would let me think is possible.” That just
because you’re kind of a screw-up doesn’t
mean you’re always going to be one. You
can always learn from your mistakes. You
can always do better.
CC: What do you say to people who think
we spend too much money on the space
SK: Of all the time I spent on the space station, over ;;; days, I didn’t see any money
up there. None of that money was spent in
space. It was all spent on Earth.
CC: I know you’re retired from NASA
now. Is there anything that would
draw you back?
SK: A phone call. C
of that makes you definitely appreciate
what we have, and what I have.
Physically, there are effects, but over
time those mostly go away. I talk about
those in the book. It was the most rewarding experience of my life; it was the hardest experience of my life. It’s definitely a
challenge when you wake up every day and
you’re in your office, and you can’t leave,
and you have no ability to go outside and
experience a different climate.
CC: What do you want people to take
away from your book?
SK: I would like people to think, whether
they’re younger or older, “I can do more
than I think I’m capable of. More than my
experience base, education, background
Top: The International Space Station,
seen with Earth in the background.
Above: Twin brothers Mark and Scott
Kelly, in 1967, in the front yard of their
home in West Orange, New Jersey.
Right: The brothers as NASA’s twin
astronauts. Bottom: The Soyuz
spacecraft as it crashes back
onto Earth on March 2, 2016.