Cameron Kamsa – Fourth Estate Contributor
Cupertino, CA, United States (4E) – Retired American astronaut Scott Kelly has a new book called Endurance that talks about his life in space between 2015 and 2016 where he spent 340 days on the International Space Station (ISS). During that period, his mission was to study long periods in zero gravity, and how it can affect the human body and mind.
With that being said, who exactly is Scott Kelly? Here are the facts that you should know about the retired American astronaut:
Scott Joseph Kelly or more popularly known as “Astronaut Scott Kelly” was born in February 21, 1964 along with his twin brother, Mark Edward Kelly, and was raised in a nearby community of West Orange, NJ. His father’s name is Richard and his mother’s name is Patricia – both are retired police officers.
He graduated from Mountain High School (West Orange High School, NJ) in 1982. He got his B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York Maritime College in 1987. He then received his M.S. degree in Aviation Systems from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 1996.
Aside from being twins, both he and his brother are also astronauts. His brother, Mark Edward Kelly is popularly known as “Astronaut Mark Kelly.”
Scott Kelly’s first spaceflight was as a pilot of Space Shuttle Discovery during the STS-103 in 1999 under the command of Curtis L. Brown, Jr. The expedition lasted from December 19-27, 1999.
International Space Station Commander
Scott Kelly commanded the ISS on Expeditions 26 (November 26, 2010 – December 17, 2010), 45 (September 11, 2015 – December 11, 2015), and 46 (December 11, 2015 – March 1, 2016).
After his return from space on March 1, 2016, Scott Kelly announced his retirement on March 12, 2016 for his retirement on April 2016.
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