On 1st March 2016, American astronaut, Scott Kelly, touched down in Kazakhstan after spending a record-breaking 342 days in space aboard the International Space Station. His return to earth marked the end of a year-long scientific research project that Scott and his identical twin brother, Mark, who remained on earth, were uniquely placed to complete. They each conducted the same experiments, 200 miles apart. This ground-breaking ‘Twin Study’ tested the long-term effects of spaceflight on the human body, becoming the most important biomedical study NASA has ever run.
Join Scott Kelly at Emmanuel Centre for a very special evening as he introduces his captivating memoir Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery and shares with us what it’s like out there and what it’s like now, back here. Scott will be in conversation with writer and host of popular science series The Infinite Monkey Cage, Robin Ince. Scott will touch on what’s happened to his body, the sadness of being isolated from everyone he loves; the pressures of constant cohabitation; the catastrophic risk of colliding with space junk, and the still more haunting threat of being absent should tragedy strike at home.
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*As featured on BBC Breakfast, Radio 5Live and Steve Wright in the Afternoon on BBC Radio 2*
From the Nasa astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station – what it’s like out there and what it’s like now, back here. Enter Scott Kelly's fascinating world and dare to think of your own a little differently.
As soon as you realize you aren’t going to die, space is the most fun you’ll ever have...
The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for most consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few of us ever have and very few of us ever will.
Kelly's humanity, compassion, humour, and passion shine as he describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal. He touches on what’s happened to his body, the sadness of being isolated from everyone he loves; the pressures of constant close cohabitation; the catastrophic risks of colliding with space junk, and the still more haunting threat of being absent should tragedy strike at home.
From a natural storyteller Endurance is one of the finest examples the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the boundless wonder of the galaxy.
What readers are saying...
'Takes you up into space and lets you be a part of astronaut life'
'Tough to put down! Tells a side you don't often hear or read about for that matter'
'Mind blowing . . . up there with Ernest Shackleton for me'
'My husband said it is the next best thing to going into space yourself'