Talk about a commute: Imagine getting offered a one-year work assignment that didn’t just require moving to another city, but leaving the Earth entirely.
In March 2015, American astronaut Scott Kelly, along with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, took off for a yearlong stay aboard the International Space Station.
The mission was designed to help understand the long-term effects of space on the human body, and prepare for future human space exploration. The story of that mission—and how Kelly got there—is told in Kelly’s new book “Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery.”
Kelly, now a retired astronaut and U.S. Navy captain, holds the American record for most consecutive days spent in space. He was in town for the Chicago Humanities Festival and joins us in conversation.
Nov. 3: A team led by University of Chicago professor Angela Olinto will use a NASA super pressure balloon to study mysterious cosmic rays that could offer groundbreaking new insights about the universe.
Nov. 2: Thousands of planets orbiting alien suns, giant new telescopes coming online: Could we finally answer the question “Are we alone in the Universe?”
Oct. 17: An international team that includes Chicago astronomers recently observed the collision of two high-density neutron stars, a historic discovery that confirms decades of scientific work.