Endurance: My Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

Endurance: My Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

by Scott Kelly


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ISBN-13: 9780525432432
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 15,955
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.00(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. During the Year in Space mission, he set records for the total accumulated number of days spent in space and for 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. 35 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written inspiring ... Hope for further space exploration.
18715140 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
A first hand and very personal account of living in space. I enjoyed the book very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
CrimeDoc More than 1 year ago
I read the First Look of Scott Kelly's "Endurance." The book begins with Kelly having dinner with his family after returning from spending a year in space. In the introduction, he explains that he was not a great student but was a bit of an adrenaline junkie, taking physical risks as a child, working as an EMT while still in high school, and partying in college to replace his earlier physical risk-taking. Kelly’s writing is clear and accessible – he writes as if he is having a conversation with his reader. I was disappointed that the First Look only included the book’s prologue, because I was so quickly drawn into his story. I think anyone who enjoys memoirs, space, or science fiction would enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about this book, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it. A book about astronauts/space AND Scott Kelly?! Sign me up. I'm fascinated by the subject matter and was not disappointed one bit. I loved learned about Scott Kelly and his life and family, as well as NASA and his experience in space and as an astronaut. I really enjoyed the style of writing and the way the chapters jumped back and forth. I was fascinated by all the information about the space program, both for the United States and other countries. I loved getting to meet the other astronauts from other countries and finding out about them as well. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher (via BookishFirst) in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read, Thank you Scott for giving us a glimpse of your life in space and on Earth.
atmikeysbookreviews More than 1 year ago
When Scott Kelly decided he was going to write a book he contacted Tom Wolfe, author of THE RIGHT STUFF, the book that inspired Kelly to become an astronaut. Kelly asked Wolfe how he should begin. “Begin at the beginning,” was Wolfe’s reply. And so Scott Kelly begins with his life growing up in New Jersey as the twin of his astronaut brother Mark. His parents, both liquor addicted police officers, were still inspirations to the burgeoning astronaut. Especially his mother, who was able to set goals and meet them, even at the hands of an abusive husband. Scott was an uninspired student through most of his high school years, and then he picked up a copy of Wolfe’s book, which is the story of the original Mercury astronauts. He was hooked. Kelly knew his grades would never get him into the Naval Academy at Annapolis, but they were good enough to get him into the Merchant Marine Academy, which was good enough to get him into the Navy. He became a pilot, and that led to becoming a test pilot, and that led to NASA. His first Space Shuttle mission was in December 1999, when he was pilot of Discovery STS-103, an eight day service mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. In 2012 Kelly was selected for a 340 day mission aboard the International Space Station, a mission that began in March 2015 and ended in March 2016. He retired in April of the same year. Kelly has written a very engaging book about his life and his life in space, and the havoc that space travel wreaks on a human body. Kelly writes how his first marriage ended in divorce, hinting that marital infidelity on his part might have been one of the causes of that failure. Kelly is at his best when he writes about his life on earth. From a failing, uninspired student to becoming a paramedic, to becoming a test pilot and then an astronaut, he has written an inspiring story. It’s not an ‘if I can do it, you can do it’ type of story. Rather, it’s a story of overcoming the obstacles in your path and achieving your goals. His writing of his life in space is also quite interesting. I think we all realize how dangerous space travel can be, but I never realized how much of a toll it takes on an astronaut’s body. It affects their vision. It affects their neuromuscular structure. Too much inhalation of elevated carbon dioxide can lead to the bends, the same condition that afflicts divers. We now know that, thanks to medical tests performed on Scott and his astronaut twin brother Mark, that it also affects their DNA, as Scott’s is now slightly different than Mark’s. The research into how his year in space affected his body will go on for years. Scott Kelly has written a very good memoir, with just enough tension to make readers feel like they’re riding a missile into space alongside him. It also reminds us that, with enough hard work, we can attain the goals we set for ourselves. To keep up with Scott Kelly’s story, follow him on Twitter at NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly
CaitlinAllen More than 1 year ago
Thanks to Knopf for the free review copy. All opinions are my own. I am not normally a non-fiction reader. I sometimes can find it hard to get into memoirs, but that was not the case with this book. Kelly makes this extremely scientific and analytical job relatable to the common person. I enjoyed reading about how he spent a year in space. I find space travel to be a fascinating topic and loved to hear about what it was actually like. Another aspect of the book that I really liked was how the chapters switched between leading up to the time in the ISS and the year spent there. I didn't know how someone became an astronaut logistically, and Kelly made the process of understanding easy. I also enjoyed the references to Top Gun when discussing the Navy. This made it so I could understand what he was talking about. I find this book to be fascinating. I really enjoyed learning about space travel, and in a way, 'taking' this journey with Kelly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I'd always been fascinated by the life of astronauts since I was a child, and had somewhat thought it a fun, carefree, career, but never had I given much thought into the grueling training and willpower that goes into it. Scott Kelly definitely shattered my naivete with his story, and I thought this book was a fantastically balanced read that shared great anecdotes of his professional career as well as his personal life, and I felt like I knew the author by end of his book. So yeah, what I found so great about it all is how there's a message of "endurance" that goes into making your career. There were many risks that Kelly put into making his dreams come true, but it's a ringing message that can be applied to all. Definitely one of the more enjoyable books I've had the pleasure of reading this year!
ReadingCornerforAll More than 1 year ago
I loved the welcoming tone of the book. It's like a fireside story where you hear tales about the triumph of spirit and the effects of voyaging across space. The nature of the book itself is absolutely incredible: a man who lived in space for over a year to see how humans are effected by long term space travel. Yet, it is Scott Kelly's very clear and descriptive voice that just draws you in and keeps the pages turning. There is a very humanizing element in how he relates his initial interest in space travel, his school years, and the aftereffects of his life in space on his family and himself. Truly believe this to be a crucial read for all to gain knowledge about space travel and the importance of continuing such voyages into the great unknown.
stickerooniDM More than 1 year ago
I am of the age that I can clearly remember watching the first landing on the moon and the first time mankind walked on the moon. And I remember the Apollo-Soyuz Project and seeing the artist's conception of the two spacecraft docking, miles above the Earth (and what a strange-looking bug that Soyuz craft was to me). And because of this, I've grown up with a fascination and interest in the U.S. space program (which may explain why two of my children are pursuing dreams of working professionally in the space program). Memoirs such as astronaut Scott Kelly's Endurance hold a special fascination for me. For those who don't already know, Scott Kelly has been to space a few times - as part of the space shuttle program and to the International Space Station (ISS). Most recently he was one of two astronauts (the other, Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Korniyenko) who spent nearly one entire year aboard the ISS - the longest anyone has been outside the constant pull of Earth's gravity to date. There are many reasons to subject a human to this, just one of those being that we want to study the effects of long-term weightlessness on the human being because if we ever want to put someone on Mars, or even further away than that, we're clearly looking at some long-term weightlessness for those adventurers. That Scott Kelly has a twin brother, who is also an astronaut employed by NASA, helps with the study as a control subject. What is particularly fascinating about this book is the first-hand account of the day-to-day work about the ISS. The reader gets the impression that Scott Kelly doesn't hold back on much and simply tells it the way he sees it - which isn't always flattering to NASA. But he also describes what might otherwise be considered a mundane work day (fixing toilets, dissecting mice, taking out the trash) except for the fact that it's done in space. The challenges he faces for some of the most routine tasks are often very interesting to read about. And of course there are the fun facts that we really could only get from an astronaut, such as the smell of the exterior metal of the ISS when the capsule first docks. And the smell of the interior of the ISS. And the appearance of the dinged and pitted exterior walls from the plethora of micrometeors that strike the station. The book is more than just a diary of Kelly's year in space. It is a memoir and we have alternating chapters so that we get a sense of who Scott Kelly is and how he came to be the astronaut who spent a year in space. From his early school days, his parents' relationship and goals, his attempts to get in to college once he knew what he wanted to do, and his drive to become an astronaut. Knowing these things about him helps us to understand why he would leave family on Earth for so long to put himself through what he did. What we don't get is the effects. Kelly teases us at the start of the book with his just having returned to Earth and eating dinner with his extended family and suddenly having some health issues - to the degree that his partner wants to get him to a doctor immediately (to which he points out that very few doctors in the world would understand the symptoms and conditions of a man who'd just spent nearly a year in weightlessness). But we never come back to this. We don't get the expected summary of what likely caused this health crises. We understand it's related to his living in space, but does it get better? What specifically caus
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
Very warm and candid view a nearly unfathomable feat! Thank you, Scott and Mark for your service!
Anonymous More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year ago
A great and informTional book. A must read for all ages.
BookFreakOut More than 1 year 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!