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UT English professor Margaret Lazarus Dean interviewed astronaut and UT alum Scott Kelly after his memoir Endurance was released earlier this year. Dean is the co-author of the book about Kelly’s year aboard the International Space Station. The interview appeared December 7 in New Yorker magazine.

During Kelly’s time on the International Space Station he kept a journal to write down his impressions about the unprecedented mission he was on. He revealed that writing this book did not come easy to him, however, his goal was to portray personal and emotional meanings of spaceflight.