Memoir provides blunt take on year in space
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 and the challenging life events that got him there.
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 and ending up with “some dude’s used underwear” in his hands. He writes about the congestion, headaches and burning eyes he endured from high carbon dioxide levels and the feeling no one cared at Mission Control in Houston.
He tells how he visited a tattoo parlor before launch and got black dots all over his body to make it easier to take ultrasound tests in orbit, and how he fashioned extra puke bags for a nauseous crewmate.
Kelly said his goal in writing “Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery,” was to tell the whole story.
So many other NASA astronauts’ memoirs “focus on the good stuff and not necessarily the personal things that happened in their lives, things they might not be proud of, things that we all have that makes us normal, relatable people,” he told The Associated Press. “So I felt like sharing is good, but ... the bad stuff, too, makes the story more believable.”
Astronaut Scott Kelly sits inside a Soyuz simulator March 4, 2015, at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC) in Star City, Russia. 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.