Endurance: A Year in Space, a Lifetime of Discovery
undertake such a challenge, said Jacqueline Cutler in the New York Daily News. Growing up in West Orange, N.J., he and his twin brother, Mark, were daredevils— “the kind of kids known well in emergency rooms.” Scott, an aimless student until he reached college, found his calling when he picked up a copy of Tom Wolfe’s The Right Stuff, and he joined the Navy at 23 to become a test pilot. Twelve years later, he made his first Space Shuttle journey and discovered that the air in space smelled vaguely metallic, and that the bathrooms we know on Earth should not be taken for granted. During his full year aboard the Space Station, he started to see Earth in a whole new way—as an intricately textured borderless sphere that somehow sustained everyone he’d ever known.
Kelly, to his credit, “abandons the PR talk of many astronauts,” said Alessandra Potenza in TheVerge.com. He criticizes certain NASA policies, and he makes clear that the mission and the experience of readjusting to Earth were grueling. Still, he remains thrilled that his yearlong trip could help pave the way for a manned mission to Mars. “It will be very, very difficult, it will cost a great deal of money, and it may cost human lives,” he writes. “But I know now that if we decide to do it, we can.”