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Infinite wonder : an astronaut's photographs from a year in space
2018
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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.
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Astronaut Kelly proved to be a vivid writer in Endurance (2017), his memoir about the year he spent aboard the International Space Station. In this gorgeously produced volume, Kelly shares 260 color photographs that he took from that orbiting perch. He dedicates the book to his artist mother, Patricia, and he has clearly inherited her artist's eye and sensitivity. Kelly writes that he was awestruck by Earth's dramatic beauty during his first space flight in 1999, and how, during subsequent missions, he taught himself how to brace his body and his camera in space's microgravity environment to take focused images of Earth as it rushed past at a blistering 17,500 miles per hour. The first section, The Mission, offers crisp shots of life within the cluttered ISS interior. The Natural World is a stunning series of photographs of radiant celestial events and Earth's varied terrains. Earth Art is a revelation: a gallery of Kelly's painting-like, subtly computer-enhanced abstract images of Earth's phenomenal textures and patterns, its glory and vitality. Kelly has created a magnificent union of art and science.--Donna Seaman Copyright 2018 Booklist
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From the record-breaking astronaut, national hero, and best-selling author of Endurance, a breathtaking collection of photos documenting his journey on the International Space Station, the vastness of space, and the unparalleled beauty of our own home planet.

One's perspective shifts when one lives for an entire year--as Commander Scott Kelly, and no other American astronaut in history, has--in the isolating, grueling, and utterly unforgiving vacuum of space. Kelly's photos prove that this perspective--from 250 miles above earth--while hard-won, is also almost unspeakably beautiful. He mastered the rare art of microgravity photography. Using a Nikon D4 with a long 800mm lens and a 1.4x magnifying zoom lens, he panned the camera as the shutter released in order to compensate for the space station's velocity: 17,500 mph relative to the earth. Kelly's artist's eye helped make him a social media sensation, and here his photos are collected alongside his own commentary, which sets the images in their proper contexts, human and cosmic. Kelly captures sunsets, moonrises, the aurora borealis, and the luminous, hazy tapestry of the Milky Way. He presents snapshots of life and work on the International Space Station, from spacewalks to selfies. But above all--or floating amid all--he takes the earth itself as his celestial muse. Here are hurricanes, wrinkled mountains, New York City shining like a galaxy--glorious photographs that are, in themselves, a passionate argument for the preservation of our planet in the face of climate change and environmental destruction.
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