Mem­oir pro­vides blunt take on year in space

The Progress-Index - - OBITUARIES - By Marcia Dunn The As­so­ci­ated Press

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.”

[BILL INGALLS/NASA VIA THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS]

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.

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