Astronaut Scott Kelly, who has recently returned from a one-year-long trip on the International Space Station, has decided to write a book about his experience and his thoughts on the future.
Kelly has returned to our planet last month after spending almost one year in space and now plans to share with the world the unique mission he had aboard the ISS. The autobiographical book will be titled “Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars” and will also include the future of traveling in space.
After the end of his mission, the astronaut announced his retirement after gaining the world record for spending the most time in space in the history of mankind. In total, Kelly has spent over 520 days aboard the ISS.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times, the autobiographical work will present the story of his journey to space and the life of the astronaut on the spacecraft. However, the theme will also revolve around the obstacles he encountered to get so far: his struggles with alcohol and school, his training as a test pilot and the immense work required to become an astronaut.
Kelly stayed for 340 consecutive years on the ISS, together with his Russian colleague Mikhail Kornienko, and has orbited at a distance of 240 miles above our planet. Both Kelly and Kornienko are the first astronauts to stay in space since 1999 when Russian Sergei Avdeyev spend one year on the Mir Russian space station in microgravity. However, the record belongs to Valeri Polyakov, who managed to stay for 437 days on Mir, between 1994 and 1995.
Kelly has been and continues to be an experiment for NASA, as the space agency has studies the effects he experienced in space, but is also currently comparing him with his brother who stayed on Earth during this time. However, he is more than happy to help the advancement of science, as he has previously stated:
“There are few aspects of everyday life that aren’t touched by the technologies developed for space travel, but these innovations aren’t the only benefits of spaceflight…. The superhuman accomplishment of innovation, perseverance, and cooperation carried out by thousands of Americans working towards one audacious goal speaks for itself.”
By studying the astronaut and his experience, scientists will be able to get a better insight on the reactions of the body while in space, crucial information for the upcoming trip to Mars set for the 2030s.
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