuesday, Oct. 17.

His mission on the International Space Station spanned one year, March 2015-16. “Endurance” is a blunt tale of Kelly’s time with NASA. The autobiography was composed using journals he wrote while in space.

He shares two health obstacles that almost cost him his place on the ISS. First, prostate cancer and then a vision problem that he endured from a previous mission, which ultimately did not ban his assignment.

At one point, he recalls, they had to dumpster dive for food after a supply capsule was destroyed. He also discussed suffering headaches, eye irritation, and respiratory issues from high levels of carbon dioxide. Kelly expressed he felt that Houston Mission Control did not care about his reaction to the CO2.

Kelly has been retired for the last 18 months, and he misses space now as much as he missed Earth while aboard the ISS. He spent a record, 340 days during his final mission, during which, Kelly enjoyed the company of Cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko. Before that, he flew two space shuttle trips and had one other extended visit on the station.

By Cathy Milne

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