History-Making U.S. Astronaut
On his quest for a record-breaking full year in space on a historic expedition laying the groundwork for the future of space travel and exploration, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has captivated the world, garnering media exposure like no other pioneer of our time. From the cover of TIME to live interviews on TODAY to features in Forbes and on CNN, the world remains in awe each day as he approaches the 1-year mark. With life lessons and personal stories that reveal unique and valuable advice on pushing one’s own limits, to insight on the leadership and teamwork required in such demanding conditions, and the challenges—such as long term deprivation from loved ones and Planet Earth—Kelly will reflect on the choices and life events that paved his journey’s path and bring audiences to the edge of their seats as he delivers a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
Since becoming an astronaut in 1996, Kelly’s achievements over his illustrious 20-year career with NASA earned him the coveted position as America’s first year-round astronaut. Kelly launched into space on the historic mission in March 2015 with Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko, conducting experiments, reconfiguring station modules, and captivating the world with live interviews and fascinating Twitter posts featuring never-seen-before photos from the International Space Station 229 miles above Earth.
The historic mission also includes NASA’s groundbreaking Twins Study, featuring Kelly’s identical twin brother, retired NASA astronaut Mark Kelly on the ground as a control model in an unprecedented experiment to understand how space affects the human body.
Prior to his career with NASA, Kelly served 25 years in the U.S. Navy, retiring as an experienced aviator and decorated Captain.