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Scott Kelly, Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery
Monday, October 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132 United States
Co-presented by Books & Books
A stunning memoir from the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station–a candid account of his remarkable voyage, of the journeys off the planet that preceded it, and of his colorful formative years.
The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly inimical to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the pressures of constant close cohabitation; the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with space junk, and the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home–an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on another mission, his twin brother’s wife, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space. Kelly’s humanity, compassion, humor, and passion resonate throughout, as he recalls his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and the youthful inspiration that sparked his astounding career, and as he makes clear his belief that Mars will be the next, ultimately challenging step in American spaceflight. A natural storyteller and modern-day hero, Kelly has a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come. Here, in his personal story, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.
Scott Kelly will be in conversation with Jorge Perez-Gallego, PhD, MFA, Curator of Astronomy & Developer of Exhibitions at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science.
About the Author: Scott Kelly is a former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired astronaut, and a retired U.S. Navy captain. A veteran of four space flights, Kelly commanded the International Space Station (ISS) on three expeditions and was a member of the yearlong mission to the ISS. In October 2015, he set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space, the single longest space mission by an American astronaut.
A special thank you to WLRN and the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science for their promotional support.
Voucher purchase required for admission:
You will receive a voucher in exchange for your purchase of ENDURANCE ($29.95 + tax) through Books & Books. This voucher entitles you to receive (1) one copy of ENDURANCE and also serves as your entry for (2) two people to Scott’s talk at the Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus.
ENDURANCE will be published on October 17. You may claim your copy of the book any time after publication at a Books & Books location, or at the event on October 30. Your voucher will be stamped to reflect whether or not you have claimed your book.
You must show your voucher and attached receipt to claim entrance to the event, so please remember to bring it with you that day. Books & Books is NOT responsible for lost or stolen vouchers.