After returning to Earth in March, Scott Kelly, the astronaut who broke the American record for the longest time spent on the International Space Station, announced he wants to write a book about his groundbreaking adventure.
According to publisher Alfred A. Knopf, the chronicle will be titled “Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars.” As the holder of the most time spent in space – 520 days – Kelly has plenty to talk about.
Out of the total 520 days logged on the ISS, 340 were consecutive, as Kelly took part in a project called “A Year in Space.” While it sure is an honorable title to hold, Kelly says it came with a heavy price.
Knopf also provided the public with an excerpt from the book that will be published in November 2017. Kelly said the days spent aboard the station were both exciting and devastating at the same time.
“During my time in orbit, I lost bone mass, my muscles atrophied, and my blood redistributed itself in my body, which strained my heart. Every day, I was exposed to ten times the radiation of a person on Earth, which will increase my risk of fatal cancer for the rest of my life. Not to mention the psychological stress, which is harder to quantify and perhaps as damaging.”
The astronaut retired from NASA this month, some weeks after he and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko landed back on Earth. The project they were a part of was meant to observe the effects of long-term spaceflights on the human body.
Kelly was also subject to several medical experiments, as well as his identical twin brother, Mark Kelly, who was on Earth over this time span. Mark served as the control subject, helping scientists evaluate the changes that occurred in Scott’s body while he was in space.
A press release from Kelly’s publisher explains that the purpose of the book is to “tell the story of his journey to space and his life aboard the ISS.” The chronicling starts before he went on the space trip, recalling his school years, his training as a Navy test pilot, and how he eventually became an astronaut.
After gaining quite a Twitter followship during his time on the space station – more than 1 million followers – Kelly also wants to publish a book of photographs with all the photos he took on his space trip.
“Endurance” will be Scott Kelly’s first book, which he will be co-writing with Margaret Lazarus Dean, author of “Leaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight.”
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