NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is to churn out a book about his sojourn in outer space. The title of his book is "Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars".
Scott Kelly came back to his home planet last month after spending what amounted to a year aboard the ISS. Now he has decided to pen a memoir about his stay in conditions of zero gravity. It will be titled “Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars”.
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The publishing company of his book will be Alfred A. Knopf. Kelly is the record holder for the maximum amount of time spent in space. He spent 520 days in space with 340 of them being aboard the ISS.
In annotated portions of the book, Kelly recounts the tests of strength and patience he had to undergo while on duty. While he was in orbit around the earth, he lost bone mass and his muscles wasted away to a significant extent.
As for blood flow it too was visibly affected. In fact, it was a strain on his heart. Each and every day, the exposure to radiation was ten times that which an earthling would have to take.
According to LATimes, Kelly spoke of how this fact alone would probably raise his risks of contracting a terminal illness like cancer sometime in his old age. Also the psychological stress was a little too much and must have had a destabilizing effect on his body and mind.
Scott Kelly sought his retirement from NASA awhile ago. He and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko returned to spaceship earth after a year aboard the ISS.
The goal of the trip was to see what a long time in space did to the human body. Experiments were done on Kelly as well as on his twin brother Mark Kelly who was on earth at the time.
Mark served as a control subject for the tests. Scott Kelly will be mentioning his trials and tribulations aboard the ISS. How he survived the harrowing experience will be recounted in detail in the paperback.
Kelly’s early bouts with the frustrations of education will be mentioned in the book. So will his recruitment as a Navy test pilot. Scott Kelly, despite his negative experiences, is bold enough to back more government-sponsored trips into outer space.
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As the saying goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained. Americans ought to keep their goals high as the denizens of the greatest nation on earth. Kelly lauded space exploration as a subject which touched everything we take for granted in today’s postmodern world.