October 30 @ 7:00 pm
Astronaut Scott Kelly
**Tickets Required for this event.
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 Auditorium.
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. A book signing will follow Salman’s talk.
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.
About the Book:
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 spaceflights 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 hostile to human life. In Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, he describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both life-threatening and mundane: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the catastrophic risks of 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 a previous mission, his twin brother’s wife, American Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space.
Kelly’s humanity, compassion, humor, and determination 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 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 infinite wonder of the galaxy.
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. During the Year in Space mission, he set records for the total accumulated number of days spent in space and for the single longest space mission by an American astronaut. He lives in Houston, Texas.
In Conversation With:
Dr. Jorge Perez-Gallego, the Curator of Astronomy & Developer of Exhibitions at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, is a multifaceted scientist, designer and educator, with a Ph.D. in astronomy and a Master of Fine Arts in design. As an astronomer, he has led an international team of colleagues in conducting original research about the formation and evolution of galaxies. As a designer, he has followed his passion for science communication and alternative learning, and focused on finding useful ways to share scientific knowledge with different audiences by means of visual, exhibition and communication design. He has published his work and research in both astronomy and design journals, and done work for institutions such as NASA and Telefónica. Currently, Dr. Perez-Gallego leads the development of rich exhibit content and programs in both the state-of-the-art Frost Planetarium, and exhibitions such as Feathers to the Stars, which explores the past, present and future of animal and human flight.