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Endurance: My Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery

by Scott Kelly

About the Book

What does it take to be an astronaut in today’s world? Four time spaceflight astronaut Scott Kelly details his journey, including a record setting year in space. During his time on the International Space Station he battled personal, family and physical dramas and dangers while away from home.

Reflecting on his life from childhood to his days as a fighter pilot and then his career as an astronaut, the book details Kelly’s path culminating in his year long stay aboard the International Space Station. These challenges, that most humans will never encounter, are uniquely understood by his twin brother who was also a NASA astronaut. The bond between brothers, one in space and the other back home on Earth, adds insight and depth to the story.

About the Author

Scott Kelly is a retired astronaut and a former US Navy Captain with roles as a test pilot, fighter pilot, and engineer. While at NASA, he commanded the International Space Station during multiple missions which included spending a record setting year in space aboard the ISS. In 2015, Kelly was listed as one of the Time’s 100 Most Influential People.

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Fly Me to the Moon

Thursday, July 18, 2019, 7:00 pm
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo mission to land on the Moon on July 20, 1969. Educators from the Air Zoo will share how gravity keeps the Moon in orbit around the Earth and what it takes to escape Earth’s gravity. Experience the creation of Moon craters and the challenges involved in landing safely on its varied surface. Learn about current and future missions to other moons and planets in our solar system.

Final Approach at the Public Museum

Saturday, July 27, 2019, 10:30 am
Grand Rapids Public Museum – 272 Pearl St NW

A joint program with our Summer Reading Challenge for kids, join us at the Grand Rapids Public Museum to celebrate summer and space. Show your GRPL library card and get free admission to the museum. Kids will get a free ride on the carousel and limited planetarium tickets will be available. Stop by the library stations for snacks and space crafts. Free parking in the Museum ramp with a Kent County ID.

An Evening at the Calvin Observatory

Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 9:00 pm
Calvin College – 3201 Burton St SE, Science Building Room 110

Professor Larry Molnar will present a tour of the August evening sky, highlighting Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon. He will also discuss NASA’s Mars exploration and discuss Scott Kelly’s book Endurance. Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity to observe the night sky with Calvin’s 16-inch telescope in the rooftop dome and with a portable telescope on the college lawn.