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MDC’s Miami Book Fair to Present U.S. Astronaut Scott Kelly
Start Date: 10/30/2017Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Date: 10/30/2017End Time: 9:00 PM
Event Description:

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Book Fair and Books & Books presents U.S. astronaut Scott Kelly as he discusses his memoir, Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discoveryon Monday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. This is a ticketed event. Purchase the book at Books & Books to obtain a voucher for two tickets. The working media is welcome.

It is 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 space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly inimical to human life. He describes navigating the extreme challenge of long-term spaceflight, both existential and banal: the devastating effects on the body; the isolation from everyone he loves and the comforts of Earth; the pressures of constant close cohabitation; and the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with space junk. 

He also relates the still more haunting threat of being unable to help should tragedy strike at home--an agonizing situation Kelly faced when, on another mission, his twin brother's wife, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space.

Kelly's humanity, compassion, humor, and passion 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 American 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 boundless wonder of the galaxy.

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. In October 2015, he set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space, the single longest space mission by an American astronaut.

Location Information:
Wolfson Campus - Building 3  (View Map)
300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33132
Phone: 305-237-3000
Room: 3210
Contact Information:
Name: Lisa Palley
Phone: 305-642-3132
Email: lpalley@bellsouth.net
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