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Scott Kelly, author of Endurance, at UWM Union

October 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Purchase tickets HERE!

Boswell Book Company, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union, and the Manfred Olson Planetarium present an evening with Scott Kelly, the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station, in conversation with Bonnie North of WUWMs Lake Effect. 

Tickets are $32 and include admission to the event, all taxes and ticket fees, and a signed copy of “Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery.” Note that there is no signing line or meet-and-greet following this event.  

The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have. Now, he takes us inside a sphere utterly inimical to human life. 

Kelly 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; the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with space junk; and 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 brothers wife, Gabrielle Giffords, was shot while he still had two months in space. 

Scott 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.

Please note that in additional to this Boswell ticket offer, tickets are also available to the UWM campus community at a special discounted price of $26 for students and $29 for faculty and staff, only at the UWM Student Union Information Desk, starting September 18. And though there is no post-event signing line, there will be additional signed copies of “Endurance” at this event, in addition to Scott Kelly’s children’s book, “My Journey to the Stars.” 

About the author: 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. 

About the moderator: Bonnie North joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of Milwaukee Public Radios weekday magazine program “Lake Effect”: Her introduction to public broadcasting came at Vermont Public Radio, where she spent seven years as host of classical and jazz shows, a production associate, and operations manager. North worked for twenty years in professional, educational, and community theater, and just prior to joining WUWM, she worked in the defense industry, managing interpreting and translation services in the Balkans.


October 23, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium
1900 E Kenwood Blvd
Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States
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