ENDURANCE: A YEAR IN SPACE, A LIFETIME OF DISCOVERY
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?