EN­DURANCE: A YEAR IN SPACE, A LIFE­TIME OF DIS­COV­ERY

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - Books - By Scott Kelly

Kelly’s new book, En­durance, is a rol­lick­ing tale, well-told, about his jour­ney to mak­ing the trip of a life­time. He shares the big-pic­ture stuff (“I’ve learned that grass smells great and wind feels amaz­ing and rain is a mir­a­cle. I will try to re­mem­ber how mag­i­cal th­ese things are for the rest of my life”); the en­ter­tain­ing (in prepa­ra­tion for Mars: “Can a pair of un­der­wear be worn four days in­stead of two? Can a pair of socks last a month?”); and the fright­en­ing (cere­bral fluid doesn’t drain prop­erly in zero grav­ity, and it “may squish our eye­balls out of shape”). The best parts of the book are those in which Kelly an­swers the burn­ing ques­tions all of us have. How do you sleep in space? How do you brush your teeth, eat break­fast, drink cof­fee, call your fam­ily, work out?

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