U.S. as­tro­naut’s mem­oir pro­vides blunt take on year in space

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CAPE CANAVERAL, FLA. » In his new au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, re­tired as­tro­naut Scott Kelly gives an un­flinch­ingly blunt take on his U.S. record-break­ing year in space.

This isn’t your usual as­tro­naut’s mem­oir.

Kelly re­counts dump­ster div­ing on the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion for dis­carded meals af­ter a sup­ply cap­sule was de­stroyed. He writes about the con­ges­tion, headaches and burn­ing eyes he en­dured from high car­bon diox­ide lev­els.

In his book, Kelly tells how prostate cancer surgery al­most got him banned from space sta­tion duty. He also tells how his vi­sion prob­lem dur­ing an ear­lier space­flight al­most cost him the one-year mis­sion, which spanned from March 2015 to March 2016.

Kelly says his goal in writ­ing ““En­durance: A Year in Space, A Life­time of Dis­cov­ery,’ was to tell the whole story.

The book comes out Tues­day.

BILL INGALLS — NASA VIA AP

In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion (ISS) crew mem­ber Scott Kelly of the U.S. re­acts af­ter land­ing near the town of Dzhezkaz­gan, Kaza­khstan. In his new au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, the re­tired as­tro­naut writes about his U.S. record-break­ing year in space and the chal­leng­ing life events that got him there.

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