Endurance - Scott Kelly


By Scott Kelly

  • Release Date: 2017-10-17
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4.5
From 163 Ratings



A stunning, personal memoir from the astronaut and modern-day hero who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station—a message of hope for the future that will inspire for generations to come.

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. 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.

     In Endurance, we see the triumph of the human imagination, the strength of the human will, and the infinite wonder of the galaxy.


  • Incredible Journey

    By Wasatch Skier
    Thank you, Captain Kelly. First, for your long and dedicated service to our Country. Second, for being a true American hero. This was a fantastic read from start to finish. I’ve been fortunate enough to hear Capt. Kelly speak, and finishing this book is the cherry on top of the sundae.
  • Amazing

    By Plaws4802
    Everyone should read this to appreciate what we have here.
  • Endurance

    By Lcogbill
    Boring. Biggest waist of time for me. If you want to read an exciting book about the ISS. “Off the Planet” by Jerry M. Linenger. It’s awesome. This book is like reading a boring diary. Sorry Scott but that’s how I feel.
  • Endurance

    By nofacebookfan
    Through the written word, Scott takes the reader with him on his very great adventures. Excellent Read!
  • A must read!!

    By Iriska_1985
    One of the best books I’ve ever read! True, sincere and sooo exciting!!
  • Endurance by Scott Kelly

    By Tasalas
    I really enjoyed this book. Thank you Scott for sharing your story of perseverance to reach your ultimate goal and the fascinating adventures you had along the way.
  • Nice book.

    By Bazooka_Shark
    Overall good experience. I was expecting to learn more about being in microgravity environment and a little more science. If you are fascinated by universe, this a book for you.
  • Endurance by Scott Kelly

    By mSU RD
    One of my favorite recent reads. Kelly's reflections on his incredible career are written with just the right amount of science, emotion, and suspense, and kept my complete attention for the entire time. I really enjoyed this recollection, and was sorry to come to the final page. Highly recommend, would be a good book for YA as well!
  • A great memoir

    By Tonyvanenglish
    Feels like I was there myself...perfectly written!